Blog Topic: Health

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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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...

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Food and Mood Starts Here

  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 Sometimes we struggle with mood fluctuations that can be perfectly normal.  It is unreasonable to think that...

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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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Kindfulness

Mindfulness practice helps us become more aware of what we are experiencing, while we are experiencing it. So we can start to observe ourselves when we are feeling different emotions and reactions and learn how not to react in the moment.  It helps if we can do this...

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Mid Life Woman by David Whyte

Mid life woman you are not invisible to me. I seem to see beneath your face all the women you have ever been. Midlife woman I have grown with you secretly, in another parallel, breathing with you as you breathed, seeing with you as you see, lining my face with an...

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