There’s an ongoing battle in our household over screens. By screens I mean television, video games, computers and iPads, basically any electronic device that has a screen. The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that time in front of the television or computer should be limited to no more than two hours a day[i]. Research shows that more time than this is correlated with poor social skills, learning problems, short attention spans, obesity and sleep problems[ii]. Our children’s brains are developing and what they are exposed to has an impact on how their brains develop. It’s pretty clear that some of the
I have been thinking about the difference between self love and self indulgence for the past few weeks. I think self love is a vital ingredient to experience true joy, compassion and love for others. I truly believe that we can love others only as deeply as we can love ourselves. In Mark 12:31, Jesus says the second most important Commandment is ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ I like to look at the Commandments as spiritual laws just as there are laws of physics, rather than as rules to follow. Understood in this way, this Commandment comes to
This Good Friday, I am thinking about death, an appropriate topic, I think. I went to see a man by the name of Stephen Jenkinson speak about death. He is a lovely, gentle man with a warm sense of humour and a deep love for people and great compassion for the human condition. He spoke of how we try to medicate away death. Anesthetize ourselves from having a profoundly human experience. We don’t even want to name it. Instead we call it palliative care, hospice care and speak of achieving ‘a better outcome’. What is a better outcome when death
As I write this entry I am in the midst of an 100 day Radiant Lotus Women’s Qi Gong home practice. Today is day 14. It has been an incredible experiment! I have been asked to implement the teachings, physical practice, meditation and sounding into my daily routine, and also to notice any changes taking place in my mind/body/emotions.There are three key concepts my teacher Daisy Lee has passed on that I am now working with, which are; Vertical alignment, Neutral compassion, and Lead energy.
I find that pink elicits strong feelings in people. It’s the one colour I have heard women say emphatically that they do not wear. According to Wikipedia it is the second most disliked colour. Brown being the colour most often cited as a person’s least favourite. But I have never heard anyone say they don’t like brown with the hard edge they reserve for pink.