In Pursuit of Happiness

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  Good Morning and Good Day,   In my work over the years, I have noticed a few things. One is that we seem to be endlessly pursuing happiness, much as a result of a life where we have more leisure time than our ancestors. We can afford to think about these things, and media, particularly social media, fully supports … Read More

The biggest cause of anxiety

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  The other day I was out walking on a beautiful, bright sunny spring morning. Or rather, my body was walking, but my mind was elsewhere. Has that ever happened to you? I was ruminating over what was, in retrospect, a relatively small decision. Thankfully, I noticed the activity of my mind, and how it was making me feel in … Read More

The One Thing you can do Differently: Never Give Up!

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Good Morning Everyone,   Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, no matter how much you exercise, breathe, read or practice mindfulness, the sneaky trap of anxiety and unwanted, negative thoughts creep in again… and again?   The other morning I woke up feeling exactly like this. Really?? I have practiced mindfulness and deep breathing pretty … Read More

When things get confusing…

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I usually send out a blog like clockwork on a Monday and have for a few years now. However, lately I feel like I have so many things to say and comment on that I feel are important, i can’t seem to narrow it down to one topic!   Have you ever felt like that? Too much, too many decisions, … Read More

How do I love suffering?

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One of my favourite transformative practices to teach is ‘Breathe, Body, Love.” It is a very powerful practice when coping with stress, anxiety, chronic pain or any other results of an out-of-balance central nervous system. It takes practice, and as we say in our mindfulness class, it can provide a ‘one degree course correction’ when things are going sideways.   … Read More

Go small to go big, or FOMI

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“The only place we can truly change anything is within ourselves. And as we change, the world outside us changes with us.” Sarah Susanka   We hear a lot about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) these days with the rise of facebook and other social media where we look and see all the great, fantastic things people are doing out … Read More

The Roots of Mindfulness

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“People grow where they are loved.”  Bob Goff   Many people come to mindfulness as a reaction to a busy, fast-paced life that is zipping by and they struggle to find quality and meaning in it. Or as a result of a condition such as anxiety, illness or pain, that demands a different approach than resistance and war! Research shows … Read More

The Roots of Discontent

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  Hello Everyone, and Welcome to Spring!   It looks like in the above image that there is a little bit of comparison going on… hmm, if only I had a bigger bowl, then I would be happy. Do you fall into this trap? A friend sent me a TED talk I had watched a long time ago, and as … Read More

The One Belief that is Holding You Back from Everything

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Over time and after thousands of hours of providing counselling to people who feel stuck, I have realized that most places where people hit their heads most boil down to one recurring, stuck belief:    “I am not enough”   How do you tell? If not exercising enough, working enough, helping enough, making enough money, socializing, or fill in the … Read More

Mindfulness is only good if….

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That’s right…you practice!  It’s like exercise. You can talk about it until the cows come home, but the cows will come home and you will see no change. You don’t need to learn anymore, you don’t need to know anything special, you don’t need a special spot or place or time. You don’t need to be smart, healthy, young or … Read More

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