December 2021, Guy Giard doing Wim Hof style running in the snowy Canadian winter

Having fun in the snow!

Hello my friends

I just started a new winter sport: snow running! That is bare chest snow running.

I never ran before and as they closed the gyms last year I decided to get back in shape one way or another, so took up running at age 60. After a few weeks I hurt my knees as I had no clue of what I was doing! Luckily I went to see a running specialist who taught me the good basic principles. Learning of the correct posture and the cadence of around 180 steps per minute I started a healing and running protocol of 30 seconds running followed by 3 minutes walking and so on. Today I’m up to 3 1/2 minutes running with 30 seconds walking. I gradually aim to get to 5 minutes.

I’ve been asked a few time how to gradually get into the cold.

Here’s an overview from my experience so far. The weather has been gradually getting colder and I got worried so I did research and found Wim Hof about a month ago. My inspiration was to watch youtube docs on him, so I know it is safe to do more. There is the physical component and the mental component. I rarely use the word or concept ‘cold’ and just say I have sensations. I constantly monitor my breathing and my body when I run. If it’s pink and I feel then I feel safe. I have gloves, hat, socks, scarf in my pocket, my shirt and windbreaker around my waist, just in case.

The key to tolerance, but I don’t like the word, let’s say habit or enjoyment, is to go gradual. Change only one thing at a time, time, distance. As fall arrived I maintained the same time, and was already running barefoot and shirtless, so as the weather went down I didn’t change anything. I’m still experimenting in not putting on hats and gloves. Because of the salt, slush and ice I had to put on my minimal beach shoes, and waterproof socks. If it’s cold and dry then I will try my new sandals, see how my toes goes. But, as regards to clothes I’d say not gradual but all or nothing, this is my ‘theory’ but if the body is halfway dressed it might not start the fat burning heating process and you may just end up shivering.

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Last thing, in the first half hour of running I feel more challenged by the sensations, and then suddenly it just gets easier and sometimes I just sweat from feeling hot. Be respectful and monitor your body, always be relaxed, never tense up, and enjoy the feeling of freedom.

You can see all my updates on my video channel:

It is just amazing what the body can do when you listen and respect it.

I look forward to sharing with you even more new experiences.

I love you all xxx Guy

I see your love

When I look at you, I see your love, potential, peace, tenderness, possibilities, creativity, poetry, awesomeness, music, grace, inventiveness, caring, thoughtfulness, passion, fascination, community, birth, happiness, discovery and so much more. How can I not love your humanity? You have a beautiful soul and I desire to embrace all of you now, every second and every moment of our existence. I am blessed of sharing my life with you.

I love you

Forever

xxxx ❀❀❀ Guy Giard

Corona Virus / Covid-19 and sexual abuse

Corona Virus / Covid-19 and sexual abuse

 

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Guy Giard,  April 1, 2020

I was relieved to see the governments and the media finally address the issues of domestic violence, and some even dare to mention sexual abuse. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a teenage girl cousin and men I know very well the issues of PTSD and the reality of the statistics:

– Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and every 9 minutes, that victim is a child.

– 1 in 5 children is sexually abused before they turn 18.

– About 90% of children who are victims of abuse know their abuser, 10% are abused by a stranger.

– 30% of sexual abuse perpetrators are family members.

– More than 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence

– The majority of sexual assault crimes are not reported to police

“The younger the victim, the more likely it is that the abuser is a family member. Of those molesting a child under six, 50% were family members. Family members also accounted for 23% of those abusing children ages 12 to 17.9”

Please, if you fear that some of your relative or neighbors are in danger of being in this situation, help them get the resources for help and support. If you are in such a situation  yourself, know that you are not alone, help is available a few clicks away. I’ve been there and together we can make a difference when we take care of each other to create a better loving humanity.

Stay strong and be safe.

