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On Home Soil

On Home Soil

by Gisele Theriault April 07, 2019

The beauty of eastern cultures is that whatever is unfolding is collective. It’s not an individual matter. It’s not just one that is suffering. We were all in it together. There is tremendous healing in that realization alone.

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we are always on route yet perfect where we are

we are always on route yet perfect where we are

by Gisele Theriault March 31, 2019

We are by nature always in motion. From our waking hour to our return to sleep each day, each month, each year. From our birth to our death.  No matter what we do, where we go, who we share experiences with or what they are, the motion is life. Even in the present moment that we are in. Every inhale is fresh life and every exhale becomes the past.

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the heads down generation

the heads down generation

by Gisele Theriault March 24, 2019

The Heads Down Generation generally refers to those born after the 80’s but I would say the majority of the population is affected by the lure of our devices. Look around you in public places. Everywhere, people are almost qualified in their lives by their connection to a world that lives in their phone. We are losing the ability to be connected with one another where we are. We are even losing the map to the heart of who we are.  Depression and anxiety are on the rise. We are identifying with a digital world we have no empathetic connection to. The sense of who we think we should be to fit in and be accepted by others is currently framed by social media, celebrities and corporate branding. This makes my heart sink.

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what is the spiritual solution to the violence in the world?

what is the spiritual solution to the violence in the world?

by Gisele Theriault March 17, 2019

It’s been an wonderful month so far in Rishikesh. My aspiration here was to do as little as possible. As an over doer this is a great task and not at all easy. Beyond attending satsangs (teachings) and meditation intensives, just being present with the vastness and colours of humanity in the mountains and on the Ganges is enough to change your life.

During a satsang with ShantiMayi someone asked the question for a magazine article she was writing on how spirituality can help the violence in the world.  ShantiMayi started with clarifying that in sanskrit, one of the oldest languages of scriptures there was no word for spiritual. Spiritual is life...

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the gift and power of retreats

the gift and power of retreats

by Gisele Theriault March 10, 2019

Lately I've been thinking of why I feel so strongly about curating or attending retreats. There is nothing like a retreat to give us a focused opportunity to pull back from our life as we know it and all the demands and stresses that limit us.This in itself should be enough. To pull back far enough to be a witness and objective friend to our own lives is added sweet medicine. When we are away from routine and inspired it's easier to live between our heart and our gut (the second brain) and give the mind a vacation of its own for awhile. 

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Auspicious times, exactly where we are

Auspicious times, exactly where we are

by Gisele Theriault March 04, 2019

At any age there is not one of us that can assume that we will awaken the next day or what’s before us. But in this very moment we can all be still with our breath.  As It synchronizes with the pulse of nature we can remind ourselves that we are beyond enough to co-create with unfolding miracles. How auspicious is that?

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Don't struggle with grief & the February SALE continues

Don't struggle with grief & the February SALE continues

by Gisele Theriault February 24, 2019

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mosquitos, elephants and a February SALE

mosquitos, elephants and a February SALE

by Gisele Theriault February 17, 2019

When we set our intentions and goals it’s also important to let go of how we think it will come in order for true receptivity to happen. I was so sure that when we got sick we lost our opportunity to see the elephants, period! Whatever we think we know is only a fraction of the possibilities. Yet we hang on to controls like we are captain of the ship. Being human is a lot a things, including funny.

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why is nurturing the self not automatic? | Special Haelen Retreat

why is nurturing the self not automatic? | Special Haelen Retreat

by Gisele Theriault February 10, 2019

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the most powerful B list | Sale of heart

the most powerful B list | Sale of heart

by Gisele Theriault February 03, 2019

Here in India, the panchakarma is going well, although during the detox process of this lots of things arise on an emotional and mental level... Last night in my sleeplessness I exercised creating a BE list... Create it before the to DO list and feel what unfolds. When you create your lists or make notes, allow the vow of the BE list to be the overtone. I'd love to know if you feel a shift of energy like I am. 

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Reflections from India | enchanting Ireland | and a sale

Reflections from India | enchanting Ireland | and a sale

by Gisele Theriault January 27, 2019

INDIA

Winter is a fantastic time to withdraw from the busyness of life and enjoy internal reflections in any way and anywhere we can. It’s an instinctive time to change the lens to a wide angle to broaden our vision.

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2019 Update ..and I just like you

2019 Update ..and I just like you

by Gisele Theriault January 13, 2019

This fall I pushed my limits to the doors of being overwhelmed and anxious. The harder I worked, the more critical I'd find myself. This is not unique to me, so many of us do too much.  When we take on too much we lose the ability to be present to a whole existence outside of where our attention is going. Being overwhelmed or anxious can take on many guises. 

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