Pay attention to your dreams

Last night I dreamed that the Calgary Stampede, the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, was cancelled due to the virus. While I felt sad for all of the workers who would lose their jobs, I also felt the relief of the animals that were scheduled to perform for the masses. It was like a collective … Continue reading Pay attention to your dreams

What is calling you?

 "Awakening on Purpose follows Stephanie to the mountains of California, the red rocks of Sedona, the beaches of Maui, and even a surprise nudist retreat with her mother. And, like an Accidental Awakening, she shares all the wisdom, warmth and humour earned along the way."From the back cover I chose to release book 2 in … Continue reading What is calling you?

The power of Lovingkindness

“Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what I call Radical Acceptance."Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance At the start of Tibetan New Year, I committed to practice 14 days of metta bhavana: lovingkindness. I've written about the practice before, and I wanted to … Continue reading The power of Lovingkindness

Don’t be afraid of an open door: follow up to the chairs

“Waiting insistently in front of a tightly closed door is unfair to all of the open doors! Give a chance to the open doors!”Mehmet Murat ildan A few posts ago, I told you about the meditation chairs I finally let go of. The chairs that seated our art, meditation, and women's gatherings comfortably through the … Continue reading Don’t be afraid of an open door: follow up to the chairs

I’ll meet you in the garden

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there."13th century Sufi poet, Rumi Years ago, I belonged to a small group of women who met every full moon to meditate together and receive insight. During one such meditation in my home studio, my long-time, dear friend received a great insight indeed. … Continue reading I’ll meet you in the garden

Sometimes a door closes slowly

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."Alexander Graham Bell This quote, etched in a small glass frame, sat on the counter in my home studio for over a decade. Last year, I opted to allow it to … Continue reading Sometimes a door closes slowly

A leap of faith

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan It's easy to overthink every detail, to over-plan and over-prepare. But sometimes, you just have to trust in the intelligence of life. When I used 99 Designs to explore the book cover design for An Accidental Awakening: It's not about … Continue reading A leap of faith

When practice feels difficult

"You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you're too busy, then you should sit for an hour."Old Zen saying It works that way, it really does. One of the best things I have found in my life is a meditation practice. Now let's talk about the crazy that is often my … Continue reading When practice feels difficult

The Mantra of Creativity

"Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones."Bruce Garrabrandt The muse can be conjured. Invited. Invoked. One of the mantras that has stayed with me all these years, is the mantra of creativity. Not just for painters and writers, cooks and potters, but for anyone who … Continue reading The Mantra of Creativity

Insight in unlikely places

Tonglen (Tibetan: གཏོང་ལེན་, Wylie: gtong len, or tonglen) is Tibetan for 'giving and taking' (or sending and receiving), and refers to a meditation practice found in Tibetan Buddhism. Tong means "giving or sending", and len means "receiving or taking". Tonglen is also known as exchanging self with other. Wikipedia I first encountered tonglen years ago in Sedona. Though the … Continue reading Insight in unlikely places