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Kita’s Gentle Message: Are There Enough Smarties? (Saturday, April 22, 2017)

Two of my sons celebrate birthdays in April and since they’ve been old enough to know there’s a birthday cake on their special day, I’ve made them each a chocolate cake decorated with Smarties. Specifically, I spell out their name on top of the cake with each letter in the same colour of the candy, and then dress the rest of the cake with what Smarties are left. I now use two boxes instead of just one.  Every time I pour out the pieces I look to see if there’s…


Added by Kita Szpak on April 22, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Stepping off the Path (Saturday, April 15, 2017)

You begin to feel it – no one else knows or even notices a change in your behaviour. But you know it.  The knowing within acts as a honing device telling you when what you’ve thought, said or done isn’t in alignment with what you believe about yourself.  The more you immerse yourself in purposeful living, the more frequently you’re called out.  “Why did you say this?” “Why did you do that?” This is not a punishment but Spirit’s way of keeping you on your path.  Be…


Added by Kita Szpak on April 15, 2017 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: It’s so Hard to be Good (Saturday, April 8, 2017)

The acts of violence around the world, the acts of unkindness close to home, and the mercurial disposition of our earth and weather make it so hard to be good these days.  The lack of certainty has prompted a “survival of the fittest” mentality where love, compassion, trust and patience have been elbowed out by the bullies of fear, anger, revenge and greed. This time of change and transition is pushing every button we possess, and I in my cloak of goodness am…


Added by Kita Szpak on April 8, 2017 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Knowing You have to Move On (Saturday, April 1, 2017)

Logically, you can create a number of reasons for maintaining the status quo. Your mind - by default in its survival mode – will willingly prevent you from leaving the familiar to enter the unknown even if the familiar is uncomfortable for you. Not knowing terrifies the mind more than an existing situation that is unhealthy for you. However, deep inside you a small voice grows ever stronger and more insistent that change needs to happen. The conflict begins.  Who…


Added by Kita Szpak on April 1, 2017 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: What Motivates Other People… (Saturday, March 25, 2017)

What motivates other people may not be what is motivating you. This is a very clear and uncomplicated statement. Yet not taking this into consideration when accepting a job, making plans with a family member, deciding on a night out with your friends or even taking your dog for a walk can lead to disappointment, frustration and misunderstanding. What compels each of us to engage the way we do is unique to our personality, upbringing and belief system. There is no…


Added by Kita Szpak on March 25, 2017 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Where Can We Have The Party?

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Kita’s Gentle Message: The Truth can be Comfortable (Saturday, March 18, 2017)

We’re constantly being told to be careful what we say – that saying what you really think leaves yourself wide open. The words “vulnerable” “under scrutiny” “irresponsible” “naïve” “crazy” have all been used to describe someone who has stated their truth.  Logic has convinced us that speaking truth is even dangerous. But if you were to say what you truly think how refreshing, liberating that would be.  To be yourself despite all to the contrary.  Imagine how…


Added by Kita Szpak on March 18, 2017 at 11:33am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Are You Measuring Out your Love? (Saturday, March 11, 2017)

It’s easier to be kinder to strangers because you don’t know them. There’s no personal connection or history to pre-empt the flow of kindness from you to them. You may be donating, volunteering, sharing and giving of your time and energy to those in need without reservation but how are you in your generosity when it comes to your family? Sometimes past personal experiences build up a wall of self-protection, anger, shame, confusion and mistrust that prevents your…


Added by Kita Szpak on March 11, 2017 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Where are your Mokoi and Gwyra? (Saturday, March 4, 2017)

Journalist Stephanie Nolen reports that Brazil’s indigenous people (primarily adolescents) are taking their own lives at a rate 22 times that of their fellow citizens. Some attribute this “bad” death to the dislodgement of mokoi and gwyra – two small birds that normally perch on your shoulders as you travel through your life. Harsh words or witnessing a traumatic event can frighten them away, leaving you vulnerable to the angue – the evil spirits that can overtake…


Added by Kita Szpak on March 4, 2017 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Discernment in Sharing Yourself (Saturday, February 25, 2017)

I’m sure you’ve heard this before that our lives are gifts to us to unwrap with love and care. Sometimes in the excitement of the moment when meeting someone new or wanting to land a desired job or perhaps even to impress an acquaintance, you may say more about yourself than that person wants to, cares to and needs to know. I would take this a step further and suggest that person may not understand what you are all about. In that lack of understanding you and your…


Added by Kita Szpak on February 25, 2017 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Relinquish that Control Button (Saturday, February 18, 2017)

