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“If You Think You’re Enlightened Go Spend a Week With Your Family”

I have long loved the quote, “If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family” by Ram Dass.   The reason I whole heartedly agree with Ram Dass’ quote is because I believe that as souls we choose to come here (earth) for our greatest learning and spiritual growth, and with that in mind our soul chooses the family we will enter so that we receive what we need in order to gain the greatest learning and growth.  What that usually means is that our family can be our biggest support, but at the same time also our biggest challenge…and in some cases heartache.   I know I have grown into a very different person then I was when living with my family, and going back home has definitely been a bench mark for me in how much I have been able to learn and let go.  Each time I return it shows me where I’ve grown, and along with that usually comes a new level of letting go and learning.   Without...

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Tea Time with Trish: Where’s the Parenting Manuel?

As we all know having kids doesn’t come with a manual on how to raise them.  But wouldn’t that be nice?!   If you have read any of my work, you already know I’m a huge advocate on allowing our children to be raised holding on to who they are.  One of the things I want my children to know is that mistakes aren’t failures.  They are simply a moment to learn, therefore there is no need to be hard on themselves when things don’t quite go their way.   So with that in mind, my daughter came home from school one day saying they had an assignment they were doing at school, and she made a mistake.  She went on to say that she knew it was okay, because everyone makes mistakes.  My initial reaction was that I was glad she felt this way, since in the past she could easily get frustrated with school work at times.   I went on to ask her if she went back to correct it once she...

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Tea Time with Trish: Part 5 – The Problem with Productivity

UNEXPECTED GIFTS FROM A GETAWAY My time in Banffbrought about some amazing learning moments for me; some more direct than others.  To keep you up to speed, you can also check out the previous parts by clicking here.   The next two weeks I will be sharing a couple of the ripple effect lessons I learned upon returning home.  What I had learned made me question further some of the concepts I had pondered before…one of them being our need to be “productive.”   A large part of the reason why I was having trouble settling in and simply enjoying my time in Banffwas because I had an underlying need to be productive.  Even though at a conscious level I no longer buy into and accept that our time needs to be filled with productive pursuits (not to be confused with purpose), at a subconscious level that belief was buried quite deep, and so my two minds were struggling with each other.   We have been raised in a culture that highly values productivity, and that in itself...

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Tea Time with Trish: Part 4 – Strength In Our Vulnerability

UNEXPECTED GIFTS FROM A GETAWAY I fully expected to report back about how absolutely blissful my 3 day getaway to Banff was, but as you may have already read in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 there were many unexpected gifts, in the form of lessons, that I received from this getaway. I will continue to share what I learned… As I mentioned in the first post titled “Wait…This Isn’t How Its Suppose To Go, ” I realized that there were emotions lingering just below the surface that had affected me, yet I didn’t want to look at. Since I am an avid journaller, and meditater (I’m totally making up words, but that’s okay I used to teach Gr. 9 English…it’s called creative licence!) I had mistakenly believed that this practice alone would deal with anything that needed to be dealt with…at times it does…HOWEVER, what I have come to realize is that no practice can take the place of fully and completely listening and honouring our guidance system…which...

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Tea Time with Trish: Part 3 – What Are We Trying To Escape?

UNEXPECTED GIFTS FROM A GETAWAY As I continue onto Part 3 of the series “Unexpected Gifts From A Getaway, ” little did I know that my trip to Banffwas going to heal me on more levels than just self-care.  If you missed out on Part 1 and Part 2, you can still be caught up to speed.   So many of us struggle through our everyday moments just looking forward to the reprieve we get at the end of the road.  We justify our busyness and stick fast to our determination to be in action…some to the point of even claiming to “like” being busy.  Hmmm?  Really?  That begs the question, “why?”   Finally we hit a tipping point where we need a break and we grasp on tightly to knowing its coming…just hold on and buck up and we’ll get a break soon.   This is exactly what I did.  I had thought, “I’ll fit in one more meeting, or one more activity, and then when I get toBanff, I’ll have a break.”   I was completely...

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