Madeleine's Most Recent Posts

The Ultimate Spiritual Practice

I had the opportunity recently to spend time in New York City and as is my usual habit, take in a couple of yoga classes in studios I haven’t been to before. What a wonderful oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city and a nice contrast to the intensive workshop I was taking. 

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When life doesn’t go your way..

As I sit in Toronto Pearson Airport, my flight has been delayed twice, and now cancelled.. and now I smile. The first cancellation, like everyone, I groaned. the second I breathed. And now I can smile.  This is life. A plan is made, and it changes. Some outside external circumstance comes along and ‘poof’ there

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A short practice to re-focus immediately

  We may set out with the best intentions at the start of the day to stay on track, stay calm and make our way through the day with ease. Then, poof!  You get derailed by traffic, people, unexpected bumps… in other words, life!   Use this short practice to pause and refocus, instantly trigger

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The Difference Between Being Nice and Being Loving

  A misconception that often arises about mindfulness is this: If I accept everything as it is, won’t I become a doormat?   In fact, the opposite is true. Mindfulness is not about becoming a super kind, loving and generous person, although those side effects can happen. It’s a practice of seeing clearly and choosing

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Letting go of Repetitive Stories

I watched my kids locked in a sibling battle the other day “You always do that!” “He never has to…”… on and on. Pretty strong viewpoints for kids. I realized a couple of things.. the ‘always’ and ‘never’ standpoints are a state of mind, and a young state of mind. In this case, it was

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