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Don't feed the wolves

by Gisele Theriault June 02, 2019

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A unique testimonial

by Gisele Theriault May 26, 2019

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what is your reason for being? | Irish sun

what is your reason for being? | Irish sun

by Gisele Theriault May 05, 2019

On the topic of retreats, a friend recently shared scientific research she found (brain scans incl. long term studies of individuals) comparing mindfulness/meditation practice in retreat settings confer more benefits than daily practice. If you take two individuals with identical lifetime hours of meditation practice, there are more lasting changes in people who have gone on retreats (brains and behaviour).  

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Rock being you | Ireland update | SALE 😉

Rock being you | Ireland update | SALE 😉

by Gisele Theriault April 28, 2019

This week I was thinking about how challenging it can be to be who we are and live in our place of heart when there are so many directives and expectations that we should behave in a particular way. How we present ourselves to the world and how we think are so influenced by our upbringing, peers and culture...

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Mindful Necessities West to East

Mindful Necessities West to East

by Gisele Theriault April 21, 2019

Rumi says "Let the beauty of what we love be what we do." I'm counting my blessings, both having carved a life by creating contemplative jewellery and now also enjoying the opportunity to create experience for people though retreats. 

 It took a long time for my body and mind to readjust from east to west, as it always does. Between the 10 hour time difference and the culture extremes, the practice of coupling patience and tenacity definitely came in handy. 

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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 03, 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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