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Kita’s Gentle Message: Transitioning into the New Season (Saturday, March 10, 2018)

“Whether you’re looking forward to spring like me or experiencing the last rays of a summer sun, transitioning into the new season serves as a rich metaphor for our personal journey. I certainly don’t plan to wear my winter coat once it warms up; and you certainly don’t intend to wear your flip flops while navigating fallen leaves (although you may be braver than I am…). Discarding that which has served its purpose in this context is unquestioned yet when it…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Caring with Carefulness (Saturday, March 3, 2018)

“The words, “caring” and “carefulness” came up in conversation the other day. “Caring” has expansiveness about it; it reaches out beyond the self and engages another. Can a word be an extrovert? If so, “caring” is the latter. On the other hand, “carefulness” is more constrained; it proceeds with caution and needs encouragement to open up. The introvert here? I would say so. But as there is ying/yang, up/down, joy/sadness, extroversion/introversion to name a few…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Where do I Come From? (Saturday, February 24, 2018)

There’s a current fascination with one’s lineage that thanks to technology and scientific research can be traced relatively easily. Connecting these ancestral dots is appealing – after all, who isn’t interested in the question of where they come from. Finding out you have 20% Hispanic roots when Mom and Dad are both British born is surprising and revealing. Surprising because such a connection is not expected; revealing because our connection to others is global. The elements that make up…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: In Between (Saturday, February 17, 2018)

“Straddling between what was and what’s to come – fully aware of transitioning between people, places and things. Knowing there is no stopping or turning back. Where once the past was a comfort for a turbulent present, it is now to be left behind – not because it is harmful but because it has served its purpose. Yes, there is sadness but this feeling is slowly being overtaken by anticipating a new future and all the good things that come with it. Invite destiny…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Olympic Time (Saturday, February 10, 2018)

“As a little kid, I sat on Dad’s knee and watched sports with him on Saturday afternoons.  I remember – I think it was Jim McKay announcing “The thrill of victory the agony of defeat…” and though at four years of age I didn’t quite understand the words, I knew the athletes were trying to do things that not all people could. I admired them then and I do today as I tune in to get my Olympic fix. Never tiring of witnessing feats of physical prowess, I am inspired…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Open your Heart to Listen (Saturday, February 3, 2018)

“Have you ever experienced a moment where everything fell into place? Where in an instant a crystal clear knowing permeated you in heart, body and soul? Where you were acutely in presence without need to retreat into the past or to move forward into the future? And why did this all suddenly happen? Had you been listening to your heart instead of all the voices in the physical domain? Though the experience was a split second, its effect will be with you…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: How Much is Too Much? (Saturday, January 27, 2018)

“Those of you who look to help others be healthier and happier can sometimes run aground.  It’s not the physical lifting involved here that I’m referring to but the openness of our serving that renders you vulnerable psychologically and spiritually. Your language of genuineness and sincerity can be misunderstood - perhaps even taken advantage of to the point where you need to draw back to contemplate, rest and refresh before venturing out again. Straddling what…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Keep the Home Fires Burning (Saturday, January 20, 2018)

“Not your family’s, not your boss’, not your neighbour’s and not even your country’s in this case but your own. Be mindful of the light inside you – never let it extinguish. In the face of adversity and unexpected circumstances: everything from a dull day to a shocking diagnosis, enter within and seek the glow that is authentically you. Know that others may disagree with, criticize and ostracize you but if you are true to your light – the beacon that is your…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: From Passive to Active Observation (Saturday, January 13, 2018)

“I observed a man and little boy sitting together and eating breakfast. Not a word was exchanged in the course of the meal.  Assuming it was a father and son, I wondered why there was no conversation.  Feeling sorry for the boy, I thought his dad should engage – he’s the adult, after all.  But, wait a minute, maybe they’re not related at all… “Maybe it’s a big brother outing,” I thought to myself thinking over what I had witnessed.  And then a wave washed over…


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Kita’s Gentle Message: Turn Off - Tune In (Saturday, January 6, 2018)

“Turn off your smartphone, iPad, NetFlix, the radio, your streamed music, the timer, the computer, the TV, the light and allow yourself to sit in silence. Once in this velvety quiet when you can hear your cat purring, the frig humming and perhaps even the grandfather clock ticking, tune in to yourself and listen as you breathe in 2,3,4 and breathe out 2,3,4. Will thoughts swirl? Yes, but with time you’ll see them pass by like…

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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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