What is health really?

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In the next series of weekly articles I’d like to explore the question “What is health really?” You might imagine at first glance that this topic is immense and draws from many disciplines and aspects of life. And you would not be mistaken. However through my professional and personal experiences as well as my continued studies, we can identify certain …

Which way to go?

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How do you know which way to go when you can’t see the road ahead clearly? How do you know which direction to pick when you’re not sure what your options are? There is a comfort in being in survival mode. When we’re in survival mode we don’t have to worry about what’s ahead of us because we’re totally focused …

When problem-solving is the problem

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It seems to me that human beings are by nature problem-solvers. So much so sometimes that we create problems just to have something to solve. We apply our problem-solving skills to every aspect of our daily lives, turning many things into tasks that we then proceed to methodically perform. We become so proficient at problem-solving that we become dependent on …

Are you living the life?

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Are you really living your life, feeling it, having the experience of it or are you merely thinking about it? One of the ways we adapt to feeling overwhelmed is to disconnect from feeling our bodies. It doesn’t mean that the hormonal reactions and physical tension don’t happen. We just don’t bear witness to them. We can get stuck in …

Do you want baby carrots?

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Over the summer Magdalena and I started a vegetable garden on our front lawn. Being novice gardeners, we sought advice. We asked people working at the local organic garden centre and we also asked some friends and neighbours who have a lot of experience growing vegetables. They told us at the garden centre that we should buy this specific type …

It could save your life

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In his book “The Gift of Fear”, Gavin de Becker recounts testimony of a woman who had suffered through a three hour assault in her home and survived only because she listened to her instincts. There seem to be two general mental domains. One is instinctual, and is often referred to as intuition. This mental domain could be characterized as …

What We Want the Most

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One of the greatest gifts we can give one another and ourselves is to truly listen. We feel acknowledged and valued when we feel that we’ve been heard. Our physiology shifts from fear and defense to openness and growth. Very often, we will listen to respond: while the other person is talking, we are formulating what we want to say …

The best solution for endless distraction

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We had been needing a second vehicle so Magdalena and I recently bought a used car. And even though it’s not as modern as our other car, I enjoy driving it more. The other, newer car has more bells and whistles and that’s exactly why I enjoy driving the older car. It has less bells and whistles. Put another way, …

Are you a tall poppy?

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I first heard about Tall Poppy Syndrome from a colleague and friend who lives in Australia. It’s a term that draws people towards mediocrity and conformity. “Don’t get too tall, you might get your head cut off.” Tall Poppy Syndrome exists in other cultures with varying degrees of persecution. You might have heard of the saying: ‘you don’t want to …

Certainty is an illusion

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In times of uncertainty, faith and trust are valuable resources to draw from. In fact, it is in those exact times when we feel the need for faith and trust more strongly. But sometimes we don’t feel strong in faith and trust and we rather replace them with the feeling of certainty. The nature of faith and trust stems from …