Lucas Jones - Dancing With The Devil

by GEM Magazine / May 27, 2015 / Comments

For a while I had no drive because I would escape by smoking too much weed. I was even struggling with memory loss. I was wasting my life, watching others around me chase their dreams and knowing that I had all this drive inside that I was doing nothing with.

Bill C-51 - Why We Need To Speak Louder

by GEM Magazine / May 25, 2015 / Comments

It seems that the world is unaware of just how dangerous this bill is. Although Canada has only ever had two reported incidents of what can potentially be called 'terrorism', this bill will have the power to strip away civil liberties and fundamental human rights from the people it is supposed to protect.

Dealing With Depression

by Ashleigh James / May 22, 2015 / Comments

Recently I've not felt myself. Some days I've struggled to get out of bed and others I've felt so alive that my body vibrates with energy. Up and down on an emotional roller coaster that I can't seem to get off... I've been depressed.

The Peaceful Revolution - How To Take Action

by GEM Magazine / May 21, 2015 / Comments

Any corrupt system requires 'we, the people' to carry out it's everyday corrupt activities, so the minute the people catch on, it's over.

To The Abused Child

by GEM Magazine / May 20, 2015 / Comments

I apologize for beating you with my fists and feet when you were small and vulnerable. I simply couldn’t see you, laying there in a pool of blood and sorrow. Blinded my own repressed rage, I saw an easy mark for my aggression. I saw a new host for my pain. I now understand that my abusiveness was a smokescreen for my own woundedness.

Mom and Grandma… I Forgive You

by GEM Magazine / May 18, 2015 / Comments

'I forgive you' are three simple words, yet they carry so much weight. Please do not confuse my forgiveness with me condoning your behaviour because I don’t. I am forgiving you because quite frankly, your problems are not mine to live with. By doing this I am setting myself free.

Identify Yourself - Proud To Be Gay

by GEM Magazine / May 15, 2015 / Comments

Coming out was easy, the hardest part was figuring it out. So hard, in fact, that it took me thirty years. And to think that I believed I knew who I was all that time only to be proved wrong? Unsettling is an understatement.

Letter To My Younger Self

by GEM Magazine / May 13, 2015 / Comments

The same people that make fun of your body will call you for advice about loving their bodies and how to stay fit. Oh and they love big butts now. It's no longer "too big." But remember, it's not about what's 'in', it's about loving what you are born with.

LJC Art - Expression Through Sound and Colour

by GEM Magazine / May 13, 2015 / Comments

We live in a fear-based society. If you don't get a good education and a secure job, what will you amount to? I chose not to buy into that. Maybe I had a bit of a rebel in me, refusing to let my spirit be defeated by fear. I believe fear is a choice.

How Mindfulness Can Enhance Your Happiness.

by GEM Magazine / May 12, 2015 / Comments

"It is the mind that translates good and bad circumstances into happiness or misery. So happiness comes with the purging of mental toxins, such as hatred, compulsive desire, arrogance and jealousy, which literally poison the mind. It also requires that one cease to distort reality and that one cultivate wisdom." Matthieu Ricard