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'Search' stories help us find the way

'Search' stories help us find the way

Sep 24, 2022 / 4:00 am

Zen has a wonderful, 900-year-old pictorial story, which, in modern terminology, would be called "no bull." It’s actually called the Oxherding...

Looking at ourselves through our dark sides

Sep 9, 2022 / 11:00 am

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust We will never be completely whole...

Learning to slow down on the road of life

Learning to slow down on the road of life

Aug 12, 2022 / 11:00 am

From the moment of my birth, To the instant of my death, There are patterns I must follow, Just as I must breathe each breath. Like a rat in a maze, The path...

Going into the cold

Going into the cold

May 31, 2021 / 11:00 am

Icy blades sliced my skin as I plunged into Okanagan Lake. As the oh-so-cold water swallowed me, the image of mercury dropping in a thermometer forced its way...

Leaping into old age

Leaping into old age

Apr 23, 2021 / 11:33 am

If orange is the new black, 65 is the new 13 — with a little 21 thrown in for good measure. Those over 65 stand at the boundary of a brave new world that...

Seize the (eternal) moment

Seize the (eternal) moment

Sep 12, 2020 / 11:30 am

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times (with apologizes to Charles Dickens). We’ve all looked at the clock with dread as we battled a deadline...

Turn, turn, turn

Turn, turn, turn

Aug 13, 2020 / 11:00 am

To everything - turn, turn, turn There is a season - turn, turn, turn And a time for every purpose under heaven That song was written by Pete Seeger in the...

Personal change is glacial

Personal change is glacial

Jul 16, 2020 / 11:22 am

Personal change is usually glacial and we sometimes wonder whether the endeavour is worth the effort. Essentially, the pace doesn't matter, but some of us...

Finding light in others

Finding light in others

Oct 2, 2019 / 3:34 pm

The put down has a high profile in our culture. One of the favourite topics around the coffee pot and the beer jug is running down other people while TV...

Did you know?

Did you know?

Sep 23, 2019 / 11:00 am

We have been shaped by events and forces we don’t remember or simply didn’t recognize their importance. As a species, we were moulded by seismic...

Who wrote your life script?

Who wrote your life script?

Jul 29, 2019 / 12:14 pm

Hollywood scriptwriters are paid well to write movies we want to see. We don’t get paid as well as those people who come with the great story and great...

Planting in the garden of life

Planting in the garden of life

May 19, 2019 / 5:16 pm

This is a weekend for the beach, the golf course and the garden — to be in nature. After what seems like a long, hard winter and a so-so spring, finally,...

You wear the mask

You wear the mask

Apr 26, 2019 / 6:00 am

“We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,...

You're really it!

You're really it!

Apr 12, 2019 / 11:19 am

There are many definitions of enlightenment, but the one that makes the most sense today is acceptance. Acceptance of self and the world. People who accept...

Start spring cleaning now

Start spring cleaning now

Feb 15, 2019 / 6:00 am

Winter is an odd time to do spring cleaning, but last month many of us vowed to shift our agreement with reality, to reshape ourselves. Many people resolved to...

Ruminating on regrets

Ruminating on regrets

Dec 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

“Regrets, I’ve had a few, but, then again, too few to mention,” Frank Sinatra warbled in I Did It My Way, a song written by Paul Anka from the...

Is your wallet a black hole?

Is your wallet a black hole?

Nov 8, 2018 / 11:00 am

These are the times that try men’s souls. Thomas Paine wrote that in 1776, but any time can try our souls, our principles, our concepts about self. Most...

Losing at the blame game

Losing at the blame game

Sep 27, 2018 / 11:00 am

If Quora can be believed, shooting green pigs with a slingshot is one of the most popular pastimes in the world. But others claim that Minecraft, LOL, League of...

What do you know for sure?

What do you know for sure?

Sep 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

“In the beginning….” That’s how the greatest bestseller in history starts. It has been on the bestseller list since before there was a...

Times are a-changin'

Times are a-changin'

Aug 17, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Uncertainty, upheaval and unrest, whether caused by politics, economics or forest fires, offer a great opportunity to practise being comfortable with...

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