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TGIM – Thank God It’s Monday!

November 29, 2010 by  
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We all know what TGIF stands for – “Thank God It’s Friday”.  This typically signifies the end of our work week, and our temporary respite from jobjail.  Born of a view of work as drudgery, obligation, boredom, and all sorts of other negatives, TGIF is the signal to move our activities from “work” to “life”. […]

What does it mean to be “free”?

November 23, 2010 by  
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I awoke last week Saturday morning to the joyous news that Aung San Suu Kyi, the Opposition Leader of Myanmar, was free!  She had spent the last 10 years of her life in isolation in her own home, with only 2 servants for company.  Her husband suffered with cancer and died and she was unable […]

Laughter and enlightenment

November 16, 2010 by  
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Says the Dalai Lama: “I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life…but I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher. And my religion is kindness”. We typically think of spiritual […]

Laughing at the dirty dishes

Each Tuesday evening I teach a class at Ryerson University.  Whilst I enjoy the class immensely, I am quite drained by the time I arrive home.   Typically, I am ravenous, having not eaten since lunchtime.  The thought of relaxing in my warm kitchen, doggies at my feet, happily conversing with my children ushers me down […]

“Doing” yoga

November 10, 2010 by  
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Despite thousands of miles that separate us physically Donovan is still “my” yoga teacher.  And I am still his “oracle”.  We chat at least once per week on Facebook, gchat, Skype or phone.  Typically, other than a “hail up” (a Jamaican way for saying “hi – how are you”), our conversations centre around two things:  […]

“It’s not so terrible after all” – how to live like Alice

November 8, 2010 by  
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A friend shared with me a video clip “Alice Dancing Under the Gallows” of 106 year old Alice Herz-Sommer.  Alice is the oldest living Holocaust survivor.   She credits her survival of the Holocaust to her music, as she was sent to a special camp – a “purgatory for artists and musicians”.  “I used to play […]