Back on the train

I love the romanticism of a train ride.  I get to indulge this fantasy as I travel to Toronto for my annual veterinary conference.  Having access to Wifi means I can write and be inspired by the passing scenery.

Starting to relax now, because I don’t have to drive. I needed this break. My schedule has been pretty full with work, family and yoga commitments.  I was feeling a little anxious by the thought of it all.  I channeled it into a theme for the Yin yoga class I taught this week.  My antidote for this was based on a phrase coined by my friend, Michele Gaspar.  Her mantra is “We can only do what time and resources allow.”.  It helped a lot to repeat those words, whenever I had that anxious or overwhelming feeling. It reminded me I can only do so much. It reminded me I can only do one thing at a time.

As I approach the next three days of my meeting, I’m looking forward to learning more about eyes, animal behaviour, how to help older cats with arthritis and many other new ideas.  Might even see some familiar faces and spend some time in non-veterinary related activities (I can have a drink because I’m not the designated driver!).

I’ll also be meeting colleagues at noon each day, to lead a Midday Mindfulness Meditation session.  Something new for this conference and I’m hopeful it will generate interest.  Because taking care of myself, and teaching others how to do the same, is part of how I can take better care of my patients.  Onwards!


Mindfulness Meditation at OVC

My life decisions over the last five years are taking me places I never expected to go.  Introducing mindfulness meditation to the students at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is definitely one of those.

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2014 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Before I knew it, the weekend I’d been anticipating for so long had finally arrived.  I was on a plane to Chicago for the 2014 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, organized by Michele Gaspar, to see old friends and meet some new ones.

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Thanksgiving 2014

Thankful for two turkey dinners, shared with family.

Grateful for being strong and vulnerable, curious and capable.

Privileged that I have the right to complain, to vote, to be a woman.

Honoured to share my stories with you.

May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you simply be.

A note to my veterinary colleagues

I thought of you today.

Whether you are still in veterinary college, out in private practice, working in academia or industry, I offer the following to you.

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Yoga for veterinarians

It finally happened.

I had dreamed but never thought I’d be able to teach yoga on VIN (Veterinary Information Network).  I just finished presenting an on-line course to 80+ veterinarians (with more that will view the recording later).  My motto is I’m just a small animal vet, living her yoga and still very much a work in progress.  I wanted to show others how they could do it too.

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Doggy Dharma Quotes

“Do what you love.  Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it and gnaw at it still.” Henry David Thoreau

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”  J.W. Stephens

“The way the dog trots out the front door…never fails to fill the saucer of my heart with milky admiration.”  Billy Collins

I’m a dharma junkie.

Dharma is considered to be the “something special within you” that you offer up to the world.  Your calling in life.  The reason why you were put on this Earth.

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Mindfulness and maple syrup

Call me a modern day pioneer woman.

For my birthday, I received a book called “Modern Pioneering“. The author, Georgia Pellegrini, is a cook, gardener, outdoor adventurer and do-it-yourself kind of gal.  As someone who just got her own Leatherman multi-tool (the Charge AL model, just in case you were wondering), I can identify with her.

In the spirit of self-sufficiency, I’m making my own maple syrup.  This is the third year that my husband and I have done it.  So Canadian, eh?

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