The Most Important Skill You Can Master

One of the most important aspects of our lives is our relationships. Everything we desire including love, friendship, happiness, well-being and wealth depends on our relationships. If we are to enhance the quality of our relationships then we must cultivate the most important skill there is: the art of listening. In our modern society where […]

Finding Hope When All Seems Lost

  As a critical care physician I am often asked to intervene in a patient’s clinical course when things go awry. Usually these patients have been dealing with chronic illness for a number of years and have an acute deterioration which lands them in the hospital. They may deteriorate further and go into severe breathing […]

The Power of Gratitude

Last week marked the annual Thanksgiving holiday for Americans which is the beginning of the holiday season. This is an exciting time for many people as they prepare to entertain their families and friends, purchase gifts for their children, decorate their homes and get caught up in the magic of the season. It can also […]

Experiencing the Depth in Every Moment of Your Life

Our life situations have become chaotic. There is so much vying for our attention at any given moment from our partners, children, extended families, friends, bosses, work colleagues, email, social media, our smart phones, daily chores, meal planning, clothes shopping, entertainment, vacation planning and the myriad of other things that occupy our time. I’m surprised […]

What You Should Teach Your Children

Childhood is a time of wonder and discovery. However, it can also be a time of overwhelm. As a father of three children I know the pressures that children go through with increasing demands on their time from school, extracurricular activities and parental expectations. This does not take into account the many distractions that vie […]

The Power of Choice

  Choice. It is something that we engage in every moment of our lives. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep that night, we are constantly making choices. These could be simple choices such as what clothes we are going to wear and what route we are going to […]

Demystifying Nutrition

  Nutrition is a very popular and complex subject these days and the weight loss industry capitalizes on this through promoting various diets. There are numerous diets that we are told will help us lose weight and improve our overall health. These include the low carbohydrate diet, gluten free diet, paleo diet, vegan diet, ketogenic […]

Keys to success: What are your non-negotiables?

There has been a lot written about success over many centuries with much more focus on this in the last several decades. We are striving to become smarter, stronger, faster, healthier, wealthier and more accomplished. We want to be more connected with others with more meaningful and fulfilling relationships. With so much information on achieving […]

How To Overcome Your Fears

  In my last blog post I discussed the types of fear that we deal with. I distinguished actual fear from psychological fear with actual fear being a real threat to our wellbeing such as confronting an armed attacker. I also discussed that psychological fears are those fears that are not a real physical threats […]

Are All Fears The Same?

In my last post, I asked the question of why do we fear and where our fears arise from. I discussed how most of our fears are conditioned in early childhood and can affect us throughout our adult lives. Now let’s distinguish the types of fear that we can experience. I make a distinction between […]

Why We Fear

Fear is one of the most common and complicated emotions that we can experience. We all experience this in some way or form in our early childhood and throughout our lives. So what is fear? Fear is a learned response which becomes programmed in early childhood, meaning that it is something that we are not […]

Just Stop!

  Life is chaotic. There are increasing demands on our attention and time. There’s work deadlines, meetings, email, responding to texts, social media, car maintenance, doing groceries, children’s activities, going to the gym, making dinner, your kids’ homework, staying in touch with family and friends and planning vacations to name a few. This does not […]

Putting Consciousness Into Action In Transforming Your Relationships

In the last several posts I have discussed the importance of cultivating your relationship to yourself as the first step towards elevating all of your relationships with others. I discussed doing this through stillness and I also explained how the purpose of all of our relationships is for our consciousness to express its true nature […]

Why Cultivating Your Relationship With Yourself Is Crucial For All Of Your Relationships

In my last blog I discussed the importance of cultivating your relationship with yourself and how to do this through practicing stillness. This week I’d like to discuss why this is important for all of your external relationships. The fact is that most relationships are plagued by conflict and stress. All you have to do […]

The Importance of Relationship: Cultivating a Healthy Relationship With Yourself

  In my last blog I introduced the topic of relationship and discussed all the various relationships we have including our romantic relationships, family and friends, work colleagues, people we encounter in our daily routine and also our relationship to nature and the universe. I started to discuss the most important relationship which is the […]

Healing Depression: Seeing The Truth Beyond Your Life Story

In the last several posts I have discussed the importance of setting the intention to overcome depression which must be tied to a greater meaning or higher calling. I have also discussed the importance of optimal nutrition and movement in healing depression. I’ve also discussed how to release emotional blocks. In this post, I’d like […]

Healing Depression: Burning Through Your Unresolved Feelings

In the last several posts I have discussed the importance of setting the intention to overcome depression which must be tied to a greater meaning or higher calling. I have also discussed the importance of optimal nutrition and movement in healing depression. This week I’d like to talk about the role of our emotions. Most […]

How Should We Approach a Growing Global Epidemic?

In my last blog I started to discuss the growing global epidemic of depression. I discussed modern medicine’s approach to treating depression which is to prescribe a pharmaceutical agent whose goal is to affect the brain’s neurochemistry. I discussed how this is a misguided approach to treating depression because it does not address the multifactorial […]

Is There A Link Between Negative Emotions and Disease?

Do negative emotions affect your health?  Conditions such as depression and anxiety have been shown to affect how we manage and treat our other chronic conditions but, even if one does not suffer from these conditions, unresolved emotions can pave the way for chronic diseases to manifest.  These unresolved emotions include grief, anger, jealousy, hatred, […]

What If We Have It All Wrong?

This week I’d like to discuss challenges in our lives. We all grow up with certain expectations based on how we’re influenced early in our lives by our parents, our teachers, our peers and society at large. Most people expect to establish a successful career and find someone with whom to have a close personal relationship with […]

Dealing With Holiday Stress

American Thanksgiving is upon us and those of you who live in the US will be celebrating with family, friends and the traditional turkey dinner. This marks the beginning of the holiday season which extends from Thanksgiving straight through to New Year’s Eve. This is a time of reflection over the past year as well […]

Why Did I Write My Book?

People often wonder what inspired me to write my book, ‘Healing From The Inside Out: Overcome Chronic Disease and Radically Change Your Life.’ They also wonder how I could possibly find the time for such an endeavour given my busy schedule as a physician and family responsibilities. What I tell most people is that it […]

The Power of Stillness

In my last blog post I discussed the problem of overwhelm which is becoming all to prevalent in our fast-paced multitasking modern society. I discussed the factors that lead to this including the increasing demands on our time and the increasing complexity of our lives which is fuelled by modern technology which allows us instant […]

Dealing With Overwhelm

Overwhelm. It is a term which is all too familiar to most of us. We are all dealing with an unprecedented amount of responsibilities and tasks on a regular basis. This can include work deadlines, shuttling our kids between home, school and their activities, doing the groceries, making dinner, getting your car’s oil changed, picking […]

What Is The Shadow?

This is one of the most intriguing questions which can give us deep insights into our being. The shadow is that aspect of ourselves which most like to ignore and often manifests as negativity in our lives. This can take the form of depression, incessant worry and anxiety, anger, regret and shame to name a […]

What Is Love?

I’d like to talk about one of the most controversial and emotionally-wrenching subjects that affects everyone: Love. Love has been the subject of countless books, television dramas, movies, songs and pervades all aspects of our popular culture. It is, however, one of the most misunderstood subjects there is. I am no expert in love and […]