November Reflections

November can represent an end to a cycle. The ultimate transition of fall to winter brings wild skies, rain storms and winds. Some of us seek shelter during these times, warming our homes and being quiet in front of our fireplaces or close to our heat sources,...

Embracing One Truth, Many Paths

The summer is coming to a close.  Schools are opening and teachers and students and parents are getting ready for the beginning of another school year. In September, many of us return to a more regulated time of schedules and plans, deviating from our summer...

Celebrating the spirit of Maia

Our senses are exploding with the gifts of Spring in May! The trees send vibrant colours through. Buds take their time to open and colourize our world. The sky stays bluer longer and the clouds become friendly and playful. Our breath allows us to inhale the fragrances...

Happy April, happy Spring!

Within our collective presence in Gabriola Ecumenical Society, we have been transitioning to our 2022 theme “Nourishing the Spirit in Times Such As These”. Many of us, in conversations, acknowledged the obvious connection to food and how it nourishes our bodies,...

March – The Beginning of Spring

March is here! Spring is undoubtedly on her way. We considered and talked about refraining from even mentioning Covid and Covid’s influence in our daily existence. And then we acknowledged how important it is to remember our year’s theme “Spirit in Action In Times...

Welcome February

The beginning days of February this year heralds a new moon. In astrologically terms, the moon’s alignment suggests the possibility of fresh starts and new endeavours. Ultimately we are provided with an opportunity to break out of our self-made boxes and embrace the...

Waiting for the Light

Today we are writing during the emerging stages of yet another wave of Covid in our Gabriola community and in our homes. We have been advised to refrain from indoor gatherings, limit social interactions, stay away from places of worship, gyms, music concerts and other...

Bring in the Light!

As we are writing this article, we are in the midst of a full moon! I’m sure many of us have noticed it as it travelled across the sky during our waking moments through the night. This time of the year is dark! The sun sets earlier and rises later, and hours without...

Gratitude

We have so much to be thankful for! October in Canada is when we make time for thanks. This year GES sponsored our regular dinner at the golf course after taking a year off because of Covid. All of us were so grateful to be able to come together, enjoy each other and...

Reflecting on Life

There are no answers to the book of life. Life is what we learn as we live it. And what we practice as we live it is what tests and shapes our responses… the souls within each of us. What does that mean for us then, in times such as these? Just as we were celebrating...

Transitioning into a New Paradigm

For the past 16 years GES has presented to the Gabriola community a great number of excellent programmes that range from spiritual faith-based awareness to practical spiritual application. Our past 18 months have forced us to reconsider the ways in which we approach...

Emerging GES Theme for 2021-22

Early in August the GES Board and Program Committee gathered at the Netloft to reconnect and talk about what kind of theme for this year could possibly capture the current spiritual dimensions human experience. As we sat in the shade we were warmly welcomed by Brenda...

Change is Constant

Our lives continue to change here on Gabriola. According to Buddhist consciousness, “change is constant”. We are creating a new paradigm as we transition into a world where we all have had worldwide pandemic as part of our history. We are changing the way we are...

Pilgrimage Journeys

With all its sham drudgery and broken dreams it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful, Strive to be happy. Desiderata by Max Ehrmann On Gabriola right now, the dogwood trees are exploding with blossoms. The eagles are settling in with their new offspring in...

Mind, Body, Spirit

We are all connected in this world. As individuals, as community and as we create reciprocal relationships with our natural environment. We are all connected in this world. That is why the tragic deaths of our friends Marc and Chris last week and the multiple deaths...

Spirituality of Action

We hope this last month was a good one for all of us here on Gabriola. The winter months have the potential to be bleak, depressing, anxiety provoking, uninspiring. That being said, it also has the potential of bringing joy, calm, quiet and even inspiration. It’s like...

The Guest House

This month’s article highlights a deep and meaningful poem from Rumi. It is entitled “The Guest House” and calls to us because it invites us to consider all experiences meaningful and relevant to our lives and asks us to consider how we respond to these ‘Guests’ when...