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Volume 24 Issue 5 —January/February 2019

The current issueCultivating a Mindful Lifestyle
Silence Speaks

by Lorie Harrison

January 1, 2019
Ahhh, a fresh start! This is the year that I will meditate for 20 minutes every day; I will be mindful in all experiences. Loving kindness and compassion are my motto for 2019! Breathe in… breathe out! I got this.

January 2, 2019
Yay, day 2! I knew I could do this. Breathe in, breathe out with loving kindness. I’ll meditate 10 minutes now and 10 minutes at lunch.

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Delicious Soups and Stews
by Stacey Tress

January and February in Saskatchewan can be long, bitterly cold, and dark. The beauty of these months is that we can dream of our summer gardens, read books, curl up by the fire, and prepare and eat some hearty foods. Our family loves soup and it’s usually the first thing I begin preparing when the cool fall temperatures are upon us and the kitchen is tolerable again. I like to prepare big batches of soup and then freeze smaller portions to pull out for a homemade quick meal (usually served with a hot buttery biscuit or fat slice of sourdough bread). I also love to cook it up fresh as there’s something very comforting about the heat given off from the stove – and the aromatics of the mirepoix (pronounced “meer-pwah”), herbs, and meat are divine and who doesn’t love the taste test parts! The last soup I made was a beef barley as we had a crock pot roast a few days prior. Are you like me and sometimes add too much barely and end up with a risotto-like substance? It still was hearty and delicious!

The Power of The Artist’s Way
by Carey Rigby-Wilcox and Pam Garner

Have you ever told yourself you’d complete The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron? It is a book that so many of us have heard of and some of us have attempted to read and some of us have succeeded. What opened up Pam Garner and Carey Rigby-Wilcox to a whole creative world was working through this book in a safe group setting. Now they are sharing what they’ve experienced by co-facilitating a 13-week course called The Artist’s Way Sask.

Yoga for Grief - A Compassionate Journey Toward Healing
by Lynne Harley

"To be human is to know loss in its many forms. These seasons in our lives are intense and require a prolonged time to honour what the soul needs to fully digest the grief. We are told to ‘get on with it’ and ‘get over it.’ The lack of compassion surrounding grief reflects an underlying fear and mistrust of this basic human experience. We must restore the healing ground of grief. We must find the courage, once again to walk its wild edge."—Francis Weller (The Wild Edge of Sorrow) As I age, I am understanding more deeply the impermanent nature of all things...the death of loved ones, failing health, and challenging life transitions.

Can I Be Hypnotized? How the Myths About Hypnosis are Stopping You From Feeling Better
by Heather Rodriguez

“I tried before, and I didn’t go under,” or “I was totally awake the whole time, so it didn’t work,” and even, “I could open my eyes at any time.” As a professional hypnotherapist, I hear these things all the time. Stage shows and entertainment style hypnosis has made it difficult to know exactly when you are hypnotized, and what it feels like when you are. I am going to shine some light on hypnotism – what it is really like, who can be hypnotized, and why you would want to try hypnotism at all. The number one thing I hear after a session in my office is, “I wish I did this sooner.” Why is this? I have come to realize that many people don’t consider hypnotherapy as a possible solution to their struggles and pain because they are not convinced that they can be hypnotized.

Discovering the Nature in Me
by Diana Chabros

“Make objects that talk, then listen to them.”—David Bayle, author of Art and Fear

It was March and the frigid ocean waves outside our retreat space crashed against the rocks, creating a mist enveloping passersby on the trail below. Inside, we were largely oblivious to anything beyond our safe haven of a studio, a sanctuary created by our retreat guide. For one week we worked in each other's company. With tempera paints on paper we painted and repainted a single work, transforming imagery over and over, responding intuitively and often emotionally with whatever emerged. My piece, as always, explored the relationships between animals and humans, the land, and water.

Honouring the Life of Shakti Gawain (1948–2018)
Courtesy of New World Library

New World Library cofounder and bestselling author Shakti Gawain passed away on November 11, 2018. Originally named Carol Louise Gawain, she was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on September 30, 1948, to the late Theodore Gawain and Elizabeth Miller Gawain. Shakti attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, for several years before transferring to the University of California, Irvine, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance in June 1971. Her first, and only, nine-to-five job after graduation was as a receptionist at the South Vietnamese Embassy in Washington, DC, shortly before the end of the Vietnam War. After that, she spent two years living in Europe and travelling in a van to places like Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

Nick Martinuik of MySpray® Therapeutics has Released MyShrooms® Defence with Chaga+D3, a New Natural Product with Proven Health Benefits
Reprinted Courtesy of the Canora Courier

Nick Martinuik, a medical researcher, homeopath, and registered massage therapist, has practised natural medicine in Canora, SK, for over 20 years. He has partnered with a pharmaceutical lab in Vancouver and formulated a number of health-promoting products in the past, including MyPain LiniMint, Vitamin B12 Energy, and MyShrooms Immunity. Now he has released his newest product called MyShrooms Defence with Chaga+D3.

by Melva Armstrong

I find it hard to believe we are into 2019. It seems like just last year it was turning to 2000 and we were all worried about the world disintegrating or other such catastrophic events. I can hardly remember what has happened in the 18 years since then as the time has moved so fast. However, I do know and remember there have been lots of positive, uplifting, and enlightening experiences and they continue to this day. There is much that I am grateful for and I count my blessings every day.

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