inspired by last night’s meditation meetup and the relaxation swicki, i thought i’d offer you these words. sit comfortably, without slouching. you may want to close your eyes. notice your breath. in comes in – it goes out. it comes in – it goes out. there is nothing you need to do – yet it… Continue reading relax


today is national day against homophobia. homophobia is about us over here versus them over there. look, these other people! they do X and say Y, and we don’t do and say that, so they’re outside of the fence and we’re inside. only there is no them. there is only we. and the fence is… Continue reading homophobia

self-righteous in surrey

“if teachers are going to use the film an inconvenient truth in the classroom, they should also have access to another documentary which challenges the academy-award winning movie’s premise, says a local school trustee.” this, my friends, we can find under the heading “school trustee demands ‘balance’ over gore movie use“. right. let me get… Continue reading self-righteous in surrey

watchful words: 7 ways to rename a mental illness

in thinking about today’s blog post and still in line with this week’s theme of the national mental health week, i came back to one of my favourite books about therapy, ben furman’s and tapani ahola’s solution talk: hosting therapeutic conversations. the following is an excerpt and summary of the chapter, “watchful wording” where they… Continue reading watchful words: 7 ways to rename a mental illness

apocalypse now!

i got tagged by jolynne from the fit shack for “the last blog post”. albert at the urban monk created this orginally, wondering “what if the blogosphere was over tomorrow? no more blogs, and you had to write your very last post?” albert is also very generously donating $1.00 to the salvation army for each… Continue reading apocalypse now!

transgender and mental illness: double stigma

kai wright at temenos writes: our culture depicts people whose discomfort with gender norms goes beyond being tomboys or feminine men as mere curiosity items for trash TV (“your woman is really a man!” episodes of jerry springer). this collective ignorance leaves transgendered people without much guidance. many go through puberty and into adulthood without… Continue reading transgender and mental illness: double stigma

mental health: canadian voices

to celebrate national mental health week, let’s start with three canadian blogs that talk about the topic. canadian dimension discusses mental health in first nations communities: … native poverty, alcoholism and suicide are almost never championed as a charitable cause … so it is easier for canadians to write cheques for relief efforts in afghanistan… Continue reading mental health: canadian voices

listening to mom

listening to the cbc’s early edition this morning after driving back from lifting weights in my friend tom’s garden, i was intrigued by the question the host, rick cluff, asked of his panel: “what’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?” one answer was particularly memorable. moe sihota said that when he told his… Continue reading listening to mom

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