Mastering moment to moment mindfulness

The great thing about doing yoga at home is that it’s always available. If you can get away from dogs and kids and clear a strip on the floor, you can do yoga, even in your underwear.

But the downside to doing solo yoga, of course, is the absence of a teacher to lead you through the poses and – critically – to remind you to breathe.

I was doing yoga at home the other day when I realized that when I’m practicing alone, I have a tendency to cut myself short every time I transition from one pose to another. And I realized that tendency carries over into my... keep reading


How to get media coverage for your non-fiction book

So you’ve written a marvellous book. Maybe you’ve self-published it; maybe you’ve got a publisher. Either way, the efforts that you as its author make to promote it are critical to its success.

When I was Arts and Life editor at the Vancouver Sun newspaper, I received countless pitches for coverage from book publicists. Most, I ignored. Some leapt out immediately as must-do stories, usually because of the popularity of the author, or the timeliness or local relevance of the subject... keep reading


Three post-turkey yoga poses to aid digestion

It’s Thanksgiving Day in Canada, and for many of us, that means turkey – lots of it, accompanied by lots of other stuff, and followed by lots of something else. There’s a reason that side dish is called stuffing.

When you emerge from your turkey coma, give thanks that it’s ten whole weeks before you have to eat that meal again, then try these cleansing pro-digestion yoga poses, courtesy of Dan Lindsay at Vancouver’s Semperviva Yoga.

You don’t want to do these on a full ... keep reading


Best places to write

If you’re having difficulty applying your bum to the chair and sitting still long enough to get the words flowing, the problem might lie in the location of that chair.

Some places lend themselves especially well to productive writing sessions (and no, we’re not talking about Cuba or Paris.) Many writers find that they work better in certain settings than in others. Are you a creature of habit? Easily distracted? Whatever your temperament, there’s an ideal writing place for you, and it might not be the one you’re using now.

Go beyond the kitchen table an... keep reading


Planting the seeds for LifeTree

Page one, chapter one.

Welcome to the LifeTree Media blog’s very first post. How wonderful that you are here to bear witness to this birth!

This brand new bouncing baby blog will grow up to have a life of its own, moving in directions I can only imagine and touching the lives of people I will never meet. As it should.

Of course I have dreams and intentions for it. I hope that this blog will become a source of inspiration, joy and support for those who get to know it. I hope that it will become the meeting place for a community of like-minded people who are interes... keep reading