Can What We Wear Help Us Heal? (Interview + Giveaway)

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Yarnlight Collective Interview

This kind of blew my mind.

Having spent four long (long!) years in fashion school and now over seven years living, learning and working in the natural health field, it never once occurred to me how spectacularly these two things could come together until I learned about Yarnlight Collective.

Get this: A luxury sweater that has been woven with super smooth cashmere and a carbon filament infused with healing energy. I can hear you now –what?!

We know that all things in life have an energy. Someone walks into a room and you can feel their energy (good or bad). Nature typically has a  healing, soothing, calming energy, while a traffic jam has quite the opposite. What amazed me about this discovery was the power of how we can use traditional practices of health and healing with the power of modern technology to create something truly remarkable.

Enter Yarnlight Collective, headed by Adam Jones, who went from designer for couture brand Dior to creating this work of wearable healing brilliance. The path Adam took to get here is just as remarkable

What Adam was able to do was take the teachings of quantum physics, the experience energy healing, the work of a Stanford professor, and the finest Italian craftsmanship- to create a garment that can actually make us feel better, and at the same time protect us from the environment that surrounds us.

Here’s how it works, according to the Yarnlight Collective website:

  • “The carbon used for the Yarnlight Collective is extremely fine; spun with cashmere and bamboo it forms the energy imprinted heart of the Yarnlight Collective knits. Carbon in a knitted form can produce a natural protective shield for the human body. Working like a faraday cage, the carbon filament has been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the absorption of harmful electromagnetic waves.
  • The natural antibacterial properties of bamboo have been identified throughout the ages. Indeed, bamboo is recognized as an essential element of traditional Chinese medicine. Bamboo is often used for healing and massage as it is believed to reduce stress and tension. Bamboo is often used for healing and massage as it is believed to reduce stress and tension. The bamboo selected by the Yarnlight Collective for use in our exclusive yarn is cultivated without the use of pesticides, the fiber is pollution free.
  • The Yarnlight Collective cashmere is of the finest, softest quality from Mongolia, It is produced in full respect of ethical and sustainable guidelines.”

I received a Yarnlight Collective Pashmina and — no word of a lie — it sits on my chair at work and every morning when I sit down with my tea, I wrap myself in it and get to work. I truly feel better when wrapped in its warmth. And I have one for you too! (Giveaway time! Details below.)

I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to ask Adam all about the technology he invented and how these wearable pieces work to bring calm and balance to the wearer.

In my interview with him we cover:

  • How energy can be imprinted on tangible things
  • How fashion can be healing
  • Whether clothing  can carry the energy of those who make it
  • What quantum physics is and how it applies to our health
  • An astonishing double blind study on the energy in these sweaters

Giveaway: A present for you! (Contest is now closed)

My new friend Adam and the Yarnlight Collective group have graciously offered to share their greatness with you.

We have one beautiful red pashmina to give away.

It functions as a wrap, a scarf or can even be a blanket to read or nap under. Red is the colour for strength, passion, rejuvenation and enthusiasm.

The pashminas retail for around 250 Euros or $350 CAD.

Congratulations to Rebecca from Barrie on winning this beautiful prize!

If you are interested in purchasing one of the Yarnlight Sweaters, you can do so here. 

125 Responses to “Can What We Wear Help Us Heal? (Interview + Giveaway)”

  1. Erin

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    I relax by ending my work week with a yoga class. It’s a great way to always end my week positively and start my weekend feeling refreshed.

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  2. Josée Mathieu

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    To bring calm and recenter myself, I perform Reiki on myself or friends and family. It does wonders!!

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  3. Katie

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    I am a mother to 3 young ladies (or wild animals, most days), ages 1,4, and 6. Finding “calm” can be very hard, especially when you have an issue with chronic migraines and pain (I have actually read your book, and tried changing my diet to help with this and have gotten some good results). To reach a place of peace in my crazy life, I like to roll out the yoga mat and turn on some low tunes. This keeps me centered and brings a sense of “calm” back to my world. I’m pretty sure curling up in this sweet pashmina would have some stellar warmth, mind body and soul. Thanks Meghan for all you do :)

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  4. Christa

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    In all simplicity, I spend time with my husband and family. Whether it’s taking the time to make a visit, or making a phonecall. It grounds me. And I pray. I pray for stillness and peace in whatever I happen to be facing. Most of the time I don’t have control over the situations, so that allows me to give that worry up and let go. And deeeeep breaths…

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  5. Kika

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    Very interesting. Diet, exercise, sleep all play a calming role in my life as does setting aside time most days to do something for myself- like reading or going to study in a café. But the most significant thing I’m working on these days to bring more calm and peace to my life is learning to ‘shake off’ things that bind and hold me back: fear, comparisons, ties to the past, etc. Essentially it is about living more fully and joyfully in the present with less forward or backward looking.

