NEW YEAR EVERY DAY

Instead of New Year resolutions, lists of goals that at a closer look prove to be lists of insults to self: too fat, too lazy, not relaxed enough, missing on things, allow yourself a daily beginners mind. Every day anew, re-born, without judgement, living every day as a new person, experiencing new situations environments, […]

HOLIDAY HEART CHAKRA CHECK-IN

Holidays are supposed to be a joyful family time, but for many people they are not. If before the holidays you feel the need to protect your heart, here is an exercise for you:

What are my benefits right now from keeping my heart/heart chakra closed?
What am I losing right now by keeping […]

THE WANTING EXERCISE

All we are really yearning for are internal states, and the externals (jobs, cars, houses, relationships, body weight) are just tangible, easily visualized goals (think the loud and flashy TV commercials) that we hope will deliver the internal states. There is nothing wrong with wanting a car, but it is good to have a […]

THE GLORIFICATION OF BUSY

“The glorification of busy will destroy us. Without space for healing, without time for reflection, without an opportunity to surrender, we risk a complete disconnect from the authentic self. We burn out on the fuels of willfulness, and eventually cannot find our way back to center. And when we lose contact with our core, […]

Your summer paradise

Find your summer paradise inside you. Slow down, don’t take criticisms personally. Smile more. Take time to look up at the sky, take breaks to step out and let the sun warm your face. You are on an island.

Yes, I know people around you will keep rushing, stressing, pushing. Let water be your inspiration, […]

How to help a friend release from a toxic relationship

 

I have been recently contacted by Canadian Living to consult on ways to help out a friend who is in a toxic relationship. It is probably related to the highly publicized case of Jian Gomeshi. Usually media are interested in sound bites, so I thought I will give this complex topic a bit more […]

Happy Holidays! Accepting the imperfection.

 

‘What would it be like, living without anxiety about imperfection’ – Tara Brach
For this holiday season and the new year may we accept imperfection with joy: imperfection in us, and imperfection in others.
Tara Brach writes:
‘The nature of being human is that we get caught in anger and judgment, hurt and fear. Condemning imperfection binds […]

Pain Body and Ego. The illusion of separateness.

 

“There are two levels of pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain of the past that still lives on in your mind and body. This of course includes the pain that you suffer as a child, caused by the unconsciousness of the world into which you were born. The accumulated pain […]

Beginners Mind, Non-Judgement

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki

Beginners mind is the antidote to reactivity. Beginners mind is where the creativity comes from. Where the new ideas come from. It is impossible to solve a problem with the same thinking that was there […]

Mindfulness is personal

Below is my journey. Not a very special one but shared with you in my deep belief that mindfulness is a very personal experience.

Mindfulness. You must have been VERY busy for the last two years to not to have heard, read, learned, and grown tired of the phenomenon known as mindfulness. Everybody has added […]