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What Are You Mothering?

Mothers give and sustain life.  You might automatically think of a female parent as in the image above, but the definition of mothering goes far beyond that.  Mothering is fierce, compassionate love that nurtures and heals. It knows when to gently push, and when to let go.  It is defined by moments of love followed

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How to Find Your Purpose

“Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman (click here for more on this great philosopher) This is a time of great change. Not only great, but rapid change as well. It can feel like your internal internet speed got

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When Someone is Angry With You

It seems to me that to feel any positive emotion such as love, joy, empathy, enthusiasm, we have to be present in our body to feel it, know it or give it away. As a highly sensitive person, this “tend and befriend” response to others can go overboard, particularly when anxious.  In other words, when

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What Packaged Scallop Potatoes Taught Me

I love scalloped potatoes but without my sister here to make them, they’re not happening.  Too much work.  So I was grateful to my friend for pointing me in the direction of Betty Crocker’s instant scalloped potatoes for our family Easter dinner.  Yup… just add water and milk. Delicious. Notice if any judgement arose in

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Finding Your Extremes to Find Your Centre

Happy Spring Equinox! If this seems like an unusual title for a mindfulness blog, stay with me.  So often we live our lives based on “this is ok, and that is not.” Think right now of all the things you deem acceptable, and what you spend energy working against.  It is noble to work for

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The Faulty Belief under Shame, Fear and Anger

“You can live your life as if nothing is a miracle, or as if everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you that life is all sunshine and roses and that everything is a miracle, that’s not my way.  But I am going to ask you to stay open

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Do You “Whatever” Yourself?

“The small things, they’re not small things.” Jon Kabat Zinn Have you ever been “whatevered”? If you are a parent of a teen, or a teacher, you already know what I mean.  Don’t speak to me that way. “Whatever” Please clean up your desk/room/socks. “Yeah, whatever” I’ve told you many times… “Got it. Whatever” One

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What If You Knew You Were Not Alone?

Bell “Let’s Talk” campaign to reduce stigma about mental illness raised a record-breaking almost $8 million this year! That is such great news but I am always stumped by the question… What keeps it so secret? Why do us humans find it so difficult to talk about our difficulties when clearly everyone experiences them to some degree? I have

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Moving From Fear to Love: Your Choice

Something very profound happens when we are worried, anxious, lonely or confused and are in the presence of someone else who is fully accepting, fully loving of who we are in those moments.  Nothing needs to be said. We connect on the level of humanity, of love. We know we are inherently ok, and we

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What Makes Good Therapy?

I am often asked.. What is the best treatment for anxiety? What therapy is the most effective for trauma? How do I know if therapy is working? These questions and their answers are very personal, but I can offer some perspective.  First of all, only YOU know if you feel like you are on the

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