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DEBRA OPENED UP MY EYES TO WHAT I REALLY WANTED OUT OF MY CAREER AND ULTIMATELY, MY LIFE AND FUTURE. SHE HELPED ME OVERCOME FEARS THAT PREVENTED ME FROM CONSIDERING OTHER POSSIBILITIES.
LESLEY BIDLAKE

Make summer last longer.

Last weekend I was at a wedding in Sequoia National Park. It was full of music and colour and animal masks. The giggling groom in his purple suit and lavender mohawk set the merry tone. After the last child arrived on a fiberglass unicorn and the bride settled in next to her mate in a…

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What are you thirsty for?

After years of drought, looking at parched landscapes and hiking barren mountains, we got rain. Everything is lush and teeming with life. Landscapes are every shade of green and bursting with kaleidoscopes of colorful flowers. Water’s tumbling over rocks, down hills, creating creeks and pools where salamanders are busy making salamander babies. Our once thirsty…

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How about a little compassion and awe?

Years ago my mom pressed her ear against mine. “No” I told her, “I don’t hear it.” She has tinnitus that’s so loud she was sure other people could hear it. When I meditate my body often tingles. Last weekend I asked my husband to press his body up to mine and hold me after…

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It’s not about being present.

I want to say a bit about being present, cause the command to “Be Present” is everywhere: On t-shirts, pillowcases, tattoos and Instagram posts about desert turtles. Being present has become one more thing you gotta do and one more thing to feel bad about if you’re not doing it. But it’s not about being…

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Elevate Your Life to a Work of Art

There’s a simple ingredient I’ve been using in my life and sharing with clients. Here are some of the symptoms we’ve been experiencing when we use it: A deeper sense of peace. Heightened intuition. Greater connection with self and others. More creativity. Easier decision-making with greater clarity. It’s the same ingredient you’ll find in abundance…

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Never give a gift with strings attached.

When you give a gift, really give it away. Never give it with strings attached. That expectation of something coming back in return will lead to disappointment. Maybe even resentment. It will definitely kill your joy. When you give a gift… Let Go. Let Go. Let Go. Your love will soar. There’s a way to…

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Your sensuality can bring peace to the world.

I’m pretty sure you’d love to be a part of the solution, bringing more peace, love, and acceptance to the world. You know you can’t give what you don’t have, but how do you find peace inside you during these troubled times? Meditation is one of the proven ways to experience more peace, acceptance, and…

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Eight ways to Override Overwhelm at Times like This

It’s easy to get overwhelmed right now. It seems everywhere you turn it’s fires,  floods or your friends and family in crisis. But there’s a way to override overwhelm, be of service, and live in peace. Keep turning in the direction of beauty. Because no matter what else is going on, beauty’s right there. She…

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Gratitude. When Less is More.

You’re probably thinking you don’t need to hear one more thing about gratitude. Everywhere you turn people are telling you how important it is to be grateful. You get it. Thank you! You probably know that being grateful won’t just make you feel better. It will impact others around you as well. It’ll improve your…

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Money as a Love Story.

I met Joel Solomon just before he invested in our business, SPUD, which provides online home delivery of organic, local, sustainable foods. Catching up with him on a path snaking through the woods of Hollyhock Retreat Center, on Cortes Island, BC,  I nervously introduced myself. He responded, “What are your politics?“ I’d never been asked that before,…

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