Madeleine's Most Recent Posts

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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Letting go of Repetitive Stories

I watched my kids locked in a sibling battle the other day “You always do that!” “He never has to…”… on and on. Pretty strong viewpoints for kids. I realized a couple of things.. the ‘always’ and ‘never’ standpoints are a state of mind, and a young state of mind. In this case, it was

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Curiosity as a Habit

  Over the years I’ve been told I ask too many questions, I go too deep, I think too much. They’re probably all true. I do ask a lot of questions, it’s partly my job, but I’ve always had an insatiable desire to understand other people.    As a teenager I worked a summer in

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In Pursuit of Happiness

  Good Morning and Good Day,   In my work over the years, I have noticed a few things. One is that we seem to be endlessly pursuing happiness, much as a result of a life where we have more leisure time than our ancestors. We can afford to think about these things, and media,

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The biggest cause of anxiety

  The other day I was out walking on a beautiful, bright sunny spring morning. Or rather, my body was walking, but my mind was elsewhere. Has that ever happened to you? I was ruminating over what was, in retrospect, a relatively small decision. Thankfully, I noticed the activity of my mind, and how it

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