Do I miss anything from Canada?

Recently someone asked me that question and the answer was without hesitation;
– Yes I do.

And it inspired me to contemplate a little about where my journey has taken me this far. Soon it’ll be a year since I moved back to Sweden after 7 years in Canada. I’m now beginning to feel a little bit more settled and professionally somewhat organized.

I’m also ready to share some.

Looking back at the year that‘ll soon have passed, I feel grateful for how things have worked out. All my needs have been met sometimes in miraculous ways, when exactly the right person or moment has showed up, offered support and/or a solution. And as usual, not necessary the way I expected…
Over and over again life shows me that the lesser I focus on a specific outcome in a situation, the more options and different possibilities are shown. If I focus on how I’d like to feel when the issue or question is solved, I seem to open up to a wider perspective and get far more options.

So what is the first that comes to my mind thinking of my years in Canada?
Gratitude is the first that comes to mind. I’m so grateful for having had the possibility to live and thrive there and for all the amazing people that became my family and close friends.

I had never lived in a big city and now I got to be a citizen of one, in beautiful spectacular and diverse Montreal. I also got to live in a small village, North Hatley, where everyone’s action, or no action, has an impact. It is of course the same in a bigger society, but it’s not as vulnerable as in small community. This showed me so clearly that we all have a responsibility and a choice. And even if I don’t do so much or are engaged in the running of things, I can choose to support by my attitude. The opposite, if you don’t support by having a positive intention for the good of the community, it will of course also have an impact and consequences.

I have learnt a lot being in a country and a culture far different from where I come from. I’ve learnt humility and respect, also from a global perspective, listening to the history of Quebec.

I had the opportunity to educate myself and to start up a private practice as a Somatic Therapist. Something I’m not sure I would have had the courage to do in Sweden…?
With great support of the beings around me I could slowly grow my business while I was also growing as a person. While doing my many trainings I also got to travel to other parts of Canada, again the connections with amazing humans that I met maybe just once, will forever have a place in my heart.

So, back to the question “Do I miss anything from Canada”?
Interestingly enough reading through my thoughts and contemplations above, none of that is left in Canada!
It’s with me, inside of me…the experiences, the encounters, all the memories…are mine and will be with me forever.

Gratitude has a way of transforming what I before would have described as “longing” or “missing”, into giving it all a place in my heart. In this way it doesn’t really matter if I’m physically there or not – because I carry it all inside.
So it turned out that the question wasn’t that simple…it depend how you choose to look at it.

However, I can’t end this blog without expressing my gratitude to life that showed me the way to walk The Camino in Spain 2015. Because as many of you know, it was on that walk I met Michel and followed without hesitation him to his home country.

The journey we shared for 7 years I will be Michel forever grateful for ❤️

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
–              Bilbo


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