Are You Being Mindful or Just Messing with Your Mind?

Much of my time is spent trying to convince people that mindfulness may not be the best option they've chosen to deal with (read: fix) their mental struggles. This may seem strange given I've been committed to mindfulness as a path of practice in both my personal and professional life. And yes, the research evidence [...]

The Joy & Challenge of Pausing: Mindfulness in the still days of winter

It's the shortest day of the year today, the longest night and the beginning of longer days.  It's such a subtle shift that we barely notice although many of us celebrate it various ways. And yet, it is also a transition that occurs in every moment of our days and nights. Everything, every experience progresses [...]

Before you close your eyes: things to know about meditation

"Do you meditate?" It's a common question these days. Almost everyone I speak to has taken a mindfulness program or is looking for a place to learn how to meditate. It's an exciting time as well because, as healthcare professionals, we're finding ways to help people that seem to be making a difference in their lives. [...]

10-Minute Mindful Movements Practice

Before attempting any movement practice, please follow the advice you have been given by your physician, physical therapist, or any health care professional about your range of motion, injuries, and physical limitations. Recognize that this is your practice.  You must listen to your body and only work to your level of ability.  If the practice [...]

Mindful Movements: Yes, you can be mindful even if you can’t sit still.

I am often told, “I know meditation is good for me, but I just can’t sit still!”  Well, here is some good news for all of you twitchy would-be meditators: sitting still is not the only way to meditate.  In fact, mindfulness meditation, which focuses greatly on the body, pairs extremely well with movement. When [...]

5 Essentials to Help Your Mindfulness Practice

At the start of our Mindfulness Based Symptom Management (MBSM) program, I ask the participants what they think mindfulness is. They usually say some version of "Being in the Now" or "The Present Moment".  I ask again at the end of the eight weeks and typically they say, "It's being aware" or "It's knowing that everything [...]

Are you weaponizing your mindfulness skills?

Allan faithfully attended each class of the Mindfulness-based Stress Management program we offer at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. He shared openly about his anxiety and insecurity as a father to three children and a son caring for ill parents. The heart of his distress though was in his relationship with Debra, his partner of 15 [...]