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(Re)treating yourself

Posted on June 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment or providing care for someone with cancer can require that you re-fill yourself with energy as you need to along this journey. Periodically, as a caregiver, I need to get away on my own; to walk in nature, write, read, and quietly introspect.  I am aware, however, that… [Read More]

Mindful Walking – Part #2

Posted on May 29th, 2013 | 0 Comments

  A more formal approach to mindful walking entails deep focus and very slow movement of the feet in coordination with the breath and within a small area of space (see Mindful Walking Part #1). An informal approach can occur as part of your daily walk and at a normal pace. To begin say with… [Read More]

Mindful Walking – Part #1

Posted on May 17th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Although sitting still in meditation can be challenging for all of us some of the time, some people find sitting still to be intolerable most of the time. They want to move!  Walking meditation or mindful walking might just be the activity to satisfy the equanimous strivings of more energetic souls. What is it? There… [Read More]

For many of us, the RRSP contribution we make every year is viewed mainly as a way to reduce taxes payable, without a great deal of focus on what will be done with it in the future.  With an aging population, the focus is beginning to shift to turning those years of savings into an… [Read More]


Recently I was at a meeting with other social workers and someone said “Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits turns down everyone when they apply, and only those who appeal actually get accepted”.  I’ve heard this comment said many times over the years, and in fact many members coming to Wellspring Money Matters have said it… [Read More]

“Shared joy is double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow” – Swedish Proverb As a Social Psychologist, I have always been interested in the working dynamics of groups. Humans, by their very nature, are social animals. Our interactivity and sharing help amplify our pleasures and divide our distress. During crisis and chronic stress, support… [Read More]


One of the biggest fears that you may face when planning your return to work is being able to perform your duties at the same levels as before your diagnosis.  This concern might stem from many factors, including physical fatigue or “chemo brain” (also called “brain fog”) which is a term used to describe cognitive… [Read More]

For Financial Literacy Month, RBC Foundation wrote an article highlighting the financial issues facing cancer patients. For many people diagnosed with cancer, financial worries go hand-in-hand with the diagnosis. RBC Foundation is one of the longest standing Wellspring supporters, having made their first donation to Wellspring in 1992.  Recently RBC Foundation exceeded the $1-million mark… [Read More]


Bringing Mindful Meditation Into Your Life

Posted on November 15th, 2012 | 0 Comments

What is Mindfulness Meditation? All of us who teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) have trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the program. MBSR is grounded in research – which means that many, many studies have taken place over 25 years – to bring evidence and prove effectiveness. Prior to this of course, Mindfulness has… [Read More]


I’m trying to imagine a person with little to no yoga experience today looking for a studio or teacher.  I also imagine that in the early stages of post cancer treatment, there are many physical changes one has to adjust to. We know that movement and relaxation can contribute to physical and mental well being…. [Read More]