Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Gift Of Giving

The act of caring for others, especially those in need, is a profound gift that the world needs more of.  During this holiday season we are asking you to actively share in the spirit of giving by giving to those in need within our community. 

This year we are focusing our efforts by supporting the Dandelion Society and collecting warm blankets, coats, and other items. The Dandelion Society was founded by Rev. Al Tysick in 2011.  Reverend Al has been working with the homeless for 40 years and was one of the primary founders of “Our Place”.   The society’s mission is to connect with and support the most vulnerable populations in Victoria’s street community who are often unable to access basic social care services.  

Click here to find out how you can help!



Learning From Patients (continued…)

Sometimes in my practice it feels like the more I learn the less I know.  Sometimes all the knowledge I have accumulated is nothing compared to the power of simply listening.  Being present for another person is one of the greatest gifts we can offer.  Sitting and listening while someone shares their life experience  provides a valuable gift to the person being listened to, and at the same time provides you with the gift of wisdom and learning.  Such is the case with so many of my patients, including Leigh-Ann, who has been coming into the clinic several times a week now since commencing her cancer treatment.



Serve, Love, Give

“Serve, Love, Give” is the mandate that pulses through every thought and action at Rikhiapeeth in India, the heart of Satyananda Yoga. Swami Sivananda established this message decades ago, and passed it on to his student Swami Satyananda who also embodied it. He dedicated his life to serving the people around him. He did not offer charity or random giving, he prioritized learning the needs of people and serving based on this.

I was lucky enough to visit Swami Satyananda’s ashram (Rikhiapeeth) for the third time last month and experience the power of ‘Serve, Love, Give’. I was there to assist Yoga and Meditation retreats being offered to an international group of students, lead by one of my long-time teachers. Even though my focus was on supporting the retreat participants and management, we were all swept into the inspiration of this message. (more…)