Guy Giard

RESOURCES FOR HELP AND SUPPORT:

In Canada:

The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) has provided support, research and education to survivors of serious crime and stakeholders in Canada. We are located in Ottawa, Ontario and bilingual services are available. All services are free of charge and confidential. https://crcvc.ca/links/

In the US:

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense.

https://www.rainn.org/about-rainn

MaleSurvivor is dedicated to providing personalized support for men at every stage of the healing process. We facilitate dialogue among survivors, as well as between survivors and professional therapists, on our online forums like a vibrant and moderated discussion board, online 24/7 chat and at in-person events.

https://malesurvivor.org

STATISTICS:

https://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Statistics_2_Perpetrators.pdf

https://1in6.org/get-information/the-1-in-6-statistic/

https://aasas.ca/support-and-information/men-and-sexual-assault/

https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence

https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics

https://www.inspq.qc.ca/en/sexual-assault/understanding-sexual-assault/statistics-prevalence-youths

https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/csj-sjc/ccs-ajc/rr06_vic2/p3_4.html

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2019001/article/00017-eng.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/sexual-violence/index.html

https://defendinnocence.org/get-the-facts/

Lockdowns around the world bring rise in domestic violence: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/28/lockdowns-world-rise-domestic-violence

Domestic abuse is about power and control, something an abuser has more of when their victim is forced to isolate at home — which, as Cross wrote, means an increase in “opportunities for physical, sexual and emotional abuse.” https://globalnews.ca/news/6723582/coronavirus-domestic-abuse/

 

Guy Giard, author of autobiography “Love’s Healing Journey”, is a dynamic speaker and engaging artist. After exhibiting his contemporary installations across Canada, giving dozens of concerts as a singer musician, and becoming a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, he volunteers as a humanitarian clown with Dr. “Patch” Adams. He has cared in hospitals and orphanages in Russia, Morocco, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico and India. “Patch” Adams writes of him:  “I truly feel his passion to live radiant, using clowning as a tool to help midwife a loving world. To hear of his own transformation to being a loving soul will inspire others to try it on.”

 

For more information and contact:  www.guygiard.com or http://maquaire.free.fr/index.htm

 

 

Achieve your dreams!

Achieve your dreams!

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As I ask myself: “What do I have to offer to this world? What service can I bring to people all around the world?” I answer; “To help them achieve their dreams!”

As a child I lost my ability to dream because of the neglect, the abuse, and then the bullying at school, the continuous heart aches of disastrous relationship and thoughts of suicide. When I finally figured out that the source of all my failures, doubts and pain was the loss of the ability to dream, my life changed!

If you can’t dream, you won’t have a vision of your passions and of your life’s true purpose, you will feel the pain of hesitation, of emptiness and won’t be able to achieve your heart’s desire. I want you to dream, to be inspired by life and to set in motion a full life of joy, success and happiness. I know it is possible, because I have journeyed from the abyss to the light of success. I know the road and I know anyone can achieve it!

If everyone would reconnect to their dreams and set them in motion we would be creating a world of peace and love and where everyone is included. This is my belief, this is my dream, and every breath I take is to make it come true.

When I write :”I love you all” It comes from the deepest part of my heart; your dreams are amazing and beautiful! Let’s make all our dreams come true!

I love you all xxxx Guy Giard – Author

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GUY GIARD : POUR SORTIR DU GOUFFRE DE L’ABUS SEXUEL

GUY GIARD : POUR SORTIR DU GOUFFRE DE L’ABUS SEXUEL

Guy Giard Conférencier 21 mai 2019

Guy Giard Conférencier 21 mai 2019

ConfĂ©rencier de mĂ©tier, Guy Giard avait dĂ©jĂ  donnĂ© des confĂ©rences Ă  propos de l’art et de la musique.

 

Il avait aussi dĂ©jĂ  organisĂ© plusieurs expositions artistiques Ă  propos des abus sexuels, alors qu’il en a lui-mĂȘme Ă©tĂ© victime dans son enfance. Mais c’était la premiĂšre fois qu’il abordait ce sujet dans une confĂ©rence et il se demandait comment l’amener devant son public, pour apporter un message d’espoir Ă  ceux qui ont vĂ©cu les consĂ©quences de tels abus.

