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Kita’s Gentle Message: What You Bring to the New Year (Saturday, December 30, 2017)

“"What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year."  This quote captures our imagination. So what can you bring to 2018? Will it be courage, kindness, determination, flexibility, spirituality, happiness, confidence or will it mirror anxiety, fear, worry, anger, resignation, and doubt? Notice the difference in the tone of the first words as compared to the last ones. The energy level is palatable. Where do you want to…


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Let Someone Be Real (Saturday, December 23, 2017)

“Amazingly I just read The Velveteen Rabbit for the first time and must confess I cried.  Such a beautiful story with a beautiful message – once the little boy began to love his stuffed bunny, the bunny became real.  I think it is this way in life. Once you truly love someone, they become truly real to you.  You awaken to the presence they are in your life.  And you become present to them. This is the greatest gift you can offer anyone.  Your presence…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Being Right or Being Loving (Saturday, December 16, 2017)

“High moral ground in the best sense of that phrase is something to strive for. Keeping your values and principles when fake news, an acceptance of lying and indignity to humanity are mainstream occurrences, is righteous. However, righteousness as the word implies, denotes a judgment of being right. Whenever you claim to be right, there will be someone who will be wrong. In such a situation your sense of righteousness will dictate the consequences for the other…


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Kita's Gentle Message: Get Out of Your Story Loop (Friday, December 8, 2017)

“Though a situation has come to an end days, months, even years ago and you’ve made peace with yourself and those involved, the situation may be repeating itself despite your best efforts.  Think about a recurring pattern in your life – similar job scenarios, dramatic relationships, self-talk Sundays, going on holidays that never happen… These circumstances are not ongoing but they enter and exit your life with regularity. Examine such story loops and tell…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: It’s Not about You (Saturday, December 2, 2017)

“Even if you are making all the plans, have people rely on you, are the lead actor, chair the meeting, initiate the agreement, drive the negotiations, sign the contract, march ahead of the line, are elected, win the competition, read from the pulpit, anchor the relay, inspire the multitudes and are applauded for your efforts, it’s not about you.  Whatever you are destined to do here will always be bigger than you are. Having this bigger picture in front of you will…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Making a Decision (Saturday, November 25, 2017)

“There’s a certain amount of pressure in making a decision whether it’s which car to buy, getting up earlier, letting your daughter go to a party, choosing a course to take, giving the homeless person your change, staying in your relationship, asking for a raise, taking out a gym membership, deciding on hot chocolate with whipped cream…the list goes on as you make countless decisions every day.  Big or small, all of them have consequences for you and others. Making…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Camouflaging the Wonder in Your Life? (Friday, November 17, 2017)

“There’s such a comfort in a daily routine, isn’t there?  A sense of calm permeates a day of planning that is then completed without any surprises.  Sameness gives you a sense of security especially when circumstances around you are so changeable – dare I say volatile… However, lack of newness without any stimulation or sense of adventure does eventually erode into a blandness that can camouflage the wonder of what life really is. If you do have an opportunity to…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Imprinting Works on You, Too (Saturday, November 11, 2017)

“Remember the story about the orphaned baby deer which when it was cared for and fed by its human rescuer, began to identify that person as its mother.  No matter that this mother walked on two legs, had no fur and could barely jump a fence. In a word, the handler had imprinted on the baby animal that s/he was its mother. For a long time, I’ve associated “imprinting” with animals – those orphans, strays and injured who having lost their parents, have bonded with…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Let It Flow; Let It Flow (Saturday, November 4, 2017)

“Do you find you’re uneasy about being too generous? Perhaps your heart is telling you to give yet your logical self says, “What if you run out and don’t have enough next week?” Whether we’re talking money, tea or the shirt off your back, a scarcity reminder seems to kick in when the “feel good” endorphins have commanded our sharing instincts for any length of time. Certainly this happens to me. A sudden jolt back into reality – as if we’re not supposed to let our…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Suspend Your Belief (Saturday, October 28, 2017)

“Remove for a moment any fact someone has attributed to you. Forget what your parents said about your potential. Erase the report card comments from your mind. Throw that conversation you weren’t supposed to hear back into the pile. Remarks from the pulpit have no place in your heart any more. Innuendo is just that – speculation that merits no attention.  The job track that you’re supposed to be on perhaps has no destination other than pleasing somebody else.…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Your Reality is Your Own. Period. (Saturday, October 21, 2017)

