Meditation doesn’t always come easily. It takes a great deal of practice to be mindful and accepting of our thoughts, while at the same time, giving ourselves the freedom to let them pass by without further contemplation. There are plenty of tools and resources to utilize while practicing the art of meditation. However, one simple…

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In the midst of a global pandemic, immense police brutality against Black people, anti-Asian hate, and political tensions, it is no doubt that we are currently in the midst of some stressful times within the world. Managing the stress brought on by all of these events is incredibly difficult, especially with the unrelenting nature of…

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Experiencing loss then and now For the sake of privacy, the individual interviewed for this piece has chosen to stay anonymous. All names in this piece have been changed to protect the identity of the individual and his family.   Over this past year the world has experienced a rapidly increasing death toll unseen in recent…

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No matter what is going on in life, it’s always important to remember to take care of yourself.  A common quote from Canadian politician Norm Kelly states, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”  Coming from someone who finds joy in helping others, I have often come across moments where I feel mentally exhausted, (the…

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“You have been formed of three parts – body, breath, and mind. Of these, the first two are yours insofar as they are only in your care. The third alone is truly yours.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 12.3 Each morning, for the past few months, I have begun my day with a quote and analysis…

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How can we tell the difference between stress and mental health conditions like anxiety and depression? We’ve all experienced stress, to varying degrees, at some point in our lives. Whether it was cramming for an important test, preparing for a big job interview, or as something as small as looking for our lost keys. Stress…

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Saying that daily anxieties and stresses are overwhelming would be an immense understatement. We are plagued as a society with overthinking and consuming ourselves with issues both big and small. Allowing these anxieties and stresses to run rampant in our minds can be lethal to having a healthy and serene mindset. There are countless ways…

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Most of us know the all too familiar mundanity of the typical 9-5 or the rigorous schedule of retail. For the most part it’s a never ending hamster wheel of waking up, going to work, coming home, and doing it all over again until there’s a day off. For me that day off can’t come…

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Music has personally always been a way for me to escape from the loudness of the world. Especially with the stress of the pandemic and online classes, listening to music has helped tune into myself while tuning out the rest of the world. Beyond offering an escape, music acts as a huge comfort for whatever…

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