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Find Your Passion

Back to school is around the corner - for some it is the first day of kindergarten and for others it is the last first day of university or college. In our society there is pressure to find the one thing we excel at and turn it into a successful career. During our educational endeavors many of us have encountered the phrase ‘find/follow your passion’. This means that one day our passion will fall into our laps with the assumption that we will have limitless motivation for it. A new study has found that this is not the case. In Western culture ‘find/follow your passion’ and ‘find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life’ are statements that are seen and heard a lot.

Me Time

August 15th is National Relaxation Day. It’s a day where you can step back from your hectic life and take a minute to be present - take in the moment no matter how ordinary, clear your mind and connect with yourself. ‘Mindfulness’ is a word that popped up in Western culture in the 1970s. John Kabbat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School studied with Buddhist teachers, integrated their teachings with medical findings, and eventually downplayed any connection between mindfulness and Buddhism. Mindfulness as a secular technique that can help people cope with stress, pain, anxiety, depression, illness, and drug addiction. In fact, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is off

Colour Outside the Lines

Adult colouring books have become all the rage the last couple years. Where you might expect to find children, you find adults surrounded by pencil crayons. Many adult colouring books have even become bestsellers. What makes adult colouring books so special? You should try it and find out for yourself on August 2nd - National Colouring Book Day. Adult colouring requires modest attention focused outside of self-awareness. It is a simple activity that takes attention away from you and onto the present-moment event. When we focus like this, our brain and body relax because we are not disturbed by our life stresses. In the same way, cutting the lawn, knitting, or taking a Sunday drive can all be