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The Icy Challenge!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on The Icy Challenge!

The Icy Challenge!

Feeling sleepy all the time? Lacking energy? In a never-ending low mood? Winter can be really depressing… but maybe only if you want it to be. Coming from a tropical country in December 2011, I landed in Canada for the first time. I got off the airplane and first thought: “Did someone forget to turn off the AC or am I actually outside?” Having never experienced such cold weather before, my first months in this country were really tough both physically and mentally. I became lazy, depressed, and a homebody that was trying to escape the cold as much as she could. I did not want to do anything but stay warm at home. For a while, there were only two things that could get me out: school and work, nothing else! That summer, I spent time in the great outdoors with friends and family. It was so great that it made me realize how much quality time I had wasted sleeping and lazing around. Inspired, I committed to challenge myself and enjoy activities outside for my second winter in Canada. There is still one winter activity I have yet to try: ice-skating! And I am so happy to have my first experience in a few days with Source Centre’s first skating party on Wednesday February 19th at 5:00 pm at Nathan Phillips Square. You are invited; join us for an evening of total fun! Life is too short to be wasted, so let’s get up and make the most of winter! – Astou – Source Centre...

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VIP Event: You’re Invited!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on VIP Event: You’re Invited!

VIP Event: You’re Invited!

Wed, Feb 12th from 6:00pm–8:30pm What’s Happening? Meet the Health Team Complimentary Health Checks, Massages and Acupuncture Special Offers and Prizes Healthy Snacks and Refreshments Health Talks & Demonstrations

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Winter Potluck!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Events, Featured, Recipes, Short Entries | Comments Off on Winter Potluck!

Winter Potluck!

On Tuesday January 21st, Source Centre hosted their first ever Winter Potluck! Although we have had potlucks in the past, this potluck was to celebrate all of the delicious recipes entered in our Winter Recipe Contest throughout the month of January. Everyone who came brought something to try and Source Centre interns helped make each of the recipes posted on our Winter Recipe blogs. Although absolutely everything was delicious, there could only be one winner. Congratulations to intern Osayanmo for her winning Winter Roots Soup inspired by intern Helane’s recipe. Kayla was the runner up, with her Beet and Arugula Salad recipe. Thank you to everyone who attended this event and who helped to make all of the food. We hope to host another one some time in the near future! Sad you missed out? Feel free to visit the Winter Soup Recipe Blog, the Salads and Sides Recipe Blog and the Breakfast and Brunch Recipe Blog for all of the recipes showcased last...

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Year of the Horse – Year of the Heart

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Featured, Health, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Year of the Horse – Year of the Heart

Year of the Horse – Year of the Heart

(Image: ‘The Horse Vigorously To Running Calligraphy Greeting Cards’ by Boians Cho Joo Young/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net)   Many Chinese communities all over the world celebrate the Chinese New Year this week and welcome the year of the horse. A short recap: According to ancient Chinese philosophy, there are two main cycles in nature representing the order of the universe. The first is a cycle of 10 (“stem”) and the second, a cycle of 12 (“branch”). Within the great 12 year cycle, every year is represented by a sign that symbolizes the characteristic of that year, much like the famous zodiac known in the west. Each branch, in addition to its correspondence to an animal, has a deep relationship with an organ in the body. It is important to keep in mind that an “organ” in Chinese Medicine is a wider term than it is in Western Medicine: there is the physical organ and physical function, and it also includes its meridian, and its emotional and spiritual functions. This year is the year of the horse and the corresponding ‘organ’ is the heart. In many ancient cultures and philosophies the horse represents something very spiritual relating to Life force, freedom, and a spirituality and bond connecting the horse and the warrior. In the Chinese classics one finds the reference “the heart is the human heart”. From this, we understand that the heart referred to in Chinese medicine is not the muscle pumping blood and driving the animal body. Rather, this thing we call the heart is the home of the spirit. The human spirit. It is this function that has our body working as a whole and complete entity. To do this, its strongest tool is communication. And humans have a unique ability to communicate through words and speech. So, how can we help our heart function to its full potential? In the eyes of Chinese medicine, disease forms when a part of the body doesn’t follow the spirit. In other words, we can say that the other organs are not following the rules laid down by the heart. Therefore the heart’s most important task is to communicate with all the other organs, to unite them as one complete system. When this doesn’t happen, disease forms. The heart’s “secret” to great communication is being open and empty. We can think of holism as stemming from the word hole.  A hole is something that is open and accepting to all, empty and free from attachments and judgments. To be a hole will allow us to communicate with our own spirit and with the universal spirit. It is that hole that allows us to become holy. The key for health, especially during this year of the horse-heart is communication: ©      With ourselves and with our surroundings. ©      Listening to our intuition and inner voice while at the same remaining open to other people’s ideas, needs and feelings. Isn’t it interesting that the Chinese characters for listening, seeing, and thinking, are all written with the radical heart in them? Wishing us all unity within ourselves and our community, and a great ride on the year of the horse. Yuval Blum, R.TCMP, R.Ac   ...