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  6. vivianngai

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    Ooh, sounds really cool!
    One of the biggest things for me is journalling – in moments where my mind seems to run a mile a minute and thoughts are jumbled and in all directions, journalling helps me to slow them down, bring order and gain perspective on everything. Meditation also helps!

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  7. Erin

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    Practicing gratitude! Eating healthy and exercising are important, but gratitude changed my life. Through meditation, and random moments all day long, I stop and tell myself how lucky I am. <3

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  8. Ashley

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    I bring calm into my life by taking time to practice yoga, enjoy quiet time at night with candles and tea or just taking lovely walks

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  9. Nerissa

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    I try to eat well and exercise and, ironically, I knit – would love to win! So up my alley

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  10. Sarah b

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    Cooking, reading, walking in nature, breathing, hula hooping. All of these things can be calming AND invigorating for me. I guess the biggest is breathing – when I can’t do the other things, say if I’m at work and feel stressed or anxious, becoming conscious of my breath and focusing on feeling grounded is the best remedy.

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  11. Judy

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    For me, times of quiet meditative prayer and being out in nature are very calming………..even if it is just sitting in the sunshine for 10 minutes with my eyes closed, or going out and weeding the garden for awhile. Routines of walking and yoga are also very calming for me. I love hot baths, lighting candles, making tea and pouring it out of a teapot into my cup, wrapping up in a blanket and sipping on it………. an evening routine can really ground me and bring me down to a good place. I agree with the comment on breath. I use that all the time when I am stressed……to focus on my breathing. I will often think of my breath as the ocean waves and that really relaxes me. Closing my eyes feels like I’m shutting out the world, if even for a few brief minutes. I’m also finding that the simple repetitive tasks in life, such as scrubbing the floor, or making stock, or washing a bathroom can be very meditative and relaxing if they are not rushed.

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  12. Patrycja

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    Meghan, what a beautiful gift to share, and what a lovely way to inspire us all to stillness by the simple process of thinking and writing about how we manifest calm in our lives. With three young kids, there is an abundance of opportunities for chaos (the kind that brings about those same feelings as a traffic jam); yet there is an equal abundance of opportunities for calm by simply tuning in (as many of us do on a forest walk, through meditation, breath, music). For me, and our family constitution, there is thing we avoid and one we never compromise, in order to keep calm in my life (and hopefully my kids). We do our best not to over schedule and instead create opportunities for ‘free’ unstructured time/play as much as possible. And we always share two meals together… breakfast and dinner; setting aside external distractions for the time we are at the table and savouring this time together (even of it involves reminders about proper table manners). These two things ensure we stay connected, and bring calm to an otherwise busy household… and to my heart and mind as we build a family ritual that feeds mind, body and soul. No matter what else is going on around, these are sacred times that bring stillness and calm… often in laughter and conversation.

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  13. lynnelamoureux

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    Warm drink, wrapped in a scarf (pashmina!) or blanket, acoustic music and deep breathing…while watching my kids grow. Walking in the woods on a fall day with the leaves raining down around me – had a day like this today and I’ve not been this calm feeling all week. Stretching…definitely stretching. Wishing a calm long weekend Monday to all!

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  14. lynnwiseman

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    I allow 15 minutes a day for me time. While at the cottage I connect with nature with a walk in the woods and at home in my beautiful backyard. I spend this time by myself gathering my thoughts. Stretching is a must for me as I had back surgery in 2005. A stretch makes me feel wonderful & alive. I am thankful for my health, my family, my friends, and my pets on this beautiful day!

