Self-Awareness 101 — You are not your thoughts

"I think, therefore I am!" Descartes' quote was great in its time, but I think it overshadows a larger reality. Most of us spend our time fully in our brains. We remind ourselves of what we need to do, the on-going "To Do" lists. We rehash conversations, worry about our futures, count calories, rewrite the … Continue reading Self-Awareness 101 — You are not your thoughts

Body Awareness 101 — Hear the wisdom of your body

Appearance and health usually top the list when we discuss our bodies. Perhaps sexuality comes in there a bit, but really, most people do not think about their bodies much more than that. We have been raised in a society where the brain runs the show. There is an understanding that everything should be based … Continue reading Body Awareness 101 — Hear the wisdom of your body

Moments

Our life is composed of moments. We like to dream about wonderful things like unfathomable riches, or a great vacation, getting that ring or promotion, but the truth is, we are living right now. So, how do you feel right now? It is not too much of a leap to guess that you are warm, … Continue reading Moments

Stories we Tell Ourselves

The overlaps between both the ancient and the modern spiritual philosophies is significant to me. Recently, at my Vipassana retreat, Goenkaji spoke about "Saṅkhāra" he explained craving and aversion as causing these.  Basically, he was discussing thoughts that form when you are not happy with the present moment. All of the regrets, worries, hopes and desires … Continue reading Stories we Tell Ourselves

What if We Chose to Be Here?

It seemed like a simple question, but the more I pondered it the more I recognized it was rewriting how I told my story. For years, I've said, "I think I chose to be here" and in a recent conversation with a friend, I turned it around and said, "What if we all chose to … Continue reading What if We Chose to Be Here?

My Site is NOT back up

Wow! What a terrible couple of days. I renewed my URL, http://www.wendypowell.ca with Sibername for a really long time and I am regretting it in a way that I can't explain politely. Yes, a Canadian company, Sibername, who allegedly manages URLs. The whole problem began with my requirement to have a new email address. This … Continue reading My Site is NOT back up

Susan Hyatt

I just got off a webinar with the Fantastic Susan Hyatt, one of my favourite Woman's Woman. She is planning trips all over the world for her elite coaching sessions. Villas, castles, that sort of thing. She is a common sense, wisdom kinda gal and I love her. There's not a lot of people I'd … Continue reading Susan Hyatt

Narcissism-Scenes From the Front Line — New Job

This is an excerpt from my first book, "I Woke Up in Paradise". I was receiving cheques from the government. They had started to come again after my work at the emergency clinic, but they were about to run out. I had been applying to jobs and despite Bob’s insistence that I work; he was actively … Continue reading Narcissism-Scenes From the Front Line — New Job

Magic on the Camino

Suddenly my feet had no traction and I was beginning to fall. My hiking pole bent nearly ninety degrees and I almost went down when a young man from Turkey grabbed my arm and saved me from landing in the mud. Such is the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Whether it be the thousands of … Continue reading Magic on the Camino

Writing About Writing

I realized in an inside-out way that I was thinking about writing about writing and it seemed so peculiar and strange. I often just "feel" like capturing a moment, the way that I'm feeling at the time and I started to form the thoughts and then it hit me,  "I want to write a blog … Continue reading Writing About Writing