The Inner Shift to Enlightenment


Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha


Sometimes this inner shift comes with age but always through the attainment of knowledge.  One enters a period of enlightenment where the material world is no longer your focus.  An inner shift is when you realize that true abundance is much more about “being” than it is about “having,” “going,” “doing” and “getting.”   It is here, you discover to your great delight that your unconditioned self is made of everything you are trying to find in the world. Yes, you truly have it all.  Joy is your spiritual DNA.  Love is your original energy and your true nature is already free. Your true nature begins to materialize, you naturally experience a life that is rich in every way.


Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Morihei Ueshiba

Though you may travel the world to find the beautiful, you must have it within you or you will find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson


As a young writer at the age of nine I was instantly inspired by music to write.  As, I grew older I found that music was my muse in many ways.  If my mood was high I would listen to rock music and when it was mellow I would listen to Stevie Nicks.  I think anyone that enjoyed the music of Fleetwood Mac found Ms. Nicks to be enchanting, mystical and unique.  A tiny little lady with such a dynamic stage presence that all eyes were on her.  She has not had an easy life, there have been drug problems, weight issues, etc, and yet she remains positive about her life and continues to do what she loves and that is to sing.  What I admire about Stevie is she ventured out on her own in a predominantly male orientated industry and became a successful solo artist in her own right.  But what I admire more than that is that she has and always has remained a “REAL person.  She inspires me to be a little different, to see things outside the box.  Her music creates an ambience in which I can find peace and sereniy in an often insane world.  Her obstacles inspire many to keep going, no matter what.


My partner inspires me to be REAL everyday.  He always supports my creative endeavours and my dreams.  I admire Marty because he is a genuine person and sees beyond himself.






My dog Molly inspires me to be a better person, being that she is sensitive I have to always remember that she gives me all her love and attention and she deserves that from me. She has taught me to be more accepting of life and to remain calm in many situations.

Who inspires you?


The Strait of Georgia encompassed me as I stood at the top of the freshly rain laden mound.  I took in a long breath in awe of it’s enormity.   As I walked further down, the water became closer and more expansive.    I felt like a mere speck in the universe only having experienced this once before in Oahu as night fell and the sun set for the day.  In Hawaii when the water embraced the sun, when the union of the world below merged with the world above my heart skipped a beat and with it my feet tingled.  It was in that moment I knew there was something larger than me at the end of this game, we call life.  There is a power greater than myself that has given me so many blessings.  How selfish humans are in so many ways, we do not appreciate nature as much as we should. There is an innocence and peacefulness in these waves I view in the distance, that beckons me to continue walking.  My mind and body are calm and at ease.  The wind gently pulls at my hair that was in a ponytail, now flowing freely around my face.  I hear the comforting sound of birds and see several boats sailing in the deep jade coloured waters as the night began closing in.  The mist below my feet starts to rise and with it my visibility becomes reduced..  One can describe a certain balance that I sense is entering my consciousness or is it just what one’s natural state is meant to be?  Are we so convoluted with technology and worries that we fail to arrive home very often?  To me, this was worth a lifetime and yet seems a lifetime ago.

What Birds, Peaches and Tennis Balls Taught me About Life

Does anyone remember the saying “ A little  bird told me?” I am choosing to use birds as that gut feeling a person gets when  you know you made the wrong choice or decision.  You know the one I mean, when  you realize you should have been more cautious in your business dealings with that person.  It is a pang of sorts, as if your instincts are saying listen up,  heed the signs.  Often it is strongest when someone is trying to manipulate you  into doing something that you do not want to do; when their soul purpose is to  gain something from you for their best interest, not yours.

Peaches represent the the sweet and loving  people that I treasure in my life and all the little things that make living  truly worthwhile.  The call you get from a friend to see how you are.  A card  from a loved one when you are sick, the neighbour that brings you flowers.  Your  partner that cares enough to work more so you can deal with your health  conditions and not have to worry about working.   It can simply be the sounds of  crickets in the fields at night,  the smell of fresh rain, and the cuddly puppy  that jumps into your arms at the end of the day.  Even in the darkest moments,  always remember to love and appreciate your peaches because they are not all  going to be sweet.

Tennis balls represents  the obstacles one  does not see coming.  The unexpected little surprises that feel as if one has  been plummeted with tennis balls and cannot catch all of them at once.  The  proverbial balancing act where rationale can go out the window and what I call  “the who cares already” zone emerges.

Jamaican Lifestyle Part 1


We have much to learn from the Jamaican people, a simple people that are gracious and driven by love.  Bob Marley’s “One Love” is still alive and kicking today, in fact the Jamaican people believe we are all part woman and man and that is a complete love.

Many of the luxuries we take for granted such as cars, cell phones, the internet, etc. are not commonly used by many people in Jamaica.  We asked outr raft captain as we sailed down the beautiful Martha Brae River about putting a video of him on youtube.  He claimed that he lived in a village that had no internet so he would not be able to see it.  This did not phase him at all as a loss but merely an inconvenience.  J.K. also told us he was dependant on others for rides to work, often standing at the roadside in the hope…

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7 Steps to Complete Inner Peace

Inner peace is one of the most valuable assets that we can cultivate.  Nobody can give us inner peace, but our own thoughts that can rob us of our inner peace.   We can experience inner peace right now, exactly where we are. One does not need to travel to a sacred temple or to India to find it.  The most important criteria is to value the importance of inner peace.   If we truly want inner peace, we will strive to make it a reality.

