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Kita’s Gentle Message: Wreaking Havoc Online (Saturday, June 16, 2018)

“There’s a certain amount of insulation that comes of expressing your opinion when you don’t have to do it face-to-face.  The risk of commenting is proportionally diminished to the probability of seeing the subject of your views. Nowhere has this been so aptly demonstrated as online where a wild west of words is being unleashed for every reason and for no reason at all. Like the child that covers its eyes and is convinced no one can see it, some feel strangely…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Gosh It’s Beautiful (Sunday, June 10, 2018)

“With summer descending upon this hemisphere, it’s always a pleasant surprise…no matter how many years one’s lived on this planet. After a winter of white, austere bleakness tinged with grey and a cut-like-a knife wind, the colourful blooms, soft fragrances and sunny sun – what else could I possibly call it- are like heaven on earth. A paradise to enjoy and taken in – in large luxurious gulps. As a child you were asked to stop, look and listen. Now as an adult…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Let Others Take their Journey (Saturday, June 2, 2018)

“A situation arises: you’re part of it but not the main act. You wish to help, encourage, dissuade, convince, cajole, remind, plead, ask, even participate as the main actor to alleviate the other’s discomfort.  Guess what? You can’t…no matter how much you would like to assist, this circumstance is theirs not yours. Perhaps the biggest lesson to learn in this life – You have your journey; other people have their journey. Let them take it.”…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Let Others Take their Journey (Saturday, June 2, 2018)

“A situation arises: you’re part of it but not the main act. You wish to help, encourage, dissuade, convince, cajole, remind, plead, ask, even participate as the main actor to alleviate the other’s discomfort.  Guess what? You can’t…no matter how much you would like to assist, this circumstance is theirs not yours. Perhaps the biggest lesson to learn in this life – You have your journey; other people have their journey. Let them take it.”…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: When Happiness and Play Get Together (Saturday, May 26, 2018)

“When an art professor/philosopher and an arts publicist/happiness expert meet, here’s what happens: He was talking about really looking; I was talking about being mindful. He was talking about being in flow, and I was conversing about being in the moment. He was referring to something bigger than you or me, and I was referencing one’s spiritual context. We both agreed that creativity is a key component even though our use of words differed.  In fact, semantics…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Power Versus Force (Sunday, May 20, 2018)

“Dr. David Hawkins is acclaimed for his creation of the emotions grid where positive and negative emotions have been measured scientifically as to their vibrational strength – their frequency level. Emotions such as fear, anger, jealousy, worry are on the lower end of the scale while emotions such as love, compassion, forgiveness all emit very high frequencies. The latter are powerful with no need to push, pull, control or manipulate their surroundings; the…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Sometimes the Priority Melts Away (Saturday, May 12, 2018)

“Worrying about getting something done?  It’s been gnawing at you for a few days and is slowly filling up your entire head like water pouring into a bucket. There’s no tap to turn off the water of thoughts, and you feel helpless in trying to prevent this psychological deluge of anxiety. Then the miraculous occurs – at least it feels that way. Someone offers to lend a hand; the boss says it’s not needed after all; your family member realizes it’s now too late to…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Stand Clear and Watch It Happen (Saturday, May 5, 2018)

“The expression “get out of your own way” is very familiar to most of us who have tried to control or influence a situation. Usually it’s associated with something going wrong; something we didn’t intend but it happened anyway. I’d like to propose an alternate scenario. How about “getting out of your own way” with the intention that something wonderfully good will follow? Positive happenstance predominantly occurs when you stand clear and watch it happen. Don’t…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: You are the Sum of Many Parts (Saturday, April 28, 2018)

“You are not one emotion, one title, one job, one location, one person… “What’s that you say? I’m not one person?”  This doesn’t make sense – not to the logical, five-sense world where seeing defines entity. Beyond the visible, is the “you” who is made up of non-you elements: your ancestors, in fact the whole cosmos sits in you. That’s why all your answers are already available to you within. What a relief and a gift to know you are not limited by any one…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Pick up that Bottle (Saturday, April 21, 2018)

“At first I was quite shy about it. I didn’t want anyone to see me doing it for fear of looking silly – especially if I was dressed in my business clothes.  I had started doing it when on my morning run: not many people around and not much chance of dirtying already sweaty attire. However, broad daylight would take a lot more courage until I could not ignore the obvious. The plastic bottle lying along the side of the street needed to be picked up, and I knew I…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Your Circumstances Mirror You (Saturday, April 14, 2018)

“Ever notice that when you’re feeling down, the day feels down with you? As an energetic being, you beam outwards what you are emoting internally. A vibration of self-doubt or anxiety about your job moves through the ether and attracts “like” to it – whether you want this to happen or not; whether you are conscious of this or not. You look into the universal mirror and it reflects back at you. Are you looking to see or are you looking to ignore? Mirror, mirror…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: This Moment will Pass – Forever (Saturday, April 7, 2018)

“Your experiences shape you. There is no doubt about that. The painful ones tend to sit with you the longest and your psyche longs to be rid of them: to forget they ever occurred. You likely know the expression “This too will pass”. The latter invariably refers to an unpleasant situation that has to be endured for whatever length of time and then, mercifully, it will be over. The human tendency to have things “gotten over with” threatens to encapsulate…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Compassion + Action = Karunā (Saturday, March 31, 2018)

“Searching for the right English word to explain or describe a concept, and coming to the conclusion that there is no one word happens. Either the word is inadequate or unsuitable for the desirable context. A word that is resonating with me is karunā, which translated into English means compassion but the Thai language takes it beyond a passive involvement to one of action. Not only are you feeling for another’s pain, you are then helping them alleviate that…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: A Bit of Juicy Chaos, Please (Saturday, March 24, 2018)

“Your sense of order can sometimes be too much of a good thing. Whether it’s wearing the same accessories with a particular suit, walking the same route to the coffee shop, assuming your book club friends would never go to a concert or your music buddies mix with the Sunday running group, everything has its tidy place in your universe. Keeping such an ordered existence is safe and predictable – a desirable notion in our unpredictable world. However, such…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: When You Least Expect It (Sautrday, March 17, 2018)

“Running easily the other morning, I suddenly caught a stone and turned my ankle on it. Just like that, I went from ease to dis-ease, having to stop and take in what had just happened. There was pain; I gauged its severity and decided to keep on running. By the time I got back home, the discomfort was negligible though the ankle flared up later. Fortunately, I was fine the next day. Sometimes situations catch you suddenly, too. They may cause pain and…

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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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