How Gratitude Changes the Brain

How Gratitude Changes the Brain

The thing about living in Canada is that we have (sort of) two Thanksgivings. Americans probably don’t notice ours, which comes in early October, but it’s impossible to miss the cascade of Facebook posts, news articles and—if nothing else—the onslaught of...
Doing Less Leads to More

Doing Less Leads to More

I’ve been firmly in the “stop the glorification of busy” camp since 2012, when my work came to a screeching halt for two years; I discarded all my old assumptions about how we “should” be and began testing out what made me most creative...
Becoming Present Through Sensations

Becoming Present Through Sensations

My mind, when left to its own devices, tends to cause me more pain than joy. It’s a great tool, effective for analyzing data or strategizing, but it has the capacity to bully me, too. The creativity that’s so useful professionally can also create wild stories...
How to Become Present Right Now

How to Become Present Right Now

This is one of the best techniques I’ve found to bring me into the moment (or help me fall asleep). Here it is: Count your breaths (inhale/exhale) from one to four. Then start over again at one. Simple, right? Just try it. It’s amazing how often I’ll...
Time Doesn’t Exist

Time Doesn’t Exist

Imagine the Earth devoid of human life, inhabited only by plants and animals. Would it still have a past and a future? Could we still speak of time in any meaningful way? The question “What time is it?” or “What’s the date today?” –...
Perspective, Not Promises

Perspective, Not Promises

This is what I wrote in my Notes app the other day: “It goes against my core values to tell anyone how they feel, what they need, how reading/viewing something will make them feel, what they’re doing wrong, what they have to do, what’s wrong with...
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