"No mud, no lotus."
Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist spiritual leader and poet.
If there is one thing I have experienced in my life, it is mud, plenty of mud…from challenges in my childhood to profound and painful loss. Yet even during the most anguishing times I have asked, how do I live with this suffering while keeping my heart open? Believe me, at times I felt like shutting down and shutting off…and growing a lotus in that mud and allowing it to bloom was the last thing I had in mind!
But even in the midst of my most difficult times, it was my meditation practice that helped me heal and pull me through. It connected me with something greater, wider, more spacious and loving. Through my practice I have been able to wade through my own personal suffering and allow creativity – my lotus – to survive.
It's a process I like to call Conscious Creativity and I believe we can all use it everywhere, every day. Mindfulness and Conscious Creativity exists for actors, writers, artists, musicians, scientists, physicians, healers, parents, business leaders, and activists. We are all creating, all the time. This is an invitation to create mindfully, with awareness.
As a Certified Mindfulness Instructor,* as well as a writer, broadcaster, actor and acting teacher/coach, I offer classes in mindfulness geared to nurturing our creativity.
If you are interested in being on my mailing list for upcoming events/classes, please go to my contact page and send me your email and I will ensure that you are notified. Some of my classes are offered free of charge, though I often include a donation request to help non-profit organizations that are making a difference.
*Graduate of the Lab of Meditation, Vancouver, British Columbia
Let's Sit Together!
Remember that rhyme, "rain, rain, go away. Come again another day"? I wish a nursery rhyme could fix the pandemic. We are tired! It's been more than a year and the numbers are rising. Thankfully, the end is in sight** - but often it is those final steps to the peak of a mountain that are the most arduous.
If you are spent, then welcome to the club....and join the club. This is an invitation to sit, breathe, and become a little more present. Beginning April 12th and for 8 weeks, I will be offering a short (10 minute) guided meditation every Monday morning at 9am (PST) and Thursday evening at 7pm (PST) . There is no fee. t's my gift to you during these times. However, if you would like to pay it forward and it resonates with you, I invite you to make a donation to the Fairy Creek Blockade who are working so hard to stop the destruction of our beautiful rain forest. I know that this is a trying time financially for many, so don't sweat it if you can't.
Just send me your email address on my contact page and I'll send you a Zoom link for this short and sweet guided meditation. Let's get through this together! 💜
* *(With deep gratitude to the amazing health-care workers putting their own lives on the line and to the gifted and creative scientists for their brilliant work on vaccines.)
If you like, you can make a donation here to the Fairy Creek Blockade to help the fight to save our ancient rain forests. Just click on the "donate" button! 💜
Logging Old Growth is a complex issue that intersects the lives of loggers, the activists trying to protect the forests, as well as issues around indigenous land & rights, and of course the forests themselves and the creatures who dwell within them. Taking the time to understand and listen benefits all. If you are not familiar with the issue, there are many articles to be found. Here's a link to one of the stories behind the Fairy Creek Blockade.