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Change is a Lifetime Practice

Change is a Lifetime Practice

Change is a fabulous thing, really. Without it, nothing would be possible. Sometimes we are the authors of change and can anticipate, prepare, and even look forward to it. Other times, change is unwelcome and completely unexpected.  The process of change is frequently...

Cultivating Confidence

Cultivating Confidence

​Let’s face it, many of us struggle with confidence issues from time-to-time. The highly confident person does not typically have to battle fear, anxiety, and social anxiety on an ongoing basis the way someone who struggles with confidence does. It’s perfectly normal...

What on Earth is Toxic Masculinity?

What on Earth is Toxic Masculinity?

There’s a lot of conflicting information being circulated that has the ability to affect men’s views toward themselves, impact their self-esteem, prevent them from seeking help when they need it, and in general, affect who they’re supposed to be. I’m talking about...

A Town Called Resilience – Part One

A Town Called Resilience – Part One

It was a day like any other day for the seaside township called Resilience. It was an idyllic, sunny, late spring day. Kids went to class, adults busied themselves at work and friends caught up for coffee and chatted. Fishing boats navigated their way through the...

Cedric and the Black Dog – Part Two

Cedric and the Black Dog – Part Two

Cedric and his black dog is a vignette that describes the experience that a lot of blokes have with depression. Often guys say that they are followed by a black dog, or they feel like they are at the bottom of a dark bottomless shaft, or that they are an actor trying...

Cedric and the Black Dog – Part One

Cedric and the Black Dog – Part One

My name is Cedric and I have a black dog that follows me everywhere. It’s not my dog. I don’t know where it came from, but it plodded its way into my house years ago, unannounced, uninvited, and the damn thing won’t leave. I’m not a dog person, so I don’t know why he...

What is Masculinity? Seriously Now…

What is Masculinity? Seriously Now…

Image by Moyan Brenn  on Flickr What is masculinity? Week 2 “Real men, real yoga, an inquiry into what it means to be a man through the lens of yoga, ancestry and expectation.” It’s good to be back for week two of the eight-week Sukha Yoga program for men. I chat to a...

What is Masculinity, Really?

What is Masculinity, Really?

“Place your ego aside, soak in the energy and celebrate what it’s like to be a man.” A few of many wise words expressed by Mark, our yoga teacher, during the welcoming comments of an eight-week yoga program for men. Yes, I was intrigued too when I heard that Sukha...

Zen and the Art of Profanity

Zen and the Art of Profanity

The use of profanity in therapy????? Could this be the future of therapeutic coping? Can incorporating 'expletives' into our mindfulness practices help reduce stress and create a state of calm? I've always quietly relished the used of the occasionally well placed...