Tool. Tip. (Re)Treat.

Tool. Tip. (Re)Treat.

(Re)Treat.

I love this image. I took a self-imposed retreat at The Brickworks in Toronto last Friday. The image is from that morning…the day was clear, with a breeze and nature was in bloom.

I can’t wait to get back there, to feel close to nature, to pause, and connect.

Full disclosure: Sometimes I want to leave this busy city, this current hectic pace, as we prepare for a big move and reno, with young kids in tow…with whom I want to be be present and engage mindfully. It feels like a LOT sometimes. And I’m supposed to be the one coaching clients on how to manage their own hectic lives! Well, I’m living it too!!

Sometimes, I just need to get away from it all.

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Tool.

This ten minute positivity practice by prolific meditation teacher, Shinzen Young, has been shifting my sometimes limited notions of self-care. I used to struggle with negative thinking - practices like Shinzen’s have helped me rewire my thoughts.

Tip.

We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list. Michelle Obama

I never tire of this quote from Michelle Obama. I need to bring the ethos of this quote to mind multiple times a day or else I get lost in the over-doing and the shortness of breath and tension which comes along with it.

So, in the spirit of Michelle’s self-compassion, a tip: Which one item on today’s ‘to do’ list can you drop down lower and which item needs to be raised to the top?

All photos by Melanie Gordon Photography.

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