21 Lessons for the 21st Century

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. Penguin Random House.  372pp Oxford-educated lecturer in history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yuval Noah Harari established his credentials with two bestsellers. Sapiens was a reflection of mankind’s progress through history, from the discovery of fire to the creation of cyborgs. Homo Deus detailed… Continue reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Thoughts, prayers and protests: reflections on “spirited” action

by Bob Worcester “Thoughts and prayers” are a common response to tragedies like hurricanes and school shootings. For some it is merely perfunctory, for some it is genuinely heartfelt, and for others it seems to be a pale substitute for substantive action to address the problems at hand. Environmentalists who identify themselves as “spiritual but… Continue reading Thoughts, prayers and protests: reflections on “spirited” action

Restored, reconciled, resilient…

By Lillian Ireland Some of the deepest and most meaningful times of healing my soul have been sitting on the well-worn rocks in the middle of the Chehalis River. I was often “called” there when grief overtook me and I needed a quiet place to just be. Yet, the pounding of the water, splashing and… Continue reading Restored, reconciled, resilient…

Serene Solitude Supports

by Jill Schroder Serene solitude supports… sublime silky silence sustains… I love the soft sibilance of these sounds, which still satisfy me as I bask in the afterglow of my annual camping trip with women friends. This year we were way away from it all, and it was nourishing, rejuvenating, restorative, heart and eye-opening. I… Continue reading Serene Solitude Supports

Spiritual Ecology – Restoring Nature Awareness

by Josef Anton Kuhn Our ancestors had many stories, often referred to as teachings, about creation and spiritual being. Many of these stories have survived the onslaught of modern cultures and technology. They present different visions of creation than are given by many present-day interpretations of religious, industrial and government institutions. Modern institutional and ‘new… Continue reading Spiritual Ecology – Restoring Nature Awareness

February Gloom

by Stan Hirst Even though February was the shortest month of the year, sometimes it seemed like the longest -J.D. Robb From my perspective on a dark and gloomy Vancouver North Shore being assailed by interminable chilly rain February absolutely seems like the longest month. And the whole world seems dark and gloomy. Environment Canada… Continue reading February Gloom

Of Priuses and pick-up trucks

By Bob Worcester The world seems caught in a conflict between “globalists”, the urban elites who welcome and support the world-wide integration of communications, commerce and transportation, and “localists” who view with suspicion the move from traditions, home and family to the “new world order” and its chaotic clash of cultures. One is tempted to… Continue reading Of Priuses and pick-up trucks

Pick a Mantra

by Jill Schroder Instead of making New Year’s resolutions and then not keeping them, what if we decided to pick a mantra? The current issue of Future Crunch, my favorite good news publication and source of much valuable and encouraging information, suggests just that: Pick a Mantra. They suggest choosing one word that resonates for you, and making it… Continue reading Pick a Mantra

Reflection Leads to Connection

by Jill Schroder Most years I have relished Advent. After all, Adventus, the Latin root for our word, means “coming.” On reflection, I can feel into the expectant waiting, the pleasures, the promises of the coming weeks. This year there seems to be so much craziness in the world, the political weirdness added unto the commercial… Continue reading Reflection Leads to Connection

Turning the wheel – reflections on the season

by Jill Schroder Turning the wheel of the seasons, we soon come to Hallowe’en, full of tricks and treats for some. This time is also widely honoured as Samhain, All Saints Day, and an opportunity to remember the dead, and supposedly a time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead… Continue reading Turning the wheel – reflections on the season