We are all part of a living system.

I believe that who we are—how we show up in the world, how we treat others—is more important than what we do.
I’ve also experienced that, when we change how we are in the world, the world around us changes.

This is a recipe for healing.

For more than half my life, I was on ever-increasing amounts of psychiatric medication for intractable anxiety and depression.
In 2010, I tapered off meds and began searching for ways to rewire my brain for inner peace. Today, I’m one of the most content people I know (well, most of the time).

I write about the practices that have helped me. 

Spoiler alert: It mostly comes down to walking, nature, mindfulness and acceptance.

The Long Darkness of Winter

Confession: I’m not a huge fan of winter. I live in a temperate rainforest, which is gorgeous and lush and one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen on this planet. It also, by definition, requires abundant rain. Like, six months of rain. Yes, I know rain is...

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

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 and productive--starting with...

Why I Stopped Searching for Enlightenment

In the summer of 2013, when I was in the midst of two years of financial hardship, someone asked me: “If you could ask for one wish, and know it would come true, what would it be?” My immediate answer was “Enlightenment.” The questioner was surprised I didn’t say...

The Freedom of Facing My Biggest Secret

This is the day I've dreamed about, visualized, worked towards and sometimes despaired of ever reaching, for the past five years. Today, I made my final payment to clear up Canadian tax arrears that spanned six years. I've also then had to clear up the years since...

What Does ‘Waking Up’ Mean?

Until May 30, Sounds True is offering 30 streaming interviews with spiritual teachers on the subject of awakening. I'm listening to many of them and just basking in the wisdom. I've had multiple moments of recognition, of a-has and of laughter. It's also made me...

When Thoughts Become Torture

If you've never had an intrusive thought, it's hard to imagine. These are thoughts that appear, unbidden and undesired, and that (in my experience) are immune to the techniques I usually use to stop thinking. I guess the best way to describe it is the example of...

Everyone Thinks They’re Right

This is a topic I've been percolating for a long time, and it comes from a teaching by Tara Brach in which she says, "The world is divided into people who think they're right." Nothing illustrates this better than our collective reaction to The Dress. It's the perfect...

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