Seyyed Hossein Nasr blames environmental decline on “the divorce of our understanding of nature from the sacred and the spiritual.” The Islamic philosopher argues that Christianity in Western culture has failed to protect nature; and that Islam is a green … Continue reading
A little effort can turn the smallest space into a fertile sanctuary.
It might look peaceful enough, but this living room is the scene of a recent dramatic transition. My partner and I have just finished moving our home from Guelph to Waterloo, Ontario. Moving is supposedly one of the most stressful … Continue reading
The struggle to maintain good exercise habits reminds me of the importance of gratitude and ritual.
Rituals are valuable. They help us focus and remember what matters to us. But we must not become slaves to activities that make us unhappy. If habits turn into ruts, we need to change paths. First thing in the morning … Continue reading
Every year on the evening of Dec. 21, people gather in Toronto’s Kensington Market to celebrate Winter Solstice with a festival of fire and lights. I have attended several times. This year I went with my partner and two daughters. … Continue reading
To younger people with mental health disorders I wish I could say, “It will be ok.” Man, that is what I hoped to hear from someone when I was younger. The truth is more complex. Sometimes it will not … Continue reading
This is guest post exchange day in the 2013 WordCount Blogathon. This story comes from the U.S. West Coast, courtesy of my friend Jennifer Willis. Do you know what your personal environmental impact is? Really? Nearly nine years ago, I … Continue reading
Two recent experiences have modified my concept about how I interact with the world. I may be an introvert, but that does not mean I cannot thoroughly enjoy being around people for extended periods. I simply need to be mindful … Continue reading
Today begins the 2013 WordCount blogathon. I participated and finished for the first time last year. It was a challenging and exciting experience that connected me with many other writers, particularly some who do it for a living, and helped … Continue reading