Recent Posts by Elke Macartney

welcoming in the dark and quiet

’Tis that time of year when the holiday magic happens, and also when the mania, moodiness and melancholy strike hard. Over the years, fluctuations in mood during this time were sometimes for known reasons, i.e., challenges to health of or loss of loved ones, or money or work or relationship challenges. Sometimes though, the holidays…
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Lessons in Impermanence

On a recent retreat to Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia, CA, I walked through the verdant forest surrounding the beautiful Harrison Lake. Ancient trees jutted up to the sky. Some of their roots poured over huge boulders--signs of a tumultuous past. This is volcanic land, and I was a mere observer of the incredible…
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If I can create this, then I can also create that…

The morning’s wake up was unpleasant: spinny head, a headache on its way and a sick tummy. Not exactly the motivation needed to catch the 8:00 ferry to Guemes Island and lead my Zumba Gold group, so I cancelled the class, made ginger tea and have been sleeping on and off since. Weirdly, I am…
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Attention Empaths: Some tools for the times

It startles me, how startle-prone I've been lately. Case in point: My husband tries to quietly approach me in the wee hours of the morning while I consider a morning newspaper and word puzzle, but despite his gentle voice or hand on my shoulder, it might as well be a loud animal crashing into the…
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