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  15. Andrea Raymond

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    To calm myself I make herbal tea and sip it while breathing deeply on my sofa, with NO media stimulation. Or I spend time with friends, practice yoga, try to make my students laugh, or walk in High Park. Wishing you & your team a great Thanksgiving, Meghan. Your inspiration is powerful force in all our lives!

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  16. Marianne

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    I like to curl up in my favorite round chair with a soft blanket and my cats.

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  17. Lauren

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    To Bring more calm into my life, I play with my daughter who reminds me how special and sparkly the little things in life are. she makes me forget everything ! I tweeted and fb!

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  18. Lura

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    For me the challenge of bringing calm into my life begins with my yoga practice. I’ve been trying (for the past year) to begin each day with 15 minutes on the mat. It helps to quiet my mind and center my self for the day ahead. In all the craziness of my every day, I look forward to taking those 15 minutes just for me. The other thing that helps me is reading – I love learning! I always have a book on hand and when life gets to be a little too “much”, slipping away to a different world helps, even if it is just for a few pages. Oh, and no caffeine! I’m completely caffeine for for two years. No need for the jitters here. Life is crazy and stimulating enough!

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  19. Elizabeth

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    I turn on a vanilla scented candle & cuddle up with my favorite book.

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  20. Makenna Donaldson

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    I make sure I pray everyday, and try to center the majority (and beginning) of my prayer on the things I’m grateful for. Every single day. I also never wear anything that I’m not comfortable in!! If I’m not comfortable, I’m not calm. That’s something new, but it has become a new rule in my life.

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  21. Amber Saville

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    Taking a day off to spend in bed like I did today makes me calm. Cuddling with my man does too! Laughing with friends, walking instead of taking the bus on a nice day. Looking at pictures of my nieces. Anything that makes me smile!

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  22. Elizabeth

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    I meditate, practice yoga, have recently started a Qigong practice for women called Radiant Lotus, spend time outdoors with my dog, focus on all of the positive things in my life and drink lots of water!

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  23. Sierra

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    When I need some calm in my life I like to hike up to the hills behind my house. Overlooking the sun setting over the entire SF Bay Area, Mt Tamalpais, and the lights of the Golden Gate Bridge is beautifully calming and gives perspective to work day worries. I love the idea of an article of clothing infused with health – thank you for bringing awareness to this concept!

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  24. nannahenning

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    It’s the same for me. Spending time with my little baby boy just lets me forget any worries and stress and shows me every time what’s really important in life.

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  25. cpowers

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    To bring more calm into my life, I do my best to be as mindful as possible of the struggles of my students (I am a high school teacher). When I remember how challenging and fragile the teenage years can be, I start each day with a smile so they know that they are in a positive space. If I was lucky enough to win this lovely pashmina, I can imagine the warmth and optimism it would bring to my classroom.

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  26. Eli

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    I love to sip chamomile tea while reading. I also find Great Adaptor capsules to be very helpful.Would love to see if this pashmina works!

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  27. Kim

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    I do several things to find calm in my life but the one true thing that works for me is cooking or as I like to say I creating. Being in my kitchen creating food is my happy place

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  28. hillary

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    Great interview!! And what an inspiring fashion/textiles biz.

    To help bring some calm into my life, I just try to tap into some grounded/mindful practices every day that turn off autopilot and help slow me down a little. Like noticing the way the sun shines on different buildings as I go to work instead of keeping my eyes turned down, wrapping my hands around my mug of tea and breathing the scent in instead of drinking it down quickly, journaling with some chocolate (and maybe a little wine!) if I’m feeling overwhelemed instead of turning on the tv. That kind of thing! It can just help me to side-step supe-stress or over-drive.

    And I would so, so love to have a pashmina :-)

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  29. Cynthia Smith

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    I enjoy deep breathing and warm baths.

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  30. Anne

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    To bring calm into my life… I drink a cup of tea after my yoga practice. I also like to go to a pottery painting studio, where I listen to music and paint.

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  31. Erin

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    I consciously try to remain calm all the time. I talk in a calm voice, and if I start to feel my buttons being pushed, I remind myself that this is not an emergency and it helps to calm me back down.

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  32. Samantha Eberhardt

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    I’m still trying to figure out what works best to calm me! So far–yoga, warm baths, reading….

