The most powerful weapon you have against stress is….

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…. what did you think I was going to say? Breathing of course.. along with changing your perspective 🙂   Hello Everyone!   I think for the first time in over 2 years of writing weekly blogs, I missed last week!  I am excited to share what I was up to. I just finished and published my first book on … Read More

The biggest trap of all…

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“Thinking is the most overrated human activity.”  Wendell Berry Disharmony comes when we over-identify with the incessant stream of thoughts that enter and exit our minds all day. It’s like a barrier between you and the real world. Our perceptions, judgements and opinions keep us from directly experiencing reality. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having opinions, … Read More

Nothing is as it seems

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  We live through a veil of perceptions, feelings and opinions, often that have nothing to do with reality. If you find yourself worried or stressed about something, ask yourself “what are the facts?” “what do I really, truly know right now?”. Often, it is not very much. As a mindfulness class member said recently “Own the NOW”, meaning, step … Read More

Make life easier

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When you love things, they cooperate with you. Try it today. Love those things, those activities, those people that normally cause you strife. Simply put, when you cooperate with your life, your life loves you.  I’d love to hear how it goes.     Have a great week everyone, Madeleine

A life worth breathing

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    A Life Worth Breathing… is the title of a book by Max Strom, one of my favourite yoga teachers. I want to share a story he tells:   There was a woman who practiced yoga. She worked for years to master the art of stretching and bending her leg up so far that she could put her foot … Read More

Daring to be Yourself

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Comparison to others can be crippling. With the help of social media, it is at an all-time high and the results are high teenage suicide rates, increased depression and feeling not good enough. Like you just don’t rate quite as highly as the next person.  Comparison can kill your dreams, your joy and your ambitions and separate us from others. … Read More

The highest emotional state

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It is said that we have access to 60,000 possible emotional states. That’s a big buffet to choose from! But so often we get stuck in a limited array. Let’s expand that. Here’s one way: being in a state of gratitude and appreciation is one of the highest states one can achieve, and it’s available all the time, everywhere, to … Read More

End the fight with anxiety now

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  Here is the third and final video on anxiety. In the first, we learned how to breathe as an essential first step. In the second, we dealt with the mind stories and how we can inquire as to whether what we are believing is in fact true. In the third, we tie it all together using breath and mindfulness … Read More

The question that can save a relationship

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This is a different topic than usual, but we can’t talk about happiness unless we talk about relationships. I have worked with hundreds of couples over the years who come in with struggles, complaints and disappointments about their partner. Some stay together, some decide to separate, and all lose sight of each other from time to time. We can get … Read More

From your Best Self to your Whole self

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  Have you ever woken up with a list of ‘shoulds’ that you really don’t feel like doing? Does anxiety hit you before you put your feet on the floor? Welcome to your ‘Best Self’. Our Bestie strives to meet demands of daily life with a level of anxiety behind it, driven by a list of what should be done, … Read More

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