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50 Shades of Grey

“Sweeping her off her feet and dipping her in a dramatic hold so that her hair touches the ground as he kisses her hard…” You gotta hand it to them, these Grey boys are romantic and sexy.

After a few friends reported that women are becoming aroused like never before from reading this series, I purchased the first book. With some reluctance (I don’t typically read fiction) I opened to chapter eight. Beginners luck.

As a therapist and a woman with her own sexuality (and wounds…does anyone grow old without them?) I am noticing a few key themes.

Heart Centered Parenting


Blair and I were asked at the Berwick Fest how we share our wisdom with our children. I humbly offer you my answer, which involves the four basic human needs according to Maslow, also known as the four A’s. Here is how we nurture our gals’ growing spirits…

Although our lives are very full, we take time each day (some days only a few minutes) to give each child our full attention. What does that look like? We position ourselves face to face and actively listen undistracted, with eye contact. This sends the message that what they say matters to us.

40 years of staying power


This weekend my husband is celebrating his 40th anniversary with his first wife (ironically, the same year I was born).  Catherine and Blair have endured the inevitable peaks and valleys that confront any relationship of that vintage. Instead of letting the many challenges erode their relationship, they have chosen to grow together, through parenting, divorce and new beginnings.

A Dream Fulfilled

Here I sit beneath a canopy of hemlocks at Berwick Camp, having just spent a delicious half hour meditating with my team of volunteers (one still in pajamas). Upon waking this morning, I quickly recalled the immensity of the day--the first day of the Berwick Yoga Festival.

Last week we dropped into the new Pavia Gallery and coffee shop, which has quickly become a going concern. We talked about how important it is to have a strong vision for our businesses, but even more importantly, a passion for what we offer.

The dangers of Meditation

I have finally returned from my trip to California, a few days later than intended. After receiving my certificate in Ayurveda, I said goodbye to paradise and hit the tarmac. Arriving in Chicago, I rushed to make my connecting flight to Halifax, only to discover it was cancelled. Surrendering to the uncontrollable, I enjoyed a quiet evening in my airport hotel, reviewing the magnificent content of my course.

Heart Wide Open

I humbly share this transformational experience with you.

As I write this, I am attending my final training session in Ayurvedic Medicine at the Chopra Center in sunny California.

While I am feeling incredibly blessed to be here, during the first few days I noticed myself being highly agitated by one of the instructors. In fact, every time she spoke I grew increasingly irritated; quietly complaining that she should be doing it this way or that.  We’ve all experienced judgement and I think you’d agree that there’s nothing pretty about it.

Discipline meets Decadence

My final home in Vancouver was a little bachelor suite on West Broadway. It was most enjoyable arranging my personal items in meticulous order while filling my kitchen cupboards with the latest in modern cooking essentials. Once settled in, I leaned up against the counter and looked around at my sterile, orderly apartment.

From Newsflash to News Fast

In grade 6 I went for a sleepover at my friend’s house. It would have been a great night, had her parents not shown the movie, Friday the 13th! I came home the next day, frightened out of my tree. I was so scared that I was terrified to step outside the front door, in fear of being hunted down by a guy with long bloody nails and a hockey mask. Granted I grew up without TV, but this one video haunted me throughout my entire youth.

Aging into Beauty

Last week as I was driving along, I reached back to help Bella with her water bottle and caught a glimpse of my reflection in the rearview mirror. 

As much as I’d love to say that I am perfectly content with the aging process, I’ll admit that I do spend time and energy preserving my youth. But in this moment, my instant reaction to my reflection was that of acceptance. Actually, it was even better than that. A voice inside me said, “So that’s what beauty looks like at 40.”

Part-2-Camino Reflection

In my last message, I shared about a personal transformation that occurred on the Camino last week with regards to my change of pace and shift in focus. I was not, however, advising to slow down and give up your drive in order to grow spiritually.

Slowing down to notice the miracles of life is certainly part of the path to greater awareness, AND the spiritual path is one of the most rigorous challenges anyone can take on.


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