The Journal

Am I Doing It Right?: A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation

Meditation is like learning to surf. You can read up on surfboards, research the best surf spots, perhaps even stand on the beach studying the waves, for as long as you like; but until you dive in, get tossed around, and give it a try, it just doesn’t compare.

The practice of meditation is just that- a practice. Some days are easier, some days are… less easy. So. You may be asking- if it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, why bother doing it?

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Five "Off The Beaten Track" Hikes by Nathaniel Martin

As an avid hiker I’ve always come into nature with great anticipation. This Summer was no exception. Wildlife had returned to the valleys, the last bits of snow had faded away and the trails underneath were revealed. These winding ribbons of pine needles and damp earth have become my sanctuary over the years. They’ve afforded my great opportunities, bitter struggles, valued lessons and treasured moments. Here are some of my favourites.

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The Best of The Best with Shira McDermott of Grain


Follow Shira McDermott on Instagram (@shiramcd) and you’ll quickly find that you’re craving a salad. We’re not talking your average everyday salad here. Shira makes the kind of food that resonates on a soul level; hearty bowls with farmer's market greens, Canadian grains, and mouth-watering dressings. Wholesome, comfort food in the healthiest sense. Beyond putting together a beautiful Instagram feed of nutrient dense eye-candy, Shira is the Co Founder of Grain; a farm-direct company sourcing incredible Canadian dry goods. Golden Quinoa, Farro, Kabuli Chickpeas, French Lentils and Wheatberries...Grain offers some seriously delicious, Canadian sourced product. To stay up to date with Shira’s recipes and philosophies check out her food inspired website ‘in pursuit of more.’ Creator, chef, mother, runner…overall awesome woman. This is the “Best Of” with Shira McDermott.  

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