Archive for October, 2010

meditation space ~ soul sanctuary . . .

Some time ago, I walked past a construction site in a cemetery, where they were building a new monument to house those family members, “resting in peace.” The overall square footage looked approximately the size of a small studio or maybe a nice kitchen, depending on the size of your house.

The church down the street has a sign outside, “Open for Prayer and Meditation;” the yoga studio around the corner challenges you to “reconstruct your body, mind and spirit;” the day spa across the street offers “pure bliss” for sixty minutes of relaxation.

Meditation spaces are more than just naming rooms. They involve transforming vibrations of a space dedicated to the purpose of creative activity such as music, dance, yoga, art, prayer or meditation. The space is a separate room or a simple space that allows you to quiet your mind and detach from external influences.

A meditation space may consist of objects from your travels, calming colours and soft seating, a water feature, plants, natural fibers, crystals, Tibetan singing/toning bowls, deep chimes and perhaps a native drum or two, (but, no particular religious influence is necessary). A sound system could be as simple as a few speakers, or a high-tech surround-sound of birds in nature.

“A building is no more a Temple unless you are aware of its environment,”  (Tibetan monk). We can transform the energy of a space through, sound vibration, multiphonic chanting, dynamic movement, and an awareness of the elements of balance, truth, harmony and liberation from “ego syndrome.” Beautifying an environment, releasing negative energy, represents a progression to deeper levels and implications of spiritual experience.

In a quest for well-being, meditation spaces promote beautiful healing and inspire positive attitudes toward life. In certain parts of the world, (such as the Himalayas, Sedona, Machu Picchu, Lourdes), discoveries of energy vortexes cause a shift in one’s body and psyche, leaving one feeling uplifted and energized. Research shows that time spent at a destination spa, a retreat, or holiday, helps to deepen our awareness and takes us away from the mundane of regular life, yet when we return home, unless we know how to maintain it, that feeling slowly fades.

Meditation spaces are like a sanctuary for the soul; an expression of self, that nurtures body, mind and spirit . A dedicated space in your home can provide a very successful, enjoyable experience for maintaining good vibrations.



pay it forward . . . NOW

All Together NOW Fundraiser in Toronto!!!!

All Together NOW is the first city-wide fundraiser of its kind to be held in the GTA, possibly in Canada! It’s tomorrow!!!  Sunday, it is not too late to join in!

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Sunday October 17, 2010  – THAT’S in less than 24 hrs!!!   For the past year I have been volunteering as a Recruitment Committee member for NOW4Youth. It has been a rewarding experience to meet with the team each month, and more often than that as we went through the process of letting the community know about the training opportunity for youth, and then interviewing all the applicants.

The Yoga Fundraiser, is just one of the events created by NOW4Youth, to raise funds so we can provide this opportunity and introduce new courses to youth “at risk” who kinda need a little help…. and it’s just the most awesome feeling to see them shine, and take on a new direction in life !!!

PLEASE help me as I do a 2 hour YOGA CLASS in support of the NOW4 Youth programs !!!


… finding compassion

Quoting Marianne Williamson: “Deeply grateful about the Chilean miners rescue operation going so well. Cried like everyone else as I watched men arriving on the surface. At the same time, I marvel with sorrow at how 33 men trapped in a mine can inspire such compassionate action from the entire world, while 17,000 children starving every day gets a sort of “Too bad, but what can you do….?” attitude in comparison.”

I feel compelled to republish this quote by Marianne Williamson, and give my response to it, as it provokes in me very deep feelings. I for one, am not who I am today without faith, hope, trials, loss and love. . .

. . . saving the 33 Chilean men is an amazing victory of hope and compassion -“in comparison” 17,000 starving children feels overwhelming -perhaps we can build a stronger foundation for saving the children by taking on a perspective of helping “33 children at a time” ?? – that feels more manageable, and clearly it is possible. Also, not to be too comparative, (and not to be too religious, because I follow more of a spiritual nature), but 33 is the age that Christ died on the cross and rose again –

An astrological explanation is well made by astrologer Phil Booth, of Toronto, who explains the series of harsh alignments at the time of the mine collapse, and where the alignments are now:

This is a great time to tend to our own deepest fears, and create compassion in our own lives as well… and to rise above to the light of our own lives, and our own dreams …

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on the way . . .

sobeys, gravestones, weeping willows, traffic lights change, flashing l.e.d.  “preaching this week”

buggies, babies, mommies, friends with work out bags, sea of people crossing with the lights,

smiles, gestures, oblivious onlookers, macdonald’s bags, nike, new balance,

statue of ganesh

starbucks, cars turning into the traffic, walking, walking, crowded crosswalk, woop woop sound to cross

weaving in & out of coats, jackets, guy in pink stripe shirt, girls drinkin’ Starbucks

gum spots, food stains, wrappers, butts,

cigarette butts, smell of cigarettes, briefcases, computer cases, suits, very high heels,

sidewalk grill, construction cones, boots & hard hats, cigarette smoke, congestion, smog, exhaust fumes,

traffic jam, squeeze through bumper to bumper, gardiner expressway, acc centre, traffic turning, the game is on, union station, eaton centre, city hall, flags blowing,

smiles, couples walking, people stopping, police stand-off, protesters running with “fu*k the police” poster,

police-mounted horses, waiting, in a line, tree-lined street, japanese maples? turned yellow,creating an arch amidst the stand-off,

brief repose

lanterra condo showcase, club med, couple huggin’ under the “Freshii” sign,

starbucks again, smiles, two men walking dogs, the hare krishna temple,

film cones, big rigs, movie crew, film set, pavement markings, cut here, people walking,

streetscape busy, starbucks, cars turning, lights flashing, walk sign on,

water fountain, dog walking, train passing, train bridge,

atom egoyan,

steep hill, keeping the pace, evening stars, cooling down, iron fence, park bench,

restaurant lights, people smoking, cars turning, sobeys, moonlight, going slow


on the way – 14 K Run through downtown Toronto . . .


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