The Importance of Being Important

Finding the Power of Simple in the Blue Mountains

By Linda McLean | April 9, 2019

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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Words Glorious Words – How do we go beyond definitions to make our own meaning?

By Linda McLean | March 12, 2019

Glorious – that’s the word I wrote at the end of a two-hour workshop titled, ‘Slow Down, Recharge, Shine Brighter’. The workshop leaders, Sara and Sarah, had provided a beautiful setting and at the beginning of the session handed us each a red rose and a little envelope. For the first half of the workshop…

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

By Linda McLean | February 5, 2019

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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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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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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My 28 Day Writing Challenge – Single-minded focus

By Linda McLean | October 30, 2018

Multi-tasking versus one task. It comes easily to me. After years of working on several things at once or fitting a project into all the other responsibilities (‘Writing is what I do between the ironing.” Alice Munro)  I can work on several songs at a time while moving houses. I can work on a story…

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Children are resilient? No they aren’t.

By Linda McLean | October 16, 2018

“Children are resilient.” That was the statement I heard over and over during our years of family mediation. What does that mean? Its an adjective, an attribute attached to a noun. And words like strong, tough, hardy, bouyant, and irrepressible are used as synonyms. Children are resilient? No they aren’t. Maybe some are in some…

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Men Need to Read This Too

By Linda McLean | August 7, 2018

The Importance of Being Important – Men Need to Know This Too. For the past two years I’ve been writing The Importance of Being Important. The central idea of the book is simple, every one of us is the most important person in the room. It’s a notion that doesn’t sit comfortably with most people,…

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