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  33. Nathalie

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    The thought that everyone is connected and you can transfer feelings and energy from yourself to an item and from an item to others is really interesting. What do I do to calm myself from my hectic life and worries for my children and family. ? Good question. This is all new to me and I’m still trying to figure that out how. I guess it’s not only about conscious eating but about conscious calming too. Time alone in the shower is valuable to me :) even if it is only 15 minutes.

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  34. marriedtoeric

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    Conscious eating and spending time outdoors! I’m very lucky that my office looks out over a forest and lake view–so I can just zone out if needed (don’t tell the boss!) to create a little zen in my world.

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  35. Donna Horton

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    I practice yoga, love to garden, being out in nature whether it is hiking, biking, running, roller blading, boating, at the park with my son. I love to spend time with my family and those I love. I journal or think about all the things I am grateful for in my life. Thank you for this opportunity to win

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  36. jessicaduma

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    Yoga and meditation help keep me calm, or, on the fly, a few deep breaths while I try to tune everything else out and tune into myself. It’s a constant practice and I’m always working on it!

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  37. Julie

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    There are only a few things that can make calm. Qi Gong, the presence of my best friend, holding my newborn niece and bodywork. I’m a very anxious person, it takes quite a bit of effort to get calm.

    This concept for clothes sounds really cool. I’m definitely checking out their site.

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  38. Melissa

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    I love to cook and the time spent cooking is healing and calming, especially if I can get my kids to join in. A quiet walk in nature also does the trick!

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  39. Julianna Ouimet

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    This was so inspiring to me as a current fashion merchandising student with a new passion for all things healthy, natural and calming. Which I rarely (pretty much never) see in the industry until now! I often practice yoga, stretch drink lots of herbal tea to calm myself. I also listen to calming music while I walk through NYC. It helps me from becoming overwhelmed in one of the busiest cities in the world.

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  40. JacquieT

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    I practice yoga and deep breathing and try to be in nature as often as possible whether that be on a hike, at a park down the street or working in my balcony garden. I try to take a few moments every day to decompress and allow myself the time to just breathe and do nothing. It’s helped my health and my mind immensely. Love this interview, energy healing is something I’m just starting to get into and this is a really interesting product! Thank you for bringing this interview and product awareness to your website as it’s typically my hub for super cool things to research and look into! :)

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  41. Rita Jensen

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    I sit in the warm sn on Fall days with a magazine or book. I do crafts for relaxatio and take walkh when I can. Wow thisproduct sounds awesome.

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  42. elizkh

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    I do yoga, meditate and I listen to classical music. Whenever possible, I bring focus and centering using my breathing. I have been trying to also bring in more walking and outdoor activity. What a fantastic product. How exciting! Thank you for offering the giveaway!

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  43. From Flab to Fit

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    I run as a form of meditation. There is something about the rhythm of your breath and feet hitting the pavement that is extremely calming. Not to mention, it’s also time for me to be alone and let my mind wonder where ever it needs to. At the end of my run I always feel calm, relaxed and proud, because not only have I done something that I love and makes me feel good, but I also took more steps towards a healthy lifestyle.
    Thanks for the giveaway! This is an really intriguing product!

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  44. Emily

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    I do yoga. Sometimes I forget the need to be calm, but yoga always helps.

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  45. connfamily

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    To bring more calm into my life I like to do yoga, daily gratitude list, no TV in the morning when I’m getting ready, relaxing music in the shower. I try to make my mornings all about me and use that as my calming time of the day.

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  46. melissa k

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    Walking calms me, generally. But sometimes more is is needed! I purchased a body roller to self-massage, drop into my body, focus my mind and release anxiety when I am unable to do anything else. It’s readily available at home. At the office, I take breath breaks in the bathroom and roll an acupressure ball under my feet. Anything to bring my focus out of my mind and to the present moment, in my body, is the key.

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  47. Moreen Murray

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    I meditate when I can, remember to take deep breaths, get lost in a good book and most of all try to remain present – appreciate all the precious little moments around me – drinking in fresh flowers, enjoying the sunshine, listening to birds, seeing smiles and hearing laughter and especially calming is watching my cats – they certainly do live in the moment!

