Not Enough

By Jude Bijou, who will be presenting Attitude Reconstruction: Build Joy, Love, and Peace in Vancouver on Oct 22-23, 2016.

Do you feel like you’re never enough? That there’s never enough time? Money? Friends? Great opportunities? Recognition? Do you believe if you had or did something else — got married, earned more, looked more beautiful, danced better, or had more time — you’d finally relax and feel okay? Do you believe more is better? Are you rarely satisfied? Do you feel deprived, unworthy, or anxious no matter how hard you try or what you do? Do you secretly measure everything against an invisible standard and come up lacking?

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Hang Out At Hollyhock

By Cherie Thiessen via BC Magazine

The northern reaches of the Strait of Georgia are gently rippling today, and in the background the lofty Coastal Mountains still wear a skiff of snow while overshadowing the gentler profiles of the Discovery Islands. I’m glad we have 45 minutes aboard the refit relief boat, Quadra Queeen II; time to savour the pristine, open view before arriving at Whaletown on Cortes Island, British Columbia.

We let our senses quietly expand and absorb. The day will culminate in Hollyhock’s hot tub overlooking the Strait of Georgia and Twin Islands, after three relaxing ferries and leisurely Vancouver and Cortes island drives. Oystercatchers will be calling close by our beachfront cottage and my friend, Pat Crossley, and I will fall asleep listening to the slurp of waves.


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Five Steps to Dispelling Bad Moods

By Jude Bijou of Attitude Reconstruction

  1. Trace back in time to identify when the mood began by looking at various past time-frames and determining if you were feeling it then. No matter its magnitude or duration, something upsetting happened that triggered your mood or pervasive feeling. It could have been as simple as an edgy interaction, an intense argument, or change of plans disappointment. Pinpoint the event by asking yourself, “When did I start feeling like this?” or, “When was the last time I remember feeling okay?” 

Sam asked himself, “How was I feeling three weeks ago when my friends visited from out of town? How about last weekend at the wedding of his college roommate? How about Wednesday evening?” As he checked in about how he felt at various points in time, a light bulb went off in his head. Sam realized his mood started Wednesday morning after his wife made a snide comment about how he never did anything around the house. At the time he didn’t say anything, but pulled away emotionally and started feeling distant. Voila. That was the culprit.

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5 writing prompts and 10 steps toward book editing & book completion

By Albert Flynn DeSilver, who will be presenting Writing As a Path to Awakening in Vancouver on Oct 1-2, 2016

Writing in general, let alone a book, is a huge commitment. . .it takes inspiration, dedication, practice, and devotion. Below are a few ways to begin generating ideas and continuing along the journey.


1. Write about a time you made a scene in public, or at the very least over the phone, where you raised your voice, screamed, called someone names, or otherwise behaved inappropriately or obnoxiously in public.

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The Future of Medicine – An Integrative Vision

Via Dr. Lawrence Cheng, who will be co-presenting Yoga & Mind Body Medicine at Hollyhock on Sept 28 – Oct 2, 2016.

Medicine is  undergoing a major paradigm shift from a reactive, organ based diagnosis and disease management system to an engaged, proactive, molecular based systems approach. This is being called “4P Medicine: Personalized, Predictive, Preventive and Participatory.

This new medicine is emerging from the rapidly growing new science of systems biology including the study and application of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and the microbiome. The super-convergence of “omics”, new computational tools and an increasingly engaged and knowledgeable population who are using ever more sophisticated biometric tracking devices and learning from each other through social networks is fueling this revolution.

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