Thursday Tree Portrait 2016-Jan-01

By Sarah Chauncey | January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! After weeks of rain, the first hints of spring are beginning to emerge on Vancouver Island. May this year blossom and unfurl for you in ways you can’t yet imagine.

The Requisite Year in Review Post

By Sarah Chauncey | December 30, 2015

  I’m not all that keen on New Year’s as a “fresh start,” since pretty much any moment is a fresh start. But there’s something about the collective energy of a fresh start (i.e., everyone else’s New Year’s posts), and also… I wrote about the challenging times last year, so now it’s time to write…

Thursday Tree Portrait 15-Dec-24

By Sarah Chauncey | December 24, 2015

This is the photo that made me start seeing #AliensInArbutus (Arbutus is a type of tree that only grows in warm, temperate regions. Often windswept, and almost always gnarled, with sinewy green limbs and peeling orange bark, arbutus trees are works of art. And possibly home to otherworldly visitors.)

The Long Darkness of Winter

By Sarah Chauncey | December 21, 2015

Confession: I’m not a huge fan of winter. I live in a temperate rainforest, which is gorgeous and lush and one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen on this planet. It also, by definition, requires abundant rain. Like, six months of rain. Yes, I know rain is healing, nourishing and all of that—and I…

Thursday Tree Portrait 2015-Dec-03

By Sarah Chauncey | December 3, 2015

In nature, love permeates everything.

Doing Less Leads to More

By Sarah Chauncey | November 18, 2015

What continually astonishes me is how much more I can accomplish when I keep my life simple, my mind free from clutter (admittedly, it stacks up pretty quickly) and take the time to get centred before I do any work…

Why I Stopped Searching for Enlightenment

By Sarah Chauncey | November 7, 2015

In the summer of 2013, when I was in the midst of two years of financial hardship, someone asked me: “If you could ask for one wish, and know it would come true, what would it be?” My immediate answer was “Enlightenment.” The questioner was surprised I didn’t say money, but from the times I’ve…

The Freedom of Facing My Biggest Secret

By Sarah Chauncey | July 9, 2015

This is the day I’ve dreamed about, visualized, worked towards and sometimes despaired of ever reaching, for the past five years. Today, I made my final payment to clear up Canadian tax arrears that spanned six years. I’ve also then had to clear up the years since (2010-14). I don’t know the exact amount I’ve…

What Does ‘Waking Up’ Mean?

By Sarah Chauncey | May 11, 2015

To paraphrase Ken Wilber in his interview, spiritual awakening isn’t the same as emotional maturity, and those two are distinct from looking at what lies beneath the conscious, our repressed feelings and shadow selves. Awakening doesn’t heal everything or make us perfect — if we were “perfect” (as many teachers say), we wouldn’t be here any more…

The Importance of Acknowledging Anger

By Sarah Chauncey | January 30, 2015

When I write out why I’m angry in my journal, one of three things happens: 1) I discover that what I need is compassion for the person, not anger (that happens a lot), 2) I see that the trait that’s angering me in someone else is really glaringly obvious in me, too, and/or 3) The anger passes through my hand into the journal, and I feel cleansed.