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Slide4Navigating 2020

Apprehension, great expectations and promises dawned on our uncharted journey of this 20th year of the 3rd millennium. A fresh new decade, a coveted leap year with an extra day. How could we have known what awaited us?

In January, mentioning 2020 invoked impressions of perfection. With the first two digits matching the last two digits, 2020 foretold balance which had not occurred since 1919 and will not occur until 2121.

But 2020 challenged us to find balance navigating through a global pandemic. Isolation, uncertainty, and shifting times took us out of our social, economic and physical comfort zones. Our familiar life evaporated. We faced the interruption and disconnection of everything; ranging from the enormity of despair (not being able to say our last goodbyes and pay respect to the dying) to trivial things we took for granted (stopping at a local coffee shop to sit alone in a crowd for a cup of coffee). Our life erupted into silence and stillness. Empty roads, closed malls, and quiet skies became the new normal. Everything came to a standstill.

2020 also presented unexpected opportunities for reflection, and focus on an inward journey to find peace, consolation and strength. For me, 2020 provided time to recharge, find my inner balance and spend more time appreciating nature. Visiting cardinals, rabbits, dragonflies, even yellow and black butterflies made increasing appearances. Nature filled the void with spectacular sunsets to aid with coping. When the world plunged into self-isolation, nature came to the rescue, fueling my writing. It inspired me to create and express the hope and beauty taken for granted in the normal hustle and bustle of pre-non pandemic life.

My writing has been my companion in navigating through this uncharted journey. I have been voicing my emotions and illuminating my perceptions of my quarantine through poetry. In my daily practice of writing, fullness came along filling the emptiness (“nature abhors a vacuum”).

Through writing I can settle in, process the immensity taking place. It helps me gain comfort in new norms forming and contributes to a new sense of feeling connected beyond isolation, putting my mind at ease.

 

On Fire

I am on fire

With no time to burn

Ashes scattered around me

Remnants of gone days

Memories reminiscent in the flames

Start to fade

Outside the fire

Wisdom weeps

In the residue

Rising from the darkness

 

Stillness

Step into calm

Take the time to find it

It is there, resting between breaths

Lingers in anticipation

Lures you

Nervous tension dissolves

Expels expired emptiness

Sails into stormy stillness

Sows seeds of restoration

 

Endurance

Everything changes

Nothing ever stays the same

Days grace endures

Ushers us into what is upon us

Renders calm as we

Anticipate the storm of existence

New encounters on our journey

Clear the way for intercessions of

Endurance to persist beyond suffering into deliverance

 

Bloom

Blooming buds

Lean towards the sun’s golden arms

Opening slowly

Secretly savour the sizzle

Stepping into oneness

With the sun

Making the day blossom

Change

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Change

The only thing that is a constant force in our lives is change. If it is relentlessly happening to us at every turn, then what makes it so difficult to maneuver? Adjusting to new norms is actually the norm in today’s fast pace world we live in. The difficulty in coping with change stems from the inconsistency and the gap between what is our current reality and what is yet to be or become our new reality. It is your perception, attitude and view regarding the change that starts to create either an acceptance or resistance cycle to what...

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Perseverance

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Conversations with Myself, Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Perseverance

Perseverance sounds like a complex and convoluted word. But is it? The formal definition is “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success “. Somehow the definition itself still sounds complicated. Lets break it down and grasp it better. In its simplest form, perseverance is the ability to carrying on and to keep moving forward regardless of setbacks. It relates to being able to stay bold and defiant against the odds and not giving up in order to get to a desired outcome. Examining the lives of respected...

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Awareness

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Conversations with Myself | 0 comments

Awareness

  With the increasing amount of disorder and fast pace of change in todays’ world, it is becoming more complex to navigate our way through the uncertainties. Embracing stillness seems like an impossible target to pull off given the speed of life, but without it we are not able to cultivate a deeper level of awareness, an essential component of self-mastery that serves us well. It provides us with the necessary information about our world and experiences to make informed decisions. It helps us to make order out of the chaos happening...

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Stillness

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Healing the Soul, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Stillness

  To truly get in touch with our emotions, requires a certain level of being able to be still, motionless. Like the eye in the middle of the storm, we must shut off the raging cyclone of the external stimuli. Only in the silence we can tune in to read our internal compass, which connects us to our emotions. To cultivate the silence we need to learn to manoeuvre our way through the frazzled chaos that is becoming an everyday norm within our society. When we are bombarded with noise, constant motion and the busy-ness of life, it is no...

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Emotions

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Healing the Soul | 0 comments

Emotions

  Emotional intelligence has a direct impact on the level of happiness we experience in our life and vice-versa. Happiness is but one example of our emotions. Through understanding and getting in touch with our own emotions, we are better able to communicate more openly with others and have deeper, more meaningful connections. This improves the wellbeing of others and our selves. There has been so much on-going research and debate regarding the definition of our emotional spectrum over the ages. In 300BC Aristotle identified the...

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Happiness

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Happiness

  Our emotional intelligence (EI) can have a direct impact on the level of happiness we experience in our life and visa-versa. Research studies have shown that EI is a significant predictor of happiness. A UK study found that happier individuals were better able to regulate their emotions and that happiness resulted in an increase in the level of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social-awareness and social-skills. Happiness itself is based on how we view the events and circumstances of our lives. The definition relates to a...

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Emotional Intelligence (EI)

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Emotional Intelligence (EI)

  If you want to focus on expanding your growth potential, one area to consider, that reaps a high return on investment is emotional intelligence (EI). Armed with hard-core technical skills and know how to support setting your goals and achieving them is great, however what can derail you on your road to success are your emotions. How you react to your own emotions and those of others around you can stop you in your tracks or help to propel you forward. EI relates to your ability to recognize not only how you feel in a given situation...

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Writing For Change ebook

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Writing For Change Unknown Curling up Into a tight ball Wondering About the unknown The need to open up Comes as a realization Be ready to uncurl Embrace the Darkness in the unknown Be ready to shed light Into the crevices And see that excitement And awe that awaits But can be found only through Leaning into The unknown Where possibilities abound Only if we live our lives Wide open and in acceptance of The not-knowing As a critical step To unfolding our true Self Writing For Change ISBN: 978-0-9916845-1-9 $26.00CAD + Shipping and Handling...

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GROWTH

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Healing the Soul | 0 comments

GROWTH

Setting goals, achieving them and celebrating the victory is really about challenging the status quo. After all, the reason why we set goals is to improve our current situation, aspiring for better – better work, better relationships, better outcomes! Through effective goal setting we develop, learn new skills and improve not only our own lot but also our organizations. The drive to self-actualization stimulates our own well-being and also has a ripple effects that contributes to the improvement of our organizations, our families, our...

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Celebrate

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Celebrate

Once deadlines have been met and results achieved – all that is left is to CELEBRATE! Anything that requires time and effort to get through or finish is worthy of a party! Drudging through all the distractions, staying focused and finally achieving your goal is definitely a cause for celebration to help publically acknowledge your success! Celebrations can take place anytime and are not restricted to commemorating only victories over deadlines. Reaching a milestone, rewarding service related achievement (employee of the month, long-term...

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