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Love, Passion & The Creative Flow ~ Moving from the banks into the river

Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 2 comments

Love, Passion & The Creative Flow ~ Moving from the banks into the river

“Want to tap the depths of your creativity? Marry your soul. See you at the wedding” ~Danielle LaPorte   When I was growing up, we had all kinds of people coming to our house: people working for the government, people in business and the trades, and artists. From the very beginning, I felt a strong attraction to the artists. They felt warm, alive and open. I liked being around them, though I couldn’t have said why at that time. Now I know it was because of their availability,...

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Riding The Dragon ~ Widening the River of our Life

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 4 comments

Riding The Dragon ~ Widening the River of our Life

When she was about eleven, my daughter said something to me that stayed with me for years. “There are two kinds of pain,” she said, “ the pain of being frozen and stuck, and the pain that happens when we are open, feeling something deeply, when things are flowing and moving through us.” I felt the wisdom in that statement drop into me like a seed. That seed sprouted slowly into an ongoing sense of wonder about all the ways in which we try to protect ourselves from life. Why not? Human...

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The Emerging Feminine ~ Healing Collective Trauma & Restoring Love

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 4 comments

The Emerging Feminine ~ Healing Collective Trauma & Restoring Love

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” -Arundhati Roy On December 16, 2012, in New Delhi, a 23-year old physiotherapy intern, Jyoti Singh Pandey, was brutally beaten and gang raped in the private bus in which she was traveling with a male friend. Six men in the bus, including its driver, raped Pandey with an iron bar, beat her friend, then stripped them naked, and threw them from the bus. Pandey died from her injuries two weeks...

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The Need to Worry ~ India & the uncontrollable nature of life

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 3 comments

The Need to Worry ~ India & the uncontrollable nature of life

Many years ago, when my daughter was about ten, we left our home in the Himalayas of northern India, and went back to Canada for the summer. Trips back to the west were an ordeal for most of us, with some improbable delights thrown in. We took a taxi down treacherous mountain roads just to reach New Delhi, riding for hour after hour through hazards such as floods, car wrecks, illness, landslides and intense heat. After eighteen hours in flight, we would land like disoriented migrant birds,...

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A Safe Place To Fall ~ Taking Refuge in the Soft Spot

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in Articles by Shayla, Featured Writing | 2 comments

A Safe Place To Fall ~ Taking Refuge in the Soft Spot

“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness” ~Peter Levine~ Recently, during a training that I am part of, I had the privilege of holding a beautiful and brilliant young woman I admire, while she wept her heart out. Two other women also held her, softly, tenderly and with reverence. I could feel the medicine of her deep grief informing me, inviting me, softening me. I was so honoured to offer her a safe place to fall, into this river of...

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Your Come to Jesus Moment ~ The Alchemy of True Humility

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 5 comments

Your Come to Jesus Moment ~ The Alchemy of True Humility

Lately, my ears seem to perk right up whenever someone speaks to me about being humbled. It’s really more than my ears—my heart gets stirred as well. There is something radically different in the whole feeling of such a conversation, whenever someone is able to speak directly from the experience of being humbled. I’ve learned that things happen when we are truly humbled. We cannot carry on in the same way. Sometimes I call these ‘our come to Jesus’ moments. I think...

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