Meditating regularly can help with emotional balance and given time when strong emotions arise they kind of wash over you rather than take control. Pema Chodron, a buddhist (with whom I share a birthname!) explains it well… “You are a mountain, many things like wind, rain, hail and ice fall on the mountain, animals come and shit and piss on the mountain, so do people!
I say grow flowers on your mountain, invite lovely people to have picnics on it and gaze at the stars from its summit, tend it carefully and it will be a place of refuge and comfort. Follow OMpathyTestimonialsMy running schedule was always interrupted by niggling injuries but these have disappeared since working with Deirdra on the yoga techniques. In her commencement speech at Naropa University, Pema Chodron explains that if there’s one thing we all need to practice, it’s how to fail well.
When Naropa asked me for the topic of my talk, I decided not to give it to them because I thought if I did, they wouldn’t let me do it!
I think if there is one thing that prepares you for having some idea of how to work with the rawness of things not working out the way you want them to, it would be contemplative education.
With her powerful teachings, bestselling books, and retreats attended by thousands, Pema Chodron is today’s most popular American-born teacher of Buddhism. It was a great party, and although I tried to keep it simple and inexpensive it was still a fair bit of work, but worth it to me at the time.
Well, this year Ry's birthday was the day after we returned from spring break and was passionate about another Lego party and lucky for me we found the perfect option at our local toy store Vernon Teach and Learn. He had six class friends and we were able to do it after school one day which made it easy for everyone. The Teach and Learn team have done an amazing job putting together a museum downstairs with lots of Lego themed displays. They had hot dogs and juice and fresh popped popcorn and kept busy building cars to race for the ramp and exploring.
Instead of doing goody bags which I tend to spend a lot on we got the party package where they got to create their own mini figure to take home. Instead of a traditional cake their package included a visit to the ice cream bar upstairs in Teach and Learn, they serve Marble Slab Creamery ice cream.
What 9 year old boy would miss cake when there was a sprinkle assortment like this he could use as he pleased? I am working on the edits and tidying up, but I wanted to share this handsome fella right away. My first photography clients to have this watermark on their images happened to be utterly adorable babies. In between packing and organizing  I am still trying to balance some playtime with the kids and of course, some work.


I am far from a floral designer but the flowers were so stunning it was easy to combine them in fun ways in mason jars and assorted vases. Working with people is fantastic but sometimes having food to shoot still life style is so calming. Ah, I am so grateful to be able to work in a way I can be a present Mom and also work with dynamic and inspiring local businesses. These adorable sock monkeys are a very special part of the images because their Grandma made a unique one for each of her Grandchildren.
In celebration of my favourite flower blooming now,  I created an image quote for you all. For me, to unplug is to give up craving, to live mindfully, to move toward nirvana (Sanskrit for "complete liberation"). Today, we suffer from a constant craving for information and the need to blast out whatever is on our minds to the rest of the world -- thanks to social media.
Therefore, to truly unplug requires a disciplined approach to mentally detach from the in- and outflow of useless information.
Most of the time, I don't wake up at the crack of dawn to tune into news media, write emails, hop on social media or to dive into work-related matters.
Connect with our soul: If we are constantly overwhelmed with sound bites, we aren't allowed to discover what we are capable of and who we are.
Lead thyself: To lead teams and cultivate fluid organizations, you need to begin with leading yourself. Since we need to connect, create and lead regularly, it is our obligation to recharge every day.
Since most of us can't fly off to an exotic island, visit a spa, we all need to find our own ways to unplug daily to connect and to lead.
The Sanskrit for mindfulness meditation is shamatha, which translates directly as calm abiding. 3) As you keep an awareness of your exiting breathe, be aware of everything else your senses are telling you--the light on the walls, the sounds on the street, the taste in your mouth. If you are a starting meditation for the first time, appreciate that this is just a safari in your mind. It’s not a matter of not caring or not feeling, it just allows you to step back and observe the emotion rather than become embroiled in it like a knee jerk reaction.
And whether we buy the hype or not, we all want to succeed, especially if you consider success as “it works out the way I want it to.” You know it feels good in the gut and in the heart because it worked out.
You have gotten a lot of instruction and encouragement and support for feeling how things impact you—not just going down the tubes with it but actually taking responsibility for what is happening to you and having some tools about how to work with painful feelings, raw feelings.


In The Wisdom of No Escape, The Places that Scare You, and other important books, she has helped us discover how difficulty and uncertainty can be opportunities for awakening. This detachment then becomes about -- and maybe comes from -- being mindful about what we do every day. If you need to sit in a chair, make sure both feet are flat on the ground and straighten your spine -- not straining it, but allow the spinal column to rest like a stack of coins.
Be "right there" with your breathe as it goes out with open focus that Chodron says is "extremely relaxed" and "extremely soft," with about 25 percent of your attention resting on your breathe. I have seen a massive difference in my level of peace and balance when I meditate regularly.
She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrul, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and the late Chogyam Trungpa. FarmBound also happens to be another Lumby business run by two hard working female entrepreneurs committed to supporting farmers and bringing amazing locally grown goodies right to you. If we look at unplugging from this point of view, a few days of digital detox will be the equivalent to "cutting down a few roots" of a well-grown tree: craving will not stop.
Mindfulness has been described as "bringing one's complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis." It does not imply taking a vacation every other month or putting away your digital devices for a day or two to reach a fleeting grasp of what might feel like nirvana.
But if our peace depends upon conditions being a certain way (aka visiting a "spa"), then we will get very attached. There's a Zen saying that meditation stretches open the grasping hand of thought -- and as that image suggests, we become much more pliable and open with sitting practice. And more than anything, give yourself the time to form the habit -- for that is another component of devotion. Fail better.” I thought if there is one skill that is not stressed very much but is really needed, it is knowing how to fail well.
We become enslaved to our expectations, we want to control our situation and then we become more upset if anything disrupts it and gets in the way of our peace.
To describe it, I'll paraphrase the instructions given by American nun Pema Chodron, in her life-affirming Start Where You Are.
When you realize you are talking to yourself in you mind, you can show some compassion to yourself by simply saying to yourself, "thinking." Whether your thoughts are terrifying or pleasing, name them "thinking" with all your honesty and gentleness.
Give meditation a trial run: just do the above practice for ten minutes, every day for three weeks.



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