Madeleine's Most Recent Posts

Rethinking Anxiety

We have the world in the palm of our hands and yet our nervous systems are wracked, frayed and depleted. Anxiety is an epidemic and suicide is the second leading cause of death of people aged 10 to 34 in the US I am not an alarmist, really. There’s enough fear going around already. But

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How to Deal with a Harsh Inner Critic

Like many humans, I grew up under the guidance of a harsh inner critic. This voice kept me in line, reprimanded me for mistakes and basically grew me into someone who could live, love, thrive, knew how to be healthy, how to be right, how to do a good job, and how to criticize herself

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Are you Addicted to the Voice in Your Head?

  I can’t believe he said that. And then she did this… I should have worn the white shirt… Did I turn the stove off? What will they think of me? I wonder if… What if??? Why is this happening to me? My life sucks, my life is so hard, I can’t cope anymore, everything

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How to Shift the One Belief Holding You Back

There was a saying about me going around in my house when I was growing up. It was “Her eyes are bigger than her stomach.” It was said by a kind, funny and gentle nanny that we loved so much and she loved us. My memory tells me that it was related to having a

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Does Mindfulness Mean I will Lose my Edge?

This is one of the most common questions that comes up with students who are starting to practice mindfulness or are curious about it. At first glance, mindfulness seems to fly in the face of our driven-goal-oriented lives. To let go and be in the moment can seem like giving up, giving in and never

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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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