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  48. Emily

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    I bring some calm by simply grounding my feet on the floor (or whatever surface I find myself near), taking deep breaths, and sending energy into the earth. If I have the time, I’ll perform some ReiKi. I also tend to wear calming stones such as Rose Quartz and white Howlite.
    May all creatures live in peace.

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  49. Gabriela

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    Breath! Meditate, pray, love… Find time for myself; this is how I bring calm into my life. Enjoy other’s company, give back to my community, appreciate the little things and give thanks :)

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  50. Lindsey

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    I take a warm bath and write down the things I’m grateful for while in the tub :) this sweater sounds amazing!! I’m newly pregnant so the idea of wearing something that can help stop the absorption of electromagnetic waves is very appealing!!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these cozy magic sweaters!
    Lindsey

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  51. Melanie

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    What a lovely idea, infusing energy with clothing! I love that you take the time each morning to enjoy your tea and the sweater.

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  52. Lesley

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    I try not to overschedule myself so that I am madly rushing around. A cup of coffee and the comic section do wonders too! Oh, I’ve been walking my daughter to school and that is great start to my day.

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  53. Sara Police

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    I practice yoga on my deck several mornings a week, take deep breaths when confronted with stress and play with my children to bring calm to my day. Listening to peaceful music also helps.

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  54. Christine

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    My favourite way to calm myself is to spend time in my kitchen – working with my hands, creating something nourishing that I can share with my loved ones helps me to centre and escape the stresses of the day. I find being by myself really helps me reset, and an important form of balance as at work, I am in a role that requires me to be highly involved in other’s difficult situations. I also do yoga and try to fit in fun hobbies and time with friends, all of which also serve to make me feel calm and grounded.

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  55. Rita

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    I have recently found an easy way to bring calm into my life which can be done anytimeand and any place. It is Qigong Pangu. I find that this excercis to be calming anytime I find myself in a stressfull situation or just to wind down after a hectic day. There are many different types of Qigong but I find Pangu to work well for me. I was taught by a practitioner in Florida however there are online programs, books etc for anyone to learn. It’s easy and effictive. How nice it would be to be wrapped in a soothing pashmina to magnify the effect!

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  56. Laurie

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    Calm? I am not familiar with that word. What language is it? Seriously, my monkey-mind can take the most calming practices and turn them into stressful situations. I won’t go into specifics here. If I win this pashmina I may just wear it as a turban and see that helps to calm my oh-so overactive brain.

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  57. Drew

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    Sorry:) I have a 14 mth old son, 2 crazy dogs and a high stress job. The most relaxing part of my day is drinking a tazo calm tea and watching reality tv. I do need some tips and some relaxing beautiful comfy wear :)

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  58. Kim

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    My 13 years old son has recently been diagnosed with anxiety. He and I together are learning calming techniques like deep breathing and meditation.

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  59. Julia

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    Very interesting post! To find calm legs up the wall (yoga pose) is a mainstay in my life or when I can, taking a mental health day where I focus on being centred and finding joy.

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  60. Jesse @OutToLunchC

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    I try to meditate every day to bring calm into my life. I LOVE the spring, summer and fall when I can meditate in nature.

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  61. Stephanie Cann

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    I take deep breaths, go on walks, and remember that I can change they way I feel.

    As someone who knows a light healer this would make an excellent gift for them.

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  62. Julianna Ouimet

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    Absolutely loved this interview! As a current Fashion Merchandising student in NYC as well as someone who is passionate about health and wellness this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I love to listen to my favorite music while riding the subways to keep me calm. Crowded subways can make me feel anxious, so distracting myself with a great song really helps!

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  63. Andrea

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    Play with my pup, take a walk with her or alone. Walk away from the stressor and breathe.
    I’ll check out Yarnlight Collective for sure!

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  64. Nicole Legault

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    I suffer from chronic migraines, they are so debilitating that I am on disability since May 2012. I try to meditate each day, eat health, practice gratitude and stay positive. I love your book Meghan it has really helped me.

