Monthly Archives: July 2022

Summer Moments – June and July 2022

Lakeside at the Kelowna Yacht Club

My friend Jane’s 70th birthday surprise party put on by her children … they always make me feel like I am part of their family … I remain so grateful that we renewed our friendship some years ago, a friendship that had its beginnings in 1967!!

Jane’s children, grandchildren gather to celebrate 🎂

Canada Day picnic fun with my neighbours

The many joyful moments of summer at Glen Lake on Vancouver Island, caring for my grandchildren ❤️

Checking out a game on my iPad … oh my, those long legs and feet 😊
Morning coffee view ❤️
Morning snuggles ❤️
Oliver learns to love jumping in the lake, after a little encouragement from Aliana. He jumped in several times that day, surprised to discover it was fun not terrifying! 😂
A short hike to the tidal pools on a portion of the Juan de Fuca coastline trail.

Avid hikers, these two!

Aliana heads out for a morning paddle on her 11th birthday before we head for the airport … a family birthday party awaits her in Calgary 👏🎂❤️

Reflections via Instagram From a Much Valued Guru (Spiritual Teacher) at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India


A departure from my normal blog posts … but it resonates! Ten years ago, my time at Parmarth Niketan Ashram was an intensely heart opening, life affirming experience and the teachings continue to reverberate in my life to this day. With all the strife and uncertainty circling our beautiful planet (perhaps it has always been this way … the evolution of the human species is seemingly a very slow process) … and as we pass the halfway mark of 2022, this message in my email box today arrives at an appropriately auspicious time. Hari Om Shanti🙏

Satsang with Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji

“Asteya – non-stealing – is not as simple as refraining from stealing a possession that belongs to someone else. We steal much from others without realizing it. We steal people’s time by wasting it engaged in idle gossip or complaints. We steal people’s credit by claiming to have done something that actually was accomplished by someone else.

We steal from Mother Earth by using more than we need – by driving cars that are too big and use too much fuel, by building homes larger than our requirements, by purchasing more and more unnecessary possessions which are made using natural resources and whose production pollutes the atmosphere. We steal the dignity, the safety and the health of the poor when we purchase things that were made by indigent people in deplorable conditions.

Further, if God has blessed us with prosperity and we have enough to help others, it is stealing if we do not share our wealth.

We must realize the joy that comes from sharing with others. Life is for sharing and caring. Life is for giving.”

– H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji

A few of us gather after evening Satsang
I’m in there somewhere 😊 for evening Ganga Aarti
My little Yoga Sangha 🧘🏽‍♀️
Walking the grounds of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in the early morning hours was always a peaceful, deeply spiritual experience
Enjoying a morning fresh fruit salad with Madeline on the banks of Mother Ganga (known as Ganges River to we Westerners😊)
Ganga Aarti