The Soulistry Blog

“DON’T WANT TO GET SICK?”

“DON’T WANT TO GET SICK?”

It was near the beginning of the pandemic ... most people were social distancing and mask-wearing.Standing in line outside the health food store, the woman ahead of me were social distancing and wearing masks when a fellow appeared ... no social distancing ... no mask...

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“LESSONS MOTHERS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN”

“LESSONS MOTHERS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN”

It was a simple, informal, unexpected conversation with the check-out gal at the local grocery store. She was wearing an "Every Child Matters" bright orange shirt. I commented on it and said that I was sorry I wasn't able to get to the rally on the weekend. She said...

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“I THINK I CAN”

“I THINK I CAN”

The little engine was at the bottom of a mountain, looked aheadand was about to turn around because the mountain seemed to be too difficult to climb. But then came the thought "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can" and the little train slowly began its climb up...

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“TODAY I AWOKE”

“TODAY I AWOKE”

Long ago, Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was born. Considered to be one of the most important Stoic philosophers, Aurelius penned these words: "When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." The...

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“TURNING FEAR INTO HOPE”

“TURNING FEAR INTO HOPE”

Fear seems to be on the rise.There's climate change, mass murders, fires, the Delta variant of the COVID19 virus.What to do?We could get guns, or attachments to make guns even more potent.We could become a more militarized society.We could let the fear grow and grow...

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“ALPHABET OF LIFE”

“ALPHABET OF LIFE”

Letters of the alphabet ...They can be fascinating.They can be a focus for artwork.They can remind us of our childhood as we recite the letters.They can lead us to better awareness of our world and ourselvesas an Alphabet of Life.Here's one suggestionWhy not make up...

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“LIMITATIONS”

“LIMITATIONS”

I remember the day before the pandemic. She was in her mid-80's, was wearing beige slacks, beige top and black jacket with a black purse and black shoesand looking at summer tops and slacks. The clothing she was looking at? Black sweater, beige slacks, black top. I...

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“JULY 4th”

“JULY 4th”

When I transplanted the bleeding hearts in the garden, I didn't think they would "take" in their new location. Oh, me of little faith!  They survived the transplant and blossomed! Each time I walk by them, I am reminded to pray ... pray especially for those...

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“WHEN LIFE HITS”

“WHEN LIFE HITS”

When life hits unexpectedly, it hurts. And when it hurts, it can wound not just physically not just emotionally not just spiritually. Sometimes all three. When life hits unexpectedly when life happens and pain results when life brings exhaustion beyond imagining when...

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“O CANADA”

“O CANADA”

Today is Canada Day in this country.  I honour and pay respect to the privilege and reality that I live on unceded aboriginal land - meaning that Aboriginal Title has neither been surrendered nor acquired by the Crown / government.  On July 1, 1867,...

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“WILLING TO BE WILLING”

“WILLING TO BE WILLING”

It's not something I experience very often. When I do, I try to work with it and not let it capture my mind, my soul, my body because when it isn't dealt with, when I'm not willing to let it go, when it escalates, relationships suffer, people can be physically and...

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“MESSAGE OF THE HUMMINGBIRD”

“MESSAGE OF THE HUMMINGBIRD”

A hot summer's day and hummingbirds abound!How can I not be fascinated by them? Their grace, beauty, agility ... and oh yes, their symbolism.Reflection emerges.For the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Coast, the hummingbird is a messenger of joy. But not just joy -...

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“WILDERNESS MOMENTS”

“WILDERNESS MOMENTS”

There are times when we experience wilderness moments ... when temptation calls us to sow seeds of negativity in our social media posts, blogs, conversations,emails, thoughts ... when wild beasts of anger, fear, disillusionment, bitterness, resentment are ravenous and...

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“A POOHIAN THEORY OF MUSIC”

“A POOHIAN THEORY OF MUSIC”

A "Poohian Theory of Music"? Yes, 'Poohiah,' because it was a most unexpected Winnie the Pooh who once said: “Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get.  They’re things which get you. All you have to do is go where they can find you.” (A.A.Milne author of "Winnie...

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“CREATE. JUST BEGIN”

“CREATE. JUST BEGIN”

"Create" said my friend with enthusiasm. I looked at the blank piece of paper and was numb. "Create?  Create what?" "Let it flow.  Put paint on brush, brush on paper.  See what happens." "She's got to be kidding" I murmured to myself. "I need...

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“ENGAGE”

“ENGAGE”

This past week, I completed the training, added three new initials after my name (CZT) and am now a Certified Zentangle® Teacher. It was four exhausting days of tangling ... and fun! If you're not familiar with the term Zentangle®, once you Google it, you'll discover...

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“TRAVEL”

“TRAVEL”

It's been well over a year since most of us have travelled beyond our own town, city let alone our own Country. I've missed travelling. I've missed seeing places I'd only read about in books. I've missed connecting with family and friends. I've missed exploring beyond...

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“C.S.A. Creative Spirituality Artist”

“C.S.A. Creative Spirituality Artist”

The first time I heard someone look at something I had created and say "June, you are an artist," I was taken aback. An artist? No, not me. I can't draw or paint or do calligraphy or sculpt or quilt or ... I just play. And then it dawned on me ... just as beauty is in...

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“WITH MOTHER’S DAY ON THE HORIZON”

“WITH MOTHER’S DAY ON THE HORIZON”

With Mother's Day on the horizon, I think of, and pray with thanksgiving, for... the women who are rejoicing for they gave birth to a healthy child ... the women whose child had children and they became a grandmother ... the women who adopted a child. With Mother's...

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“BEING SUNNY”

“BEING SUNNY”

Sunny. It’s a name that suits my friend well. Her easy, friendly manner encourages smiling responses in those she meets. Her patient, open acceptance of others, her loving nature and grace blesses those who encounter her. She brings sunshine in her every step. Yes,...

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