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    Celebrate Life

    January 1, 2018

     

    My mother always had a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator. When someone arrived at our door with great news she was on the ready to toast their good news. Our house was an open door and a welcome place for lively guests of all ages and cultures. 

     

    My mother taught me that life is meant to be celebrated.

     

    After a particularly difficult time in my life, I was seeking the answer to my question “what are we really doing here?” My mom was no longer around for me to ask, and so I began to study. Yoga. Reiki. Tantra. Art.

     

    I became insatiably curious…. How does my body work? How does my mind work? What can I learn about human connection - the heart, the soul, and how to be happier?

     

    These studies reinforced the lessons from my mother, that we are not here to merely be alive but but to thrive. 

     

    This was helpful as I was  also raised with conflicting teachings from the Catholic Church. At Sunday school I was taught to believe that we are all sinners. Then at the end of our life, God checks his list and either sends us to heaven if we have been good, or hell if we have been bad. Seriously? Even as a little girl I questioned that line of judgement. 

     

    Throughout my life I kept hearing the term Universal Energy.  I did not understand it.  But it stuck with me.

     

    And it took years before I was ready to embrace it. I went to Mexico and California where  I studied Yoga, Reiki and Tantra.  I learned about the intelligence of the human heart, and to recognize the life energy moving inside me and between myself and others. I felt more alive than I had in years. 

     

    I released judgement I held from past experiences, and began a new phase of my life filled with curiosity for the human experience. I wanted to be a better and happier person. I have always wanted to serve others and make the world better place. My new life lessons made me realize that I have to start with me. In order to help the world I would need to learn all I could about being a better human.

     

     My new mode of operation was centred around the words of curiosity rather than judgment; celebration not sin; love not hate. 

     

    I chose: Forgiveness. Gratitude. Love. Curiosity. Energy. Happiness. Trust. Joy. I am fascinated with the capacity of human body and mind.  I’m loving this experiment and feeling more vitality than ever before. I love this life, and I thank you for joining me on the journey. 

     

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