I am not this body: Mindfulness for Pain Management

Pain is unavoidable. We inhabit a system that is engineered to become wonky, cranky, and otherwise uncooperative over time. We know this conceptually but not when and how it matters. Why me? What now? tend to be our responses when the body fails us - as it inevitably does. In case you think this is only a [...]

Self-Compassion Practices for Emotional Distress: It’s not just about being kind

Self-Compassion practices and programs are gaining momentum in psychological treatments and look like they might well become the next wave of transforming our painful feelings. Mindful Self-Compassion (1), developed by Drs. Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff, is an approach that can be both an adjunct to conventional therapies as well as a stand-alone treatment model. The interesting [...]

10 books that are good for your health: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion & Happiness

As we enter the New Year, let's make 2015 a year of exploring the many gifts from skilled researchers and clinicians which can support our resolution to live better. The participants of the Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management, Burnout Resilience and Pain Management programs at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic have one wish in common: a desire to find a [...]

Solitude, Solstice & the Longest Night

  We enter solitude, in which also we lose loneliness… True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible. One feels the attraction of one’s most intimate sources. In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. The more coherent one becomes within oneself as [...]

Building Safeness: How to get intimate with our inner critic

We all want to feel safe. It's important. When we feel safe, we feel confident and more willingly open ourselves to new experiences. In fact, feeling safe leads to the willingness to take risks - to risk being known, being seen, loving and feeling loved. As we encounter the world in all its various ways of [...]

A Complaint-Free World: The deepest practice of compassion

Stop complaining? No way. It's how we vent, share our pain, give voice to injustices! But is it? Recently, a dear colleague and friend got me into this practice of being complaint-free. It's a program started by Will Bowen who was encouraging his congregation to develop a new habit. It takes 21-days to form a [...]

5 Skillful Habits to help you let go of self-blame

I'm often asked about "letting go." You know how it is. There's an incident with someone - a friend, a family member, a boss, a colleague at work. For the most part we tend to be able to deal with the situation, even if it's not as satisfactorily resolved as we would like. Then, in [...]