Madeleine's Most Recent Posts

Fear has to go somewhere…

I sat with my client as she reflected on her chronic pain that was steadily increasing and becoming more and more unmanageable. She did not want to increase her medications any further and was becoming more and more despondent and demoralized. As her pain spun out of control, she understandably became more and more fearful.

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Change Sucks… or Does It? How to Make it Easier

In this last 2 weeks there has been massive change in my life. New city, new home, new work, new sushi restaurant, new school… I personally thrive on change. I love the new, the uncertain and exploring new territory both within myself as I rise to new challenges and exploring novelty in the external world.

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The Truth Underneath Anxiety

As the summer ends and the school year approaches here in Canada, I’ve been thinking a lot of anxiety and how it seems to be steadily increasing ‘out there’ in society and ‘in here’ in our kids and ourselves. The sun continues to rise and fall, the seasons come and go, the natural world continues

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Your Body Keeps the Score

In my last post I wrote about my discovery of being an empath. I finally figured this out by accident when, during an interaction with a family member, I realized that I had had a completely different experience and responded completely differently as a child. This should not come as big news as we are

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Are You an Empath?

Do you feel like you absorb the emotions of others? Do you get lost in other’s needs and problems? Do people tell you you are ‘just too sensitive?’ Do you get overwhelmed by crowds and take longer to recover? Chances are you are an empath. This is a gift, when harnessed. As a child I

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One Simple Shift Out of Fear

“She’s so..  he always… she’ll never… I always… ” The list goes on. Have you ever stopped to notice how much you assume, judge and predict the world based on the past? It’s a natural human tendency. We had to predict danger and assess our environment in order to survive. But is it holding you

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Can You Allow All the Joy that is Available?

Everyday I am shown the healing power of mindfulness. The ability to pause, and rest in the awareness of being. That might sound lofty, out of reach, or just plain boring. But, I ask you… When you look back in your life, do you now see all the moments of joy and complete freedom that

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The Biggest Fear of the Ego

Sweaty palms, tight throat, tense muscles, racing mind: “What if they don’t like me?” “What if I mess it up?” What if they get angry, turn away, disagree with me? “What if I don’t get the job?” Does any of this sound familiar? Or how about when we start guessing or mind-reading: “They didn’t text

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The Biggest Killers of Your True Self

As I was mowing the lawn the other day I looked disparagingly at the clumps of plants and flowers cropping up everywhere, in comparison to our neighbours who seem to have a flawlessly uniform green blanket of a lawn.  “Aggh, why do these things keep growing?”  “This lawn looks like crap no matter what I

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