Hello,  My name is Yolande Grill… My friends call me Y.  I believe I have one big WHY – my purpose this lifetime:  A desire for world peace.

It’s a big one I know, and I am hopeful that I just may see this in my lifetime.  Since World Peace is so large, I have had to adapt and figure ways to get there through a bunch of “little whys”.

Everything I touch, from parenting to my work life leading a corporation and my entrepreneurial pursuits, are all touched by my big Y.

I hope you will linger and explore a bit.  I hope you will join me.

 

Journaling as a practice

I am the change I want to see in the world is a journaling technique I created and use when I want to manifest long lasting change in me.  It starts when I notice a desire to change something outside of myself and I remind myself that the only thing I can change is me.  And so I sit and I start to write starting with the sentence: I am the change I want to see in the world.

Sometimes, when the words refuse to flow because of my internal editor, I surrender to the block and I start to move.  Dancing, stretching, gardening… whatever I need to do to get the restlessness out of my body and calm my mind.  Sometimes the words come and I rush back to my journal.  But not always.

I hope to have time to share some of my own personal practice with you here.

I welcome you sharing your practice too.

This incredibly empowering practice is free.  It has transformed my life and made clearer my purpose.

 

Mindfulness as a practice

A practice that requires you to just be in the moment – to breathe and observe with no judgement.  No analysis.  Just complete presence to experience what is.

 

Travelling and meeting “others” as a practice

To have the ability to travel and visit new places is truly a privilege.  I use my lens to bring back memories.  Enjoy the photos on this blog.

I believe is that there is no Other!

I believe that we are all connected.

It is only the delusion of separateness that creates suffering.

I don’t see borders when I’m flying in a plane and looking down at our earth.  I see beauty.  And, if something is not really beautiful, I try and look harder for the beauty.  It’s always there.  Sometimes covered up by violence, poverty, dirt on our camera filter, or just fogginess in our own lens.  There is no separation between the observer and the observed.  There is just Love.  With that attitude, I’m constantly humbled by what shows up.