You’ve got everything figured out for the project and are confident that you haven’t missed an item. Priorities have been set; working colleagues have been informed of your plans; date and time for project delivery are confirmed. In walks the senior manager and has an idea that she wants to integrate into the existing action plan. For a moment you are stunned at the suggestion: too much, too late, too impractical – these thoughts run through your mind as you prepare…


Added by Kita Szpak on February 18, 2017 at 10:21am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: See What You Have (Saturday, February 11, 2017)

Your shoulder has been bothering you since you got up this morning. “I can’t believe it.  Why would this happen to me now when I’ve got so many things to do today,” you say to yourself.  There are a couple of ways to manage this train of thought: your body is merely telling you to slow down and you’re wise to heed its guidance; second, when you did wake up, were you in a warm bed? Did you have breakfast? Despite the shoulder’s soreness, could you still get into your…


Added by Kita Szpak on February 11, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Faith and Trust (Saturday, February 4, 2017)

A little boy was being put to bed by his nana. As she tucked him in, she shared this thought with him: “If you lie here and listen for the front door to open, you’ll know it’s Mommy and she’ll come right upstairs to cuddle with you. She should be here soon.” With that said, nana kissed her grandson good night and silently made her way downstairs. All was now quiet. Minutes later the front door opened; the young woman greeted nana and they exchanged a quick update…


Added by Kita Szpak on February 4, 2017 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Find a Way (Saturday, January 21, 2017)

I’m leaving for a week-long trip to visit family and friends on the west coast in a couple of days. With work commitments, appointments, family needs and events that are scheduled this weekend, my 24-hour day is packed.  Being in the moment helps as I focus on the task at hand and do not let myself think ahead – otherwise I would feel overwhelmed.  I’m also writing this at six in the morning having risen earlier to accommodate today’s schedule.  I’m taking Mom to…


Added by Kita Szpak on January 21, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Who Needs You Now? (Saturday, January 14, 2016)

No question – you’re being pulled in all directions: demands at work spilling over into your down time (whatever that is); a neighbour needing a hand with his move; the teacher calling for muffins at the school raffle; municipal meeting on the water bylaw coming up; Ray’s birthday on Saturday; gym morning with your girlfriend; looming tax deadline; “bangs falling in my eyes got to get to the hairdresser” time; and the paint chips are still lying on the dining room…


Added by Kita Szpak on January 14, 2017 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Allow Yourself the Impossible (Saturday, January 7, 2017)

How are you making out with the one kind thought challenge? And if this is a good reminder then it’s served the purpose. Besides making room for your kindness service, I encourage you to think about the impossible. What seems to be totally out of your reach right now? A well-paying career? A healthy relationship? A strong constitution? Travelling to Australia? Respect from your kids? A bigger place to live? You fill in the blank, remove the limitations that have…


Added by Kita Szpak on January 7, 2017 at 11:22am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Just One Thought Every Day (Saturday, December 31, 2016)

Your thoughts are clustering intensely as you look to the New Year ahead.  “What do I have to look forward to?” “Am I going to make enough money this year?” “Will I finally lose those five pounds?” “I hope I can get to the gym more than I did.” There’s a lot on your mind as you get to start afresh in 2017.  Is it possible to fit just one more thought in your head? Just one more thought about someone else besides you? How about one thoughtful thought about someone…


Added by Kita Szpak on December 31, 2016 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Be Kind and All Will be Well (Saturday, December 24, 2016)

No need for big presents or extravagant dinners; well-timed jokes or fancy drinks; a perfect dress or the latest look; a rehearsed compliment or last-minute email explanation; a vacation to get away or party to go to; no need for impatience, frustration, boredom or feeling full; the only thing needed is to be kind and all will be well with you and your world this remarkable time of year.  Happy holidays!

To your…


Added by Kita Szpak on December 24, 2016 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Repeating Your Story (Saturday, December 17, 2016)

I met up with some friends yesterday whom I hadn’t seen for months, and of course we played “catch up” with what’s been going on in our respective lives.  As you know this kind of conversation understandably brings up past events and situations that spill into the now. I found myself telling a story in its pre-present context and feeling a little uncomfortable about it. “Why this story is no longer true the way I’m describing it,” I thought to myself.  “The people,…


Added by Kita Szpak on December 17, 2016 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Unexplainable Love (Saturday, December 10, 2016)

Whether the love of your partner or father, the love of your children, your wife, the neighbour next door, the work colleague you’ve worked with for 10 years; the love of a memory that still sits within you and emerges every time you call out to it; the love of favourite jeans now so soft to the touch; the love of a particular melody that makes you emotional when you hear it; the love of cookies baking in the oven; the love of repeating a poem from childhood; the…


Added by Kita Szpak on December 10, 2016 at 2:02pm — No Comments

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