The Sacred Role of the Confidante

A common definition for “confidante” is a “person to whom private matters are confided” (from free dictionary). In our lives, we will likely be in this role for at least one person if not many.  If we are counselors, healers or therapists – we are professional confidantes.  Other professionals include lawyers, doctors and priests who…

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Benefits of Having A Confidante

a) Often, the swirl of thoughts in our heads cannot find a clear path out until we speak aloud our many ideas or troubles. The attention of a loving witness can make the intangible more tangible. Though private activities such as meditation, artwork or writing are powerful tools to express our inner world, the act…

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Challenges of Having A Confidante

We may develop certain habits through the relationship with our confidante, depending on the mutual level of consciousness. Here are some habits to watch out for: a) We can develop co-dependent tendencies where we completely rely on our confidante or we become anxious without them. Antidote:  Retain our independence and ultimately rely on our own…

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Tips on Picking A Confidante

a) Depending on the issue or topic at hand, you may require a specialized confidante. Perhaps you have one confidante who is your creative muse, another person as your sage counsel on matters of the heart and still another for your business affairs. Sometimes, there is a person who can serve all these roles. Being…

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The Art of Receiving

Many people have learned how to give but a lot of people still have difficulty receiving. On some deep level, the saying “tis better to give than to receive” is still omnipresent in our bodies. Despite the inherent fallacy in that phrase, there is still guilt and discomfort for “taking” or for being “selfish”! Yet…

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Tips on Receiving

When someone gives you a compliment or gift: a) Receive it with appreciation and feel good about their wonderful gesture. b) Focus on how this act reflects their generosity and remember that goodwill is spread when you receive graciously. You both deserve to enjoy the circuit of kindness! When you feel like you need help:…

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Vancouver Stories

Over the last 4 month, the Arts and Culture Office of the Vancouver Park Board collected diverse personal stories in celebration of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary. I was invited to contribute a personal story about my relationship to Vancouver through photos and narration. I decided to talk about the gift of the various communities that I’ve…

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The Legacy of Surrealism

by little woo, September 23, 2011 Though I never studied Art History in University, I was intuitively aware of a great personal resonance with the Surrealist Movement of the 1920-30’s. Throughout my life, Surrealist Art floated into my world via film, theatre, visual art, dreams and through of my own aesthetic tendencies. When I went…

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