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Remembrance Day | November 11th

by Charmaine McIntosh | on November 10, 2020

Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields
by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae
Soldier, Physician, Poet

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.


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Cultivating Social Connection

by Charmaine McIntosh | on November 09, 2020

In an article by the Greater Good Science Centre, individuals may tend no to make social connections a priority due to leading a busy life. They suggest science-based ways that individuals can develop healthier habits in relationships, increase their social network and make deeper social connections.  Read More from the Greater Good Science Centre

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A Guide to Beginners Meditation

by Charmaine McIntosh | on November 08, 2020

An easy and simple guide to practicing mindfulness meditation for individuals who have never meditated before or beginning to learn how to meditate.

Where Should I Meditate?

  • Anywhere - bed, chair, floor
  • Most optimal and recommended is sitting on the floor
    • You will stay awake; able to sit for a long period of time

What Do I Do With My Body?

  • Head - face forward
  • Eyes - open (focus into the distance not on anything) or closed (recommended because easier to focus)
  • Back - straight
  • Legs/Feet - criss crossed on top of each other
  • Arms/Hands - arms resting on you thighs; hands relaxed and on top of each other

How Long Should I Meditate For?

  • Set an timer (eliminates wondering how much time is left)
  • Start with five minutes; then, increase as you get more comfortable with meditating
  • Try to meditate for 10 to 20 minutes per day

What Do I Do During Meditation?

  • There are hundreds of types of meditation
  • Most common is mindfulness breathing meditation
  • Observe the breath
    • How the air feels though your nostril
    • Inhaling and exhaling
  • No judgment; just observe
  • When mind wonder, don’t criticize - just bring attention ‘back to the breath’
  • Try not to move around

How Often Should I Meditate?

  • To get the full benefit - daily
  • Create a daily routine (i.e. 10 minutes when wake up and/or going to bed) - daily habit

When Will I Start Seeing Benefits?

  • Depends On
    • Frequency
    • Length of time
    • Varies from individual to individual

Make Meditation a HABIT.

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