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I’m sure we can all agree that we’re living in some pretty crazy-making times. Everywhere we look it’s as though the world has become completely unhinged. This feeling is greatly amplified by the bizarre contrasts we’re bombarded with. Within the span of 10 seconds we can observe what someone had for dinner posted above a commentary on yet another mass shooting followed up with a funny cat meme.

It’s easy to begin to lose our way in a world like this, to want to throw in the proverbial towel and tap out. And who could blame anyone really? …


My day began this morning with my eldest having an upset stomach and clearly not wanting to go to school.

An upset stomach is a sure sign that something is bothering him, that he is feeling anxious and nervous about something.

My kid loves basketball, and being over 6' tall at only 13 years old gives him some great advantages on the court. He’s in tryouts right now, and the process is pushing him to his physical and mental limits. The coach makes them work, and rightly so, to earn a position on the team.

This is the fourth tryout…


I’ve been a creative person my entire life. As a child, I was the kid who would go through the garbage before it went out for collection to see if there was anything in there that I could make something with. I rescued many toilet paper rolls in my day.

Even from a young age I had a deep appreciation for the power of creation and the focused intention it took to create. …


In today’s day and age, talk of “ritual” isn’t exactly commonplace. What once was woven into the fabric of our lives, ritual has been primarily relegated to the indoctrination of consumerist culture.

Sure there are still a few coming of age rituals, and certainly rituals are practiced in many parts of the world, but for those of us living the experience of Western civilization, the true power and potency of rituals has slipped into the not knowing.

In my experience, I find so many people believe that mystic traditions are a lot of work, or require hours upon hours of…


I’ve recently added a new ritual to my life whereby I listen to the books The Science of Being Great and The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles on repeat. Admittedly, The Science of Getting Rich was really edgy for me in the beginning as I’ve long held deeply ingrained beliefs around money and wealth of a limited nature. My point of view is beginning to shift and change in profound ways.

It’s an interesting process to listen to the same texts over and over again. A new level of richness and awareness makes itself known as I…


Most mornings, I wake up with the sunrise. During the nicer weather in the spring and summer, I walk down to the end of our alleyway to a vacant lot to sit and watch it. It’s a beautiful and potent ritual I’ve taken on, and I find it sets the tone for my entire day.

As the weather has changed, I’ve shifted my ritual to be a sunrise walk down at the waterfront. As we enter our rainy season here on Vancouver Island, its not quite as nice to sit in the rain for a sunrise that invariably doesn’t show…


I recently joined a gym. In the past while embarking on a lifestyle change, the only metric I ever considered was how much weight I could lose and how my body looked. I was locked in a cycle of self-loathing, not-enoughness and disordered eating.

The striving to lose weight served as a constant companion on my path of a life ill-lived. I viewed everything through this lens, and as a result missed so much richness in life. …


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As a deeply sensitive and empathic person, I’m often faced with moments of sheer suckery in this game of life. The world as it currently exists, hasn’t been created with us feeling intuitives in mind. As a result, we often feel as though we don’t really fit, or even belong in this world.

I’ve experienced my deepest failures in the world of working. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family brought with it a lot of pressure to strive and push, and I was often faced with moments where I didn’t feel as though I was good enough.

I’m a person…


I’m a cold water swimmer. It’s not for everyone, but almost everyday I have a ritual where I swim in the Pacific ocean in the northwest of Canada. Currently, the water temperature is around 46–48 degrees Fahrenheit.

Just getting out from a cold water swim

I really began the process to prove to myself that I could do it. The water here is cold pretty much all year round, with the exception of the thermoclines that get created on a hot sunny summer day. Ordinarily though, the water stays pretty consistent between 42–54 degrees.

I was reflecting today on how my cold swim has become such a potent…


Back in 1994, I was a student at university studying visual arts. I landed there quite by accident after trying many different paths prior.

I remember my first day at university sitting with a bunch of strangers and literally asking those around me “what should I take?” My first year was chosen by complete strangers and consisted of political science, german, philosophy, biology and english. I didn’t have a clue what I should be studying and only really knew that I enjoyed a whole bunch of subjects! …

Sherri Hayter

Lover of all things creative, seeker of the everyday sacred and lifelong student of beauty and gratitude

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