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What Happens When You Give up Blame?

  Mad at your boss and you kick the dog? Upset at a friend and yell at your kids? Hurt by a boyfriend and drive too fast? These are all examples of mis-directed anger and blame. Mindlessness vs. Mindfulness. I see it all over our world right now. The world needs peace right now more

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The Truth about Letting Go..

      Have you ever been told to “just let it go”? And have you turned towards yourself and wagged your finger, scolding yourself to “let it go now, like right now”. And has it worked?  Things cling to us when there is something at stake. Usually this comes in the form of an

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Simple Practices to Shift Your Busy Day

    The other day I was wrapped up in a to-do list, running from task to task to ‘get things done’ so I could get to the stuff that I enjoy doing. It dawned on me… how much of our life is spent like this? Literally running from point A to point B to

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Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work…….

      Mindfulness lets us see through the stories we are believing, know that they are stories, and know that there is another way…..   Dear Friends,   Has anyone ever told you to “just think positive”, or “only focus on the good” like the problem is that you just can’t see the good?

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The Truth about Acceptance

  Last night I saw a profound and quiet documentary about the life of Fred Rogers. That’s right, from the television show “Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood”. I say ‘quiet’ because if you ever watched the program, it was not full of special effects, loud noises, fights and explosions. It was a quiet and thoughtful and, as

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Getting to the Root of Things

I had the amazing chance to spend 5 days in New York City last week learning how to really help you more effectively in the work that I do. It’s important to me to deliver the best info in the best possible way, and bring all that knowledge back to you, my readers. So, what

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The Ultimate Spiritual Practice

I had the opportunity recently to spend time in New York City and as is my usual habit, take in a couple of yoga classes in studios I haven’t been to before. What a wonderful oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city and a nice contrast to the intensive workshop I was taking. 

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When life doesn’t go your way..

As I sit in Toronto Pearson Airport, my flight has been delayed twice, and now cancelled.. and now I smile. The first cancellation, like everyone, I groaned. the second I breathed. And now I can smile.  This is life. A plan is made, and it changes. Some outside external circumstance comes along and ‘poof’ there

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A short practice to re-focus immediately

  We may set out with the best intentions at the start of the day to stay on track, stay calm and make our way through the day with ease. Then, poof!  You get derailed by traffic, people, unexpected bumps… in other words, life!   Use this short practice to pause and refocus, instantly trigger

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The Difference Between Being Nice and Being Loving

  A misconception that often arises about mindfulness is this: If I accept everything as it is, won’t I become a doormat?   In fact, the opposite is true. Mindfulness is not about becoming a super kind, loving and generous person, although those side effects can happen. It’s a practice of seeing clearly and choosing

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