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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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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