Welcome

Wendy Quan

Helping others reduce stress, build resiliency and create joy is my purpose in life. Thank you for visiting my site. ~Wendy Quan.

A warm welcome to you.

To my readers: On July 27, 2014, I renamed my website from ‘MeaningfulWesternLife’ to ‘The Calm Monkey’.  The Calm Monkey reflects ‘calming the busy monkey mind’.

Please read my blog which is about cultivating joy and meaning in a busy lifestyle, or read about where I teach non-religious, beginners meditation in the Vancouver, British Columbia area.  I have a unique Workplace Meditation offering, and also teach public classes and run a local meditation sitting group.

What do I mean by ‘busy life’?  Most of us are  ‘go-go-go’ and ‘busy’, so life may look like this:

  • working, trying to get ‘ahead’ financially or professionally
  • dealing with relationships – perhaps dating, friendships, marriage, divorce, family
  • raising children, helping aging parents
  • managing through health issues
  • juggling it all:  work, family, fun, social, spiritual, health, finances, exercise…

What do I mean by ‘joy’? Experiencing moments of peacefulness, happiness, compassion and love, and feeling it inside your being. I don’t mean being happy every waking moment, but I do mean finding meaning in life every day. This takes conscious awareness. This means choosing your perspective.

I blog about things that bring me joy, and meditation and mindfulness.  Please follow my blog by entering your email address to the right.

If you want to learn a bit about me, see About Me.

My cancer journey has blossomed into introducing meditation and mindfulness into the workplace – what a joy this is, to help shift the way people experience their work life and their interactions with each other.

I love feedback, so please send me your thoughts about this website at any time – then go have some fun today. You can send me a private email here, or comment further below on this page for others to see.

26 Responses to Welcome

  1. Nice job incorporating so many tips.

  2. Good post. joy=> Experiencing moments of peacefulness, happiness, compassion and love, and feeling it inside your being. Great!!.
    http://hirtiha.blogspot.in/2013/11/serving-hands.html

    • Wendy says:

      Thank you. Yes, indeed. If we practice being aware of these things, we start to notice them more and cultivate more joy in our lives.
      Have a wonderful day,
      ~Wendy

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    • Wendy says:

      Kim, thank you so much for the nomination for the Liebster Award!
      Your blog about breast cancer is helping many. I honour people like you who do things in the interest of helping others.
      ~Wendy

  4. In Blue says:

    I am nominating you for a Sunshine Award….http://makebelieveboutique.com/2012/06/19/2842/
    Enjoy!

  5. Julianna says:

    Hi! Yes, we can indeed find Peace and Light in our westernized life. It’s not necessarily easy…I keep coming back to PRACTICE as the key for myself and my clients. We can’t think that one day we’ll “get there” and then magically stay “there.” It’s a daily (minutely) invocation of beauty and grace – that’s the All of it. Hooray for opening up this conversation!

    • Wendy says:

      Hello Julianna! What a nice note to get from you. You are absolutely right – it’s something to continually practice and we may certainly drop in and out of it. I appreciate your note, and writing this blog helps keep me in my practice! Have a great day.

      ~Wendy

      • Julianna says:

        It’s all about the practice, I agree! Nice to “meet” you!

      • Wendy says:

        Nice to meet you too Julianna! I just checked out your website – how lovely! It was a lovely feel to it, and you offer wonderful services. Where in the world are you located? I’m in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

      • Julianna says:

        I’m in Rhode Island (USA – smallest state in the Union!). And yes, my services are indeed lovely (I know this because I’m in the energy of them, but mostly because I see the beautiful forward motion and expansion of my clients). If you’re interested, I work over the phone frequently – all but the reflexology(!). Hope there were many blessings in your day…

      • Wendy says:

        Hi again, I can tell you have a lovely energy, and thank you for letting me know about you. I am fortunate to have good friends that do similar work. I am now following your blog and look forward to it.

        I hope there are many blessings in each of your days…

  6. Genie says:

    I love your definition of joy; it fits into my own understanding of joy.

  7. Baku Kadampa says:

    … wow, and you’re following me too. Thank you :)

  8. Baku Kadampa says:

    Brilliant idea for a page :)

  9. Thank you for your blog on these important issues. When I started my spiritual journey (many years ago now), I assumed that it meant adopting some kind of Eastern lifestyle. Eventually I realized that we awaken right here in the place we are living. We cannot reject that, but we don’t need to get caught up in the Western ‘go-go-go’, as you put it.

    • Wendy says:

      Hello Resting In Awareness, thank you for your nice comment. I too initially thought the same thing as you when I started this. The journey was so unknown but so intriguing. Have a wonderful day.

      Wendy

  10. judymwatts says:

    For me I started my journey when I was about 10 years old… and my journey now is that I have reached that place in me where my growth and reconnection to source is the way…it is the most important part of my life which includes serving humanity. I am married, and my partner is not in the same place as I am, but he is for 95% of the time very understanding. To be in a relationship and working toward higher consciousness and reaching Nirvanna/Ascension here on earth, is a difficult thing. I could have no talking, no schedule, no demands but couldn’t we all? My partner is my teacher, I will reach this place of calm through him I must learn to do it at the same time… I am learning Balance and also practicing Mindfulness. Blessing of Love and Light

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