It is not always easy to maintain a positive attitude, or a cheery disposition, especially amidst the challenges that face us all at this time. Through the many physical challenges that I face I am also embracing many of the social/emotional challenges both within and beyond the walls of this hospital. During and after the strike particularly, there has been an increased tension and unrest amongst the staff and filtering down to the patients. We are all so intricately connected and vulnerable to the many emotional currents that flood our perceptual field that it is no wonder the difficulty of maintaining a smooth and unfettered disposition. This intricate connection is not to be blamed for bouts of negativity or discouragement however, but rather a reality that our nervous systems are constantly dealing with, whether we acknowledge it or not. Having a spinal cord injury I have come to a huge realization of how sensitive our nervous system is and how incredibly vulnerable we are to all forms of energy, whether we understand them or not. Much of my process throughout this recent journey has been about the ability to accept “what is” and to be in the “NOW”, this is certainly the most powerful place, it is also the most challenging, especially when all of the external influences are maxing out at their highest voltage. I mentioned the intensity of our global climate is real at this time, and I don’t think it will diminish much over the next while for all of us. We are living in challenging times, we are all connected and we are all affected. We all need to accept how important it is to take care of ourselves, physically, mentally and spiritually and commit to that – as a source of strength and solace in these difficult times. This commitment if embraced as an act of love becomes ones lifeline and most importantly a lifeline for others which in a beautiful way keeps us in the moment as it is impossible to be anywhere else when we are out of our own self pity/ sabotage (WHICH IS USUALLY ABOUT WHAT WE DON’T HAVE, OR WHAT WE WANT- PAST/FUTURE).
Take a few moments at least each day to be absolutely still, to be thankful and to cherish yourself as the source and the result of divine energy manifest, hold that as your inspiration and your commitment to move beyond the trials of everyday life to the power of love and light. Every time a negative thought enters commit to “burning” it with the flame of love and light. For most it will be amazing to monitor our thoughts to just realize how many subtle little negative ones are in there. Stick with it, practice proves results.
Bless you and thank you for your time,
Love mary-Jo

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.