Have you had a forest bath lately?

When we were first married, my husband and I went camping, because it was the only holiday we could afford. Now, we camp because spending time outdoors is relaxing and refreshing. Our recent camping trip in the fabulous Canadian Rocky Mountains inspired this week’s episode about the power of forest bathing and the rejuvenation that comes from spending time in nature. You’ll notice I’ve included a few pics from the trip. A couple of them are hazy because of the smoke from the forest fires burning in British Columbia. I hope you’re all staying safe out there!

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Retreat! What to expect on a meditation retreat

Last week, I tried to convince you to try a mindfulness retreat. I described what happens on retreat and provided resources for locating them. I know, however, that retreats may sound intimidating for some of you. Today, I’m going to describe how you should behave on retreat and I’ll tell you about my first retreat experience. Hopefully, this will boost your confidence. Next week, I’ll give you some ideas for hosting a self-directed retreat, if you’re unable to get away from home.

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Retreat! Use your vacation to deepen your practice

Vacation time is a perfect time to deepen your mindfulness practice. When you’re moving at a slower pace and perhaps have a little more time on your hands, you might choose to add a second meditation session, sit a bit longer, or add walking meditation to your regular sitting practice. There are a lot of options. One of my favourites is to go on retreat.

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Do I have to meditate to practice mindfulness?

I had an interesting conversation last week with some friends who told me they wanted to be more mindful, but weren’t interested in meditating. Most of them believe in the benefits of mindfulness and want to “just do it,” but think meditation is boring, time-consuming, and unnecessary. So, what role does meditation play in mindfulness practice?

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Meditate on positive emotions to build happiness

Because our brains are attuned to potential threats, we are primed to focus on negative experiences and the emotions they arouse. It’s good, then, to know how to focus on positive events that generate positive emotions.

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