The Purpose of Suffering, Depression, and Disease

An excerpt from Blake Bauer’s book, You Were Not Born to Suffer. Blake will be presenting Unconditional Self Love, Qi Gong & Meditation at Hollyhock in August 2017.

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places. – Ernest Hemingway

Wherever you are, please take a few slow, deep breaths into your belly. Feel your whole body, from your feet all the way up to the crown of your head, and then down to your fingertips. Please relax any tension you feel and let yourself be. Using each inhalation to open your body and create inner space, welcome everything you’re thinking, feeling and experiencing here in this moment. Please be present to your body and your breath.

Everything happens for a reason, especially health challenges of the mind and body. Although this may be difficult to accept, I’ve found that many of us unintentionally allow ourselves to get depressed or physically unwell, because we never learned how to express our emotions or care for ourselves in the ways necessary to remain healthy and happy throughout life. We learn from a young age to please others and to seek our parents’ or our caregivers’ conditional love to survive, but it’s often at the expense of being true to ourselves and it causes us very deep harm.

If we never wake up to this unhealthy internal dynamic, it eventually leads to depression, disease, relationship problems and most forms of suffering, all of which are simply cries from our soul calling us back home to ourselves, to the source of peace and strength within, and ultimately to love and value ourselves in each moment – starting now.

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ANN BRADNEY – RADICAL ALIVENESS (PODCAST)

Ann Bradney’s work in ‘horizontal leadership’ is on the cutting edge of leadership training, personal development, and human evolution. Using group processes to cultivate awareness and presence, Ann speaks about the magic of human creativity and compassion when individuals are validated, honored, and given the space to rise to their highest potential.
Ann will be presenting Radical Aliveness at Hollyhock August 13 – 18, 2017

Moving into the Unknown

By Kristen Scholfield-Sweet, from The Journey Oracle Blog, who will be presenting Moving in the Unknown with Ann Mortifee at Hollyhock in  August 23-27, 2017.

Ann Mortifee and I are teaching a session at Hollyhock, on Cortes Island this August titled Moving into the Unknown.  But before we can intend to move into the unknown and experience the Mystery, we must first believe it is possible to do so.  How do I know that I am developing a relationship with the unseen forces of nature, and the creatures who inhabit the other-than-human world?  Here are three examples from my daily life.

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Spinach and Red Cabbage Slaw With Walnuts

 

Our Head Chef Rebeka with Second Cook Helene made this delicious recipe, using the  yummy fresh spinach  our garden manager Holly and her team harvested  from the Hollyhock Garden!  (By the way, did you know that we are hiring for cooks? Come join us in the kitchen!)

This dish is super simple and so fresh and indicative of Spring/Summer harvest garden bounty.  The color was so lovely, the texture both crunchy with fresh spinach and stems and palatable with the marinating of the cabbage. Leftovers could also be added to a sandwich the next day for lunch in lieu of a lettuce leaf, or served again a 2nd time with supper …essentially it will hold up quite well!

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Shiobhon Robinsong – Singing for Change (Podcast)

For thousands of years, human beings have come together in community to sing. The myth that not everyone can sing has contributed to a world in which we consume music but have lost the art of singing. Shiobhon Robinson has a passion about singing and a purpose to bring people together through song. This is an interview about the transformative power of singing and ways that singing builds community and connection.

Shiobhon will be presenting Singing for Change at Hollyhock on Aug 9-13, 2017!

Hollyhock exists to inspire, nourish and support people who are making the world better. Our learning centres are located on Cortes Island and Vancouver, BC.