Category Archives: Year of Living Spiritually

Drawing the Devil and the Death cards

‘I’m no longer tossing off tarot as a crock.’ My pious grandmother always warned me about the dangers of playing cards. Sure, Crazy Eights and Go Fish might seem like innocent pastimes, but shuffling around with kings, queens and knights could get one in a spot of royal trouble. Cards could lead to gambling, which…
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My Year of Living Spiritually

For the whole of 2017, I am writing a blog "My Year of Living Spiritually",  which appears every second and fourth Friday of the month on the United Church Observer website. On the blog I share insights from my year-long experimenting with variety of spiritual practices, from hiring a ‘soul coach’ to setting up a home…
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All about the Buddha bling

‘It’s now time to make up for divine deprivation’ The Dutch Reformed church I was raised in was as stern as the dour expression on John Calvin’s face. Prayers were mournful, rote-style incantations in the self-flagellation vein. Hymns were drawn-out dirges with ceaseless verses. There was no dancing. No clapping or swaying hands. No hearty…
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Gathering in divine defiance

‘It’s entirely possible to experience the communion of saints in a crowd of half a million’ The first time I marched in a rally was in the early 1980s, when Dr. Henry Morgentaler’s abortion clinics were being shut down and he was arrested by police. I don’t remember much about that march except worrying that…
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Waking up

  'Begin the year with a little more soulfulness at sunrise’ “Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day,” wrote the American sci-fi author Glen Cook. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve never been a morning person. When I was in high school, my mother would holler…
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Dancing naked under a full moon

‘The time seems right to dig deep and till the soul’ Lose weight. Get organized. Save more money. These are the holiest of new year’s resolutions — the trinity of trials that we must endure until we reach our ultimate triumph: to be thin, rich and have tidy closets. Alas, most of us are doomed…
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