Mindful walking soundtrack for Spring 2021

  Not able to run or jog? Walking can be the ideal, though slower, exercise after a winter indoors under COVID-19 regulations. Regular exercise helps lift the spirits, ward off depression and burn up some calories after sitting most of the Winter. And after several months of cold weather here in the Northern Hemisphere, we [...]

Resisiting Grief

A friend notices over time that his spouse is exhibiting behaviour that could be early signs of dementia.  His wife's friend, a registered nurse, confirms this privately to him. When his wife is acting strangely, he gets angry, then feels guilty because it could be illness causing her change in behaviour. Then he denies her symptoms. [...]

Fear Visits

If we have a quantity of fear that we can't bear to  examine, we cope by busying ourselves to ensure the unwelcome guest of fear does not set up residence in our mind. We busy ourselves with other "guests" - we turn on the TV that fills our environment with sound and images, we go [...]

Meditation, Genetics, Conditioned Response to Life

Not so long ago modern psychology defined a split between how we perceive our world; between flexible conditioned responses to stress, and our  genetic inherited traits, the latter then considered as immobile and concrete. At that time, researchers seemed confidant that our genetic predispositions were locked in genetic codes; that the only route to therapy lay within modifying conditioned responses. But recent evidence from the [...]

Managing Strong Emotions

Managing our stream of strong emotions is like having charge of maintaining and channeling a powerful river. If we fail to look after the river by clearing away debris and removing obstacles to the natural flow of water, then over time there will be log jams, overflow of the riverbanks, and uncontrollable flooding that destroys or hurts [...]