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Kita’s Gentle Message: Go to the Balcony (Saturday, September 30, 2017)

“International negotiator William Ury, who is presently involved with talks in North Korea, speaks about “going to the balcony”.  Let’s say a remark is made to you during a sensitive situation that causes an immediate reactionary or emotional response in you. If you choose to verbalize this response, it may trigger further confrontation with your party. Ury suggests “going to the balcony” instead by pausing, taking a few conscious breaths and observing what you are…

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Added by Kita Szpak on September 30, 2017 at 10:12am — No Comments

Your Gentle Message: The Eye of the Hurricane (Saturday, September 16, 2017)

“All of us were struck by the power of Hurricane Irma as the system wreaked havoc on all in its path. Repercussions will be felt for years from a storm that came and went over a September weekend.  It’s an extreme analogy but hear me out on this one: like a hurricane, external circumstances, people and ideas can wreak havoc on you as you can on them whether through worry, anger, fear or jealousy. Retreat to the eye of your storm – your centre - where calm allows you…

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Added by Kita Szpak on September 16, 2017 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Stay True and Centred (Saturday, September 9, 2017)

It seems chaos reigns supreme – extreme weather for many of us, unexpected family health issues, increasing workplace stresses, corporate malfeasance… Personal doubt and fear creep in begging to get a foothold in your heart; they want you to flail, fight, argue, to lash back.  Don’t let them! Barr your inner door with prayer, and as much love and compassion for yourself and others as you can muster. This inner watch will keep you true and centred, calm and ever…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Your Gateway (Saturday, September 2, 2017)

What is your gateway like? Where are you going? What are you leaving? Which decisions are you making as you transition into the new season? Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Pick a favourite gateway image to inspire yourself!

To your Happiness,

Kita

Added by Kita Szpak on September 2, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Jump Right In (Saturday, August 12, 2017)

“You know the feeling when you’re wading in the water and making up your mind whether to get wet or not –especially if it’s cooler than you anticipated and the sun is now behind the clouds making the decision that more uncertain. Perhaps you count down to zero and plunge in or choose to baby step yourself into deeper water. Maybe you turn around and retreat to shoreline; you’re too cold and it’s really not worth it. However, as in life, acknowledging the…

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Added by Kita Szpak on August 12, 2017 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Back in Time (Saturday, August 5, 2017)

“A long lost friend calls and wants to meet up to reminisce and to catch up. Inevitably the questions arise: “Why are they calling me now after so many years?”; “Will I recognize them?” Better yet, “Will they recognize me?” and “Is it worth resurrecting memories that could make for awkward if not tense moments?” I know I’ve changed but have they?  This last query prompts the rendezvous to proceed as service to help others be healthier and happier does not…

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Added by Kita Szpak on August 5, 2017 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: I want to; I have to (Saturday, July 29, 2017)

“Never have two small words held such power for you. “Want to” implies desire, a choosing to do of your own free will. “Have to” implies coercion, a forcing to do because of someone else’s free will. It boils down to decision making.  What kind of decisions are you making?  Are they based on others’ wishes, demands, expectations, and orders? Or are your decisions based on wishes and expectations that you make of yourself? Next time when you are deciding – whether on…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Leaving a Footprint (Saturday, July 22, 2017)

“Thoughts come and go.  Our mind processes thousands of them daily with many zipping by without our conscious attention.  Once in a while, one lodges itself within our waking realm and chooses to stay a while.  Some are wonderful; others are nasty.  Recently, a thought settled within me that gives me unexpected peace – the kind of thought that is long lasting, substantial and comforting. Luckily for me, this one belongs in the “wonderful” category.  I’ve realized…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 22, 2017 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Bend It Like Beckham (Saturday, July 15, 2017)

“Though the movie “Bend It Like Beckham” deals with a young Indian girl whose traditional parents do not want her playing soccer, when the title popped in my head, I was thinking more along the lines of bending into changing circumstances especially innocent and innocuous ones – an unexpected request to help a neighbour, waiting longer for an appointment, doubling back because you’ve forgotten the milk, a sold-out movie you’ve been wanting to see, the stain in the…

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Ripe for an Identity Crisis (Saturday, July 8, 2017)

“Those of you who have studied long and hard at your career know a lot of things that other people don’t. Whether an expert in biology or finances, social media or kinesiology, your information is valued and to a certain extent what you know is who you are. Yes, your work defines you – in many cases admirably. However, be careful to ensure that others see the other parts of you, the ones that you hold close to your chest or even the ones that are hidden, especially…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 8, 2017 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Not Everything has to Stick (Saturday, July 1, 2017)