These are some suggestions for bringing more peace into your mind.


1. Limit your time reading negative material and watching the news.

It is true, that we can try to detach from this negativity. But, in practise ,we will make our progress easier if we don’t spend several hours ruminating over the problems of the world.  Once I limited, if not completely removed myself  from watching the news and reading the newspapers I found my energy levels and outlook on life became more positive.

It has become too easy to automatically switch on the TV or surf the internet when we have a few free minutes.   Take the opportunity to be still and enjoy a relaxed state of mind free of conflict and responsibilities.  As a writer I find when I turn off the television and the internet my mind tends to become more aware and more creative.


2. Control of Negative Thought Processes:

It is our thoughts that determine our state of mind and body.   If we constantly cling to negative and destructive thoughts, inner peace will always remain at  a distance.   Begin by turning these thoughts around.  If you feel you failed at something look a what you learned in that situation.  Train yourself to think ” I did the best I could” and forgive yourself as well.  This requires practise. – We cannot attain mastery of our thoughts over night. But, at the same time we always have to remember that we are able to decide which thoughts to follow and which to reject.  You are NOT a helpless victim to your thoughts.

We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
―    Elizabeth Gilbert,    Eat, Pray, Love


3. Simplify Your Life & Home:

Learn to say “No”.   We can feel that we never have enough time to fulfill all our tasks. Take time to simplify your life; there are many things that we can do without, quite often we add unnecessary responsibilities to our schedule.  Do the most significant tasks, one at a time, and enjoy doing them. To experience inner peace, it is essential to avoid cluttering our life with unnecessary activities and worries.  Organize our activities and appointments in daytimers, use a filing system to find important documents.  We also may want to purge ourselves of things, perhaps clothing and items that we no longer use.

Balance is key here as well.  I have learned many ways to maximize my time, such as running a few errands together.  I balance household responsibilities and time I need to ensure I stay healthy – going for walks with the dog to prevent back pain and keep chronic pain at bay with my free-lance writing and my coursework as a student.  Yet, I am still able to spend time with loved ones and friends.

The things I do not desire to do I do less of.  It all comes down to priorities and what really matters now.  Will it matter if the laundry gets done tonight or another day?  So what if the sink is full of dishes that will wait til tomorrow.


4. Spend time to cultivate inner peace.

Most weekdays we spend 8 hours a day at a job, surely we can find time to spend 15 minutes to cultivate inner peace?  No matter how much money we have, it will never  bring us inner peace.  I am able to sneak in at least an hour a day to do things alone that allow me to maintain a state of peace in my busy life.  I enter my office ( sanctuary) and listen to music, burn incense and listen to my waterfall and the world falls away.

One can get creative with this one, so maybe you can’t find ten minutes a day for inner peace at home.  Maybe our lunch break at work might be a place we can slip away for ten minutes to meditate.  Some friends I know take a little drive after work and sit at the park for 15 minutes to unwind and meditate while others demand 30 minutes when they get home from work to be left alone.

If all else fails listen to some  relaxing music in your car on your way to and from work.  This can be a great stress reliever as well..


5. Avoid Criticizing People:

If we want inner peace, we need to be more accepting of others.  If we are indifferent to the feelings of others, then it is impossible to have inner peace for ourselves. What we give out comes back.  The old karma thing.  If you offer a peaceful attitude to others you will find that this will be returned ten fold.  Not everyone will return a peaceful attitude and those people that prefer not to, let them worry about it, that is there stuff.


6.  Let Go of Perfectionism:

We are not perfect nor is the world or anyone else.  Stop being so hard on yourself.  Nobody ever died from a messy livingroom.  It can be quite freeing to let go of having to do everything perfectly.  When we do this we also allow others to help us if we ask.


7.  One final point, stop worrying.  This serves no purpose, things are going to happen as they do.  We can convince ourselves we have all this control but we often don’t.









Study Confirms Green Tea Compound Could Tackle Cancer

According to a new study from researchers at  the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, a compound found in green tea could be used to tackle cancer.

The compound, which is known as epigallocatechin gallate — a type of flavonoid — has been known to contain cancer-defying properties, but until now, has failed to treat cancer-ridden tumours, according to the study.

Some experts recommend drinking at least three cups of green tea a day. A 2009 review of 51 green tea studies found that three to five cups of the beverage could lower the risks of ovarian, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers, but not breast or other cancers, according to

Drinking a cup of tea a few times a day to absorb antioxidants and other healthful plant compounds. In green-tea drinking cultures, the usual amount is three cups per day. Allow tea to steep for three to five minutes to bring out its catechins. The best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids in tea is to drink it freshly brewed.  Tea can impede the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables. Adding lemon or milk or drinking tea between meals will counteract this problem.