Hi-- My name is Teresa Waters. I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice. For nearly a decade I've been supporting Saltspring residents and have […]
An Oasis from Modern Living?
Many of us live on Salt Spring in hopes of experiencing a bit of an oasis from the intensity of modern living. That can happen. And, pain and stressful challenges also happen-- in our private lives and throughout our community. In addition, we may carry a heavy awareness of the precarious condition of our planet. Our land, ocean, climate, politics, social issues, economics-- the whole jumble can leave us feeling subtly or severely hopeless about the present and the future. When we feel that way, we are not able to pro-actively do things that may contribute to positive change on any level: Hopelessness and action don't “wire and fire” together. So what can help us mobilize? We have to start somewhere. That somewhere begins with ourselves. Julie Andrews was on to something when she sang: “I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad…” Julie is referring to personal resources: things that evoke a feeling of safety and promote a sense of well-being. I am g…Read more about An Oasis from Modern Living?
Let Us Harness Our Anger and Our Fear
Thank you to Nomi Lyonns, Kim Tebbutt and Sharyn Carroll for organizing the rally and march on Saturday. Thank you to Christopher Roy for recognizing the significance of the event and recording every moment. I don't shed tears often, but at that gathering, my eyes kept leaking. My heart and mind were touched, as I felt my hope for what we commonly hold precious for All: safety, nourishment, connection, mutual support and respect.... Through music, speech, poetry, and walking together in silence; we were met with the theme “Let us claim and live what we value-- what we value about ourselves, about being human, and about all life on planet Earth.” We were affirmed around our ache and our hope: that what we value, we desire for our decedents as well. And if we can know how to make that happen, we will do all we can. For many of us who live on Salt Spring, and as evidenced by hundreds of rallies and marches in response to Trump's inauguration, the truth is: We care. And,…Read more about Let Us Harness Our Anger and Our Fear