Spring Gillard

Why Meditate?

Photo: Frank Barilani

I have read many of Pema Chodron’s books. They are jam-packed with wisdom and her writing is so accessible. In this excerpt, she gives some very practical benefits of meditation.

Meditation is about seeing clearly the body that we have, the mind that we have, the domestic situation that […]

Cooling the Jets


I was working on my thesis all day. What kept me going was the thought of sinking into the hot tub at the Aquatic Centre late afternoon and getting a good shoulder massage with the powerful jets. But when I got there, the hot tub was semi-disabled. There was a “substantial […]

Sitting Still

This is a thought for the day from Eknath Easwaran. I’m quite sure he would add cell phones to the list of activities we need to quell if he were alive today. Are you up for a text free Sunday?

All human evil comes from […]


Received this lovely message in an electronic postcard from the Blue Mountain Centre of Meditation. Wise words from Eknath Easwaran on the power of being gentle. You can watch the short video clip here.

In my vocabulary, gentle is a very beautiful word. I find gentle people so beautiful, so good to be […]

A Wise Perspective

The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life’s challenges when they come. Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious. You can use a challenge to awaken you, or you can allow it to pull […]