Gratitude 101

When life gets challenging, it can be difficult to feel thankful! For too long, we’ve taken gratitude for granted. We say “thanks” a dozen or more times a day: when someone holds a door open, let us pass, take our order... It’s a reflex, a reaction to simple daily transactions. We mutter it, often without really acknowledging the person we are thanking.

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Mindfulness to deal with COVID-19 stress

With Coronavirus anxiety running high, it's understandable that we do everything we can to think ahead, plan, analyze the facts, etc. But when our head-based fight-flight-freeze reactivity gets the best of us, it's much harder to stay grounded, think clearly, respond with care, and sleep well at night. My recommendation: Mindfulness.

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In these stressful times, I really want to be in a meditation retreat right now. Since it's not possible in this situation, I decided to create my own retreat at home on the weekend, and I decided to make it a silence retreat as I really wanted to try one.

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A tale of stress and peace

Being in a foreign country, without our family, our cultural references, our favorite places, our local food, or a network of close friends, we lack the feeling of being psychologically and emotionally grounded. This can lead to stress and even anxiety.

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