“Welcome to Canada - Make Us Better.”

The quote in the title of this post is from a story that John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has told many times over. As the story goes (source: http://www.vancouver2010.com), when John Furlong arrived in Canada more than thirty years ago from Ireland, a customs officer offered a warm but specific greeting: “Welcome to Canada – make us better.”

Dedication, Perseverance, Courage. The Olympic Games offer us a unique opportunity to celebrate the characteristics that allow an athlete to rise above the competition, and through this they offer inspiration to every person who follows them. Although commercialism has crept into every facet of our culture, these games, at their core, are not about money or fame. They are about sacrifice and pride. They are about striving to be the best that you can be, and wanting to inspire others to do their best. Raising the flag of each country on the podium isn’t just about “see what I did”, but more “see what you can do.” We can all be better – in sport, in our actions, in life. We can all strive

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Six Things I Learned From Meditating (for six hours)

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“The only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment.”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

“Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely the path that is your life.”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

For the past couple of years I have been interested in learning meditation. For me, learning to calm the mind and focus on the present has been something that I have been keen on implementing into my life. At first I downloaded a couple podcasts and audio books from iTunes to introduce me to some basic meditations, but recently I actually took the initiative to sign up for a 6-hour Meditation Workshop. They always say the best way to learn is by doing, and this case was no different.

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Canadian Event Watch...

As part of this blog, I will be scouring the web and local newspapers on an ongoing basis in order to keep you up to date on inspirational speakers touring in Canada. I will also be creating an Events page on this site to keep a running list of all upcoming tour dates. For now, please see below for a list of three speakers that are making their way to Canada in the coming months. If you hear of other speakers coming to a Canadian city near you please send me a line so that I can add it to this site. Thank you for visiting.

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Deepak Chopra

An author and lecturer on Ayurveda, spirituality and mind-body medicine. In the late 1980s, he began publishing self-help books on New Age spirituality and alternative medicine.

Deepak Chopra: Reinventing the Body – Resurrecting the Soul
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Calgary, AB
Thurs, February 18, 2010, 7:30 PM

Happening Now.  An Evening with Deepak Chopra in Montreal.
Le Theatre Maisonneuve at La Place des arts – Montreal, QC
Tues, March 30th, 2010, 7:30 PM

Elizabeth Gilbert

An American novelist, essayist, short story writer, biographer and memoirist. Author of “Eat, Pray, Love”

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