“Whether reminiscing, reminding, catching up, comparing notes, listening or forgetting, a moment in time seen through your personal lens is unlike that same moment in time viewed by anyone else. It doesn’t matter if family or stranger is involved, the result is the same.  One perspective will differ from another even if the power of intimacy is present. The reality we experience is uniquely ours. This is why judging others for whatever reasons, will always be…


Added by Kita Szpak on October 21, 2017 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Do What Plants Do (Saturday, October 14, 2017)

“I’ve been nursing an orchid for the past few months and I must say it’s taking time for it to find its way back to health. This week I decided to move it into a warmer spot but have been stopped in my tracks by my tumbling ivy. Why? The friendly creeper has rooted itself in the orchid pot and so the two are now bonded for life.  I always place my plants in clusters where possible to keep each other company. This is the first time one has been forward enough to…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: I Understand You – Then I can Love You (Saturday, October 7, 2017)

“Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist whose simple, thoughtful interpretation of Buddhist teachings has been a source of calm to many people. We have all said “I love you,” to someone at some point in our lives – in fact, we may have uttered this phrase multiple times. But how many of us have said to a dear one, “I understand you”? It is Hahn’s message of compassion that when we truly understand someone, we are then capable of…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Go to the Balcony (Saturday, September 30, 2017)

“International negotiator William Ury, who is presently involved with talks in North Korea, speaks about “going to the balcony”.  Let’s say a remark is made to you during a sensitive situation that causes an immediate reactionary or emotional response in you. If you choose to verbalize this response, it may trigger further confrontation with your party. Ury suggests “going to the balcony” instead by pausing, taking a few conscious breaths and observing what you are…


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Your Gentle Message: The Eye of the Hurricane (Saturday, September 16, 2017)

“All of us were struck by the power of Hurricane Irma as the system wreaked havoc on all in its path. Repercussions will be felt for years from a storm that came and went over a September weekend.  It’s an extreme analogy but hear me out on this one: like a hurricane, external circumstances, people and ideas can wreak havoc on you as you can on them whether through worry, anger, fear or jealousy. Retreat to the eye of your storm – your centre - where calm allows you…


Added by Kita Szpak on September 16, 2017 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Stay True and Centred (Saturday, September 9, 2017)

It seems chaos reigns supreme – extreme weather for many of us, unexpected family health issues, increasing workplace stresses, corporate malfeasance… Personal doubt and fear creep in begging to get a foothold in your heart; they want you to flail, fight, argue, to lash back.  Don’t let them! Barr your inner door with prayer, and as much love and compassion for yourself and others as you can muster. This inner watch will keep you true and centred, calm and ever…


Added by Kita Szpak on September 9, 2017 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Your Gateway (Saturday, September 2, 2017)

What is your gateway like? Where are you going? What are you leaving? Which decisions are you making as you transition into the new season? Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Pick a favourite gateway image to inspire yourself!

To your Happiness,


Added by Kita Szpak on September 2, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Jump Right In (Saturday, August 12, 2017)

“You know the feeling when you’re wading in the water and making up your mind whether to get wet or not –especially if it’s cooler than you anticipated and the sun is now behind the clouds making the decision that more uncertain. Perhaps you count down to zero and plunge in or choose to baby step yourself into deeper water. Maybe you turn around and retreat to shoreline; you’re too cold and it’s really not worth it. However, as in life, acknowledging the…


Added by Kita Szpak on August 12, 2017 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Back in Time (Saturday, August 5, 2017)

“A long lost friend calls and wants to meet up to reminisce and to catch up. Inevitably the questions arise: “Why are they calling me now after so many years?”; “Will I recognize them?” Better yet, “Will they recognize me?” and “Is it worth resurrecting memories that could make for awkward if not tense moments?” I know I’ve changed but have they?  This last query prompts the rendezvous to proceed as service to help others be healthier and happier does not…


Added by Kita Szpak on August 5, 2017 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: I want to; I have to (Saturday, July 29, 2017)

“Never have two small words held such power for you. “Want to” implies desire, a choosing to do of your own free will. “Have to” implies coercion, a forcing to do because of someone else’s free will. It boils down to decision making.  What kind of decisions are you making?  Are they based on others’ wishes, demands, expectations, and orders? Or are your decisions based on wishes and expectations that you make of yourself? Next time when you are deciding – whether on…


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