September 2017 – Commitment Category

The name Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) can bring to mind your favorite jeans, comfort and happy times. However, if you’ve been paying attention to the news about the garment industry lately, you may also have valid concerns about the environmental and social impact of your beloved jeans. It turns out, in the case of your Levi’s®, you can feel better than you might have expected. In a fashion world under fire for the environmental and human costs involved in clothing us all, LS&Co. have a strong commitment to leadershipRead More
Reading the insightful book Loveable felt like a long drive through the picturesque countryside in a convertible on a sunny Sunday afternoon – easy, liberating, and just where you want to be. It is the first full-length offering from Dr. Kelly Flanagan, the clinical psychologist and father behind the blog UnTangled and viral posts, “A Daddy’s Letter to his Little Girl (About Her Future Husband)” and “The Reason Every Kid Should Talk Back To their Parents”. Structured in three parts, it’s aligned with the three acts Flanagan says are partRead More
As we move through our practices and our days, we need moments to pause and integrate. In humble surrender, we bring our heads below our hearts and lay down our wilful ego so that a deeper, wiser intelligence may move through us. This is one of the many gifts of the Extended Child Pose. Deeply introverted, like being back in the womb, this pose is a necessary resting and rejuvenation pose between more vigorous asanas. When done correctly, it will exquisitely lengthen your spine vertebra by vertebra. It will openRead More
This month, Wellness Editor Dr. Karen Ho reviews Dr. Andrew Weil’s latest book, on the question To medicate or not to medicate. Dr. Andrew Weil’s latest offering, Mind Over Meds, is a treatise on the perils of excessive use of certain medications. At a time when there are more classes of drugs than ever before, and when adverse events for the most common medications are well recognized, his call for conscientious use is most timely. Dr. Weil is a Harvard-trained physician who practices integrative medicine. For decades, he has advocatedRead More
Former US Vice President Al Gore was in Toronto recently to host a pre-screening of his new movie An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Along with many other Climate Reality Leaders previously trained by Mr. Gore, I was in attendance for this special screening. An Inconvenient Sequel is a follow-up, a decade later, to An Inconvenient Truth, the groundbreaking and award-winning 2006 film with Mr. Gore that made climate change a household word. The sequel shows how his life, and the world, have changed in the past decade. It showsRead More
Each one of us has a unique life purpose. When you honour the voice of your soul, you live the fullest expression of your joy. It is then that your life takes on a mythic quality, something greater than the small, restless you. You dismiss any undermining voices in your environment or in your mind, and listen instead to the still, small voice within so that you may follow your bliss. You become receptive to mentors, teachers and guides of all sorts as you embark on your own heroic journeyRead More
Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org celebrates the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision to quash the 2014 permits issued by the National Energy Board for seismic blasting in ecologically-sensitive Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, off Clyde River. This decision is consistent with the Canadian government’s five-year moratorium on oil and gas activity in the Arctic Ocean announced last December by Prime Minister Trudeau. “This was the right decision for the Supreme Court of Canada to make,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati. “Seismic blasting, which harms and kills marine mammals, is senseless in anyRead More
Image credit: Concepción Studios My relationship with Belle and Sebastian goes back to a rainy Edinburgh spring day in 1996. Out doing some record shopping, I followed a cobblestone backstreet to a bustling little shop whose display of local bands caught my eye. I was drawn to a monochrome picture of a young woman nursing a stuffed tiger in a bathtub. This was the cover for Tigermilk, their debut album. When I got back to my brother’s house and popped the CD into my CD Walkman, it was love atRead More
I was recently slowed down by a sinus infection and craving some comfort food. The crisp mornings and cooler nights of September are an ideal time for rich and savoury meals, but my low energy levels zapped my desire to prepare my usual thick soups and stews. I wanted something easy, different, yet still very satisfying. Luckily for me, I know about Oh She Glows. Angela Liddon, New York Times bestselling cookbook author and well known blogger, is the creator of Oh She Glows. Liddon also has over a millionRead More
The American mythologist, writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell had a lifelong passion for the cohesive mythological threads that run through disparate human cultures. He popularized the concept of the hero’s journey, the path through adventure, challenges, trials, temptations, atonement and victorious return. Campbell said that we must all undertake a hero’s journey to follow our bliss. I find the hero’s journey a useful analogy for the path of spiritual awakening and living our truest selves. Fear and doubt can hold us back from the courage to embark on the hero’sRead More