In Defense of Sogyal Rinpoche

September 6, 2017

It is my pleasure to go on record to say that during my more than 20-year association with Sogyal Rinpoche as a student, that he has only brought positive and beneficial experiences into my life. It has been my honour to transcribe his teachings, and I am truly appreciative of the rare nature of what Rinpoche has generously offered over the years.

 

Why Teach Creative Language?

March 28, 2017

The next time you’re at Home Depot, IKEA, or even some grocery stores, you may have a choice to use ‘Self-Service Checkout’ (i.e. automation), or wait in line a little longer in order to have the opportunity to interact with a human.

Our society is moving toward automation, and it is crowding out many lower-end jobs, and even changing mid-range jobs (like career advisory businesses).

Parallel to this, the language promoted in most group ESL settings is geared toward finding a job. Eve...


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Preparing for a Creative 2017

January 16, 2017

Each New Year brings a fresh start and new impetus. We all want success and in order to move forward, it’s a good idea to let go of anything that no longer fits, works, or feels aligned with our highest purpose. Here are some ideas for how to bring the fresh energy of creation and success into our lives, sustaining ourselves as we bring benefit to this world.

1. Clean your house. Deeply. Don’t rush. Pray while doing so. Listen to healing music while doing so.

2. Bag your single socks, t...


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One to One Personal Attention

August 16, 2016


Most of us love one-to-one personal attention, though we may not articulate this clearly as a thought. However the refreshment of simply being listened to, without judgement and without advice can help us cope with substantial challenges. These challenges can range from learning to navigate a new culture and language, to working through artistic processes in the company of someone who cares.

I specialize in providing a receptive environment for you to speak your truth, and I will help you fi...


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Gravity and Levity are Lovers

April 16, 2016

In creating and directing the performance of Combing Sedna’s Hair, I have reflected many times on where the centre or centres of gravity are within the world we are imagining together. Each character in the novella and the extracted thread which forms this performance goes through a journey of transformation after meeting a pivot point. These can be thought of as crisis moments.

In Chinese calligraphy, the word for crisis is composed of two characters: ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’. ...


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Kaleena with Nomadica at Lula Lounge

November 29, 2015


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Diving into Creative Chaos: Riding a Wave to the Shore of Success

November 29, 2015

Creative potential is an ocean of possibilities and yet vast, mysterious and unstable. As artists we become pulled by our desire to create and share, and feel compelled to explore and take chances for personal growth, and for the manifestation of our projects.

Inspiration is an alluring ripple dancing on top of the water, and diving into creative chaos is seeing beauty in that glimmer and feeling compelled to take the plunge; without knowing what lies under the surface, or how deep you can ...


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The Holland Hexagram as a Tool for Self-Remembering

April 17, 2015


The Holland Hexagram is widely used to help people understand themselves and guide their choice of career. Of course humans are far more complicated than this map can indicate—just as a recipe for peppermint lemonade will not quench thirst, but only provide a suggestion for how to do so well.

Read through the descriptions and think about, (and if you like, write) brief answers to these questions:

·       Which description sounds most like me?
·       Which description sounds least like m...


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What is Perfect English?

December 29, 2014
The notion of perfection is a very personal one. At the same time, some elements we might agree on are beauty, skilfulness, and clarity. There is no one true perfection, nor one true beauty, but most of us would like to merge with our own ideal self and live it out. That is my idea of perfection. That is my idea of beauty. That is what I had in mind when I wrote this book for my subsequent language learner students, but it is a message for all my friends as well.



This book is available on Amaz...
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The Chimera of Personal Space

August 29, 2014

Some years ago during a dance rehearsal, an Azeri colleague announced, “Personal space does not exist in my culture. People who want it are considered weird and snobbish.”

I’m not sure why the topic came up just then, but I thought of it today when the musty smell of hand-embroidered linen unearthed from my dead mother’s blanket box kept wafting, disconcertingly, into my nose. Since yesterday, we’ve had piles of handmade lace, tatwork and embroidery on what we call “the rugged tabl...


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