"We’ve been taught to watch for and take advantage of opportunities that show up in our lives. Whether a good buy, a new interesting friend, chance to get away, another job contract, investment offer – all these situations signal to us to explore them and see how they can help us out in a positive way. Sometimes these events occur rarely sometimes in multiples. When the latter happens, there’s an urge to grasp at everything lest we “lose…
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Added by Kita Szpak on July 1, 2017 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: The Love in Your Eyes (Saturday, June 24, 2017)

“It won’t be the brand new textbooks or latest app, Michael Jordan’s running shoes or McCourt’s hockey sweater, an all-inclusive week’s stay in the Bahamas, or front row seats on Broadway, a killer play list, shopping spree on Rodeo Drive, a 5-star dining experience in Paris, an Oscar awards after-party, or winning the lottery, – although these things are very nice, it will be the love in your eyes that will make the difference in someone’s…

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Added by Kita Szpak on June 24, 2017 at 10:55am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: You Just Never Know (Sunday, June 18, 2017)

“You just never know when a “sure” thing is not any longer; when the person you thought of as invincible is no longer; when throwing the ball that far is no longer; when doing two parties back-to-back is no longer; when remembering every phone number is no longer; when the neighbour who always looks after your house when you’re gone is no longer; when your favourite shampoo on the shelf is no longer; when the house you called home is no longer; when the most liked…

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Added by Kita Szpak on June 18, 2017 at 6:39am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Don’t Rush to Fill Your Space (Saturday, June 10, 2017)

The project is finished; the meeting over sooner than you anticipated. An unannounced block of free time – an empty space - has suddenly come upon you and for a moment you are stunned.  After all, this does not happen very often in your 24/7 world that’s filled to the brim with work, errands, to-do-lists, emergencies – life itself. Shall you occupy it immediately by rushing to get tomorrow’s groceries today? Starting Friday’s report?  Stopping at the bank? Washing…

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Added by Kita Szpak on June 10, 2017 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know (Saturday, June 3, 2017)

In these erratic times where situations, people, and the environment around you have become so changeable and unpredictable, the mind strives to identify, assess and draw logical conclusions… and as you’ve realized - to no avail. Reason however magnificent in its workings, is no match for the Divine unfolding that is taking place.  Observing from a macro level may be helpful but even this objective stance falls short of understanding the nature of the Cosmos.…

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Added by Kita Szpak on June 3, 2017 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Jumping to Conclusions (Saturday, May 27, 2017)

“He didn’t call because it’s not important to him…I’m not important to him.” (Keep the issue where it belongs.) “The bus driver saw me but she still closed the door on me.” (Could it be she didn’t see you?) “How many times have I asked you to pick up the milk? I swear I’ll be happy when hockey season is over.” (Milk will be overlooked if it’s a series final in any sport.) “He knew I didn’t like that restaurant but he made reservations there anyway.” (Every other…

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Added by Kita Szpak on May 27, 2017 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Receiving Love Not as Easy as You Think (Saturday, May 20, 2017)

One would think that receiving love would be welcome by everyone. What’s not to like about love and what it can do for you? Here’s where the obvious ends though. To receive love requires the awareness of recognizing and acknowledging it first. Parents demonstrate love for their children by caring and nurturing for them. Their kids are oblivious to the fact that they are receivers of this love until they are old enough to step beyond self-centredness and appreciate…

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Added by Kita Szpak on May 20, 2017 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: When Something Simple just doesn’t Stick (Saturday, May 13, 2017)

This week has been busy handling the media outreach for a major festival in town. I don’t know if this has happened to you where you’re supposed to implement something straightforward but for whatever reasons, completion of the task eludes you. I’ve not been there to take the call; I can’t find the information online; I’ve lost the person’s phone number who can provide answers to me;  I’ve forgotten about the item even though I’ve written it down… and another work…

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Added by Kita Szpak on May 13, 2017 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Talk It Out (Saturday, May 6, 2017)

Don’t assume, take it for granted, conclude based on past history, chicken out, make assumptions, act on impulse, follow the letter of the law, do nothing, phone a friend, listen to your mother, avoid the issue, reason it out, drink to forget, get even, get high, consult the doctor, compare notes, get angry, complain about the situation, wonder how to resolve it,…simply get in touch and talk it out.  You’ll be surprised how this can solve many a…

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Added by Kita Szpak on May 6, 2017 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: The Perfection of Imperfection (Saturday, April 29, 2017)

The image of a cracked pot popped into my head today and I immediately thought of Leonard Cohen’s lyrics, “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.” The latter may have a philosophical/religious source – such a wise observation.  You don’t have to be perfect; your imperfection is exactly the space that allows the Divine to work within you. What hope this thought gives…

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