Entries by Jill Hewlett

GRANDMOTHER GIFTS

When I think of the word “Grandmother”, I lapse into a dreamy, nostalgic state when life was simpler. As a young girl, it didn’t seem to matter what was going on in the world, my grandmother’s face, voice, and soothing presence would calm me. She was a strong and silent woman who imbued a certainty that […]

LIVING IN RECIPROCITY

Living in reciprocity is something that has spoken to my heart and spirit, for many years. Currently, it feels more important than ever on our planet to consider its value and application. Let’s set the groundwork… Reciprocity: mutual dependence, action, or influence. Synonyms:  interchange, mutual understanding, mutuality, congruence, connectedness, interdependence, complementarity, exchange, and universality. Opposite: […]

SELF-ESTEEM: A LIFE ESSENTIAL

When we reflect on our lives, we may notice that on days that we feel better about ourselves, happier and more fulfilled, we are also able to offer a greater degree of care, support, and generosity to others. This is because we can only love and outwardly appreciate the degree to which we have nurtured […]

APOLOGIES ARE HEALING

How comfortable are you with apologising to someone if you hurt their feelings or did something that upset them, whether you intended to or not? How comfortable are you with receiving an apology or even asking for one if someone has hurt you by their words or actions? These are important questions to ask. Your […]

CIRCLE HOST INTERVIEW

This month’s blog is an interview with one of our wonderful Women’s Wellness Circles’ hosts, Tricia Rudy, who is hosting just outside of London, Ontario. 1) How did you find out about Women’s Wellness Circles? I saw a post on a friend’s Facebook timeline about an upcoming Women’s Wellness Circle in my area. The event and […]

COMING FULL CIRCLE

It’s not possible to know the ripple that will occur from a “Yes”. How can we anticipate what will come when we take that first step? Truly we can’t. It’s not until we walk the path that upon which we can reflect and see all that has occurred and rippled out, can we know the […]

I AM

Did you know that anything you say after the word “I AM,” you become? This is because words cast powerful spells. That’s why it’s called “spelling”. I read this passage and reflected on where I find myself today. It had me thinking of some of the words I have used in spelling my self-talk prior […]

FALL ONWARD

Here we are once again at what feels like the unofficial New Year – the beginning of the Fall season. As the school year, work routines, and social activities recommence here in North America, a new cycle unfolds. Along with it, the air turns fresh and crisp, the colours of nature light up our environment, […]

HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE

“Follow Your Happiness! It is calling to you! .  .  .  leading you to the place where you will find your greatest good.” -The Way of Love, by Joan Walsh Anglund   Every morning when it’s still dark outside and my day is just beginning, I sit with this powerful little book of poems, accompanied […]

COVID: THE GREAT TEACHER

Looking back, I realize what a special gift it had been to be able to guide my students through regular yoga practice. Each pose progressively prepared them to fall into a state of greater self-awareness and quiet stillness. Why? So that they could ease into a mindful state, completely devoid of judgment. This is not […]