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You Are a Powerful Connection

Before we had a name, there was an awake awareness. That was completely connected, did not know differences. Before we entered school, there was an alive, sensing being. Ready to play, learn and expand. Before we were categorized and compared, there was already a perfectly whole being. Before we realized we were in a culture,

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Bad Things Happen When We Don’t See Each Other

Anger, shock, horror, disgust.. and also helplessness and compassion and a “How did this happen?” running through my mind and maybe your mind as well with not only the residential school system as a while, but the cruelty inflicted upon innocent children on their own.  Having had the honour of walking with many survivors I

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It’s Not Easy Being Sensitive These Days!

For sensitive people, shifts can feel monumental.  And it’s SO easy to get trapped in a worried, anxious mind.  But I think we’ve spent enough time there, haven’t we? Covid has asked our bodies to slow down, yet our minds keep racing into a fearful future or a non-existent past.  Wouldn’t it be nice to

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What is the Antidote to the Fight-Flight-Freeze-Fawn

No matter how much we might try and avoid difficulties and pain, the path of living involves not just the joyful and pleasant, but the painful and unpleasant problems as well.  Have you noticed that avoiding what might be in the path of your life can create resistance that shows up in anxiety, insomnia, and

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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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