Category Archives: Compassion

Your Story and How You See Yourself: Implications for Personal (and Global) Wellbeing

  On Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 7 pm, I’ll be speaking at the Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place in Vancouver as part of the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care’s public presentation series. My topic: Going Beyond Old Stories … Continue reading

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The Game Changer in Life: Seeing the Best in You

I confess that whenever I came across a green bag labeled for donation after my children had cleaned their rooms, I would rummage through it. There I might find books and collectible items I thought they would treasure forever. After … Continue reading

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Live with the end in mind

Mindfulness of death is a Buddhist practice that informs more meaningful living. If anything can happen anytime and if your next breath was your last breath, you would pay attention to the quality of each remaining moment of your life … Continue reading

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The magic of self-compassion

Sometimes what we long for is right in front of us, and like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we already have what we need. Each day, I see patients searching for a solution to their suffering that can come … Continue reading

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The gifts that give back

At one time or another, we all think about ourselves when we give to others. That’s perfectly fine when your gift is a shared experience: a nice meal, a concert or a movie. You’re celebrating your relationship and saying “I … Continue reading

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Love . . . the real thing

I believe we are each a unique manifestation of the divine in this world. When we are self-less, identifying less with this everchanging physical body and the elaborate personal story of endlessly conditioned thoughts and feelings that we have created … Continue reading

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My Parents’ Stories: The Cycle of Love

My dad was born on Vancouver Island in Cumberland, near Courtney and Comox. When Cumberland had a coalmine, it was one of the largest Chinatowns on the West Coast. My dad lost his father in early childhood. His mother was … Continue reading

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