Madeleine's Most Recent Posts

Avoidance: necessary or harmful?

An interesting question was raised in the last Mindfulness group regarding when is it OK to avoid an anxiety-provoking situation or person, and when is it maladaptive………. is mindfulness ie. being with the present moment no matter what… always indicated?   This came on the heels of an article I received the same day by

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One word that can change your life

If there was one word that would guide your actions, access your true wisdom, help you make choices that are in integrity with your true self, what would it be?   Hmmm.. that’s it…. hmmmm…..   When we stop, slow down, breathe and remain present especially in the midst of a negative reaction/exchange, our amygdyla

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Things to consider before dying

Might seem like a morbid topic, but let’s face it, we’re all going to die sooner or later so why not accept it and use it as a reason to REALLY live “your one wild and precious life” Mary Oliver.   According to research and people working in the field, noone in their last days

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Life is an Experiment

“Success in life is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgment.” Tony Robbins We all know we can’t always get it right the first time. However, knowing this, and taking the leap, are two different things. If we think in terms of

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Notes from the Yoga for Lower Back Workshop

These notes are for anyone who is interested in yoga poses to stretch and strengthen their lower back, and also as a refresher for those students who attended the recent “Yoga for Lower Back Care” workshop. Not all the poses have complete descriptions so you may need to google…   Lower back pain is very

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Projection

“I realized that I only judged people when they displayed a quality I could not accept in myself. If someone was a show-off, I no longer judged them because I knew that I, too, was a show-off. Only when I had completely convinced myself that I was not capable of a certain behavior would I

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The Art of Slowing Down

The world is getting busier and our biology can’t keep up.   So, we end up in a stress response, or fight-or-flight, for most of our waking hours. We respond to more stimuli in a day than our ancestors did in their lifetime.  We are not built for this… we are built to get stressed,

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What are you resisting?

During a recent conflict I experienced second-hand it became clear to me once more that stress occurs only when one is in resistance to the present moment, exactly how it is. When we fight against how events are actually occurring it creates tension and anxiety. Often what has happened… has already happened. This is difficult

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What inspires you?

This is one of the biggest and most important questions… and is also sometimes very difficult to answer.  To live a happy and fulfilling life, you must find out what inspires you…… and surround yourself with it. Here are some tips to get going…   Look around you… what do you find beautiful? colour? nature?

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End Worry Now

When we notice through mindfulness that our minds rend to veer down the path of worry and anxiety, we need a process to practice that will get us out the the past or the future, which is where worry resides, and into the NOW.   Consider these steps and make them a part of your

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