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A New Look at Canada Day

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This morning was the first time I woke up confused about what to do and how to act on Canada Day. Municipalities contemplated “Do we celebrate Canada Day or not?” Although the debate was whether a celebration was acceptable, I asked myself “How can I honour Canada Day?”

Today was a great day to reflect on everything facing us: pandemic, heat wave and climate change, horrific findings at residential schools, and racial intolerance—all within the bigger question of what does it mean to call Canada home.

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Which Path

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It’s that time again: New Year’s resolutions. According to online resources, resolutionmeans “a firm decision to do or not do something” or “a formal expression of intention.” A New Year’s resolution is “a commitment that an individual makes to reform a habit and is set apart from other resolutions because it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings.” Read More

The Choice is Simple Part 1

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My Canadian Oxford Dictionary provides many nuances for the word choice, including by choice (because you have chosen: I am here by choice), of choice (preferred: our method of choice), and of one’s choice (that one has chosen: dine at the restaurant of your choice). Read More

The Choice is Simple Part 2

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In Part 1, the question was In making a choice, how do you make the decision? Even though making choices can be simple, it may not be easy. But your yoga practice isn’t about making life easy, although that might just happen! Read More

Reduced to Silence

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A longer than usual winter and a three-week laryngitis virus provided me with ample opportunity for quiet reflection. I wondered about the differences between the silence that comes from choice and the silence imposed by an outside influence. Read More

Recognizing Attachment Through Death

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I returned home from a funeral to find a message telling me that Maya Margo Balog had passed away that morning.

I didn’t expect my first post to be about death, but I suppose that represents how death is generally viewed in Western culture — known to occur but rarely discussed. Read More

Creating the Life You Feel

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Have you ever been asked whether you see the glass ashalf full or half empty? Underlying this question is the notion that you are an optimist or a pessimist. You know the “correct” answer, right? Half full. So if you can look at situations positively, why choose anything else? Read More