Living in the Moment

Cancer Taught Me to Live in the Moment

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg For as long as I can remember, I have been an obsessive planner. I love to make plans, to organize, to prepare. And I'm quite good at it, too. Long-term goals, schedules. These are things I like. A fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants girl, I am not. With my cancer diagnosis, a lot of things came crashing down around me.

How I Gave Up Stress for Christmas

Andrea Paine | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

The Christmas season was much different for me this year. I had another operation in mid-November, which was necessary and related to my reconstruction, but a blessing at the same time. It gave me the time leading up to the holidays to recover, de-stress and relax.

Can Christmas Teach Us to Live in the Now?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

The Christmas season is a time when our focus narrows to a shorter time-frame. Right now, we're all preparing for what happens between now and December 31. Maybe Christmas is a good time to practice living more in the present, being fully there at those gatherings of family and friends.

Don't Wait for Life to Be "Perfect" -- Be Happy

Meghan Pearson | Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

I have been in a perpetual state of anxiety about the future. When I get those jeans, nab that boyfriend, lose those 10 pounds, learn that dance move, I will be happy. I have always had this sinking feeling that I was waiting for something to make my life perfect. But my life IS perfect. I have a life after all, and every single second is beautiful and precious and needs to be acknowledged and given great attention.

Dispatches From Down East: Living "In the Moment" Tuckered Me Out

Lori Gard | Posted 09.13.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

A dear stay-at-home mama friend of mine recently reflected on the idea of being "present," which got me thinking: am I present and in the moment with our children? And if so, is that really necessary? To be present in every moment? In order to find out, I challenged myself to be present all day, as a sort of experiment. I was present when I ruined my favourite shirt, when the kids were crying, when water spilled all over the kitchen. P.R.E.S.E.N.T.

Dispatches From Down East: Perspective Comes From the Strangest Places

Lori Gard | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Life is all about perspective, right? So with the goal of shifting perspectives in mind, I set out this warm sunlit evening to find a little piece of joy in nature so as to cast some perspective and illumination on an otherwise expensive ($2,200 worth of upcoming dental work), depressing (there goes the camper we were going to buy) and discouraging (I am wondering if false teeth are an option for a 38-year-old mother of four) day.