Happy 150th Birthday Canada! Diversity, Connection and Resolution

Happy Canada day weekend! May we all find our own unique healthy way to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. This is a country that prides itself in its diversity of culture. Diversity brings wonderful unique ways of celebrating Canada.

As we are preparing to celebrate Canada Day, some First Nations people are rallying in Ottawa to be heard, seen and acknowledged. This is a healthy response to honouring their needs. The more mutual connection, and healthy attachment we have with each other, the more friction we see in our connections. This means people are finding ways to work out issues. When people are silenced and threatened, the friction goes underground, and violence and marginalization always occurs. This is an immature state of a culture. What does have this have to do with celebrating Canada's birthday? Everything! Some Canadians are radiating abundance, and some Canadians are radiating hopelessness and despair. A true celebrations embraces all of these nuances in every person.

When people can safely step up, and ask with entitlement, "What about my needs?" There is an opportunity for negotiation and resolution. As a feminist, in the seventies, women did not ask for their needs to be met with as much entitlement as women do today. And yet, women today, have many more rights then women did in the seventies. Self-awareness brings more awareness to one's needs, and hunger to have these needs met. Hence, more friction is apt to begin.

As a clinical counsellor, and personal growth facilitator, I state where there is no friction there is no connection. Ask any engineer: "Can you have connection without friction?" Absolutely not! When we realize friction is natural in forming ever changing connections, development growth and transitions, we accommodate these transactions, and there is healthy back and forth interactions. The probability of violence is significantly less. The more mature a culture is in supporting individual differences and needs, the more mature are the solutions on how to create a yes and world with great flexibility and empowerment.

In systems where freedom for all is not honoured, people are shut down and the healthy friction becomes unhealthy fear, and violence. Coming back to Canada and its celebrations, the unrest Canada is seeing is healthy. This unrest and satisfaction which we see around us, is part of the the transformation which is happening in our country. Just the way it should be happening. Diversity is alive and well in Canada.

Remember connection and diversity brings out attachment and conflict. See what happened when Martin Luther King spoke out; "We have a dream." Ghandi spoke out: "Be the change". Nelson Mandala spoke out: "Freedom". Expressions of freedom and connection will always bring out conflict when change is happening, and change is always happening. When we have the tools and self-awareness to create mutual connection, and resolve conflict, it becomes a win-win situation. When we do not have the tools and personal development to deal with conflict, we have cut offs and violence. We create a world of immature differences of one up, and one down alliances. The superior and the inferior. An ethically devastating marriage.

Life is all about change. Now how will be celebrate Canada's 150 years of life? Lets say it this way? First comes the honeymoon, then comes the question: "Who are you Canada?" Then comes the hard work of making a home in Canada, and then comes the power struggles, on how to improve what is not working, and then comes the stage of acceptance, and then comes a gratefulness to live here. The same development stage in every relationship whether at home or at work.

The interesting part is, every Canadian citizen is at a different development stage in their alliance to Canada. I am first generation born here. The First Nations people have lived here since 1000 B.C to 500 B.C. See the perspective will be very different. Understanding this causes us all to pause and reflect on how we feel, and how does the other person feel. This develops deeper empathy.

Some Canadians are at the Honeymoon stage, some are at the power struggle stage, and some are at the gratefulness stage, some are doing their best to let only some change happen. At every stage there is something to gain and something to loose. Realizing this psychological flow in all relationships creates healthy responses, and brings opportunity for something more for the future. This is enlightened individuation.

Individuation creates a yes and world, a world of kindness and respect for each other.

May this be what Canada always stands for, a YES AND WORLD! All people are welcomed and loved!

Thank you to Canada, and to all of you who are so part of making this country great. Happy Canada Day! I love you Canada!

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Five Fabulous Ways to Live Happily - Happy New Year!

I have lived a life time of looking at what matters to all of us as a human race. What are the universal truths? How can we live in ways that exceed our best hopes? I have identified five fabulous ways to live happily which comes from my deep introspection, training, as well as personal and professional experience. I believe these five fabulous ways to live happily are quite attainable. Open Your Connection To The Heart

This requires us to feel the joy and pain of loving, as well as missing love. This means when a relationship has become derailed, we can still feel and connect with the love that first created the attachment of connection. Often to minimize the attachment, and to feel less pain, we cut off from ourselves and our true feelings in our heart. We dismiss the depth of caring that exists inside of us. It may seem that we are cutting off from the other person, but it is always ourselves we are truly cutting off from. We are actually cutting off from our deeper core, our deeper self. This can allow immediate relief, escape from hurt, however the potential consequence is an eternal schism from a deeper happiness. Opening our access to the heart is acknowledging to ourselves the mammoth number of relationships, and care that it has taken for us to be alive today. Recognizing the blessings of the ordinary is opening our hearts. It truly humbles us.

Opening the heart is placing a smile on our face, and looking around and seeing the beauty around us and in ourselves. This is returning to the innocence of the loving heart. In my son’s and my book, Welcome Home to Yourself, we explore this through introspection and photography.

Be Present

This requires full participation with what is occurring right now. This means no holding back, no passivity, no judgment, no sense of being inferior or superior. Being present is embracing that this moment, this relationship, this encounter, this job, this play, this rest, this meal and so on is what is most important right now. Being present is gifting every moment with staying in reality, holding a loving safe boundary, and having the awareness of choosing what is in the higher good for all. Being present is holding on to both realities, the I and thou. Balancing this encounter is living in awareness. Acting in awareness invites happiness with ourself, because we are doing our full part in engaging with our world. We cannot ask anything more from ourselves. Being present is also understanding that the outcome is out of our control.

Be Proactive

Being proactive is taking care of all our responsibilities, not allowing excuses to excuse us from living maturely. When we are not proactive, we need to do whatever we can to return to this conscious self-care.

Be Confident In Yourself

Even when you are afraid. It is not perfection which creates confidence, it is acceptance, and a belief that we have the right to step forward in our life. We always have something to share that benefits and gives value to those we are with.

Invite Satisfaction & Contentment As Constant Companions

This is to understand that being satisfied is stronger than all the strong feelings and emotions which block joy and happiness.

I hope you have enjoyed this list of fabulous ways to live happily, and I invite you to share your fabulous ways to live happily. All the best in 2011. May this year bring you great happiness!