Category Archives: Letting Go

The Healing Power of Gratitude

My dad was born during the Great Depression in Cumberland, near Courtney and Comox on Vancouver Island. He lost his father in early childhood, and his mother was left with six children to raise on her own. Though she was … 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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Bring Your Best to a New Year

As we grow older, each year seems to pass more quickly. When I was five years old, a summer seemed to last a year; now each season passes in a flash. As we accumulate years in age, each year, month, … Continue reading

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Mindfully Manage Your Emotions

Do you remember the scene in Disney’s animated movie when Snow White runs screaming through the woods, terrorized by what appear to be evil trees? She awakens in the morning, surrounded by new furry, forest friends. In real life, we … Continue reading

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