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Week 45: Contemplating impermanence

Our “living this years as if it were our last” project began on December 19, 2016 (here) and is nearing its end. A year, a day, a bold undertaking — all of the nature to come and vanish. May we continue this practice for ever and ever. Found* this Impermanence...
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Week 44: What am I being given?

I apologize for the delay in writing. Went on sesshin at the monastery, a silent retreat on the theme of Gratitude. Several days of not speaking; instead sitting and walking meditation for hours on end, meals in silence, chanting morning noon, and night; short nights of...
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Week 43: Speak to me of corneal transplants

Someone dies and the family must answer, typically on short notice and in the presence of grief, questions to do with the ‘disposal of the body’. If there’s to be a funeral; has an undertaker been selected; what religious or spiritual observances are in order;...
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Week 42: Q: When will I die? A: Don’t know.

A gentle guided meditation on mindfulness and the possibility of death. I’ve just completed it for the third time in as many weeks — takes 30 minutes — and come away just a little calmer and a tad more careful after each round. The recording begins without an...
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FYI – two short mindfulness courses

I’m offering two evening courses to bring mindfulness into everyday living: Practicing Loving Kindness towards Self and Others and Mindful Eating Both at Monterey Community Centre in Oak Bay Click here for details.  
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Week 41: Dying with care

“Our mission is to help change the experience of dying and care-giving. We create space for living that offers the opportunity for individuals, their loved ones and caregivers to find comfort, connection, and healing in this shared human experience. Through our pioneering...
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Week 40: Letting go

Today Waldi (the therapy hound) and I visited a friend who used to come and meditate with us. She now lives in a ‘complex care’ nursing home. “Take the elevator to the secure area on the 4th floor.”  Getting off the elevator and entering through a locked...
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Week 39: Words of encouragement

Careful what you wish for, or, Beware of advice you give to others! A couple of posts ago I inserted an exchange between student and teacher. “I feel discouraged. What should I do?” laments the one. “Go and encourage others,” replies the other. For most of...
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Week 38: We can’t, and yet …

Each loss, be it physical or emotional, opens a door to new experience. When I first came to Victoria, a beloved person vanished from my life and I collapsed — heart over heels — deep down deep hole of grief and self-pity. Within a year I ‘found myself’...
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Week 37: Do this for those who love you

NEWS. Officials at the World Health Organization expressed disappointment last week over recent findings that, despite enormous efforts the global death rate remains at 100 percent. Death, a metabolic affliction causing shutdown of all life functions, has long been considered...
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