Welcome to wholehearted.blog!

Nothing gives me greater joy than inspiring and encouraging people. Hence my blog!

I wanted to create an online oasis, a space to come to revive your heart and soul with life-affirming articles, quotes, poems, comments and musings, all of which accord with the Buddhist philosophy of respecting the dignity of all life.

I particularly have women in mind, to help us come together to strengthen ourselves. I believe that our voices are called for at this time in human history to help bring about a new ethos on our planet. An ethos that respects and supports life, instead of exploiting and destroying it. But of course, like-minded gentlemen are also most welcome!

As Pam Montgomery points out in her wonderful book, Plant Spirit Healing, one of the basic tenets of nature (a.k.a. life) is that of interconnected and and interdependent relationships.

She says, “When we try to do it all ourselves, we often fall short because this is not how nature is designed. Everything in nature is interdependent; nothing stands alone.”

I hope you enjoy the content you find here.

  • Cavorting With The Crowd

    January 29, 2023 by

    O poets, who ceaselessly, constantly write, sitting there, tireless, far into the night addressing your poems to god knows who (and she/he ain’t telling). When will you desist? Give up? Renounce the fight? Take the first flight out of here. Get away, take a break; a change of air is what you need. Just the… Read more

  • Write on

    January 8, 2023 by

    This morning Universe spoke directly to me, succinctly and clearly.

  • Gimme 5!

    January 2, 2023 by

    It’s not the easiest thing to set and keep a new positive habit, so here are some sage words to help you get back on track when you fall off the wagon.

  • God Rest The Queen

    September 19, 2022 by

    In the last ten days I’ve done a lot of learning, a lot of realising and a lot of growing. And I feel very grateful for it.

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    August 7, 2022 by

    Respect is the absolute, bottom line, fundamental attitude I need in my relationship with myself.

  • Let It In

    August 1, 2022 by

    Appreciate whatever comes up in you; it’s in your life for you to transform it into “some new delight.”

  • Hello, Critical Voice

    June 12, 2022 by

    I’ve been slipping in and out of depression recently. And my Critical Voice has worked overtime at spewing out negativity in my mind. But not forever!

  • Today Is My Last Day

    May 29, 2022 by

    Since actor Ray Liotta’s unexpected death – to him and everyone else – I’ve given serious thought to how I would spend my day if I knew it was my last…

  • Sinking Like A Stone

    May 22, 2022 by

    the dreadful the dreaded
    tugging and tearing
    at the fabric of life

    shredding every vestige
    of hope

    darkness to invade
    every inner nook and cranny

  • The Truth Shall Set You Free

    May 8, 2022 by

    We have long accepted the biblical quote “the truth shall set you free” as a truism. But I wonder how often we think about its opposite: Lies shall imprison you.

  • Pay Attention!

    May 1, 2022 by

    It can be said that life is a balancing act. Where you focus your attention makes a significant difference to keeping your balance.

  • We Live in Two Worlds

    April 24, 2022 by

    Perhaps because our eyes are directed outwards, we human beings usually look to our environment as the source of our happiness or unhappiness…

  • Lost and Found

    April 10, 2022 by

    I was 36 years old, flat broke, two months behind with the rent, I couldn’t get a job to save my life, and Welfare (Social Security) had turned me down…

  • It Will Change

    March 6, 2022 by

    In the midst of the horror and the heartbreak in Ukraine, something very good is happening…

  • Smile please!

    February 27, 2022 by

    Just as the body can follow the mind (I feel happy, so I smile) the mind can equally well follow the body.

  • One Step at A Time

    February 21, 2022 by

    I was exhausted last Friday. It felt like torture. After teasing us with a spring-like temperature, melting ice and glimpses of green grass on Wednesday, Mother Nature changed her mind on Thursday and delivered a snowstorm – during the evening rush hour. I watched in horror as my car did a slow-mo, relentless slide into… Read more

  • Me Too

    February 6, 2022 by

    When I arrived in Montreal in 1974 I believed that my new country would treat me well. Less than a month later, I found out otherwise. (Please don’t read this poem if you are easily triggered.)

  • Are You Haunted by Your Past?

    October 11, 2021 by

    We breathe a kind of radioactive half-life into our past experiences by re-membering them, and reliving how awful they were, effectively creating zombie memories, phantom memories, which we use to haunt and frighten ourselves.

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