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I love Sharon Salzburg. I have read her books and listen to her podcast. She is a true teacher. She calls her inner critic Lucy. - after this comic she read years ago.

Our inner critic never solves a problem. It only points out fear and negativity.

Lucy from Charlie Brown embodies the inner critic.

You are not your thoughts.

Be kind to yourself.
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Do the good that's in front of you, even if it feels small.
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I have struggled to move. I am a lump on the couch. I need to get back to my mat.
Damn you COVID.
There is a season for everything. I am just working on my winter coat.

Yoga season is coming soon!!!! Stay tuned.
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Zen Librarian
Secrets - they keep us unwell. “ Secrets cause us to ruminate. “ Many kids and teens keep secrets about their anxiety. They think they are the only person in the world with these fears. NOT TRUE!
The anxiety rate for 13-18 year old is 34%. That means 8-9 students per class struggle each day. Don’t keep secrets. Be courageous. Ask for help. ( these rates are pre- COVID.)

Take care of yourself. Nothing to feel embarrassed about. We are all doing the best we can.

Sending love.
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Zen Librarian
Headspace guide to meditation on Netflix is awesome. I have been showing to students this week ( grade 4 and up). They like the animation and the explanations. - we are doing one episode per week with a shorter meditation. Can you imagine if you learned stress management as a child?!?? It is never too late to learn.
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Headspace Guide to Meditation | Netflix Official Site
Headspace takes a friendly, animated look at the benefits of meditation while offering techniques and guided meditations to jump-start your practice.
Zen Librarian
Zen Librarian
Motivation is hard to find these days. Being compassionate to yourself has been proven to increase motivation. Let’s get-r-done.

Mindful self compassion course adults in Nanaimo

Mindful Self compassion has been scientifically proven to be most effective for stress management and resiliency. Thank you to Victoria Pawlowski and Carolena Ranger for facilitating this course. I am forever changed and grateful for the strategies I learned in the 8 week course! A life changing moment for me. I was so inspired by this course that I decided to get trained to offer the Teen Course of MSC called Making Friends with Yourself for teens.

Check out their website if you are interesting in developing some concrete strategies that will help you with life!

Center for Compassion inspired health


Mindfulness for Families – May 24th 6:30-7:30 pm at Quarterway School Library

Want to bring Mindfulness in to your home and family? Learn hands on science based techniques to calm the mind, fall asleep, and increase resiliency. Dominique Sullivan is a teacher-librarian in Sd 68 and has been a yoga teacher since 2003. The presentation is free or by donation and welcomes individuals and families. (no daycare available)

Life has its ups and downs; mindfulness allows us to meet those challenges with more grace and compassion.

This session will focus on the research by Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Chris Germer as well as resources and techniques from the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

Spring is almost here!

I can’t wait to start yoga outside this year. I have been teaching for 15 years and there has been a rejuvenation of my yoga practice as I took time for myself this year. The study of self compassion has been deeply healing and many of these concepts will be woven into the classes.  The science of wellbeing is a fascinating area of research and I have sent much of 2017-2018 in inquiry. I attend the Dalai Lama Conference, Victoria yoga conference and Teacher training for Teens and  I’m excited to share the latest science and research with my community.

New this year:

Checkout our new Schedule for more information.

Yamas: Aparigraha (Non-possessiveness)

Minimalism Documentary on Netflix

Aparigraha: Learning to Let Go,

This Yama asks us to let go of our attachments to who we think we are, in order to spread our wings and become who we truly are.By

Becoming Minimalist WRITTEN by · Blog.