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The Mind is an ally – really?

July 17, 2013 by  
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On the long flight from Toronto to Trinidad, en route to Guyana, I read “The Mind is an Ally” by Sakyong Mipham, in preparation for my “Meditation and Writing” summer intensive this week. So many insights about mindfulness by this brilliant and generous man. I completed it with renewed resolve to meditate every day, no […]

The Gift on My Pillow

Part of my morning “centering” routine is to read and contemplate the reading in the Daily Word magazine.  There are magical moments when I am SURE the reading was written JUST for me on for that particular day. There are others that give me insight, a new thought or a new perspective.   And then […]

Upset = Set Up

I love to play with words. Whenever I discover a new word, or contemplate an old one for a blog, I first head to the etymology of the word. I check the root which is often Latin and which I studied in high school. But sometimes I look at the word and break it apart […]

The Busy Show

April 22, 2013 by  
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I often hear people singing how busy they are, with the greatest of glee – “I am SO busy” … as if it’s some type of badge of honour. Such people are late to meetings, constantly checking their phones, shuffling papers and generally just rushing from one moment to the next. Sometimes for amusement, I […]


  Like millions of people the world over, you are probably thinking about or actually engaged in setting New Year’s resolutions. Forget last year, the goals you send and didn’t achieve (yet again). This is is a NEW year, the year when things WILL change for you. Or so we all say. We are bombarded […]

Life is about knowing which button to press

December 3, 2012 by  
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Three mornings last week I noticed that I woke up way after my alarm had gone off. I figured that maybe I was just so tired that I slept through it. Could I really be that tired though? Or age was really catching up with me and my hearing going? But then I noticed that […]

How to turn “time wasted” into time well-spent

November 26, 2012 by  
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“That was a total waste of my time” I muttered to myself. I had just completed a meeting with a large multinational here in Toronto to “pitch” my Executive Coaching services. The meeting had not gone as I had intended. It got more and more painful as the minutes laboured on. I was not connecting […]

How to make better decisions – 3 lessons

June 21, 2012 by  
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I woke up last week Monday morning feeling exhausted, aching neck and burning eyes – no surprise since this had been my 3rd night in a row of 3 hours of sleep.  You see, I had attended a Balanced Scorecard Boot Camp in Ottawa last month.  Part of the program is to sit an online […]

The secret to learning fast ….

As I trudged my way to the bunny slope for my second ski lesson, I watched a 4 year old boy walking with his dad, stoop down, grab a handful of snow, place it in his mouth and then continue on his journey, much joy and delight on his little face.  Throughout the morning I […]

“Sid dung old man”

September 8, 2011 by  
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  My father was a very principled man.  He had the greatest respect for authority and symbols of office.  This generated many a heated discussion with his children as we navigated our rebellious teens and early twenties in the seas of Black Power and Socialism.  One of the rebellious rites in those times, that signaled […]

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