What is “Non-Conceptual” Knowing?

Eckhart Tolle, a spiritual teacher and author of The Power of Now, says that we are here to access non-conceptual knowing. He says “In many cases, what you think of someone is your projection. You don’t see things as they are, you see them as you are”. To grasp what he refers to as “non-conceptual knowing” or…
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Present-Minded Awareness

Many people have a primary mental state that shows up in their life as compulsive thinking, fear, anxiety or overwhelm. I know I did for many, many years. It took time for me to transcend that. For years I was anxiously trying to achieve the next thing that I thought would bring me happiness. If…
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A Fork in the Road

There are times in your life when you feel like you are at a crossroads. The weight of the decision that you are trying to make can be crippling. These decisions can be about: your career path and what to study your relationship – whether to leave or stay a friendship – deciding to let…
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Learning to Trust Your Intuition

In a recent interview, I was asked, “How do you recommend people learn to trust their intuition/heart?” I contemplated that a while, and penned this response: In spiritual circles, many speak about “the voice.” We all have a voice in our head that keeps talking and talking, and many of us are completely absorbed by…
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Inner Beauty

Beauty is not a word I resonate with. So it seems ironic to me that my friend asked me to teach a segment in the upcoming School of Inner Beauty program. If it weren’t for mirrors or lenses that show us our reflection, we don’t generally look at ourselves. We have this outward lens and…
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School of Inner Beauty

I have recently been selected as a teacher for the 
“School of Inner Beauty”, which is organized by my dear colleague and fellow mental health advocate – Camille Macres. Here is the story behind it, written by her: “5 years ago, during a 4-day silent retreat, I was awoken in the middle of the night…
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The Joy of Being

June 9, 1994 I attempted suicide. I was left in a coma, with kidney failure on dialysis. I was told I would need a kidney transplant. Now, I honor this day– as a day that, for whatever reason, I am still here, despite my best efforts. I celebrate this day as the day that the…
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A Matter of Priority

How do you define success? Growing up in North America, in a society that suffers from “Hollywooditis” and that conditions us to believe that money and material items are the epitome of success, it has been a challenge, at times, to be in the profession I am in. Especially in Canada where many have the…
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10-Year Anniversary

Mental Health Awareness Week, and a 10-Year Anniversary The following is a transcript of a live video posted on May 7, 2018. Click below to watch video. Mental health awareness week-going beyond! As we start Mental Health Awareness week, I am celebrating being 10 years mania free. This is my 2nd decade in 30 years…
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Let’s Talk Willpower

As the year draws to a close, many start talking about New Year’s resolutions. Most of us know that by the end of January, that resolution that once seemed so reasonable — go to the gym every other day, read a book a week, only drink alcohol on weekends — may be long forgotten. Here is an…
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