According to the physicist Henry Stapp, elementary particles are “in essence, a set of relationships that reach outward to other things”, and as such, RELATIONSHIP is the organizing principle of the universe. We are in constant communion and in relationship with everything and everyone around us.

Thus the center of everything lies in relationship, and the beginning of any relationship starts with our relationship to our self. Then, as ripples extending outwards, we connect to partners, children, friends, networks and our communities.

“Educating the mind, without educating the heart, is no education at all”    ~ Aristotle

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The whole concept of “self-love” gets bandied around quite a bit – as though it’s the simplest thing and what we should all be doing, and if we are not quite doing it “right” then it’s no wonder things aren’t working out in our lives…. At least that is how I experience it most of the time…. However what is “self-love” really? Does it mean eating the right foods (because if you loved yourself you would only want the best), or dressing your sexiest/most attractive, or not dressing sexy at all (because if you loved yourself then you would respect yourself enough to do so), or having the most fulfilling relationships as they are reflecting your relationship to yourself (because surely something is off kilter if you are not experiencing full embodied love manifest in your reality)? Continue Reading

I have been reflecting over the past while regarding the comfort of fantasy… about how much easier it is to hold onto this idea of what it is going to be like, holding onto the hopes and dreams of the ideal relationship, the successful business, the perfect body, the happy family, the idyllic life. Getting caught up in the search for quick fixes…. This seminar, this workshop, this gym program, this diet, this new/full moon, this therapist/counsellor whatever…. As though each is going to contain THAT answer which is somehow going to provide this immediate cataclysmic shift into my perfect life. Of course, each of these activities have great value, and as a coach and facilitator myself, I am certainly not saying these things do not support each of us in this journey of life, and are instrumental in the changes that we seek…. However we are often conveniently forgetting that missing piece which is: only we are responsible for any change, and all work comes from ourselves…. One step at a time. Continue Reading