Acceptance

Kim TanzerUncategorized

THE GUEST HOUSE This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing … Read More

Say YES to Positives!

Kim TanzerUncategorized

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the brain’s negativity bias.  I am now into my third read of Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson. After the first read, I tried an experiment. I challenged myself to catch those times I quickly shirked a compliment or barnacled myself to a negative thought and ran with it. Easy concept but in … Read More

Mistakes

Kim TanzerUncategorized

“It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.
“ – Abraham Maslow As far back as I can remember, I feared, no was terrified of making mistakes.  My earliest memory is of breaking a light bulb … Read More

Letter to Matt Galloway – CBC Radio

Kim TanzerUncategorized

Dear Matt, Thank you for bringing to the public the critical issue of mental health on campuses. I was at the recent Town Hall meeting at The Rotman School of Business, featuring panelists addressing the crisis in mental health issues on campuses. Today, I am a psychotherapist (MSW RSW), yoga and mindfulness meditation teacher.  Years ago as an undergraduate I … Read More

one thing

Kim TanzerUncategorized

Many years back, stuck in traffic heading over the Golden Gate Bridge, we were all being funnelled into one lane and I let a car go in front of me.  The traffic was horrendous, the heat was oppressive and I was in a foul mood.    The bumper sticker read:  Having a great life wish I was there. That was … Read More

Arlo, Girl in Purple, Now

Kim TanzerUncategorized

I am hummingbird. Flitting and floating and hovering about, which, if I took a moment to think about, is probably why I became a yoga teacher, mindfulness group facilitator and psychotherapist. Focus, focus, focus are needed. Sometimes I spin in a perpetual pool of existentialist angst, with questions like, “Why am I on this planet?” “What is my purpose?” looming … Read More