Peaceful Home Blog

Let your mind rest, be content and know that you are enough.

Earth Day 2020

Our global health is directly determined by our stewardship. Create your own personal sustainability plan to take action in protecting our planet.

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life like snowflakes

This week I was working with a 57 year old client* through the Connections foundation module of the Total Life Checkup program. With the evolving

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welcoming winter

Every year I start to write a post about letting go of Christmas and then I don’t publish it. For the last fifteen years my

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mindfulness challenge

For three years in a row I have raised funds for the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto in support of their Community Programs. The

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rightsizing

Retired Teachers of Ontario publishes a fantastic magazine for its members called Renaissance. In the Spring 2019 issue, Charlotte Empey interviewed me for her article

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CBC radio interviews

I enjoy working with the CBC Radio Syndicated Unit, sitting in a booth and talking with station hosts across Canada. Topic this time? Decluttering in

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I just left twitter

Over two years ago I left Facebook. I can only think of a couple of times when I missed out on useful information because that

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close up on tall grass and straw leaning over in the wind against a backdrop of cloud scattered blue sky.

the sun and the wind

Several years ago when I was busy with work, a whole season had gone by and I barely noticed. Being in nature has always been

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contemplative sunday

Life throws curveballs. The last couple of months were stressful and I found it difficult to maintain my regular mindfulness routine. However, the beauty of

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time for grief

My Mother passed away two months ago. It was not expected, although she was 80 and had several health concerns. I don’t know the details

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family

Who is in your true circle of connection? What makes your tribe, posse, choir, team, the group that they are? Entry into my family is

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the space between

“I am not sure what I am supposed to do now.” It is not uncommon for my clients to start out their coaching journey with

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f*** off time

It is time to get bored! Take an extended time out to really hear what your body and spirit have to tell you.

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the joy of letting go

Interesting how getting rid of so much seems to make life a lot busier! As my previous posts explain, my husband and I are downsizing

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downsizing

I have learned that I can love to live anywhere. Six years ago my beautiful partner and I moved in together. We choose this large

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home address

Shedding people and stuff provided the best protection from the elements. With this admission, I am not surprised that I am a minimalist.

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found time

There is a certain thrill when noticing that although it is dark out, it is actually only 9pm. The pleasure of losing light in late August!

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leaving facebook

  Sea turtle rescues on video, lengthy political rants and daily selfies. Multiple captures of tasty food and romantic moments. 25 versions of outrage about

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the value of our lives

In a recent CBC article, Erin Collins asked, “What would you grab with a fire breathing down your neck?” Highlighted were a few brief stories

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a daily slow down

Say that title out loud and it sounds like a country dance. Yet the mood of this post is decidedly quieter with a lower heart

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A photo of Karl sitting on a wood floor, meditating in front of a window that looks out over dense green trees.

just sit

by Karl Pruner What is meditation? There may be as many answers as there are meditators. As a practitioner for forty four years, I can

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CBC interview

Minimalism! Interview with Matt Galloway, Metro Morning on CBC. https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2664874324        

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a simple move

I do not get a chance to type just about organizing very often. This is long overdue! As a minimalist, I appreciate having fewer things to

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real life minimalists interview

[this post was originally written for  Francine Jay’s site Missminimalist.com, January 2015] Taking charge It was about fifteen years ago when I felt the first

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no time for clocks

It is lovely to wake up to bright sunshine again. In the last couple of weeks it has been dark while preparing to go to

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Globe & Mail interview

Interview with Harvey Schachter of the Globe and Mail newspaper. A story about my little experiment with test subjects reporting on their experience with a

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minimalism 101

Are you a minimalist? For over 15 years I have been shedding whatever I perceive to be in my way of living a satisfying life.

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when the lights are out

As Earth Day approaches, (April 22nd) I have been receiving reports about the challenge I put to my readers to try a No Gadget Night (NGN). With lights off

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resolution or intention?

Well, it’s that time. The time to experience the expectations that come from an old year turning into a new one. The push for individuals

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work smart, not hard

Yes, there are times when I just don’t want to work. This may be because a task is difficult and I want to avoid it.

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take your time, do it right

I recently posted a reflection about losing weight. As people ask me about it, I find myself presenting a reoccurring theme about ‘just one thing

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clear space to be – part 2

There is nothing like the universe coming together to provide an opportunity. Today, an assignment of mine was suddenly cancelled so my afternoon became free.

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clear space to be

I recognize that I like things. Shiny glass, strong wood, textured fabrics. My senses resonate with the things I can look at and feel. (I

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paperless – 2

What’s a writer to do? I recently heard a professor tell a classroom full of students that nothing can replace excellent reference books and not

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paperless

I reject paper as often as I can. My recycling bin is full enough of appropriate packaging but if I can, I try to keep

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no work, no desk

Finally, a Saturday morning when we can stay home together. After a stunning hot sunny week, the weekend opens up cool and wet. There are

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no gadget night

We relax with our technology. My husband curls up with a good book on his Kobo reader. On the iPad I watch National Film Board

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