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Easy Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Health

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Easy Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Health

Easy Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Health

If you could do something fast and easy twice a month and experience long-term health and wellness benefits as a result,  would you do it? It’s what a recent study from SPINE (click for link) concluded about what seeing a chiropractor can do for lower back pain sufferers1. Twice a month is not much time or effort compared to other healthy habits, right? Brushing your teeth is a twice daily affair. Most experts agree we should eat 3 healthy meals and take in 2 litres of fluids each day. And exercise 30 minutes 4-5 times a week. So what exactly can a chiropractor do for you? Some of the health benefits to seeing a chiropractor regularly: Prevent Injuries and Disability4 Less chance of re-injury4 Less need for drugs for pain relief 2 Better overall health3 Freedom to have a more active lifestyle2 Fewer allergies and infections2 There’s never been stronger evidence that seeing a chiropractor can make a difference for your health. The research literature supports chiropractic. My patients tell many stories of how their health improved from Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractic (click here for link). Are you the next person to see a chiropractor and get amazing results? Click here to learn more about Network Spinal Analysis. Not sure if a chiropractor can help you? Please email me at drleoquan@sourcecentre.ca or call us at 416-923-4325 to learn more.   References 1 Does maintained spinal manipulation therapy for chronic nonspecific low back pain result in better long-term outcome? Spine 2011 Aug 15; 36(18): 1427-37. 2 Chiropractic Patients in a Comprehensive Home-Based Geriatric Assessment, Follow-up and Health Promotion Program. Topics In Clinical Chiropractic 1996 (Jun): 3 (2): 46–55. 3 A Comparative Study of the Health Status of Children Raised Under the Health Care Models of Chiropractic and Allopathic Medicine. Journal of Chiropractic Research 1989; 5 (Summer): 101–103. 4 Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association With Disability Recurrence. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011 (Apr); 53 (4): 396–404. Tweet...

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feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

(Image: ‘Yin Yang Moon’ by Exsodus/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) For me, I feel the winter is a great time to dive into my feminine energies. Why? Winter is a Yin time of year which corresponds with the feminine. My teacher, Racheal Jayne Groover who developed the Art of Feminine Presence™ practice, has put it this way: “A woman who embodies her feminine essence (Yin) is intimate with her internal experience. She often looks inward to her physical, emotional, and energetic body to guide her. She waits for the “right time” to make a choice or a change. Attuned to her intuition, she does not feel the need to rush ahead or struggle to achieve her goals.” This is winter for me. A time to snuggle up at home, within myself and connect with how I’m truly feeling and what it is I truly want for myself. A time to process, and integrate what’s led me to this point and to listen to the deep inner voice and the stirrings of what wants to be born next. I struggled for years to make contact to this ‘inner voice’. I knew it existed but my connection to it was unreliable and tenuous at best. I doubted so much. It wasn’t until I attended my first Art of Feminine Presence™ (AFP) class where within the evening’s practice, miraculously and undeniably I ‘heard’ it (I actually saw it but that’s for another post). I was blown away by the guidance I received and I was understandably hooked on the AFP practice. For me the AFP practices are a lot about embodiment and opening up new and ever more potent experiences of Presence. As a result, it’s difficult to describe or talk about. It means significantly less than the actual experience. So, you may have heard that now I am a certified teacher! As it is a practice, I continue to go deeper and so my experience keeps expanding. The best I can offer is some of what I feel in this moment: more  grounded and centred than I have ever felt in my life a greater feeling of safety, of joy, of the ‘rightness’ of things an enhanced sense of my place in the world and with the people with whom it is shared deeply connected to my intuition and inner guidance enhanced intimacy in personal relationships We have been hosting introductory evenings called “Getting in Touch with Your Feminine Essence” at Source for over a year, and now there is more feminine energy flowing than ever before… I chose to ‘teach’ this work so that I could go deeper into my own practice. In doing so, I am continually struck by how powerful it is. I am awestruck and humbled and so very grateful to experience and share space with bold, generous women exploring and reclaiming themselves. This is spiritual work of the sort that I’ve been searching for my entire life. I lead a weekly closed group that runs for 5 week and then starts up again. This February 1st, we’ll also be doing a one day intensive for anyone wanting to jump right in and not having the time for an ongoing series.  Please call me at 416-923-4325 or email me if you’d like more information or to join us. And stay tuned for more posts. The adventure has just begun. In Love & Wholeness,...

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