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Birth Trauma - My Story

Posted on 25 April, 2018 at 0:10 Comments comments (1)

My Birth Story

Monday, April 23, 2018 12:03pm

This morning I sat in the quiet of my office looking through baby pictures of my daughter. Those photos, taken over 5 years ago, show a beautiful, healthy baby girl, smiling and cooing. They show her father snuggling with her, showering her with kisses, and playing games of “upsy-downsy” and “jiggy-jiggy”. And they show me; her mother. I’m smiling in these photos, laughing, making eye contact with th...

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A Reflection on My Meditation Training

Posted on 16 February, 2017 at 14:50 Comments comments (0)

My Experience Teaching Koru

Amanda Youssef, MEd, RP, CCC

September 5, 2016

It’s September, and I’m preparing to teach my 6th Koru course at McMaster University. The campus that was quiet over the summer months, is now buzzing with new students and a new semester full of promises and fears. Some students are embarking on the first in this new chapter of their lives, while for others, this is the beginning their final chapter in their educational careers.

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Using Love as a Mindfulness Tool: Allowing our Children to be our Mindfulness Teachers One Moment at a Time

Posted on 2 September, 2016 at 9:45 Comments comments (1)

Mornings used to be my time.  Quiet, uninterrupted, space for me to enter the stillness of the world at my own pace.  I'd wake at a reasonable hour, say 7 or 8 am, work out, stretch, listen to music, shower, eat breakfast, and walk into work feeling ready for my day.

Enter: parenthood.  Somewhere during my pregnancy over 4 years ago, I surrendered quiet mornings for chaos and hurried mental...

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