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  65. Jenn

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    Spending at least a few minutes each day in my garden, no matter what the weather, keeps me calm and happy as I sniff my herbs, check the progress of my veggies, and enjoy the beauty of the natural world. I also started sleeping with an organite rock next to my bed and I’m finding that I sleep so well with it near me helping dispel bad energy and sending out positive energy. I awaken refreshed and spend 15 minutes after I bathe curled up with my dog, brushing her and talking to her. It’s a ritual we established when she was a hyper puppy with white fur that shed everywhere; this time together helps her feel and act calmer and keeps her shedding to a maneagable level, and it relaxes and centers me for the day ahead. If I sleep in on the weekend she wakes me up and goes over to the table where her brush is to remind me to get her cuddle time started.

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  66. Stacey

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    I squeeze in 2 walks a day with my golden retriever puppy — it’s good for him and great for me. Now, I dream of sitting in home office wrapped in the red yarnlight pashmina. Cheers to you Meghan. So glad to have found you via Mind Body Green

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  67. Helen

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    I love the feeling of calm after exercise. Sometimes, when I’m all wound up, I do a crazy-dance! It gets the wiggles out and I focus on myself, body and mind, in the five minutes it take to catch my breath afterwards.
    I love reading everyone’s calming comments: time to try some of them!

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  68. Elizabeth

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    Pilates… also I find getting lots of exercise and eating really well and being organized all help to create calm in my world. The very best part cuddling for long periods of time with my adorable chihuahua Lola.

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  69. Lorilee

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    I practice deep breathing every evening before I go to sleep, focusing on each part of my body relaxing. I also write down the things that are troubling me so that I can temporarily put these worries aside.

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  70. PicklesnHoney

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    I just recently started listening to music when I take a shower, and then setting aside ten minutes before I get dressed to sit in quiet, take some deep breaths, and do some light stretches. It’s becoming a ritual I look forward to every day!

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  71. Ashleigh Grange

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    It sounds ironic but I jump on my trampoline (outside) or when the weather is cool, my rebounder inside. There is nothing that makes me feel as grounded or as centered as jumping like a kid on a trampoline and then catching my breath and relaxing with a hot mug of tea or a glass of lemon water when the weather is warmer. Instant calm for me.

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  72. Zada

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    I breathe deeply and spend time learning from my wonderful 5 year old daughter, she IS my light! Thank you so much for this giveaway Meghan!!:)

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  73. Richard

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    When I to calm down what I do is I go to walk in a place surrounding by trees. I find a place to sit to meditate or to read a good book.

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  74. gisselle

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    To bring more calm to my life I try to stay in touch with nature… enjoy the wind, listen to the trees and stare at the Ocean. I try to go to the beach as often as I can, or at least drive by it and inhale (I’m lucky enough to live on an island!) I also try to meditate as often as I can and to listen to soft music while I drive or work. In general, I just try to listen to my body’s needs and respect them! :)

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  75. Sherry

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    Yoga and tending my vegetable garden are both soothing activities. Love your blog – tons of great info

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  76. Nanda

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    I like to spend some time alone. I do yoga and walk my dog.

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  77. parisianwannabe

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    I take a few moments each day to reflect on gratitude and note a few of the things I’m most grateful for that particular day

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  78. Andrea Monro

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    Long walks, singing and taking time to nap with my sweet little boys. Soul food!!

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  79. lisa thacker (@ThackersCrackrs)

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    I pick a word or two that reflects what I need right now (like “calm”, “lightness”, “ease”), and I take one full inhale and exhale focusing on that word. Then I spend a moment letting the wholeness of that word wash over me. Sometimes, when I need extra support, I reach for my partner’s hand and we do this practice together. Works every time :)

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  80. Eileen Coste

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    A relax in a hot tub with soft lighting and is soooo devine!!

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  81. ellen marie

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    In order to bring more calm into my life I practice the coherent breathing techniques I learned in a yoga class while I am on public transit in rush hour. I even have an .mp3 on my iPod to help guide me! I also avoid doing things out of obligation to make more time for relaxation.

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  82. Patricia Perry

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    Yoga and tai chi class are a great way to end the day and calm my mind.

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  83. Rana Short

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    I remind myself to breathe and to not sweat the small stuff. With five kids I need to step back more often and look at the bigger picture and ask myself “is it worth it?”.

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  84. Molly

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    I sit, stand, smell, dig, water, weed and work in my garden as often as possible. Seeing new shoots of vegetable and flower life emerging reminds me of the endless potential that surrounds us.

