The truth is, throughout my life I have had a tenuous relationship with the concept of happiness. From being described as “such a happy girl” as a young child, to chasing after happiness, to feeling as if I would never know what it meant to feel happiness I’ve run the gamut on the complex experience of happiness.
Is happiness mere absence of sadness? Is happiness a feeling we are all entitled to due to some special karmic privilege? Quite often in my practice have I asked my patients if they were happy with their lives, and this question would provoke a thoughtful introspection. Some ponder over the true meaning of happiness, some try to grasp if what they perceive as happiness is really what it is, or not.
While cold and flu season is in full swing, please heed a wee warning from your resident nutrition consultant. Oregano oil is all the rage for fighting seasonal viruses, and it really works! However, I cringe when I hear these types of statements “I take oregano oil every day during winter to prevent getting a bug.”
Jessica brings strong hands and an open heart to her massage therapy practice. Guided by intuition, she varies the flow of treatment in response to each client’s individual needs with the aim to rebalance mind, body, and spirit. She loves to incorporate aromatherapy to achieve deeper relaxation and relief.
Some of you may recognize our own Anna Cott from her work on the management team at Wellness on Whyte. Anna’s lifelong passion is nutrition and she has both a degree and a diploma in this fascinating field.
Read more for what’s new in my practice and two offerings I’m pouring my heart and soul into. I’m teaching alongside some of my colleagues I admire most and feeling beyond blessed to be offering world class education.
In the field of psychology Sternberg, a renowned psychologist, has developed what is called the Triangular Theory and believes that there are 7-types of love. These 7-types of love are founded on the Three Components of Love ….
I grew up with a deep seeded shame around the concept of selfishness; the word, the idea of it, the ability to comfortably make choices that were right for me without the guilt and heaviness that would inevitably follow. This inability to be accountable to my needs kept me in a consistent pendulum swing.
We are amongst a new age spiritual revolution. An embrace of alternative healing therapies from across cultures has the western world’s focus on holistic health. It’s all about that mind, body, soul connection. So why the hell do you still feel so disconnected?
Uggg, it’s November, fall has ended and we are experiencing the “in between” time before winter arrives in all its fullness. This time is filled with snow then rain with temperatures ranging from -10 to +10 and as a parent I have no idea how to dress my children for school…
My 9 year old describes being calm is being in a state of peacefulness- like being outside in nature, in a sunny field feeling the cool breeze on your skin, listening to the birds and the brook, observing how the birds fly in patterns and taking in all the beautiful colors.
‘Self care during the holiday season’
It seems a bit of a contradiction in terms, because it should be obvious that holidays are about self care and yet, Christmas season tends to be filled with anxiety, depression and many emotional challenges.
There’s that spot between the shoulder blades -a knot that feels sharp and painful. The tension rests there and it seems as if very little will release it. A kink in the neck…I just woke up and now I can’t turn my head. This could last for the next few days. Sound familiar? We all get these little reminders from our body to pay attention.
When I hear the word Immunity, it sounds synonymous with Protection, Exempt or Unaffected by an assault or trauma, either physical or psychological.
The medically trained side of me thinks more on the lines of Immunology- how our body’s wisdom is capable of warding off infections by micro-organisms and how seemingly mundane organs like the skin, mucous membrane linings of our airways and gut help in regulating our immunity.
How many of us have identified with Jack? I have. As the old proverb from 1659 suggests we all need to find our happy medium. We live in fast times. We are always hustling and trying to meet deadlines (like I tend to with my blogs, much to our Social media consultant’s dismay!). Sometimes we just get sucked into an endless cycle of existential crisis.
Anything but that.. The magical properties of sleep…
Ok, I’ll admit it and will chime in with my 2 cents worth -it has not been the best of summers. We have had so much rain I have finally admitted defeat and will let the slugs eat the rest of the vegetables in my garden. They can have them. May all beings be happy and nourished!
The other month I found myself apologizing to my family for an emotional outburst, explaining that it was “that time…
Ahhhh balance – that elusive element that we’re pretty sure if we could find it, we’d be happier. When we think of balance we have this nice neat picture in our head – our day divided into equal parts -work, play, exercise, time for connecting with family and friends, eating and hopefully sleeping. We refer to balance quite a bit in our lives, balanced meals, work/home life, how much we take on and the activities we pursue.
My name is Aziz Merchant and I am a Homeopathic Physician. I am truly grateful to all my patients who have trusted their health in the healing hands of Homeopathy and I have always strived to live up to the trust and belief they have time and again placed in me.
I was asked recently by Marketing Consultant Sara Bruno to comment on what I believe individualized medicine is for the world. Questions such as these come at a remarkable time in human history when never before have humans collectively created so quickly the problems that now threaten the existence of our species and the planet as a whole – …
In the Inka’n Peruvian tradition the hummingbird is considered to be the animal that represents timelessness. She is the only bird that can fly front or backwards, horizontally or vertically, hover, or stop dead in her tracks while flying at full speed.
In the beginning was a void called Chaos – an open chasm of emptiness- infinitely deep, dark and silent. The Greek poet Hesiod poetically describes ‘Creation’ as the imposition of a positive reality on this negativity/ absence. Key to this reality was the capacity for change.
I thought I had always been committed to a healthy conscious lifestyle. Although I have learned that living consciously is actually a spectrum; we navigate through many levels as we learn and grow. This journey my body has taken me on, has showed me that self-work requires constant attention. Your bottom-line will always grow as long as you remain curious and invite growth into your life.
A metaphoric interpretation on forgiveness from the poetic mind of Natashaʼs artistic
persona, Natasia Divina, based on her own experience in discovering what forgiveness
has meant for her.
First of all, thank you.
For trusting me with a portion of your care and for allowing me to contribute to your wellness journey in whatever way that came in.
Transformation is an experience that is available to everyone. The form of currency it takes however, is usually discomfort. Some common opportunities are: Pregnancy, infertility, death, illness, marriage, divorce, new business, apologising, moving, etc.
Many people ask me, what is the difference between Abhyaṅga Warm Oil Massage and other techniques such as Swedish or Sports Massage? Western techniques tend to have a sole focus on treating the physical body, using a variety of effective techniques on the myofascial system. Here a lotion or ointment is used simply with the intent of lubrication for soft tissue manipulation; and potentially for relief of pain or inflammation, if the ointment is also infused with herbs.
“Geha has an incredible amount of experiences in her life which she shared only a fraction of with me in this episode. It was a very meaningful conversation filled with vulnerability and life lessons and meaningful moments in all of the things that she has done.” – The Lifestyle Chase
At various times in my life, I have found myself to be extremely busy. These last three or four weeks have been like that. Elise, my wife was away at a workshop, we are selling our Volkswagon westfalia and our Boler which have needed to be cleaned and fixed up, there is school and lunches and play for the kids and then my practice here at Wellness on Whyte. I won’t bore you with the other details but let’s just say I’ve been busy…
We live in modern times – stressful times. The human race has always had the power of reason and the will to control its environment. But thinking he can control everything in his domain takes toll on the health of the human being…