The Beauty of Being Aware

The Beauty of Being Aware

A student asked me what it meant when I said that meditation increases our awareness.

My response was that it makes you more aware of everything around you and everything that you do. This is one of the most wonderful - and often unrecognized - benefits of meditation.

If you meditate for 30 minutes a day, it’s in the other 23 1/2 hours where the awareness and changes that meditation can bring shows up.

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Front Row Living

Front Row Living

Have you ever read something, that just in a few lines can have a profound affect on your thinking? On your life? 

I saw an image shared on Facebook by my friend Debbie. Perhaps you’ve seen it too. I’ve seen the same picture posted since then with slightly different wording, but it was this caption that grabbed me - and it still does.

When I saw it that day, February 11, 2013 I saved it, printed it and taped it to the wall beside my bathroom mirror. it’s still there.

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Do You Feel Peaceful?

Do You Feel Peaceful?

Every morning after my meditation I read a passage from a book called Your True Home, The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, a beautiful gift from my friend and fellow meditation teacher Colleen.

When I read the following passage I knew that I wanted to share it with you. 

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Three Steps To Better Communication

Three Steps To Better Communication

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” Despite our best efforts to be that person, have you ever found you have some days where you’re just a little less than that shining star? (Even if you don’t have a dog!)

I was prompted to write this post by ‘conversations’ I’ve been witnessing on social media and by what we’re seeing, reading and hearing on the news and in every day life.

I’ve seen times where responses to simple questions or statements come across as aggressive and mean-spirited. Or perhaps that wasn’t the original intention but someone else sees it that way. And then sometimes despite the best efforts of the original poster to make amends and clarify what they’ve said, the responses continue in the same vein.

I’m going to guess that if you read any information sources or social media, this type of communication is not unusual and you’ve been witness to it too.

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Don't Be Afraid To Be A Beginner

Don't Be Afraid To Be A Beginner

As I finally sit down to write this first blog post I need to heed my own message - don't be afraid to be a beginner! Its not that I don't like to write; research and essays were one of my favourite things to do in my later university years. But getting started and actually doing more than just thinking about it.... that is often my challenge and sometimes I need a little courage to get started. 

When the lightbulb finally went off and I realized that meditation helped me feel better every day, I thought about teaching. I wanted to share the peace that it  brought me with other people who were suffering from the stress in their lives.

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