The Ceremony of Life

Jude: Ceremonies are often rituals of honouring something significant, setting clear intentions, and organizing our outer space as a reflection of organized inner space.  By contrast, certain times in life may often feel insignificant, unintentional, and disorganized.  In this practice we will contemplate what is important to us personally and how we can honour this, set … Continued

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Healthy Empowerment

Jude: Many of us have learned to make ourselves small; To avoid ruffling feathers, to fit in, to find the path of least resistance in a chaotic and unpredictable world.  We may even have negative associations with power, especially if we’ve been victims to abuses of power.  But there’s a healthy side to power;  A sense … Continued

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Connection through Gratitude

Jude: It is often said that our minds are problem solving devices; and even if there are no problems, they will create them.  Well, there are a lot of problems, so we really don’t need to create any more.  But might we sometimes be overly focused on the negatives?  Is it really helpful to be spinning … Continued

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Waking Up To Your Life

Jude: Who are you? Or what are you? Many meditative traditions emphasize self-inquiry, a practice exploring the nature of Self.  But my sense is that many are too soon to dismiss the Self as illusory, before they really get to know it.  There are a lot of great things about ourselves, or more accurately, our constellation of parts … Continued

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Inner Celebration

Jude: What does it mean to celebrate?  Well in my 20s I had a very particular idea of how to celebrate.  It definitely wasn’t healthy.  My body wasn’t happy.  But now I’m opening up to a more fundamental form of celebration, simply through an appreciative presence, and acknowledging what’s meaningful.  Join us in a quiet and … Continued

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