“Helping is Healing”: words to reflect on for International Volunteer Day

Helping is healing. It’s such a profound and true statement that Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury wrote an entire chapter about it in ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’. These are perfect words to reflect on today, for International Volunteer Read the rest

How we help others and ourselves when we volunteer

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Helping is healing. It’s such a profound and true statement that Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury wrote an entire chapter about it in ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’. For those of us who have volunteered before, you probably had … Read the rest

Heal Yourself, Heal the World

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Gandhi

The reality is, whether we’ve experienced some form of trauma in our lives or have been witness to pain and hardship in others, bad things happen in our … Read the rest

How Healthy Relationships Nurture Healing

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It’s no secret that healthy relationships make us happy, but loving and being loved is actually good for our health and can cultivate healing as well. Whether it’s a strong friendship or romantic relationship, there’s a scientific reason why love … Read the rest

Remembering that you are not your story

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Everyone is on a journey in life, and we all have a story to tell. Where we’ve been, what we’ve overcome, where we’re going, has all helped to shape our lives; but it’s important to differentiate between what shapes us, … Read the rest

Why having compassion matters

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama

When we encounter something joyful in our lives, it’s easy for us to instantly react with love and compassion. But pain doesn’t instinctively translate into compassion … Read the rest

Adventures from the Book Tour

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Thanks to event organizers and encouraging hosts across the country! We visited Banyen Books, a couple McNally Robinsons, very many Costcos, some Chapters and Indigos, the Toronto International Book Fair, Ben McNally, many universities, schools, community centres and arenas, a … Read the rest

Healing for all, despite where we might be, or what we have done

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If I told you this story: you wouldn’t believe it. Sometimes I don’t believe it myself. But what I will tell you, is that after January 26th, 2015, I stopped believing in coincidences, because there is no … Read the rest

What is Addiction?

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When differentiating between “physical” addiction and “psychological” addiction in newborns of addicted mom’s, it is a slippery slope of distinction. It is known that physical addiction comes about through an array of neuroadaptive changes and the laying down and … Read the rest