Monthly Archive: July 2013

Every Day Unique: Never to be Repeated

For those that are just joining my journey now, this series of posts are about the beauty of ceremony and ritual.  It is something that nourishes my spirit every day, and I want to share this with you. To catch up to this post you can read “The Beauty of Ceremony and Ritual”, “Healing Nature:  I gave up a pleasure cruise for this!”, “Morning ritual with coffee:  soul hungers”, “Bracketing support”, “How to live fully” and “Greeting my partner”.

I began this series in nature and am ending it also in nature. Sitting in front of a fire in a cabin in Algonquin Park, a Canadian nature preserve north of Toronto on the Canadian Shield. It’s cool and filled with life. Yesterday we hiked to a white pine that is over 400 years old. That means it was here before this country was disturbed too much by any changing culture. This tree was young when thewhite pine air was clean and animals and humans made space for one another, respected one another. I spent time in ceremony and connected with this ancient white pine, appreciating its ancient tree wisdom and deep roots. Then left a gift offering in thanks. The day was beautiful and unique, as every day is; never to be repeated.

Maryanne Nicholls is a Toronto-based, certified Psychotherapist offering a balanced approach to mental health. Please visit www.thejoyofliving.co for information on her services, or contact her directly to find out how she can help you reclaim the joy of living.

Greeting My Partner

For those that are just joining my journey now, this series of posts are about the beauty of ceremony and ritual.  It is something that nourishes my spirit every day, and I want to share this with you. To catch up to this post you can read “The Beauty of Ceremony and Ritual”, “Healing Nature:  I gave up a pleasure cruise for this!”, “Morning ritual with coffee:  soul hungers”, “Bracketing support” and “How to live fully”.

I greet my partner with openness and gratitude. Our lives are such that we see one another less than we would like. What that has hands-holdingtaught me is to treat our times together as precious and to attend to what is really worth attending to. Life is very simple loving this way.

Now to apply this to the rest of my life!  It helps when I meditate to keep the beauty and drop the rest.  Pema Chödrön’s many books and tapes on meditation have influenced so many people to connect with themselves and their world.

Maryanne Nicholls is a Toronto-based, certified Psychotherapist offering a balanced approach to mental health. Please visit www.thejoyofliving.co for information on her services, or contact her directly to find out how she can help you reclaim the joy of living.

How to Live Fully

For those that are just joining my journey now, this series of posts are about the beauty of ceremony and ritual.  It is something that nourishes my spirit every day, and I want to share this with you. To catch up to this post you can read “The Beauty of Ceremony and Ritual”, “Healing Nature:  I gave up a pleasure cruise for this!”, “Morning ritual with coffee:  soul hungers” and “Bracketing support”.

I want to begin with a passage from George St. Pierre, a star in the world of mixed martial arts and author of a beautiful book: “The Way of the Fight.”

Peace-+-Gratitude-543x361He begins with a quote from Mohamed Ali: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that lead to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” It’s what St. Pierre’s book is about: about what attracts us and how we learn and grow from following our attractions. I think of my morning ritual, of my commitment to identifying and feeding my hungers, and the inspiration someone like George St. Pierre gives me with his power of example.

I’m not into mixed martial arts (although I am into karate). I definitely don’t like hip-hop (he does). I’m probably not at all like him, except that we both aspire to bring meaning into our lives. I am grateful that he decided to write his book and grateful for his inspiration.

Maryanne Nicholls is a Toronto-based, certified Psychotherapist offering a balanced approach to mental health. Please visit www.thejoyofliving.co for information on her services, or contact her directly to find out how she can help you reclaim the joy of living.

Bracketing Support

For those that are just joining my journey now, this series of posts are about the beauty of ceremony and ritual.  It is something that nourishes my spirit every day, and I want to share this with you. To catch up to this post you can read “The Beauty of Ceremony and Ritual”, “Healing Nature:  I gave up a pleasure cruise for this!” and “Morning ritual with coffee:  soul hungers”.

The other day, I faced a personal crisis that involved a number of people. A big deal. To emotionally prepare, I found a quiet moment and went inside to see how I was doing… I offered myself support by breathing into any area of my body that needed it. final_fantasy_xiii_cocoon_background_by_miku8-d4p4mbzThen I focused on what was important, what I wanted to accomplish and how I wanted to deal with the situation as a result. This brackets the event for me in a supportive cocoon. Did it work? Not completely – not everyone wanted what I did or felt as strongly – I made mistakes. But one thing for sure, I was able to live with the end result and sleep well that night.

How do you support yourself when your world does a flip?  Does it work?  How can you support yourself even better?

Maryanne Nicholls is a Toronto-based, certified Psychotherapist offering a balanced approach to mental health. Please visit www.thejoyofliving.co for information on her services, or contact her directly to find out how she can help you reclaim the joy of living.