Posts Tagged ‘pause’
oh, how you shine!
As the fuss and fluster of the end of school season settles, a calmness that comes from being back in the quiet space of my own making moves through me, like a welcome summer breeze. The rare treat of a second, unhurried cup of morning coffee is accompanied by reading a work of fiction while…Read More
stop, drop and breathe!
Have you ever noticed that there seems to be a common reaction to moments of sudden increased tension, unexpected news, or times when we’re nervous, frightened or otherwise overwhelmed? We hold our breath. You might recognize that you tend to hold your breath in the following situations: ~ a car stops suddenly in front…Read More
withholding judgment (revisited)
In a small exam room, I was overseeing a group of students who, due to any number of physical or cognitive challenges, were being assessed in a smaller, quieter space away from the large auditorium of exam writers. Some of the student behaviour I witnessed was completely expected and predictable for this demographic of…Read More
here comes the judge This is, by far, the most challenging part of my practice, currently. And my life. Since forever. My reaction is often swift, heavy-handed and, in my own distorted mind, is completely justified because it is based solely on principle. The principle according to me. i had hoped practice would help…Read More
the red light of gratitude
I’m well-acquainted with the incredible physical and mental health benefits of gratitude. It’s a genuine game changer. So why do I ‘forget’ to do it? Same reason I ‘forget’ to drink enough water or to get up close and personal with my yoga mat. It’s one of those habits that is apparently not too…Read More
life is not messy
Life is straightforward; a continuous cycle of beginnings and endings. That’s it. It’s not messy. It’s not neat. It’s not complicated or controllable. It just is. We’re fond of saying “life is messy” when we forget that. We show that we have forgotten it when we concretely label the ups and downs of…Read More
behind the drama curtain
The pace was summer slow on this particular day when my sister and I wandered through the grocery store near her home. Once we agreed that we had all we came for, my sister indicated that she was going to go through the self-check lane with her items. Without even taking a breath, I scrunched…Read More