Monthly Musings: July

And just like that, we’re in the heat of the summer. (In the literal sense too – just last week, Toronto had broken its highest recorded temperature on that day in 54 years). The children are out of school, the days are getting hotter, more people are flocking to the cottage on the weekends, and the summer barbeques are ramping up. It never fails to amaze me (or scare me) how fast the summer months fly by. This is pretty disappointing since Canada only gets so many months of good weather in a year. This sudden realization scared me in another way in that I realized I didn’t have much longer to do all the things I had originally put on my “summer bucket list.” It’s hard because, for our entire lives, we have all these grand ideas of things we want to do and goals we want to achieve.…

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Journal Often, Journal Always

  “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” (William Woodsworth)  Three years ago, when I first started this blog, I wrote a post entitled ‘How to Keep a Journal.’ At the time of writing it, I was struggling with the idea of keeping a journal. There was something daunting about all those blank pages – I constantly felt as if I didn’t have the dedication and ideas to fill them all. But still, there was something about journaling that I just loved. It was so cathartic. No matter what you were writing about, you’d always feel ‘cleansed’ after every entry, as if you got a chance to pour out your thoughts or capture the moment you were writing about. What is even better is that it allows you to store all these memories – the big days, the heartache, frustration, and happiness – on paper. Over time, getting…

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Monthly Musings: June

Before you know it, the flowers are blooming, the sun’s out to stay, and the boots in the shoe closet are being traded for sandals and flip-flops again. I feel as if the arrival of June surprised everybody, mostly because of the weird weather we’ve been having. It’s hard to believe it’s already June considering there was an ice storm in Toronto about a month back. But obviously, nobody is complaining about this change we’re seeing. June is always an exciting time of year. It’s when the weather is nice and warm, but still not scorching hot to the point where you’re afraid to leave the comfort of your air conditioner at home. There’s all this energy in the air – anticipation for the summer ahead, a longing for weekends spent at the cottage. I view June as a transition period. The precursor to the summer months. The precursor to…

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Just Say “Om”

I’m sure you have all heard about the perks of meditation from countless blogs, dedicated meditators who seem to never leave a state of ‘zen’, and maybe even your shrink. There are so many scientifically proven benefits to meditation and here are just a few: Meditation reduces stress/anxiety Meditation improves concentration Helps you feel more connected Leaves you feeling happier Improves functioning of your brain Helps you have a good night’s sleep Increases serotonin production which improves mood and behaviour Lowers high blood pressure Meditation, recently, has really picked up and it’s become much more popular in the Western culture. People have started to realize the benefits to keeping the mind still for just a few moments during the day. Sure, you can go for a run, invest yourself in your art, or take a nap, but I feel like that meditation offers something different that the others don’t. So,…

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Discover Yoga: A Road to Self-Discovery

yoga (noun): a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation Now that summer is underway, I’ve had a lot more free time for myself recently and I’ve decided to devote all that free time to improving my well-being and really finding myself. It’s all about self-discovery and both spiritual and physical health. Throughout the year, we are so focused on work, and on checking all our “to-dos” off on the list. We spend hours seated at the desk, hunched over a computer, as we move from task to task, trying to force ourselves to work as quickly as we can. We rush off to meetings, or to run daily errands, rarely having a chance to really stop and take a breather. Discovering yoga was like discovering myself again, and…

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