I Am Who

Hi, I’m Merlin X.  Catch me on a good day and I can be colourful like the bird. Catch me on a not so good day and you’ll see my wings have turned into crows feet beside my eyes from thinking too much.

That’s part of my nature. So is innocence, vulnerability, sorrow, peace, guilt, anger, mistrust and more. I’ve learned to nurture it through many healing modalities, meditation being a very significant one. Before I progress, when I use the term healing, although it can refer to healing of a wound, or emotional trauma; in many contexts it means to regain balance or center from general dis-ease. The beauty of a meditative process is that it’s definitely personal and allows one to empower their lifestyle and energy in a simple process, like sitting, in a fashion that is just for you.

My Purpose 

My purpose is to provide tools for us to come to a greater knowing of love for ourself and others that includes deeper levels of peace and fulfillment through healing arts and forums.

To free ourselves to see ourselves so that our actions, feelings, thoughts, words and connection are rooted in love.

In this space, the limitless becomes possible.

Meditation/Mindfulness Instructor

I’ve been instructing for 20 years. I’ve had great experiences demonstrating the methods in fitness venues, schools, acting academy and correctional facilities plus on an individual basis and in a group setting.

I published an interactive guide, Clear Your Mind, available on iTunes for do it yourselfers and as a reference tool for participants.

Reiki Master 

As well, I am a certified Reiki Master, offering a complementary process to aid in empowering your lifestyle.

Healing Gardens – Simplicity  Beauty  Power

Creating sacred spaces to nurture your nature.  A healing garden can be outdoors in your backyard or in a dedicated room within your abode or place of business.  Taking over 15 years of operating a landscaping company (RisingSunLandscapedesign.houzz.com) and coupling it with my experience as a Meditation instructor and Reiki Master/Teacher; commune, infuse and renew with the elements of nature’s beauty (cedar, water features, stone, plants, crystals, butterflies) that resonate with you.   Manifest the ideal environment to meditate, practice yoga, paint, write, play music, etc.

A list of services can be found on the workshops/services page.

Thank you

Highlights from My Journey

– Initiation into meditation in Thailand taking part in a 21 day sit in silence in a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, followed by a 10 day retreat on Koh Cheng learning alternative styles
– Instructing for 20 years
– Volunteered at Mimico Correctional Centre and The Don Jail instructing inmates
– Shared the process with a 4th Year Psychophysiology of Stress class at University of Toronto
– Taught at many fitness facilities in GTA
– Authored a number of articles on the impact and use of meditation/mindfulness in everyday living
– Published the interactive guide to meditation, Clear Your Mind, available on iTunes

NurtureUrNature is the cumulative effect of my experience and education in this arena of life.  I look forward to having a conversation with you about why you may want to engage in this expression of self(love) and how I can facilitate your experience for you via one on one, group or retreats that encompass multiple health modalities.  Kindly send a note to info@NurtureUrNature.ca to begin.

Emanate the peace and love within

What Would You LIke to Know

 

Doggie Distraction

In the process of meditation, one may become aware of the multitude of non-productive distractions vying for our attention.  This particular distraction known as Mustang, brings me immense joy.  It is imperative that we find the time to play.  Not only that, the presence of the dog diverts attention from self which can be a healthy commercial break from whatever is going on.

If you have a pooch yourself, creating a video which you can access easily (perhaps on your phone)  may be a welcome distraction  from whatever is not serving you so that you may get a renewed perspective.

In 2o13 in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, they discovered that workers who brought their dogs to the office had less stress and were happier with their job.  Most of us may not have that privilege but the suggested video creation may be a great way to channel this.

Doggie Distraction from Merlin X on Vimeo.

Depths of Perception – Excerpt from Clear Your Mind

A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a card at Christmas with this passage on it.  A timely boost of support during a tumultuous point in my life and so profound.  This intangible quote became a rock from which I drew support numerous times while navigating that period.

For many of us, we think of meditation as a process that is done in isolation and silence.   Without a doubt, that is a great environment to access the purity of it and if we can create the time to do so, more power to us.  Last time I checked though, time seems to be a commodity that most of us never seem to have enough of.  There is a remedy to this.  One may find, that the meditative process reveals in time, that part of it’s nature and benefit lay in it’s ability to be fully integrated into daily living.  In my eyes, this is where the greatest effects can be experienced.

This wordplay demonstrates the semantical shift that can take place in an instant to evoke the power of meditation.  Nothing changes but a different perception.

Within the content of your life, at that moment, all there is that needs to be is there, to be content.

A meditative process can allow one to see things differently and more clearly.  Examine the concept of empathy, the ability to relate to what another person is experiencing (or has or will) with this example:

Imagine you are on the road and struck in traffic.  In front of you is a car.  Your gaze lands upon the back window and you see into the car.  Your depth of perception becomes limited to this.  To understand what is going on in front of that car all you have to do is look through their front windshield and view the road from their perspective.  Yet how many of us do this and see the world through their eyes?  Or do we allow the frustration at being stuck in traffic to color all that we see?

 

Can you seek to understand through observation while suspending judgment or reactionary patterns?  How much can you learn without explicitly questioning?  Contemplate the possibility of more than one perspective.  Allow empathy and compassion to guide and grow.