Kyra Shaughnessy

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Ok, But…Where are you Really From?

I come from a mixed heritage background. West-Indo-European would be one simplified way of describing it. On my mother’s side Irish and Scottish meet Trinidadian-Indian and on my dad’s Welsh, English and roots somewhere in Scandinavia add...

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How to Take the Pressure off Parents

Despite this oft repeated adage “it takes a village to raise a child”our society seems to have headed in the opposite direction. The nuclear family model and pressures of modern society leave little space for sharing the task of...

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Are Being “Nice” and Being...

There seems to be a dichotomy set up in some peoples minds between being “nice” and being “honest.” Not in the sense that “nice” people are constantly lying through their teeth, but rather a lot of us seem to...

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Why Conscious Birth is a Key to...

Conscious Birth A couple of years ago I took a two week course on spiritual midwifery with Uva Meiner, a midwife from Costa Rica. She gave the workshop at my mother’s retreat center, Heartroot Farm, in the Eastern townships of Quebec. Though...

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20 Ways to Let Go of Stress

Sometimes it seems like people are living their lives at breakneck speed. Perhaps it’s because we’re trying to match paces with technological advancements that require us to be in communication and “on top of things” 24/7. Maybe...

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What it Means to Be a Spiritual Activist

To Do or Not to Do To put it mildly, there is a bit of an obsession with “doing” in the current market culture. Productivity levels, infinite growth as a norm, success as climbing the social ladder. We are encouraged to use our time to...