REMEMBER PEACE IN NOVEMBER

go-home-and-love-your-familyChicago could definitely use some peace. I was listening to the news the other day while driving to work and I heard that last weekend 17 people were murdered in Chicago. They also said that so far this year, there have been over 600 homicides in that city! When I looked up the murder rate in Toronto, a Canadian city with a population comparable to Chicago’s, they’ve had 57 murders so far this year. My mind was also blown when I found out that in Chicago in the month of October alone, there were 70 murders which is more than there have been in the entire year so far in Toronto! What is going on? What is going wrong?

While there are many reasons for this violence and the stress it creates, it often leaves us feeling helpless and hopeless. This is not good for our own health, the health of our families and the well-being of our communities. So what can we do? Mother Teresa, when asked how to create world peace, is quoted as saying, “Go home and love your family.” She’s right. Peace starts at home, but to take that even further, peace starts inside each one of us. Do you think any of the people involved in the murders in Chicago were experiencing inner peace? Obviously not even close! So what can we do to start creating more tranquility in our own lives? Meditation is a great way to start. In fact, I want to share a Peace Meditation video with you this month. Join now to view. (more…)

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WHAT A HEALTHY DOSE OF GRATITUDE CAN DO FOR YOU

As children, we were taught to say “Thank you” when someone did something nice for us. As adults, we’re told to meditate with an “attitude of gratitude”.  Does being grateful really make a difference? There is a relatively new area of research called Positive Psychology. Scientists have been exploring the effects of gratitude on people’s outlook on life and even the physical effects of practicing feeling grateful. Does our health actually benefit from having an attitude of gratitude?  Read more to find out. (more…)

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DEAR DIARY: THE POWER OF JOURNALING

 

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I think most of us have been journaling in one form or another since we were kids. Back in the day it was a locked diary where we wrote out our most personal secrets. Now it often takes the form of blogging where people share their most intimate information with the world. However, what I want to talk about today is the form of personal journaling where you write (or type) your thoughts, emotions and what you’re physically feeling. We’ll also take a look at the “hows” and “whens” of journaling as well as the mental, emotional and even physical health benefits.1 Yes, research shows that in addition to our minds, our bodies can also reap the rewards of writing down what’s going on in our heads. Read more to find out how you can tap into the power of journaling, even if it’s only for 15 minutes a day! (more…)

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BACK TO SCHOOL ZEN

 

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No, that’s not a typo, I said Zen. How is that possible, you ask? What with all the “Back to School Sales” popping up just as you’re getting your summertime groove on?  Whether you have kids who are going back to school, you’re going back to school, or even if you don’t fall into either of these categories, the Back to School stress is palpable. I see it in my practice every year immediately after Labour Day Weekend – sometimes even in the last week of August.  Everyone gets super busy and their stress levels go way up!  However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You actually can enjoy the rest of the summer AND be ready for the Back to School rush. That’s right – you can still enjoy your backyard BBQ bliss AND create Back to School Zen. Here’s how. (more…)

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BUSINESS SHOULD BE PERSONAL

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I think we’re all familiar with the old saying, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” In the 1998 rom-com You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Hanks’ character, Joe Fox, owns a huge faceless chain of mega-bookstores. Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly, owns a small independent bookstore that she took over when her mother, the original owner, passed away. As we’ve seen happen so many times in the past 20 years, the big mega-chain store sets up beside the independent bookstore which eventually goes out of business. Joe, once he comes to know Kathleen, begins to feel some remorse.

“Joe Fox: It wasn’t… personal.

Kathleen Kelly: What is that supposed to mean? I am so sick of that! All that means is that it wasn’t personal to you. But it was personal to me. It’s personal to a lot of people. And what’s so wrong with being personal, anyway?

Joe Fox: Uh, nothing.

Kathleen Kelly: Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”

She hit the nail right on the head! Whether you’re working in a big company, running a small one or you are a customer/client of both, it needs to begin by being personal. In this article I’m going to outline how you can have meaningful business relationships while still maintaining professional boundaries. Not only is this beneficial to everyone involved, it’s essential for our economy, our communities and even our health! (more…)

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TO BBQ OR NOT TO BBQ, THAT IS THE QUESTION

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Summer time and BBQs just naturally go together. However, did you know that barbecuing can be extremely unsafe? Research has revealed the dangers of barbecuing ranging from the carcinogens that are created from charring when meat is cooked at high temperatures (HCAs – heterocylic amines), to the toxins in the smoke created from burning fat drippings that have fallen through the grill (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – PAH’s) to broken wire bristles from the grill cleaning brush getting into the barbecued food. And don’t forget about food poisoning related to improper food handling. As if that isn’t bad enough, in 2014, 16,600 people in the US ended up in the emergency room because of injuries involving grills.1 According to the US National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grill fires. In the UK, one in 30 backyard BBQ fires are caused by grillers who are drunk.2 The good news is that there are ways to enjoy your favourite barbecued foods and protect your health and home. Let’s take a look. (more…)

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