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  85. Sarah

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    To bring calm to my surroundings, I declutter. Working towards a minimalist lifestyle, creating more breathing space, and donating to charity shops gives me peace inside and out.

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  86. Amy

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    I get out of my office and take a 3-mile walk every day at lunch to relax,

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  87. Missy

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    What do I do for more calm? After a bad accident I am left with lots of time to sit and stress about the after effects. Sometimes I just stop and sit and don’t stress, maybe with a zine (yes, actual paper) or surfing (online only now) or cozying up to some caff (or de, depending). One of these interesting pieces would help I’m sure :)

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  88. Jennifer

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    While I do many of the things posted by the rest of the community, I do have a ritual before I leave for work at 630 in the morning. I usually wake at 530 to excercise, get ready and be out the door with my hot lemon water in hand to embark on my daily 45 min commute. Before I step into my car, I take a moment to look up into the sky and take a couple of deep breaths. If I’m lucky, I’ll see some stars and sometimes the moon. The neighbourhood is beautifully still and quiet at this moment. This time for myself, although short, grounds me for the rest of the day.

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  89. theartstea

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    I take ten minutes to appreciate the light throughout the day. Fall is especially gorgeous, it brings me a lot of peace and happiness to see how the sun light or even the cloudy days transform the urban or rural landscape that is around me.

    I perform reiki on myself and meditate when I am able to sit down and commit to it. This lovely pashmina would be a great accompaniment to morning chanting meditation, or just cozying up with a great novel. I can only imagine that hugging someone with this lovely wrap on would spread even more love!

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  90. Sanam

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    I relax with a warm cup of fresh ginger tea, lavender oil and a yoga class! I unfortunately am in a position where I work a minimum of 60-70 hours a week. As I am in the process of evaluating my life – and putting priorities in order – my hot ginger tea, lavender oil and yoga classes – are my only sanctuaries and moments where I get to do something for me….which is pretty nice :-)

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  91. Kiersten

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    I do yoga (although I wish I could do more) and practice deep breathing to stay calm.

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  92. Boiling

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    I meditate and journal

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  93. Erica

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    Hey Meghan, thank you for suggesting this kind of reflection…just thinking about the things that make me feel calm have brought me joy as I work away this morning. My partner and I have a busy little life with our two small children…and there are two things that inevitably make us all feel calm: #1: we build forts! sofa cushions, blankies, it’s all fair game…the giggles and the sense of wonder bring everything into perspective. #2: we jump on our bikes and cruise through the city in search of the “greatest” [popcycle or ribbons...whatever strikes our fancy]. There’s nothing quite like ‘la liberte a velo’ to make us all feel grateful for life itself.

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  94. Anathalie

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    I drink tea with my three daughters (9, 7, 4). I love sitting and listening, and they love gabbing, retelling and laughing :))

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  95. Jen

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    Ohhhh This pashmina sounds magical!! A soft and cozy pashmina would help me get more relaxed ;p To relax, I head out to my garden, harvest fresh herbs (mint, lemonbalm, sage,…), make a cup of tea and head back out to the garden for some quiet time. … I have shared this post on Facebook too :0) Great interview!

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  96. Carla

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    To relax – yoga or a walk through the forest does it for me. Nothing like the cleansing breath of yoga or being at one with nature, especially at this time of year!

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  97. bev

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    This giveaway sounds unbelievable! Thank you so much! I am a teacher and mother. The best way that I’ve found to bring calm to my day, the days of my students, and the days of my kids, is to read! I can’t think of anything more pleasurable and calming than reading with kids you love, except perhaps being wrapped in a red pashmina reading ;-)

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  98. Abby

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    I unwind by flying! My campus has a circus club, and nothing makes me feel more positive and energized than getting up on the aerial silks or lyra.

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  99. Alice Savage

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    I am a mother of two young girls 3yrs and 5yrs, and have a always hungry husband… so for relaxation right now I am finding it out in the woods foraging for local mushrooms with my kids. I also practice Bikram yoga from time to time which really helps me keep calm and carry on!

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  100. Raeanne

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    I find calm by being outside. Just simply sitting on my deck and breathing some fresh air, accompanied by a refreshing or warming drink and perhaps the company of a cute kitty is just what I need!

