Breathing as therapy?

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    “Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?” Mary Oliver I gave a talk recently on writing as remembering. Not writing memoir or historical remembering, but as an act of remembering who we truly are before the world told us who to be. Do you remember being a child and being lost in an activity? … Read More

Where do you get hooked?

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  You know where you get hooked. It’s the neighbour, the friend, the co-worker, the pain, the childhood story, the…… on and on. You know already. For me, it was when one of my kids called me on something in myself that was totally true! Anxiety? Defensiveness? Anger?  = Hooked.   What causes you pain or anxiety?  And what is … Read More

Wisdom.. what is it and where can I get some?

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  Hello Dear Friends, It has been some time as I have been busy cooking up fall classes and offerings. I will be the featured author at the Shuswap Writers Group coffee house on September 22nd as well as Thursday Mindfulness class starts this week (see all details below). My long-awaited book “Mindful Breathing: Simple, Powerful Tools to Heal Anxiety, … Read More

What happens when you stay open…

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  Has anyone ever told you to ‘just relax’ when you are anxious? Or ‘don’t worry’ when you are worried? What happens?   My experience has been that those bits of advice are probably not helpful. In fact, they often work the opposite way. Similarly, when we tell ourselves “I’m going to stop worrying’ or ‘I have to relax!”, that … Read More

The best advice to relax ever…

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“Living in the present unburdens you. Don’t worry too much. You can envision and acknowledge your life’s complexity but do so in the present, so you do not lose the vitality of life. Look around. See the people, the scene, sense the warmth of your body, feel the mood and your pulsing heart. If you were in danger of losing … Read More

How to make every day a blast

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I do this work because I love it, but mostly because we have so much more potential to live better lives than we think we do. While I was on holiday recently I met a man who asked me what I do back home. As I explained to him what I teach and practice, tears welled up in his eyes. … Read More

3 ways to bring mindfulness into your day

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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius   I am travelling in Italy at the moment, and I am simultaneously struck by the richness and complexity of art and architecture and at the same time the simplicity of life.  I’m a big fan of keeping it simple. This is not always an easy task … Read More

What is yoga? Probably not what you think it is!

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  The traditional definition of yoga is ‘to yoke’, meaning to bind, join together in union. What exactly does this mean and why should you care? As a yoga practitioner for over 20 years, let me give you what I have found to be true. My yoga has meant different things to me at different times as my practice changes … Read More

Life goes on.. are you going too?

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  As I sent my 15 year old son off to glider pilot camp last week I had two important realizations: this moment will never come again and there is nothing to be afraid of. It seems as if most of our moments are clouded by thoughts such as ‘what’s next’, ‘what will it be like’, ‘what should we do … Read More

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