Feeling Based Money Management

“I did a really good job today, I deserve to buy those shoes.” “This has been so rough, that TV will make me feel better.” “Things feel so tight, there’s no way we can afford that cookbook.” “I got paid today! Time to buy those skis I always wanted.” Your feelings are not the best …

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Letting Go of Worry

When I ask myself to let go of worry I feel scared. Without worry will I be complacent? Without worry will I fail to know what’s important? What does it mean to live without worry? To sleep peacefully through the night; To feel one’s heart at ease; To be truly present to receive? If I …

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European Tour – Updated!

Greetings everyone, My itinerary for my trip to Europe (and Ottawa) has become a bit more defined in the past couple weeks. I thought I’d share it before departing. If you’re interested to take a swordplay workshop with me or want to meet up (or tell me about excellent swordy or dancy things I should …

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Third Level Honesty

1st Level Honesty: You answer the question when asked and are truthful only about what is asked: How are you feeling? Fine. Where are you going? To a friend’s place. What will you be doing there? Hanging out. This is the level of honesty you use with a border guard. 2nd Level Honesty: You answer …

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The Value of Being a Supporter

Entrepreneurs and independents are highly valued in our North American culture yet behind every entrepreneur are dozens if not hundreds or thousands of supporters. These supporters are the workers, the contributors, the backers, all the people who really get the things done. However their role is under-appreciated. It’s not sexy enough to make the front …

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Moving Through the Stages of the Creative Journey

Rules and technique are powerful transports for principle. Following the rules of dance or swordplay is like following a recipe. If you keep on track at each step you will discover what the chef intended. This is essential at the beginning. Especially before you learn what tastes good. But after you follow enough recipes you …

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Untying the Bondage of Love

Knowing someone you love needs you, I mean really needs you, can’t-live-without-you type “need”, can make that love feel very secure. They’re not going anywhere. They’ll always be right where you want them because you’re their rock, their shield, their crutch. What a vulnerable type of love they have offered you. They have given you …

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Don’t Get Invested in Not-Doing

Sometimes you know how to do something, you know that something should be done, and for whatever reason you don’t do it. The challenge is not becoming invested in the not-doing. It’s easy to become stuck behind the regret or embarrassment of not having done the thing in the first place. “If you were able …

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Revealing

It’s easy to hold yourself closed. It’s easy to be closed and not truly realize how closed you are. The world is full of daggers and my soft centre needs to stay hidden. The world is full of liars and my soft centre need not be led astray. I will bind myself down over this …

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Mature Transformations Instead of Hostile Breakups

I don’t know about you but I never stop loving someone. There’s still a place in my heart for my first girlfriend, who is still a good friend, and for the girlfriend where our relationship went down in a dramatic inferno. The fact that love doesn’t let go too easy is the reason that so …

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