 

En tant que crĂ©ateur, artiste et professeur, Guy a l’habitude d’ĂȘtre un passeur d’information, celui qui prĂ©pare tout et qui livre la marchandise. En participant Ă  cette formation, il est passĂ© Ă  une autre Ă©tape, celle du dialogue, de la conversation, de l’écoute en Ă©quipe. Pour lui, l’essentiel est de se reconnecter avec son authenticitĂ© et, Ă  partir de lĂ , de crĂ©er sa vie tel qu’on est lĂ  pour la vivre.

 

Ma difficultĂ© par rapport au pouvoir de l’intention a Ă©tĂ© de trouver la clĂ© de voĂ»te de mon histoire. Le fait d’avoir Ă©tĂ© un clown humanitaire a contribuĂ© Ă  ma guĂ©rison, le yoga du rire et la musique aussi. Mon histoire est tellement riche. C’était difficile de trouver mon pouvoir d’intention car il y avait trop d’élĂ©ments de transformation dans ma vie.

Finalement, mon message est que c’est faisable : on peut se sortir du gouffre et on peut transformer une impasse en voie de passage.

Guy Giard

 

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Ecole Internationale La VĂ©rendrye

Ecole Internationale La VĂ©rendrye

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Quel plaisir de partager la matinĂ©e avec 4 classes de l’Ă©cole primaire La VĂ©rendrye et de leur faire revivre mes voyages humanitaires avec le Dr “Patch” Adams!

Ensemble nous avons explorĂ© au travers de mes pĂ©riples au Guatemala, PĂ©rou, Inde et Russie l’importance de:

– Écouter, Aimer et RĂȘver

– que l’Ă©chec est une rĂ©ussite en devenir

– et que la peur est un simple signal Ă  porter attention et non une barriĂšre.

L’accueil des enfants et des professeurs Ă©tait chaleureux, leur participation fantastique, mĂȘme Ă  en oublier l’heure de la pause et du diner!!! 

Merci de cette merveilleuse invitation, et au plaisir de continuer l’Ă©panouissement des enfants et de la paix dans le monde.

Guy 🙂

Auteur, ConfĂ©rencier humanitaire pour le pouvoir des rĂȘves!

TĂ©moignages d’Ă©lĂšves suite Ă  la confĂ©rence :

« M. Giard est audacieux car il va dans des pays du monde pour aider les gens malades ou seuls. » Fanny et Yanis

« Il est ouvert d’esprit parce qu’il pense aux autres et qu’il aident des inconnus. » Yacine et Laurence

« Il est communicatif pour entrer en contact avec toutes sortes de personnes, mĂȘme une qui ne pouvait pas parler ! » Justin

« Il est altruiste car il aime rendre les gens heureux en les faisant rire. » Gaby-Ève

« Il est chercheur car il cherche toujours la maniÚre de faire du bien aux gens. » Yassir

« Il est curieux, créatif, respectueux et audacieux car il va vers des gens que tout le monde ignore et fuit, comme les lépreux, et il les traite comme sa famille ou ses amis. » les élÚves du groupe 243

 

Deux nouveaux livres

 

“LE VOYAGE DE GUÉRISON DE L’AMOUR”

“Mon mĂ©moire propose un voyage de 50 ans dans la guĂ©rison des consĂ©quences de la maltraitance dans l’enfance avec l’art, la musique et les missions de clowns humanitaires avec le Dr “Patch” Adams.”

