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That voice is my head harps on every flaw, takes me down rabbit holes of shame and regret, tells me that I’m not good enough.
I have asked every single person I’ve taught the same question: If you were to take that voice and magically turn it into a person, would you want to be friends with it? The answer is almost always ‘no’.
As social creatures, when we contribute to our communities, and are focused on improving our relationships, we are happier. This ‘bullying’ behaviour is not a normal stage they’re going through – but an ineffective way of relating to others by establishing power in hurtful ways.read more
Laying awake, sleepless, listening to the incessant mind chatter hanging onto one mistake I made – it’s maddening! At what point did I believe that I needed to be perfect?read more
Try the 54321 grounding technique to reduce anxiety. Use this coping technique to enjoy your holidays more!read more
The Rosetans had created a social structure which insulated them from the pressures of the modern world. They were healthy because of where they were from and the world they had created for themselves.read more
It’s the second day of school and I’ve guided my students in short meditations, discussed how it’s a communications class, and ya, got into some heavy discussions about the terrorist attacks on 9/11. These conversations are an effective way to insert social and emotional learning into your classes using current events.read more
Am I the only one who is overly emotional nowadays? Is it because I’m a human rights advocate and an antibullying educator? Is it just me? Am I just a silly, liberal bleeding heart? I see children ripped from their mother's arms in our neighbouring country, The...read more
The irony is that I preach mindfulness, and as I practice it, I’m changing because of it. Still, if only I can just be without concentrating so seriously on the art of being. So much of my energy is spent asking myself if I’m in the moment, instead of just being in the moment. I’m pulling myself out of my own life by reminding myself to constantly concentrate on it.read more
Welcome to the Mindful Minute Nature Series – all it takes is one minute to reduce the negative effects of stress on your physical, mental and emotional system. Just watch – you can gift yourself this one minute of bliss!read more
I’m the first one to say that profound and lasting learning usually takes place when we are uncomfortable, forced to step outside our comfort zones. Well, having just returned from a week up in Nass Valley, BC, I’ve lived that statement.read more