The heart of the matter

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This past week I was helping a friend put in some stairs at his cottage. He wants to put new steps all the way from his cottage down to the lake. The challenge is that it’s quite steep and we will need to do a lot of digging. That with rocks and roots, makes for a great workout!:) Sometimes while …

What can make or break us

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Stories have the power to heal us and they also have the power to make us sick. They can either give us energy or stories can completely disempower us and short circuit our momentum. We can become more aware of the stories in our lives by observing and feeling our bodies. And we can learn to change the stories that …

Discover your true self

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One of the main sources of stress that we encounter is not outside of us. It’s not our boss, or the stock market or even the politicians (they however do not get off the hook:)). It is not the hardware; too often it’s the software. It’s our perception of events and of daily life reminding us of a time when …

Change your focus, change your life

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Sometimes the moment you think you know what’s real, life shows you another possibility. Do you think your thoughts are real? Do you think your feelings are real? How can you know for sure? There are people, diagnosed with Dissociative identity disorder (DID), who have two or more distinct personalities. They will switch from one personality to another. Not only …

What do you see?

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One day, maybe one that has already passed, you’ll be standing in front of a mirror surprised or incredulous and ask yourself: How did I get here? ‘Here’ might be the way you look, the way you feel or the way you move. Without judgement, you will be observing your habitual state. Your habitual state is made of what you …

Your Natural State – Part 2

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I’d like to begin describing what the natural state is by asking you to shift your focus to your breathing for a moment. Just watch it as if you were watching a movie, don’t change your breathing. Watch how it enters your body and how it exits. Notice how your body expands and “deflates” as you breath. If you happen …

But really, what do you do?

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The other day a relatively new patient was trying to wrap her head around her experiences so far at the Happy Spine. She had come in with chronic high blood pressure and was feeling very curious as to why her blood pressure has normalized. She has also noticed more of her inner moods, thoughts and feelings and how those have …

Will you bend or break?

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Imagine trying to bend a steel bar. How much energy would it take for you to try your hardest? How long would you be able to hold that bar trying to bend it? The energy that it would take is immense. Imagine you holding that energy in your body. Have you ever felt like you were going to break? Like …

The Human Mind is a Terrible Thing Not to Have – Part 2

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The human mind is an incredibly powerful resource. If that’s the only resource that we use though, it can end up leaving us feeling depleted and even self-identifying with our thoughts. So how do we break the habit of overthinking and free ourselves to access more of our resources? By focusing on feelings: the good, the bad and the ugly. …