À venir en 2019 Anglais, français, espagnol

 

“LES 3 PILIERS DU BONHEUR”

“Écouter, Aimer, RĂȘver”: ce sont les 3 Piliers du Bonheur. Voici un guide pratique et dĂ©taillĂ© pour retrouver ses rĂȘves et jouir de la vie que l’on Ă  toujours dĂ©sirĂ©”

À venir en 2020 Anglais, français, espagnol

 

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I love my life and so will you

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We are all together on a life long journey, and I want to help you along the way. Over the next weeks I will offer you inspiration and practical tools to face and win over the many life challenges that crosses our path!
I offer you these with love, and hope to meet you in person one day to guide you on the road of outstanding success and help you achieve your goals!

 

‘A journey of a thousand miles begins

with a single step’

Chinese philosopher Laozi (c 604 bc – c 531 bc) in the Tao Te Ching

 

Thank you for sharing your wonderful life journey.

Have an amazing day!

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Guy Giard

Choosing LOVE for Las Vegas

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Love or Hate?

As I woke up this morning it felt like any other day. Fall is coming, daylight is getting shorter. It was still night but my alarm clock told me otherwise. The call to work and a good cup of coffee gave me the motivation to finally get out of orpheus’ reach.

Slumbering to the kitchen I turned on the radio. Then it hit me. I felt the air punch out of my stomach. I couldn’t breathe. “Fifty dead from a shooting”. I must have misheard. “Las Vegas, festival, country music” words fell like crumbs from my four day old toast. A tremor started to travel across my body. “Fifty. Fifty. Fifty”. It was real.

Devastated

I felt devastated! Still do. A bottomless hole in my heart. Should I feel angry? Sad? Wanting to hit a wall or stomp my feet? I feel to accuse and scream at society and the shooter! I FEEL A RAGE! And then I think of the mothers, fathers and their children. The unimaginable loss. The pain. The tears.

How should I react? How do you react? With your head? With your heart?

I can’t eat or drink any coffee. It’s not getting down. I stare out the window as the radio announcers keeps filling in the details. “Lone gunman, hotel room 32nd floor” and then videos of the shooting. The terrifying “tak-a-tak-a-tak-a-tak” of a machine gun. I can’t bare it. I turn it off. I cry.

Agony and helplessness.

I stand in silence, letting all the feelings wash over me. Yes, I hurt, but the families out there must be in agony. “What can I do to help them?” Can my frustration at the violence, my anger towards a faceless murderer bring them any solace? Can my hate bring any healing to them or the world?

As much as it pains me more hate and more violence will not heal any scars.

“Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Choose Love

As a Humanitarian I have faced many horrors. I can still see the deformed newborns filled with tubes and kept alive only with pumping machines. I still hear the screaming lepers with open soars as doctor treats their wounds without anesthesia. I hold their hands, sing songs and kneel down and pray.

This is what I choose today for all the victims of this morning’s senseless horror. Love is the only answer to the endless violence we keep witnessing. I know that is is not easy. I understand that it may take days or even weeks to be able to open your heart. But I believe that this is the only way of healing ourselves and Humanity.

“Love is the only answer to the endless violence we keep witnessing”.

Wherever you are on this beautiful planet, remember that I am always here for you. And if you can’t find it in your heart, yet, to give back love in face of such violence, then just ask me! I will be the love for you that you are wanting to give to the world!

I love you all xxxxxx

Guy Giard

If telling my story can offer a beacon of hope to those who are locked away behind dark walls of protection, then I feel I have started to accomplish my task.   

Guy  Giard is a speaker and the author of the upcoming book ‘LOVE’s healing journey’ How to Triumph over life’s adversities.

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Dr “Patch” Adams writes about Guy Giard: “I truly feel his passion to live radiant, using clowning as a tool to help midwife a loving world. To hear of his own transformation to being a loving soul will inspire others to try it on.

 Sign up today for the Pre-Launch Newsletter by following this link and be the first to receive special reductions and excerpts from the book!

 

#lvshooting #stopthehate #prayforlasvegas #omg#prayersforlasvegas #horror #prayfortheworld#lasvegas

 

 

Put your knee down for LOVE

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Putting your knee down

Sounds easy, putting your knee down, is it? What about not giving your seat on a bus or at a lunch counter? History is built by individuals daring to take action when the majority would deny their rights.

