Monday, December 28, 2015

Thought for the day on suffering.

Thought for the day.
"We are the artisans of our sufferings. The sooner we accept that, the better we'll be. The realization of that is a first step towards healing".
Pierre Milot.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Special Announcement: Lecture on Grief by Dr. Pierre Milot, Ph.D.

Rising from the ashes of loss.
My voyage through grief
A lecture by Dr Pierre Milot

Death is inevitable and is an existential fear for all human beings.  But it is the devastating thought of departing this earth alone and in agony that renders our inevitable transition such a fearful endeavour.  
Come and listen to Dr. Milot talk about his fantastic and sometimes unbelievable journey as he will bring you through the exhausting and emotional roller coaster ride
he went through as the sole caretaker of his wife Louise as she was fought a deadly cancer for three years. 
He will share with you passages of his new book, where he writes about his fears, his anger, his guilt and resentments, his hopes and disappointments and will lead you through the many stages of grief as he experienced them himself.
You will be touched by his sorrows and by his courage and strength as he accompanied his wife to the end of her life.  
His story is not all about suffering and loss though, it also about rising from the ashes of loss and building a new life.   Dr Milot will share with you how he learned through his trials and tribulations, to become a new man and eventually to love again.
 A true motivational life story.

Date: October 24th, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 01:00 pm
Where: Spiritual Science Fellowship
             1974 de Maisonneuve West
             Montreal, QC H3H 1K5
             Tel: 514.937.8359 

Cost: Donation to SSF.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Having a bad day? Consider these options to make it better.

Having A Bad Day

What starts as a bad day can be turned around with a shift in perspective, or even some wisely-used chocolate.  Tom Merton/Getty Images
Updated June 19, 2014.
Did you 'wake up on the wrong side of the bed'? Is it going to be 'one of those days'? Did mama tell you there'd be days like this?
We've all had bad days. And oftentimes, a day that starts out bad just keeps getting worse, snowballing into a really bad day. This is a common experience--the long day's journey into stress and frustration; we've all been there. But why? Why does a bad morning so often lead to an entire day gone bad?
There are actually several reasons for this. Sometimes there's a 'domino effect' with negative events, where one bad thing leads to another. (Example: You sleep through the alarm, so you're stressed while you sit in the bad traffic that makes you late to work, which puts you 'in the doghouse' with your boss, who feels entitled to pile on more work, etc.)
It's also common, though, that a few negative events early on can put us in a negative frame of mind where we create more stress for ourselves. We may snap at people, causing them to be a little more rude and a little less understanding with us. We may notice more of the negative events and fewer positive events that happen to us. (To really understand how this may impact you, read about explanatory styles of optimists and pessimists.) We may miss opportunities for positive experiences because we're busy ruminating about what's happened already in the day. A triggered stress response (that doesn't resolve with a relaxation response) can throw off an entire day.
So what can be done to keep 'one of those days' from continuing on as 'one of those days'? Here are some ideas that have worked for me:
  • Talk To A Good Friend
    Here, the emphasis is on good. Trying to find support from someone with poor listening skills or who really doesn't want to support you can make you feel worse, as can someone who will engage in co-rumination instead of trying to help you pull out of things. (The best balance is someone who will listen to your feelings, empathize, and then help you look at things you may be missing or help you get into a new frame of mind in another way. Sometimes even the listening and empathizing can help you pull out of things on your own.)
  • Take a Mini-Meditation Break
    Meditation can be a great tool for helping people get into a different frame of mind. Even a 5- or 10-minute meditation can give you a needed break from what's stressing you and help you come back with a new perspective and a fresh start. It can also turn off your stress response you you're physiologically back to normal.
  • Count Your Blessings
    Gratitude has some wonderful benefits for stress management and well-being. It's also hard to focus on how bad things are when you're focusing on how good things are! Counting off 10 or more things you're grateful for, or really dwelling on 2 or 3, can get you into a whole different place, and turn a bad day around!
  • Work it Out
    I love to work things out with a good workout--the burst of endorphins and the ability to blow off steam can take the negative energy out of my day, even if the workout is only for a few minutes. And getting more fit is a good thing, too! (Read more about the benefits of exercise for stress management.)
  • Chocolate
    Yes, this is a contradiction to the last entry, it may seem, but one small piece of very good chocolate, savored with a cup of green tea and a quiet break from stress, can help me feel a little pampered and do wonders for my mood if all else fails. (It's not for everyone, but, in moderation, this works well for me, so I had to include it! Read more about the benefits of chocolate as a stress reliever.)
  • Accept The Challenge!
    One piece of perspective that can make an enormous difference in your experience of stressors is your locus of control--whether or not you view your situation as a 'threat' or as a 'challenge'. It may seem clear-cut which you're experiencing, but a mild shift in how you view things can actually help you go from feeling trapped and overwhelmed to feeling invigorated and vital. And the best thing about this one is that you can try it under virtually all circumstances, quickly, and with no additional outside-of-yourself resources needed! Read here for more on developing an internal locus of control.
Today, it was the talk with the good friend that helped me pull out if it. (That and just focusing on getting work done.) Other days, other things work well. What helps you shake the negative energy of an 'until-now bad day'? Share your answers in the comments section of this blog or in the Stress Management Forum.

Monday, May 11, 2015

When an opportunity knocks, trust that the Universe is showing you the way

When a door opens, never question why, just trust the universe is showing you the way forward. Even though the experience may be not what you expect, it may help you take a short-cut to where you

are going, alternatively it could just end up being the dream you have always yearned of. For today, say yes to any invitations, opportunities that come your way.
Jill Harrison.  Metaphysical teacher.

Thought for the day on liberty.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thought of the Day.

Live every day as if it were your last. Do every job as if you were the boss. Drive as if all other vehicles were police cars. Treat everybody else as if he were you.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thought of the day.

If your parents can help you walk the first steps of your life, then why can you not help them walk their last steps of their life?