It takes effort to walk down a different street

I have been thinking about this poem¬†as I move through my day, teaching classes, preparing meals, vacuuming my home, or picking up the Wanderlust Juniors from school. In my practice of mindfulness, I would like to be able to confidently say that I remain aware of each step along the way. Some days, however, I […]

Open to Wonder

When the days seem dark and bleak, shrouded in misery, seek out sunlight. In a storm, light a candle, sip tea from your favourite mug, or call a friend whose brilliant smile will warm your heart. When the noises around threaten to overwhelm us as they grow increasingly louder and create conflict, seek a quiet […]

I have been phubbed

I was in the midst of leading a pilates class, guiding the group through a short meditation and breathing exercise, when a woman on a mat directly in front of me, in the centre of the room, nonchalantly picked up her mobile phone and began to scroll. Before I proceed with the story, allow me […]

Life through a phone screen

Today’s installment of the blog is a result of a technical issue. Two weeks ago, I recorded a live talk on Facebook, only to discover later that the audio of the recording was less than ideal. I had initially planned to re-record the video but decided, typically, to write about the subject instead. It’s my […]

A different narrative

Do you ever talk to yourself? In case you are worried about feeling snubbed by people who might claim to never have so much as thought about talking to themselves, don’t. A few days ago, I listened to this podcast¬†about the merits of talking to oneself in the third person, with reference to research that […]

Self-care and intentional usage of social media

I have always had a conflicted relationship with social media. I opened a Facebook account in 2007, when the platform was in its early stages and the question at every social gathering was, “Are you on Facebook?” I was newly married at the time and spent my days in the corporate world while working toward […]

Kites and community

Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s post about homesickness / expat sadness and shared tips and stories. As I seek community in my new home, I also continue to find comfort with my friends and loved ones in other parts of the world. More on that in today’s blog post… On Sunday, […]

Those pesky fluctuations

Yoga chitta vritti nirodha. – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali NOTE: My family and I will be on a wee break until the week of April 24th, when I will next update this blog. I will continue to check in on Facebook and Instagram, so please follow me there. The weather patterns in my part […]

Favourites from around the web: March 3rd edition

So, it is March, the first month of spring in the northern hemisphere. In spite of that fact, in southern Ontario, the cold weather prevails right now, and with it the will to hibernate. I have been craving time to read and craft. January and February were exceptionally busy months for us, and I feel […]