Posts by Linda McLean

Finding the Power of Simple in the Blue Mountains

Truth is simple, but it’s not always easy to believe. The fact that we are each the most important person in our life is the simple truth at the core of our human experience, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to believe.  And given the provocative nature of the statement, bringing it up in conversation…

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I Am The Most Important Person In The Room – And So Are You.

Let’s take this moment to notice our breathing, to inhale slowly through the nose and exhale fully through the nose. In and out. Continue on this way, noticing your breath, while I tell you a story. This is the story of a person who never in her life knew she mattered. Once upon a time…

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Sweet Soundss of London

Last night I went to the Harold Pinter Theatre to see three Pinter one-act plays performed back to back. Every time I’d seen the poster, ‘Pinter at the Pinter’ on the wall beside the Angel station escalator I’d think, “I have to go.” I can’t go to plays for pleasure anymore. I spent too many years…

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Let’s Say We Don’t Know.

I’d like to live in this reality – I don’t know what will happen really. I’m in London this week where Brexit is still the hot button topic, and PM May is facing the final vote on her deal. A decision will be made later today in fact – a decision that might change the…

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Cooking Onions

Sautéed onions, the slowly cooked gently coaxed mouth-watering aroma that fills a room kind, takes me back to grade seven Home-Ec. Mrs. Boyko stands near her desk, every now and then looking up to make sure we’re all stirring conscientiously. Fifteen grade seven girls – four to a stove – taking turns at developing patience.…

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Coming in from the cold – at home in my local yoga studio.

We all need somewhere to go where we can come in out of the cold. I’m looking out my living room window at the gray sky and the slush falling in near freezing temperatures. Winter is coming, as it does, right after the short sweet Canadian autumn of dazzling reds oranges and yellows. Barren trees,…

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