2013 – A Year Of Moving Past Limitations

BlueThe promise of a new year is juicy and exciting; a chance to examine what last year’s lessons were and move beyond the ones that we couldn’t quite leap over.  Life is like that every day though, if we could only remember as deeply as new year’s, that each new day is a fresh start.  And, I will go even deeper to say that every second, every moment, is only a thought away from taking a different road to a different (better!) destination.

I think it’s fair to say that most of us have beliefs that block a path  chocked with challenges and filled with opportunity to grow.  Boy, when you hit the wall blocking that path enough times, your determination takes a bruising!  You know what I mean?  After a while, it just gets annoying and the illusion of the limitation dissolves into the need to have the task done.  A good question to ask is:  How can I challenge myself with a fear so that I’m not enslaved by that fear anymore?  

One of my daughter’s friends is petrified of dogs.  When they were coming over to pick me up for an outing, I invited them in, specifically so the friend could come in to see the dog that lives with me.  I put the dog in her wire kennel and asked the young woman to come and see the dog.  She was brave and accepted.  Of course, she was a bit anxious, but knew she was safe with the dog behind a locked door.  It was a relatively neutral event.  Over time, I’ll have the dog closer and closer to her friend until she sees that not all dogs are scary or crazy!  How life changing will that be for her to not be afraid of dogs – they are everywhere!

We can use this analogy in our lives.  What can you slowly expose yourself to so that your fear diminishes in thin layers?!!!  I have my own list and will be moving through it.   : )

In the meantime, why not make a list of 3 fears that you’d like to neutralize this year and write down what it would mean to you if they were not there.  How would you be without that fear?  Who would you be without that fear!  Now, that creates a wonderful visual in your mind’s eye!  Taking tiny steps (or big ones!) will add up by the end of the year.  You can do it.  We all can do it!

Love & Blessings.

 

 

Going Deeper: Love and Compassion Are Life Keys

Love and compassion do not drain us, they deepens us. Are you okay with going deeper… and expanding your heart?

For close to 3 years, I volunteered in Palliative Care at my (then) local hospital. We were instructed to serve the patients – help them with what they might need/want. The medical staff took care of any medical issues, of course, like moving someone or adjusting a medical device; the volunteers brought drinks, read books aloud, or helped with a task the patient might not be able to complete on his/her own. Most of the people were conscious when I was there and, sometimes, family members were also present.

Sometimes I would give them a foot massage or quietly sing songs that might comfort them or bring back a fond memory. This is such a special space to share with someone because there was always a sense that that person could leave life at any moment. It was incredibly expanding and a deep, deep privilege to help in this way. All expectations dropped – the room was filled with Love and compassion – compassion for that person’s journey toward the final leg of life as we know it and the dissolve of all their life experiences into the big mystery…. what must they be thinking or feeling as they made peace with this “ending” inside themselves?

I wish we all could tap into that place with each other – a place of reverence. If we could, perhaps we would see each other with a deeper sense of appreciation for the life that flows through all of us – and how precious and fragile it is.

Enjoy the video…

Namaste,
Nancy

Osirus And How Your Heart Measures Up

When I was a young girl, I was fascinated with King Tut and ancient Egypt. It’s interesting how the areas we are attracted to in life often have a lot of relevance later on.
In ancient Egypt, Osiris was the biggest god of the underworld.  When people died, their hearts (which were believed to be the dwelling place of the Soul) were removed and measured against the feather of Truth.  If the heart was heavier than the feather, the heart would be thrown to Ahmet – a monster of a creature that would snap it up, chomp it down, and it would be game over for your soul – no hope for re-birth!

I thought this was a powerful concept and that’s why I’m sharing it with you now.  Most of us go through life inadvertently collecting judgments, resentments, hurts, disappointments -and more- from all the experiences we’ve gone through.  It’s not always a conscious choice – feelings are just felt and often not totally processed.  Society is riddled with this – most of us have grown up in homes where feelings were distorted in some way.  We learned to process them by… stuffing, downgrading, anesthetizing, projecting them onto others.  But, they fester and colour our perception of others and our world.  

Think about it!  Could you honestly say that your heart is free and clear and feels as light as a feather?  I know I couldn’t, but I’m working on it and being aware of this, visualizing that feather in my heart, is a cool little practice.  Being conscious of feelings by checking in …

“Do I want to hang on to this yucky feeling — or can I forgive this person and let go of these _____________ vibes?”  

(fill in the blank with your feelings.  By taking ownership of them, they can be released because you choose to do just that). 

Maybe Osiris isn’t waiting downstairs, but we are all here NOW – on the ground floor- likely, wanting an expansive, well-lived life.  Holding a feather in your heart is a good way to start, or continue, on that path.

Walk tall and carry a light feather!

Love,
Nancy

 

Superbug Roulette with Canadian Grocery-store Chicken

Part of the reason that I chose to drastically reduce my consumption of meat (basically, I’m 98% vegetarian) shows up in an alarming documentary recently aired on CBC’s Marketplace show.  It is imperative to be aware of this problem because it has far-reaching health effects, particularly if you’ve taken many doses of antibiotics and may have developed some resistance to them.

Because of the current laws in Canada, chicken producers are permitted to feed antibiotics full-time to their chicken flocks – even when they are perfectly healthy!  As one person put it so succinctly in the presentation which we’ll get to soon – would we consume these powerful drugs along side our vitmains – every day?  Heck no!  We realize the redundancy/danger in doing so.  This gap in reasoning is somehow eluding the Canadian meat producers and particularly, the bodies that oversee laws and public health/safety.

We are regressing – because of the serious misuse of these drugs – back to the time when, if someone contracted pneumonia, 50% died of it within 16-20 days.  Why?  Because they had no antibiotics to rely on.  We are getting close to the point where these drugs will no longer work if fast-crop profits are put over public health/safey. It is not only our voices, as  consumers, that help change policy, but our actions as well.  Money talks.  Try buying something else.

One alternative, when choosing a protein source at the grocery store, is to consider beans which have a lot of protein and fibre (meat has no fibre!).  If you are concerned about adding to the current global methane challenge that may result from eating beans, try buying Bean-o (an enzyme which helps inhibit natural gas formation…  ; )  Works for me-hopefully for you too if you need it!

Read labels, stay safe!  Here is the video…

CLICK HERE to watch the 22-minute presentation.

Love & Blessings!