Society as a rule

What is majority rule then? What is it made up off? When I look at the variety of cultures throughout centuries I wonder about the “One Divine Law of Intervention“. It would seem more that “the rule of law” is what 51% of the people have decided upon. And when you factor in less democratic governments such as dictatorships and religious states, well, don’t even think about individual rights.

As members of a race called “Humanity” our collective cohesion thrives on cooperation. Our physical bodies are made up of gazillions of cells. Dis-ease occurs when communication fails. Business’ also have their culture, so does communities and families. We are one defined by the rules of the many.

But what if your instincts, your whole being feels that something is wrong? Maybe it’s insomnia, that extra cup of coffee or second helping of dessert, or worse your declining health? Case in point: After losing more than 50 pounds of fat in the last years I see my blubbering waist expanding again. I didn’t become aware of it then until I developed sleep apnea. This time I am witnessing it and I am getting quite frustrated!

When or how do I put my knee down?

Fight the power

Presently I am reacting to a simple rule of compensation: “Eat, do not validate your feelings, cover them up with pleasure!” It doesn’t really matter how I acquired this rule, I just have to accept it’s presence and acknowledge it’s effects in the present: shallow breathing, fatigue and mood swings.

When I think of fighting external rules many leaders comes to mind: Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King. When I think about inner rules Greek philosophers come to mind: Diogenes the Cynic, Epictetus the Stoic and Socrates with his famous dictum “Know thyself!”

Diogenes was very controversial and embodied his philosophy of living in agreement with nature, rejecting all conventional desires for wealth, power, sex, and fame. He lived in a broken amphora in the streets exemplifying that virtue was better revealed in action than in theory. Spitting in the face of nobles he told the king to step out of his sunlight. “He has the most who is most content with the least”. He walked his talk; he put his knee down.

Stoics also lived in harmony with nature, and with the acceptance of what is beyond our control. There is a story that as a slave Epictetus was tortured by his master who twisted his leg. Enduring the pain with complete composure, he warned that his leg would break, and when it did break, he said, ‘There, did I not tell you that it would break?’ “Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. No man is free who cannot control himself. There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” He put his knee down!

Socrate asked questions and questions and questions to help a person or group to determine their underlying beliefs and the extent of their knowledge. For his sin of questioning he was found guilty of corrupting the minds of the youth and sentenced to death by drinking a poison of hemlock. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” He put his knee down!

Freedom to choose

Should I then reject my desire for pleasure, simply accept what is beyond my control or question my behaviours? Reject, accept or question?

The beauty of our Humanity is that I am free to even ponder these choices. Rules can limit your choices to the point that you feel totally helpless, I understand. Still, however raised, socialized or educated, there remains that one precious liberty that no one can take away, the liberty to choose. 

I struggle with my inner rules of feelings and my weight, and with the outer rules of world politics. But I choose as a Laughter Yoga Leader, as a Humanitarian Clown and as a member of Humanity to “PUT MY KNEE DOWN FOR LOVE”.

So where ever you are on the globe I’ve pulled up a chair at my kitchen table and I am serving you a thick serving of LOVE.  What would you be willing to put your knee down for?

(PS: Seconds are always offered, Enjoy!)

I love you all xxxxxx

Guy Giard

If telling my story can offer a beacon of hope to those who are locked away behind dark walls of protection, then I feel I have started to accomplish my task.   

Guy  Giard is a speaker and the author of the upcoming book ‘LOVE’s healing journey’ How to Triumph over life’s adversities.

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Dr “Patch” Adams writes about Guy Giard: “I truly feel his passion to live radiant, using clowning as a tool to help midwife a loving world. To hear of his own transformation to being a loving soul will inspire others to try it on.

 Sign up today for the Pre-Launch Newsletter by following this link and be the first to receive special reductions and excerpts from the book!