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Anti-Bullying in Action Workshop

Anti-Bullying in Action Workshop

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.
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Accountability or Self-Punishment?

Accountability or Self-Punishment?

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?
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The Secret to Longevity? Community!

The Secret to Longevity? Community!

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.
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Openly discussing 9/11 in class

Openly discussing 9/11 in class

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.
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MINDFULNESS is EXHAUSTING!

MINDFULNESS is EXHAUSTING!

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...

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Just Hold on a Minute!

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.
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Mindfulness in Nass Valley, BC

Mindfulness in Nass Valley, BC

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!
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Mindful Navigation of our Fear Culture

Mindful Navigation of our Fear Culture

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.
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Jodi Derkson

Hello! It’s Jodi, founder of Imperative Education. You know, ever since I can remember I’ve been interested in how people communicate… how relationships are formed. At McGill University, I studied Communications so that I could take this focus from intuition to fact, and from serious interest to passion. I decided to become a teacher, like so many, to make a difference and that initial goal hasn’t paled at all throughout the years

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