Following the Yellow Brick Road

by Ashleigh James / Jun 12, 2015 / Comments

I felt as though I was just going through the motions. Why was there still a hole in my life? I figured that the answer I was looking for came down to this; "Who was I and what did I truly want in life?"

Yana Hempler - Overcoming the Bullies

by GEM Magazine / Jun 12, 2015 / Comments

I would often go to the weight room or the track at lunch time and after school to avoid being that "lone" girl that everyone picked on at lunch and on the bus. This time was also a way for me to focus on my goals when things were getting tough. And believe me, they were tough.

Himanshu Narang - Pedal Forward

by GEM Magazine / Jun 10, 2015 / Comments

I was having an extremely hard time finding work and I almost gave up. I asked myself: "Will things ever work out?" and "Will I ever be able to accomplish what I moved to Canada to do?" I doubted myself and yes, I stopped pedalling.

Ryan LeBlanc - The Natural Connection

by GEM Magazine / Jun 09, 2015 / Comments

Nothing made me truly happy, regardless of how amazing it really was. Sunsets were Instagram photo opportunities, hikes were for work and exercise was a chore.

Padhia Avocado - Living Proof

by GEM Magazine / Jun 08, 2015 / Comments

Flash back to that scared little teenage kid alone in the doctor’s office for the very first time being told they have a chemical imbalance. A brain that can’t regulate itself, it just doesn’t work the way it is supposed to. I inherited my mother’s defective genetics.

Addiction - A Unique Perspective

by GEM Magazine / Jun 04, 2015 / Comments

From alcoholics to smokers, and gamblers to sex addicts. They all share one thing in common - they are using (or abusing) their chosen addictive behaviours in order to repress or distract themselves from feeling painful emotions.

Apologies To The Modern Man

by GEM Magazine / Jun 02, 2015 / Comments

There has been so much blame between us, so much hatred and name-calling. Each gender suffering in its own way. To the extent that one gender was denied wholeness, the other was denied it as well. Women were denied the right to basic protections and pathways of expression, men were denied access to a tender, receptive way of being. No one got off easy, despite appearances.

Adam Pownall - When Life Went Limp

by GEM Magazine / May 30, 2015 / Comments

In a panic, my mind quickly fabricated the notion that I wasn’t going into theatre and I was actually going to die. Why else would they all look so worried? They had made up the story so I didn’t worry, but now I knew. I had caught on to their trick.

5 Scientific Reasons To Practice Meditation

by GEM Magazine / May 28, 2015 / Comments

Meditation practices were once shrouded in a mystical cloak of spirituality, as religious or New Age-y, but these days, mindfulness has been getting its fair share of attention as a pathway to greater happiness and well-being. It’s understandable that there are skeptics wary of what is starting to seem like more of a trend than a longterm solution, as mindfulness has become more of a buzzword than anything else.

How To Stop Scaring Yourself and Attract Positivity Into Your Life

by Kressa Sisu / May 28, 2015 / Comments

I was in a major transition a few years ago and had lots of challenging events happening all at once. The outcomes I was expecting didn’t pan out. My stability and groundedness were severely challenged. My ego/mind was extremely active, going into all the “what ifs”. I wasn't very happy about having to face a “void” and not knowing my next step.

Major change like this can be very scary and I was certainly feeling this anxiety in every part of my body.

Then one morning I woke up to this thought and it was very loud:

“You are scaring yourself”.