Shin Mei Spiritual Centre

Nature Art

This time of year brings such a wide range of colors and textures. The crimson red of the Japanese maple trees at the Centre take my breath away. The golden gingko leaves blanket the pathway. I love the smell of rain and am happy to see the cistern filling with water and the plants happy […]

Find Brightness

There are so many horrific situations in the world. The news brings us real time reports of sorrows, death, and destruction. It can be all too easy to be engulfed by darkness.But there is light all around us. We just have to look for it. To choose brightness. This is Shinto. This is the practice […]


Omamori (お守り) are amulets for protection and blessings. The word “omamori” can be translated to “to protect” or “to guard.”


When we are filled with awe in the presence of Nature, we begin to think about things outside ourselves. To see ourselves as part of a much larger continuum. To not see ourselves as the center or the pinnacle. When I look at this arbutus tree, I am in awe at its ability heal, to […]

May Your Mind Be Like the Ocean

May your growth be like that of trees Whose secrets is patience May your healing be like that of the forests Whose secret is regeneration May your blossoming be like that of the seeds Whose secret is transformation May your transitions be like that of the moon Whose secret is remaining beautiful and light through […]

Clouds in Each Paper

The “Web of Interbeing” is the concept that all phenomena are interdependent.  I particularly like the explanation by Thich Nhat Hanh in the simile called Clouds in Each Paper: “If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no […]

Have a Sacred Place

A sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a place, or a certain time, where you do not know what was in the newspapers that morning. You don’t know who your friends are. You don’t know what you owe to anybody. You don’t know what anybody owes to you, but […]

Forest Bathing

Qing Li, a physician and researcher on the healing properties of forests, has written a book Forest Bathing which offers a thoughtful introduction to the scientifically proven benefits of spending time among the trees.

Walking meditation

Learn how to do Walking Meditation. We have several walking paths dedicated to this practice at Shin Mei Spiritual Centre.