After 10 years, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue publishing Synergy. Many of you know that we have never received any personal income from Synergy... it has been a part of our volunteer and community work... one of the ways that we endeavour to make a difference in the world. Thank you to our supporters and readers! To our writers, thank you for your contributions to Synergy. We, along with our readers, have appreciated and enjoyed your articles: your perspectives, your personal stories, and shared experiences -- they have been fertile ground for inspiring personal change and courageous action!
Synergy, as the name implies, was chosen because this publication could only be accomplished with cooperative action between like-spirited individuals; and for the reason that it’s very purpose is to promote the exchange of ideas and stories to promote wellness in all areas of our lives… body, mind and spirit. Synergy is created when we are working together, sharing resources and developing symbiotic relationships.
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A Path of Joy
“A Joyful Buddha explores Silence, taking nothing seriously.”
Are you serious?
Are you frowning right now?
Turn your frown upside down.
If you want to have joy in your...
I am obsessed with chickens of late. I find myself setting the alarm a half-hour earlier to sit with my chickens for a morning cup of coffee. It is a delight to watch them run around...
Relax And Reduce Stress With Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Research suggests that up to 90% cent of all medical conditions are stress-related, which would easily rank stress as the world’s #1 killer. With mounting evidence backing up this...
Blame, Finding Fault and Innocence
In a yoga class more than 2 years ago, while in a deep variation of parsvottanasana, a forward bending pose that takes trunk to forward leg, a student felt the tell-tale tweak of a...
Disengagement is Fundamental to Engagement
Years as ago, I worked as a professor in the psychology department of a Canadian University. The morale was poor amongst the faculty. Except for the actual teaching, I didn’t feel...
Ramblings of an Old Flower Child: Conscious Engagement
What’s important to you? How are you spending your precious time? When did you come up with a plan for your life? Who are you becoming?
In the face of the mounting forces (like...
Mr. Coleman’s Bad Idea To Export More Gas
A fossil fuel corporate giant, Petronas, plans to build new natural gas (LNG) terminals on BC’s west coast. And sure enough, our new Minister of Energy and Mines, Rich Coleman, was...
Dandelion Energy: Connecting with Your Creativity
Everyday we share our lives with plants and use them to nourish and heal our physical bodies. When we consciously connect with the energies of these plants, we are able to integrate...
50 Shades of Green: Responsible Investing
As consumers, we have significant power in creating sustainable change in the way we use our money. The most common way is by the choices we make during our regular purchases like food,...
Compassion Farm Update: July 2013
After almost three years of standing our ground, with the majority of the community of Lantzville backing us, for the right to grow food (including for sale), we have decided to sell...
Colliery Dams - Democracy?
Frequently I hear that politicians are trusted about as much as used car salespeople. Politics can be so dirty! Yes, democracy is a messy business—especially when it’s actually...
Humanity Man - Summer
Why, hello there, my fellow zombie. I can’t thank you enough for deciding to join us here again. I hope and trust all is well with you.
Actually, I do more than assume all is well...
It's All Fun and Games
The customer waves me over. Sizing me up he says: you’re new here, aren’t you? No, I say, almost a year. Hmmm, don’t know ya, but that’s okay, got something to tell ya. My name’s...
An interview with Dr. Thierry Vrain
An interview with Dr. Thierry Vrain: A former genetic engineer speaks out about GMOs.
On a warm, sunny day in May, underneath the shade of cherry blossoms, my partner Paul and...
Alternatives to Fear
Two weeks ago I was with my mom when she got the news the cancer was back. Just eight months ago we were ecstatic to hear her body was cancer free. Last year was a tough year on all...
Shift: Mourning Mindfully
I’m pretty sure I killed it.
Of course, it wasn’t intentional.
I remember hearing an expletive (and I was alone in the car, so it must have been me) when I watched it in the...
Have You Ever Wondered...?
Why we have green lawns but meadows are full of wild flowers?
We use herbicides and pesticides that end up in the ground water, ocean, clouds, rain, soil, and eventually in the food...
Letting Go and Finding Grace
Menopause is teaching me about the benefits of disengaging. I’m not talking about disappearing, but more about learning how to engage with more of the real me. Or so my older women...
Changing Vocabulary To Avoid Judgment
Make a good first impression. Like a mantra, this thought gets chiselled into our minds from a young age. So when we don’t land the job, don’t seal the deal or don’t get the date,...
Stress! It’s All In Your Head…
It’s official. Stress (and the icky effects of it) is now a global health concern. The World Health Organization claims that stress is now considered the health epidemic of the 21st...