Mindfulness Training Program for Health Care Professionals – Ottawa & Toronto

2019 Professional Training Workshops: Entry & Advanced Skills in Mindfulness-Based Interventions The OMC Mindfulness Teacher Training Program is open for registration in Ottawa beginning with the first module in May 2019 (see below). To register please use the link at the end of the module descriptions. CEU credits for Psychologists offered by CPA*. Our Teacher [...]

Book Review: The Mindful Elite by Jaime Kucinskas – Contemplative leaders & the growth of mindfulness

The Mindful Elite: Mobilizing from the inside out by Jaime Kucinskas (Oxford University Press) takes up the challenging investigation into the origins of the mindfulness juggernaut that includes everything from contemplative to the clinical and popular use of meditation. This is not the first investigation of the path Western forms mindfulness sans Buddhism has taken and [...]

Eat All You Want AND Lose Weight: Delicious delusions and terrible truths

It's Day 2 of 2019 and I am thrilled to say I'm not on a diet. As a lifelong poundage yo-yo attached to a weighing scale, I am very happy to find myself in a place where the leftover Xmas cookies (Really. Leftover!) aren't enticing me, the Baumkuchen I baked for my daughter's birthday is begging [...]

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 [...]

Is Your Mindfulness Program Trauma-Sensitive? 3 reasons you need to know and 3 questions to ask.

It was a busy day in the week about 16 or 17  years ago. Emails were still clunky communication channels, which was good because the voicemail I was listening to carried all the emotions we miss in typescript. She was scared, she said. Having a hard time breathing. After a treatment program. Meditation. Mindfulness. Please [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]