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Profoundly Present to Life's All

Profoundly Present to Life's All

by Desiree Leigh, Wake Up to Live
Driving on Georgia Street in Vancouver to visit a friend across town, I was injected divinely through the heart understanding my humanness. I felt surges of various feelings showering me every few seconds, dissolving as quickly as they came, as I drove towards Burrard Street. The feelings of being swayed hither and thither felt like I was being played in a pinball machine. I being the ball, very conscious and present of these hits of feelings piercing through my body.

The surges of different feelings are part of life and part of being a sentient being. They can take us for a ride either down hill or up. We have the choice on the direction, and how long we want to be with them. Experiencing these feelings, the complete presence of them, and understanding how they come and go so quickly doesn't always make the process of moving through them easy.

As I drive, I'm happy, smiling, and enjoying the scenery …

Happy Halloween Jokes

Happy Halloween Jokes
Here are some Halloween Jokes,
don't peek!

What do ghosts serve for dessert?
When is it bad luck to meet a black cat?
What was the witch's favorite subject in school?
Where do baby ghosts go during the day?
What monster flies his kite in a rain storm?
What do the birds sing on Halloween?
Who did Frankenstein take to the prom?
What is Transylvania's national sport?
Who won the skeleton beauty contest?
What do skeletons say before they begin dining?

ENJOY AND HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN!

Ice ScreamWhen you're a mouseSpelling
Dayscare Centers
Benjamin Frankenstein
Twick or Tweet
His ghoul friend
Drac racing No body Bone appetit!
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How to Respond in a Crisis

On Saturday, I attended the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training program at Douglas College in Coquitlam, BC. Most of the young attendees were going into some sort of health care field, such as nursing or dementia care. Others, were working with at-risk youth and children with autism. I chose to go to learn more about better communication, in general, with everyone, and to be more pro-active in how I can handle a crisis situation and prevent acting-out behavior, whether it's in a family situation, dealing with people that have addictions, or someone at the super market. After attending this workshop, I came out with greater awareness on all forms of communication, such as verbal, non-verbal, and para-verbal, and the steps to take, without over-reacting, even while you're in a state of fear.

Jill Bloom, a psychiatric nurse and our instructor, shared many wonderful and crazy situations she had when she was a primary nurse. She stated several times, that if she knew the…

We Can Learn to Love with Our Crooked (Imperfect) Heart

We Can Learn to Love with Our Crooked Heart

By working with the repressed emotion in the body (e.g., anger, rage), we realize that we are human, and that there is no such thing as a perfect human being. In fact, the better we think we are and the more we imagine we are, the darker our shadow is, and the darker the material that we have to release. 
 When we know how much rage and grief and jealousy and greed and lust are in us, we have to forgive ourselves for being human.

To forgive is to transform what we otherwise reject. Some people find that very hard because they've been brought up to be perfect. But once we know that we can love ourselves with all our human flaws and idiosyncrasies then we can love others from that same place. 
 Or, as W. H. Auden had stated, "We can learn to love each other with our own crooked heart."

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Not All Children Know How to Play

Not All Children Know How to Play
"I did know, instinctively,
that to play was to be."

~The Soul's Code

The concept of play seems easy. We all play when we are children. Right? Wrong! 
Childhood trauma survivors, most often, do not know how to play. They can't self-identify, so they don't know how to image and play. A concept that most people that have had healthy childhoods do not understand, but one that is a serious struggle for adult survivors.
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Your Joy Is Your Sorrow Unmasked

Your Joy is Your Sorrow Unmasked
Then a woman said,
Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.
And he answered:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter riseswas oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being,
the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine
thevery cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
[Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet]

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Influence Others With Your Behavior Not Your Mocking

I was perusing the internet to see what Thanksgiving meant to others. I was dumbfounded to see the criticism, mockery, righteousness, and blame, as well as strong advice in stern voices saying 'just be grateful!'

You can't tell someone to 'just be grateful' when they have a lot of blame, hate, guilt or shame lurking within them. They'll have to go through the process on their own. Making righteous comments won't work either. It'll make you look like a jack ass and them resist your opinions more. I see this over and over again with many, forcing the issue down someone's throat. When you feed your child a new vegetable or pablum, do you force it in their mouth, demanding that it's good for them and they'd better eat it? I'd hope not.

How do we get to the true feelings of gratitude and not the gratitude that is a facade? Understanding and empathy of others breed acceptance and gratitude. If you want someone to be truly grateful, le…

Doukhobors, 'Spirit Wrestler,' Beliefs & Acceptance

I had two choices to write about for an assignment for my writing class. One was to write about a fact about myself that I am interested in, whether it be a character trait, my date of birth, my ancestry, or my appearance. The other was to seek out an article from a newspaper that caught my eye from the month and year I was born. I found the events: The US President, Lyndon B. Johnson, and his top-ranking advisers meet to discuss plans to bomb North Vietnam, and, Beach Boys' bassist/keyboardist Brian Wilson suffers a nervous breakdown on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston, eventually precipitating his retirement. Good topics, but no real true living experience at that time in my life to talk about.

I went with the ancestry. In the end, I didn't complete my assignment, though. What I did was gain a lot of knowledge on my Russian Doukhobor Orthodox Freedomite Christian background that I was brought up in.

Many of you probably know what it's like when you're youn…

Write Without Imposing Structure

Write Without Imposing Structure
"I get very nervous when people start talking about structure. It always sound like a cage over my writing...Structure imposed from the outside according to a preconceived formula is a cage. It does not allow the original and organic shape of the writing to emerge. Structure created before the fact of writing is artificial and limiting. Real structure comes from within the material itself, is not separate from it, which is why I like to leave a discussion of structure until plenty of writing has been done."
~Patti Miller, Writing your Life.

Right now, I have to tell you, I want to fly to Australian and give Patti a big kiss on the lips! Reading these words were breathtaking. They gave me goose pimples, I was so excited. I joined a writing class at the University of British Columbia Writing your Life's Story: Autobiography and Memoir. Lastnight was my first class. I was looking forward to learning more about writing and I was bless…