Veneration in Daily Life: Thank You



Veneration in Daily Life: Thank You

Veneration in daily life is the idea that we can honour our moments daily. We often wait for celebrations, birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate. Why not honour the day to day moments? We can simply stop and take a moment to say thank you. We can say thank you for our life, for the sun that greeted us this morning, for our breath, for our heart beat.

Take a moment today to find your breath. Taking full inhalations allowing your chest to expand and rise, and full exhalations allowing your shoulders to lower and your stomach to soften settling into your body as you empty your lungs. Take 15 deep breaths.

You can complete the sentence. Thank you…………

Have a lovely day.

Thank You. 🙂

Reflections in My 20’s AVAILABLE ON AMAZON & KINDLE

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Purchase my book.

Since 2014 I’ve been writing daily reflections. I hope it will be helpful or just give people a moment to stop and slow down. Read a chapter and turn within. Answer the question at the end of the chapter.

I think it’s important that we share our journey, challenges and insights along the way so we can all learn and grow from each other.
If you have a story to share I urge you to write it down.
This is a good time to start. If you want to know why you should start today read my article below.…/the-magic-of-words-why-i-…/

Thank you to all of the awesome people who inspire me and guide me and help me grow and learn. Thank you Jelani Daniel  (author of Forward March) for sitting me down and pushing me to pick a due date and lighting a fire. If you are looking for someone to assist you with formatting an ebook. Visit Sue Paré’s website.

Happy reading!

Journey to Personal Greatness Mind, Body & Soul Author: Alvin Brown.


On Wednesday June 22, 2016 I had the opportunity to speak with Alvin Brown. Life is a long winding journey of exploring our purpose and passion through experience. Alvin Brown, states: “Greatness is knowing that you are able to live out your purpose.” Pg. 14. You can find this in the first few pages of his book. It wakes you up and opens a door for you to ask you self, do I believe I can live my purpose?

There is so much wisdom and insight throughout this book. My favourite part about Alvin’s book is, he was able to be vulnerable and authentic with his reader. Often books about how to achieve greatness give you a formula, but they forget to tell you what it might feel like. Or how you will know when you get there.

Alvin removes the veil and shares his experiences and the process through his realizations. In chapter 9, he explores the spiritual essence of being human. He tells us the tragic story of loss, but is able to come to this beautiful conclusion.

“…between our internal and external lives, there is a bridge that helps to create the connection and make the physical life possible, and the things that form that bridge, I’ve discovered, is our breath. Breathing is linked to the initiation of life as well as the cessation of life.” Pg. 197

Although he is well versed in what it takes to become a peak performing athlete through his personal journey and training others, he believes that exercising the mind is just as important, as it is interconnected to achieving greatness holistically. He has four exercises that will assist you in balancing your mental essence, which are meditation, journaling, affirmations and language patterns. In chapter four where he focusses on the mind he gives the reader hope that we can change. He touches upon neuroplasticity and its power to assist us with making changes in our life and brain, challenging the idea that brain development was stagnant after a particular point in one’s life.

I wouldn’t be doing his book justice if I simply left it at this. He explores the mind, body and soul psychologically, scientifically and energetically.  This book takes you through the essential elements that make us human. Our mental, emotional, physical, chemical, material and spiritual essence. He is able to do this because of his extensive training in psychology, massage therapy, nutrition, fitness, reiki, crano-sacral therapy and much more. He is a dynamic and holistic healer. You can find him at his clinic in Pickering. The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance.

When you have an opportunity pick up a copy of this beautifully written book, that can speak to the daily practical experience of being on a journey to greatness.  Read more about Alvin ands book. about this book! Purchase book here!

Mindful Mondays at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery Oshawa

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Session 1: May 9 – June 20
Mondays, 12pm – 1pm

Take a mindful lunch break and de-stress. Return back to work centred and grounded ready to get through the rest of the day. Or join us just to take a break and relax. Classes are suitable for all levels of meditation beginners and first timers are welcome.

Over six weeks together we will explore meditation and reflective writing inspired by unique pieces in the gallery. If you have never meditated before and believe that stillness is a challenge, come out and discover that the possibility of peace already exists within you.

Sign up by clicking on the link below. If you are curious about the benefits of meditation here is a great video that explains the impact on your well-being and brain. TedTalk How Meditation Can Reshape Your Brain

Benefits of meditation include stress reduction, decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety. Increased quality of life, creativity and self-awareness.

Together we will explore how our breath can centre and ground us, during our busy demanding lives.




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Join me on March 30, 2016 from 7pm – 8pm at the Ajax Public Library and explore meditation and reflective writing. Bring your journal, an open heart and a pen or pencil. You will be led through a guided meditation and explore the story within waiting to escape.

