Blog Topic: Health

A Reflection on Teaching

As I move into the fall season and prepare to teach another Mindful  Self-Compassion program, I see the registrations coming in and am so excited for each person who chooses this adventure. I feel privileged to accompany them, to support, teach, facilitate, witness...

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How are you doing? What do you need?

Checking in' is a simple mindfulness practice that can help us start to cultivate a kind and loving relationship with ourselves.  Try setting a lovely chime on your phone for every hour during the day as a reminder to check in with yourself. Choose a sound that you...

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The Link between Health, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Self-criticism does more than make us feel badly.  It is actually bad for our health. Self-Criticism activates the nervous threat response system stimulating the hormones designed to help us deal with danger through a 'fight, fight or freeze'.  When our threat...

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Self-Compassionate Eating

If years of negative self-talk have left you frustrated and unhappy with yourself and your body, you might be ready to consider learning about self-compassionate eating.  Using self-kindness, self-care, eating psychology, holistic nutrition and mindful eating, we work...

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Forgiveness Practice

Like many of us, I too have someone in my life I am having trouble forgiving.  I do realize that this block to forgiveness is not serving me any longer. That resentment actually hurts me. And although I will certainly never condone bad behaviour, and I am clear that I...

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Food and Mood

  I get irritable for no reason I'm not me. This isn't me. My emotions are all over the place I get emotional for no reason and it bothers me Everything in life has a rhythm.  The moon, the water, the plants.  and of course our moods have a rhythm. That's natural.  So...

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Johanne’s Tofu Satay

Artist Johanne Galipeau is a long term friend offers this simple, heart warming meal on cold, winter nights.  2 cloves garlic – minced 1 tablesp vinegar 1/4 c. peanut butter 2 tablesp. vegetable oil 1 teasp grated ginger root 2 teasp honey 1/4 c soya sauce 1/2 teasp...

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Yoga to Reduce Trauma Symptoms

Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, and a team from the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute has led a three year study looking at how yoga can reduce post traumatic symptoms in women.  From 2008 to 2011, they randomly assigned 64 women who were suffering from...

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