How to navigate triggering political conversations

Regardless where you live in the world and what your political beliefs are, it’s a topic that can be triggering, especially when it’s uninvited. These days, politics can make its way into everyday conversations around the dinner table, on social … 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

Learning to Love Ourselves First

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“Self love, self respect, self worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” – Unknown

Forgiveness, happiness, healing—they all cease to exist until we learn to love ourselves first. When trauma … 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

The Effects of PTSD on the Mind and Body

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Last week on our blog, we discussed the definition of PTSD and what it looks like, and this week we are going to explore how it can affect our mind and body. Individuals who survive trauma can develop PTSD, and … Read the rest

What is PTSD?

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Before we can start to heal from PTSD, it’s important to understand what it is exactly. PTSD is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that occurs following the experience (through first-hand or witnessing) of something traumatic: military combat, natural disasters, accidents, or … 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

Let’s Start Talking

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Today is ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ Day, a Canada-wide mental health awareness movement and fundraising campaign developed by Bell. Today social media will be flooded with #BellLetsTalk and online conversations about mental health, important awareness that is desperately needed—… Read the rest

How Attachment Shapes Our Lives

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Many people who have been sexually abused define themselves through the lens of that abuse.  They believe that their sometimes addictive and chaotic behaviour is caused solely by their childhood sexual abuse experience.  Unfortunately for someone looking for a … Read the rest