You can pay in person, by etransfer to or purchase a ticket through Snapd Ajax Purchase. Facebook


Taking time to be still during times of challenge and transition can seem like the last thing we want to do or have time to do. We can cradle our intention with love for ourselves and others and sit quietly creating a moment whether it is fleeting or long to lift our awareness and open the door to peace.

We all have different forms of healing to experience in our lives. It calls us to push beyond our limits, our hurt and find truth and peace along the way.

Veneration in daily life: What have your deepest challenges brought to light for you and how have you grown?

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Couples Night Out!

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When is the last time you connected with your partner without distractions? Come out and make some time to reconnect with that special someone in your life. The focus of this evening will be to strengthen your connection with your partner through exercises that touch upon your mind, body and soul. Come together with an open heart and mind, and walk away remembering why you’re together.

We’ll be focusing on strengthening the connection from within starting with your breath, to the outside with the written word.

Join me with an open heart and mind.

I look forward to meeting you.


Explore Your Passion

In our present time we are often hearing messages telling us to find our passion and make it our living. Passion is a beautiful word to say. The word itself is seductive and vibrant. When asked, what is your passion? What are you passionate about? How do you feel?

I don’t watch television much but my wonderful cousin sat with me and invited me to watch Chef’s Table.

This series is about food and much more. It’s about people who found the one true thing that opens up the doors to their soul and lets it bend and flex, sing and roar fearlessly. As you watch this show you’ll find people who create with every breath and beat of their heart. They live in the moment with every meal they make.

All of the chefs are beautiful human beings but these three people resonated with me the most. Niki Nakayama, Massimo Bottura, and Francis Mallmann. Niki brought her creativity and desire to create a unique experience for each person who attends her house of food. She keeps a record of every customer who attends her restaurant. Food is her language of expression. Massimo breathes and inhales every moment. He is a man who follows his heart in the kitchen and in his life. Francis reminds us of how important our relationship to life and experience is.

I would argue that there is no hierarchy when we think about passion. You may come alive when you are a gardener. You make come alive as you lay each stone as a landscaper as you watch the design begin to take shape. When you watch your students learn how to read or solve a math equation may delight you. When you provide emotional support to someone and you get to witness something beautiful shift inside of them. The moments when you don’t have to try to be in the present moment, your pure intention to create or provide a heartfelt service makes you behave no other way.

Watch and get inspired. Passion is when your purpose and creative soul dance together to the rhythm of life.

Veneration in daily life: Take a few minutes to list 5 moments in your life when you were doing something that was infused with passion.

Create Your 2016 Goals From Within!



Four easy steps to consider when bringing your goals for 2016 to fruition!

  1. Apply Love!

Are you thinking about making a change in 2016? Whatever your goal is take a moment to apply love to it. How do I apply love to my goals for 2016? By viewing your goal through a loving lens. Does this goal align with my purpose? Does it contribute to my wellbeing and the wellbeing of others? Does it ignite a fire within me that inspires me to be the best version of myself?  Applying love doesn’t stop after you answer these questions. It’s applicable throughout the entire process of achieving your goal. It is practicing having compassion and being gentle with yourself throughout the challenges and opportunities to learn that may occur while you are striving towards your goal.

  1. Bring Clarity!

Sometimes our goals after the first few weeks or months become a little muddy. The inner critic has made their opinion known. People around you may have made suggestions. Our challenges or we could call them opportunities to grow seem a little insurmountable. Take a moment to enter the space of stillness within yourself. Take a few minutes a day to allow your mind, body and spirit to be present through meditation. By practicing meditation, we can develop the ability to quiet the constant internal and external chatter and shift our muddy waters into still waters.

  1. Create It Within!

Many people have said, start how you would like to end. We can do that by visualizing our goals. When you set your goals for 2016 visualize your intended outcome. What would it look like when this goal is completed? Make it colourful. Take a few minutes in the morning or before you go to sleep at night to visualize your goal. After you visualize your goal write it down just as you saw it within your minds eye. Why?

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

  1. Put It into Action!

It’s time to manifest! Take your intention and desire and make a Mind Map or an outline that demonstrates your action plan. With every step you may want to ask, does this bring me closer or further away from where I want to be?

Have a wonderful 2016! Anything you want to do is possible. Allow your dreams and purpose to guide you this year. Let your light shine, and illuminate others as you go along on your journey.

Veneration in daily life: Is there something that you have always wanted to do? Write a book, turn your hobby into a career, find a way to reduce your stress? Take a moment. Close your eyes, take 10 deep breaths in. Ask yourself, what would a successful wholehearted 2016 look like? Start creating!