The pineapple upside down cake of life


This week has been both enlightening and troubling. We're in our World Religions unit in Éducation Chrétienne 30, which is by far my favourite class, not only b/c of the subject, but also b/c of the students. They are fabulous and make me want to keep teaching forever.
Anyway, Monday we visited the University to have the resident Muslim Chaplain give us a brief overview of the Islamic Religion. He was explaining the 5 pillars and the role that prayer has for them. You likely know that Muslims pray 5 times a day, which seems tedious if you ask me. Sorry, if you asked me before Monday. Now I see that in an entirely different manner. He likened it to being able to take a step out of the chaotic mess everyday can be and centering yourself. I like that and I thnk I've also forgotten what a blessing a prayer can be, pardon the pun? Talking to God should be a relaxing time, not a chore.
Then today a wonderful teacher at Cross led us through the basics of Aboriginal Spirituality and guided us in a Smudge. How have I never done this before?????? The way he explained it made total sense. He talked about how we are all given a gift in life and it takes a brave person to make that journey into their heart to find out who they're supposed to be.  I love the concept of the medicine wheel and how it's necessary to have your intellectual/spiritual/emotional and physical life balanced to lead a full life.  It made me realize that there's so much that I've been neglecting in my world. 
The thing that he said that struck me the most was about hardships in life and how they bring out the best or the worse in people.  This description couldn't come at a better time as a good friend of mine is currently experiencing a life changing heart break.  Her uncle was killed in a car accident on Tuesday morning. This uncle was a father figure to her. I hate car accidents.
I couldn't help think about her and what she's going to be going through in the next week/months/year....Tragedies do bring out the best and the worse in people and you absolutely see who really is a friend. I'm grateful to the people who silentely stood by me during my difficult times and because Candace was one of them and because I love her, I will do that for her this time.  I love my group of girlfriends; they are truly a gift.
This World Religions Unit fell during a good week. When a friend's heart breaks, it's difficult not to feel it also.  Luckily, I was blessed this week with a new perspective on my spiritual dimension which will hopefully guide me on my journey.
Tomorrow we're off to the synagogue and Monday is the Hindu temple. I love my job.
Oh yeah, I also made my first ever pineapple upside down cake on Monday, in case you're wondering. Très délicieux!

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Have a lovely day!

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