How to Practice Non-Judgment For a Healthier and More Positive Mindset

Just about every single thing you experience is filtered and categorized as positive, negative or neutral by your mind. When certain experiences are judged as “positive,” and create positive feelings, we tend to hold on to these and grasp for more. Other situations we encounter may be judged as “negative,” so we resist and avoid them. Sometimes we also judge things as “neutral,” and those things we tend to give less significance to. In this sense, your mind acts like a judging machine. The truth is, making judgements is a…

3 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Can Help You with Addiction Recovery 

The American Institute for Cancer Research says that health experts agree; putting mostly plant-based foods on your plate is the healthiest diet you can consume. However, we believe a plant-based “diet” isn’t so much of a strict diet, as it is a chosen health conscious lifestyle for many— and it’s one of the best ways to support a healthy mind and body in recovery.   Plant foods (aka: the unprocessed foods found in nature) provide your body with healing anti-inflammatory compounds, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. All of these…

Could You Be Suffering From a Behavioural Addiction and Not Even Know it?

  Addiction has become what many of us refer to as the ‘epidemic of this generation’. Whether it comes up in conversation with your friends, while you’re browsing the internet or watching the news, the subject of dependency is all too familiar with both the young and middle aged generations. But addiction isn’t just related to using substances like drugs and alcohol— it can show up in our life through our behaviour. The problem with behavioural addiction is that many of us don’t even know we’re experiencing it. Research has identified…

You Can Avoid Relapse: Here’s How

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra Relapse, and the fear of relapse, is one of the most challenging parts of  recovery to face. Whether you’ve stopped drug or alcohol abuse, smoking, disordered eating, or another addictive behaviour, the anxiety around starting up again can be difficult to face. The stress around wanting to stay clean can sometimes become so intense, it drives you back to your…

Forgiveness and Healing: Why You Can’t Have One Without the Other

According to Harvard Medical School, not forgiving someone can impact both physical and mental health. It can feel as if the person has gone through a major traumatic event. Forgiveness, on the other hand, can lead to lowered blood pressure and a healthier heart. Studies have shown forgiveness encourages decreased anxiety and depression and increases the ability to improve your relationships. Forgiveness and healing have both an emotional and physical bond. They are connected deep within you and it’s impossible to have one without the other. What is Forgiveness? Forgiveness…

Creating Balance in Your Routine During the Summer

During the summer months, it can be a challenge to stick to a routine and balance work, family, downtime and self-care. Summer tends to become free and easy and, while that can be a good thing some of the time, it is important to remember to listen to your body and give it what it needs. A few key elements to help maintain a healthy balance include: Eat fresh, regular meals. Keep your body nourished and energized by eating fresh, light meals. Stick to salads and fresh fruits and vegetables…

Moving from Kapha to Pitta Season

According to Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old Indian system of healing, there are three types of doshas, or mind-body constitutions. These are Vata, a mind-body type consisting of air and space; Kapha, a cold, wet, and heavy mind-body type that is composed of earth and water; and Pitta, made up of fire and water. (To learn more about doshas, please take this Dosha Quiz.) Just as the human mind-body can be predominantly one, or even more than one dosha, so too can Nature. For example, the seasons reflect all three doshas. During…

A Father’s Love: The Foundation of Life

by Nirmala Raniga “It is a wise father that knows his own child” – William Shakespeare As we celebrate Father’s Day to honor the fathers in our lives, it is also a good time to recognize those individuals who hold a fatherly role in our lives as well as our own inner father. The responsibilities of fatherhood vary by culture, but from a human evolutionary standpoint, fathers take on the role of supporting life as protectors and providers of many of the foundational needs of life. Furthermore, fathers often also…

What Are the 8 Limbs of Yoga (and How Can They Help You Live a Fulfilling Life?)

When we think of yoga, we often picture crowded studios with students in stylish clothes twisting their bodies into difficult shapes. However, the true practice of yoga is much more than that. In fact, yoga is the Sanskrit word for union, the alignment of mind, body, and spirit. And, while the concept of yoga is simple, the practice consists of many facets. The most well-known yoga text is The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which provides a framework for the practice of yoga. In this book, Patanjali defines the Eight Limbs of Yoga,…

Healing From Anxiety

For the past twenty minutes you have been sitting at your desk, a blank computer screen staring back at you. The cursor at the top of your open word document flashes rhythmically. Thump… thump… thump. You become aware of your heartbeat and notice it steadily increasing. You feel it becoming stronger and you feel it in your stomach, travelling upward into your chest. Your palms are sweating. You take your hands off your desk and try to dry them by rubbing them along the top of your thighs– a temporary relief. You begin to set them…