The Importance of Being Important

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

By Linda McLean | February 5, 2019

We’re going to begin and end this blog post with an exercise We’re going to take this moment to notice our breathing, inhaling slowly through the nose and exhaling fully through the nose. In and out.  Appreciating each breath, while I tell you my story. I was on a spiritual journey for thirty years. I’d…

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Sweet Words of London

By Linda McLean | January 22, 2019

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.

By Linda McLean | January 15, 2019

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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Conversation at a Thai Yoga Retreat – On Being the Most Important Person in the Room

By Linda McLean | January 8, 2019

Here’s another interesting conversation I recorded about being the most important person in the room. I celebrated my birthday last year at Bhud Sunshine’s Xhale Yoga Retreat Centre in Pai, Chiangmai with a dozen people from around the world. We spent long days doing yoga, practicing meditation, chanting, discussing philosophy and eating vegetarian meals prepared…

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Talking with Errin – On Being the Most Important Person in the Room

By Linda McLean | December 18, 2018

Errin and I had been chatting for a while about what it means to be the most important person in the room when she agreed to let me record our conversation. We sat in the lounge of the public library and sipped coffee – that’s why you can hear people chatting around us. Errin spoke…

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Cooking Onions

By Linda McLean | December 11, 2018

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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The Story or Creating an Online Creativity Course – Part 1: “This is Your Song”

By Linda McLean | December 4, 2018

I’m creating an online songwriting course and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I know for a fact that everyone has a creative genius in them, lurking there behind a veil of equal parts fear, confusion and overwhelm. It’s the genius that lives in the secret desire we suppress into submission and call ‘stupid’, fanciful’…

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

By Linda McLean | November 27, 2018

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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Dreams and Schemes – The Magic of Doing What We Love

By Linda McLean | November 20, 2018

When I was twenty- eight years old I told myself I needed to stop wasting time daydreaming about being a songwriter.  I remember distinct conversations with myself, talking right at my heart and saying, “Stop your moaning. Be grateful for what you have. Get on with your fabulous life.” In reality I was terrified of…

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What Do You Stand For?

By Linda McLean | November 14, 2018

“If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything.” It’s hard to know what we stand for. Especially, I think, because of all the self-censoring going on these days. We’re afraid to say what we truly believe. Or we’re so confused by the zillions of different ideas floating around in the strato-blogo-twitto-media sphere that…

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