A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness I experienced a real conundrum as I began this review. Who will want to read this book? It is the story of Conor, a young man whose mother is sick with cancer, maybe even…

Learn to love your fate

Learn to love your fate

Amor Fati- exploring an idea “I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth!…

When Things Fall Apart

When Things Fall Apart

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron A few days ago, I came across the quote by Cesar A. Cruz that “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” which struck me as true. Even more so for the…

Six Books to Help with Anxiety

Six Books to Help with Anxiety

Six Books to Help with Anxiety   Coping With Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, by Edmund Bourne These immediate, user-friendly, and effective strategies are designed to help you overcome anxiety. They include step-by-step exercises that you can do…

Brief Joy Practices

Brief Joy Practices

Brief Joy Practices   First thing in the morning… “I am grateful for the unknown blessings that are already on their way.” Recite X7   At the end of the day, just before bed… “I am grateful for the blessings…

The Tools

The Tools

The Tools By Phil Stutz and Barry Michels About a month ago, I saw an episode of The Charlie Rose Show on PBS. His guests were a couple of psychotherapists who had written a book called The Tools: Transform Your…

Readings in Theravada Buddhism

Readings in Theravada Buddhism

A Great Digital Intro to Theravada Buddhism www.accesstoinsight.org If you are looking for a very, very solid introduction to the early teachings of the Buddha, found in places such as Thailand and Sri Lanka, this is a great place to…

Shakti

Shakti

Shakti 26 Carden St., Guelph For those of you looking for a mala, prayer beads or a “secular mind training abacus”, I recommend this little shop on Carden Street. It is also a great source for Buddhist and Hindu statues, and…