Open Heart

Open Heart

I spent last Wednesday with an animated group of teachers—St. Augustine’s in Vancouver, BC. Their retreat, before a new school year. Our topic, an invitation to create sanctuary, allowing us to honor habits that sustain our wellbeing. We began the…

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Gratitude Opens The Heart

Gratitude opens the heart

In 1819, a blind soldier named James Holman, was invalided out of the British Navy. His reaction? He promptly set out to "see" the world. He traveled alone, except for one brief stint with a deaf man. James spoke none of the languages he encountered, and moved about by public transit. When he…

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Living Wholehearted

Living Wholehearted

Walking the beach one day, Gunilla Norris sees a young child run---determined on very unsteady legs---into the water. The toddler’s intensity is palpable. The mother sits some distance away, outwardly comfortable enough about her child's safety not to interfere with his adventure. With a wet sagging diaper, the young boy runs into the water with the half-weaving, half-stumbling motion of toddlers who have just…

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