Driving Lessons

Driving Lessons

When we first moved to our new place, I had to tackle a driving maneuver that got me across four lanes of 60-80km/hour traffic in less than 500 metres—directly off of the highway. Each day, as I approached the exit, anxiety would increase to the point that I would sometimes even take the next exit […]

On Unbecoming…

On Unbecoming…

As it turns out, the journey of becoming is actually a whole lot more about unbecoming. It’s about unlearning past coping states that have become fixed and limiting traits. It’s about shedding the “shoulds,” whittling away at the walls, transgressing trauma, breaking down barriers, and defying society’s prescriptive roles and conventions. Unbecoming is a journey […]

Cultivating Calm in Times of Stress

Cultivating Calm in Times of Stress

You know all of those messages you see that tell you, you just need to “change your thoughts,” and ultimately, this will change your life? Does this ever leave you feeling frustrated, stuck or hopeless, like: “They make it sound so easy, why can’t I just change my thoughts and everything would be fine?” “Something […]

The Healing Power of Shinrin Yoku (‘Forest Bathing’)

The Healing Power of Shinrin Yoku (‘Forest Bathing’)

  It’s been almost three weeks since I touched down in the green and beautiful Costa Rica. I have spent countless hours practicing yoga and meditation, reading, writing, creating, and resting. But, the most impactful activity that has filled my schedule and my soul on this trip has been the hours spent exploring and hiking […]

Truth-Telling, Truth-Hiding, and the Road to Authenticity

Truth-Telling, Truth-Hiding, and the Road to Authenticity

Most of us are taught from a very young age to “Always tell the truth.” The adults around us made every attempt to ensure that this value was etched into our fabric, right from the early days of: “HE started it!” We are evasively promised a “Get out of jail free card,” if we fess […]