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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Just One To Make A Difference

Just one to make a difference

"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a coal-mouse (a small bird) asked a wild dove. "Nothing more than nothing," was the answer. "In that case, I must tell you a marvelous story," the coal-mouse said. "I sat on a fir branch, close to its trunk, when it began to snow--not heavily, not in a raging blizzard--no, just like in a dream, without a wind, without any violence.…

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