Author Archives: Hugh Smiley

The Healing Power of Sound

by Hugh Smiley Watching David Suzuki’s Sonic Magic – the Wonder and Science of Sound, I was struck (like a bell) by the ferocious shift in big city ‘soundscapes’ over the last century. The ringing of church bells, once heard … Continue reading

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The Voice of the Therapist

The Therapist’s Voice in Mindfulness-Based, Body-Centered Psychotherapy (a workshop) The human vocal apparatus is part of the body and much more. We create (or destroy) our worlds through words we speak and sing, sounds we utter. Different qualities of the … Continue reading

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East meets West: Dorje and Medicine Wheel

This is a Tibetan Dorje (Vajra in Sanskrit) meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. Additionally, it is a weapon which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force). There’s … Continue reading

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Single-Pane Protection

February frost on my office window. Love the juxtaposition of the hot, desert plants just inches away from freezing Arctic air (40 below zero). If the single-pane window were to be opened, the plants would die. Their defence mechanisms (thorns … Continue reading

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Nourishing Communication in the Hakomi Way: Feb. 28-Mar. 1, Toronto

Click here to pay the Early Bird price of $245 + tax for “Nourishing Communication” workshop: Click here to pay: Nourishing Communication(EarlyBird) – $245 plus 31.85 HST PayPal link will appear at the top of the right sidebar; click the … Continue reading

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The Practice of Loving Presence: Toronto, June 21-22, 2014

Cultivating compassion. The Practice of Loving Presence is one of the four “Essential Practices” workshops of Level One of the Hakomi Training. Participate and pursue your personal and professional development. Click here to pay the Early Bird price of $245 … Continue reading

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Quieting the Mind: Hakomi Workshop in Toronto. Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Quieting the Mind: the flower of compassion grows best in the fertile soil of a quiet mind. As human beings live in a sea of thoughts, memories, images, and sensations that can drive us into a relentless pattern of activity … Continue reading

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Flamenco as a Healing Path

  Ongoing workshop/class every other Thursday evening. A testimonial from last season: “In these special classes, Hugh has connected the soulful, story-rich world of Flamenco and the inner world of his students, teaching the art form and drawing out from … Continue reading

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Non-Verbal Awareness: Hakomi workshop in Toronto Oct. 4-6, 2013

Non-Verbal Communication expresses who we are, our present experience, our personal story, as well as what we expect and what we really need from each other. The learning is done experientially, using a quiet, calm state of mind, and doing … Continue reading

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Is the Golden Age here yet?

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.” (part of a Hopi prophecy, also used by Afro-American poet June Jordan). Power to the People, and the People to Truth. The first inklings of the dawn of the Hindu Sat … Continue reading

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