Words of Wisdom

Category: Reflections

When life hands you lemons... make lemon jokes.
By Maddie Rodriguez

When Life Hands you Lemons…
Make Lemon Jokes.

Lately I’ve been thinking about those times when life throws something at you—something inconvenient, exasperating and just the very last thing you need in that moment—and all you can do is laugh. It’s a cliché to say that “comedy is tragedy plus time” and I …

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A yogic perspective on Labour Day Weekend
By Maddie Rodriguez

A Yogic Perspective on Labour Day Weekend.

In yoga we often talk about the importance of appreciating what our bodies do for us—the way our breath and blood nourish us, the way our skeleton supports us, and the way our muscles help us move. The truth is, our body works hard for …

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The Power of Positive Thinking
By Maddie Rodriguez

The Power of Positive Thinking.

Chances are, most of us have heard about the “power of positive thinking”. When a friend or loved one is going through a difficult time, we might say “I’m sending you good thoughts” or even something about “good vibes” or “putting good out into the …

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By Maddie Rodriguez

Family is Practice.

There’s a certain expression I remember hearing when I was a kid: “you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your family.” It always tickled me because it was silly and a little rude, but also because it made a certain sense. Your family …

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Being a Tourist in Your Own Town for the Long Weekend.
By Maddie Rodriguez

Being a Tourist in Your Own Town
for the Long Weekend.

As pictures roll in of friends using the long weekend to launch the first wing of their multi-city European vacations or spend it sprawled blissfully in Muskoka chairs at the cottage, it’s hard not to feel a twinge of envy, especially if you’re not travelling …

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Rainy day reflections
By Maddie Rodriguez

Rainy Day Reflections.

For many of us, nothing seems like more of a buzzkill than a downpour in July. In this part of the world, our warm days are so fleeting and so few that we yearn to make the most out of every moment. And chances are …

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Yogi in downward dog
By Maddie Rodriguez

Rooting for Spring.

As I’ve said before on this blog, I’m a word nerd. When I am trying to meditate or set an intention, I’ll often think about a specific word: its uses, connotations, or etymology. It was in this vein that I started thinking about the word …

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cactii on a window sill
By Maddie Rodriguez

Taking a Little Time Out.

Can you feel it? The days are getting longer, the sun is feeling a little warmer, and the snow has melted (for now). Spring is around the corner—but it’s not here yet. As anyone who has spent more than a year or two in this part …

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Yogi with prayer hands
By Maddie Rodriguez

In Defense of Being Just Okay.

The other day one of my colleagues was telling me a story about her kid. Her kid, she said, loves to sing. He sings in the shower, sings during a car ride, and sings at the dinner table. He sings and sings and sings despite …

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Happy yogi
By Maddie Rodriguez

Your Best Year Yet.

We made it. It is officially 2018, the holidays are over, school is in session and everyone is back to work. That means it’s the perfect time to take stock of our New Year’s resolutions. How do you feel about this year’s goals? Are you …

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