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Personal Journal – 13 “RTW” Reflections

This time last year I was bouncing around the roads of Bhutan with Namgay and Tobgay. Namgay taught me about an American song I may never listen to again titled Sutter Mill. I taught Namgay and Tobgay about Snoop Dogg, the Roots and Biggie Smalls – artists I doubt they will ever listen to again. […]

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Blissed

When you survive something many people think should kill a person – those who love you share many opinions. People tell you that you are blessed. People say your guardian angles saved your life. That this was an experience – nothing more, nothing less.  No need to take this to mean something significant in your […]

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A Witness to Death

Two hours into a 30 hour train journey from Chengdu to Lijiang China, my train stopped.  It was a usual stop at a multi track section to pause while another train passed.  I had been roaming the train, trying to escape cigarette smoke and find a little corner of peace – somewhere. I have learned […]

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Gross National Happiness

Each person on this earth has an individual idea of what happiness is and what leads them towards happiness in their daily lives.  Many of us believe, myself included, that obtaining and maintaining a happy existence is perhaps the most important goal of this life.  What a great example we can be to others in […]

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Giving Thanks

This Tuesday we will not be celebrating recipe Tuesday as I like to do each week. I thought about postponing the EATS! New Zealand post to make up for Tuesday or creating a Thai food post…but I want to talk about giving thanks. Every holiday is important in the Cansler household.  Birthdays illicit one or […]

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Destruction & Hope

Christchurch, New Zealand Arriving in Christchurch via train was uneventful.  Crusing the suburbs where televisions flash by in windows of suburban homes illuminating scenes of daily life – mothers holding children and watching the train, families sitting for dinner and other homes appearing oddly vacant aside from the glow from a flat screen on the […]

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Smile

To my Beautiful Family & Wonderful Friends – It’s Ok. It’s ok to be sad. It’s ok to feel pain. It’s ok to miss each other. It’s ok.  It is ok because it is ok to be happy. It’s ok to feel joy and it’s ok to know peace. If we had never known happiness, […]

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Photo Essay – Magnolia Grove

Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi is a very special place.  I believe the pictures and video taken during my 6 days here best reflect this.  To learn more about Magnolia Grove and the practice of Mindfulness, please enjoy the links below. Magnolia Grove 5 Mindfulness Trainings Practice  Picture Slide Show   Video       […]

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