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Mozart digs a hole – Photo by Kersti Abawi

I remember sitting in the meditation hall at the ashram in India, listening to our teacher, Saraswati Vasudevan, talk about digging holes. The lesson was so effective that it is still with me today, over a decade later. She was describing what she had observed in many students, an attitude and set of behaviours that serve as blocks to effective practice and transformation. It’s something I witness as well, so I would like to share this lesson with you today. It went something like this (Actually it went nothing like this. I’ve put my own spin on it. 😉 ):

You are told that, without a doubt, if you stand on the spot where you are and you begin digging, you will find water. You are thirsty to your very core and you have no water. It is an absolute guarantee that you will find water right…..there. All you need to do is start digging. With great enthusiasm, you begin to dig. You know the person who has led you in this direction and you trust them implicitly. In fact, you know that they too have been thirsty like you. They have stood on that spot and have dug a hole. They have found water and know, without a doubt, that it is still there. You will do as they do. Why would they lead you astray?


Okay, I’m an inch down now. No sign of water.

Keep digging. It’s there. I promise.


One foot down. No water. Okay, I’m getting irritated now. Where’s the water?

(Doubt starts to creep in. Maybe my guide has steered me wrong. Nah, that can’t be right. They wouldn’t do that to me.)


2 feet down. No water.

(I start to look around at other spots. Maybe it’s over there? Maybe I heard wrong? Maybe this is all a joke?)


6 feet. No water.

(Now I’m angry. THIS IS RIDICULOUS! I jump out of the hole. And run over there ——-> and start digging. Nothing. Then I run over there <———- and do the same thing. NOTHING! No water. NO WATER! What a joke! So I give up and walk away and tell all sorts of people all sorts of stories about how “this stuff” just doesn’t work.)

If only you had known that the water flows freely at 6 feet and 1 inch.

Think about it. 😉



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The first magnificent woman I would like to highlight is Sheilagh McGlynn. I had the great pleasure of meeting Sheilagh when we were in Grade 7. The complete polar opposite to me, Sheilagh has always been welcoming, extroverted and compassionate where I have been feisty, introverted and a bit of a loudmouth. But there’s one thing that has always bonded us and that is our love of dance. Our mothers spent years hauling us back and forth to Van Buskirk dance studio, and sitting through numerous dance recitals. (How painful was that, Mom?) From there we explored various forms of free movement, from 5Rhythms to The Move to creating our own freestyle movement group.

Dance is in Sheilagh’s blood and is a pure expression of her soul, so much so that she has trained to become a JourneyDance leader where she blends her skills as a Relational Therapist, a trained group facilitator, a soulful dancer, and a mighty fine human being. In her own words:

 I LOVE being able to offer this healing work to people. I love encountering new participants to JourneyDance and witnessing them transform through music, visualization and play. Leaving a class yesterday, one of my participants said to me “I feel so good”. That is what this work is about. We all deserve to feel that good. I believe it is possible. I hope you will come and dance and see how good you can feel! 

Like so many of us, Covid-19 has had an impact on Sheilagh’s ability to teach her sessions. But her love of dance lives on. She is currently in the process of preparing to offer JourneyDance online. I can’t wait.

If you’re looking for a new way to take care of yourself, a new way to relate to your body in a safe and sacred way, look into Sheilagh’s work. You can find her online here: Journey to Therapy. Without question, you will be in the best possible hands.

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Good morning!  I love you and…


Have you ever met someone and instantly fallen in love with them?  I don’t mean only romantic love although that counts too.  I’m talking pure, boundaryless love.  You don’t know what it is about that person but you light up when you talk about them.  Your insides sorta squeal in delight at the mere thought of them.  You could just squeeeeeeeeeze them when you see them.  You.  Just.  Love them.  You know that kind of love?

I believe someone feels that way about you.  😉

Have a most gorgeous day!



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