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  101. Melissa M

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    I find a cup of peppermint tea very calming for a quick fix, but doing hatha yoga seems to make the biggest difference! I learned about moon salutations this week and they were the greatest!

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  102. sarahhebbelstone

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    I do yoga, take long walks with my dog, and try to remember the power of just breathing!

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  103. Erin Bellis

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    To keep calm in my life, I practice yoga, surround myself with positive, happy people. I also take my new puppy for daily walks while enjoying the fresh air.

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  104. Christi T

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    I live in the north were sunshine is scarce, and winter comes early. Every “warm” day I take a moment to sit outside wrapped in my fuzzeiest cozziest blanket with my roobois tea and book and soak up whatever light is left that day. My summer calm comes from the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies at my disposal and daily visits to the ocean!

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  105. Stephanie

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    I put the computer down. Sometimes I don’t realize just how draining it can be to be staring at that screen for so long! Along with good food, exercise, and good sleep, a good cup of tea also goes a long way.

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  106. Marina Djuric Mandic

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    I try to nurture Prana or precious “life force” trough nutrition, breathing, and loving relationships with myself, my family, friends, and nature.

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  107. Chelsea Winters

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    When I pet my puppy, my heartrate goes down!

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  108. Jackie D-K

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    Colder months, I take a few minutes to sit in front of the fire alone with my thoughts. Warmer months, I enjoy a little stroll in the grass again alone with my thoughts.

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  109. Rebecca Ryan

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    I make a conscious effort to do one nice thing for my body everyday and acknowledge it as such. I then allow myself to feel happy, content and thankful that I have the opportunity and ability to be kind to myself. Even if my “one nice thing” is taking 2 minutes to drink some organic apple cider vinegar and appreciate the light of the sunrise before I run out the door in the morning.

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  110. Justine

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    I practice careful breathing…
    like when I come in to work and get frustrated within the first 15 minutes and debate whether or not to let it ruin my whole day?
    I caaaarefully breath it out and away.
    I have more important things to care about. =]

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  111. Isabelle

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    Discovering yoga has worked miracles for me, as did giving up my coffee habit, and spending more time in nature. Thank you for this divine gift. ♥♥

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  112. Sarah Ann

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    I love love letting the words of others to remind myself of the small things that matter. “Do you pay regular visits to yourself?” -Rumi. A simple quote that always reminds me to slow down and think about things. It’s all so relative to what i crave for peace of mind at that moment; a morning stretch or solo dance party, hot yoga, taking the time to cook a sweet nourishing breakfast, getting a dose of fresh air and some sun, sharing some simple time with someone special which is so overlooked, and a warm cup of ginger ginseng tea is my favourite to ground me this time of year. It all comes with taking a step back and remembering the simple things in life.

    p.s. Thanks for this, it’s awesome for you to be giving away something, and if not for the beautiful healing sweater, for the simple act of giving away words of wisdom to us as your readers!

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  113. Ellen

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    I find calm by going for acupuncture treatments. I get to meditate for an hour while also improving my health!

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  114. lizmaloney12

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    Very cool! Being close to nature really helps bring calm into my life. I always find going up to the cottage or even just going to a park for a walk can make all of the difference.

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  115. Beth

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    Cooking=calming, especially at this time of year. When it’s cold and snowy outside, cooking calms me.

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  116. Fran

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    When I need calming, I reach for something to occupy my hands, and my mind. Calligraphy, zentangling, or knitting come to mind immediately.

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  117. Lina

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    I love to just sit with a cup of tea. Whether by myself, reading or looking out the window, or sitting chatting with a friend, this always brings me calm.

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  118. Stephanie

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    While I work really hard to be bring calm into my life, there are times when the stress bubbles. Having tried many different things, what works the most is really reflecting on the things that are causing me stress and finding the good in them. An example, I was stressed about moving, but I was being blessed with a beautiful new apartment in a wonderful neighborhood. Perspective is my key to calm.

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  119. vickimichelle79

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    I love spending time wrapped up in a cozy blanket with a cup of tea, a good playlist of calming hang drum music and a full stack of recipe books, of all kinds, but I’m always drawn ones that have superb photography. I love being inspired by the people who are fuelled by their passion for good, inventive food. I can spend hours looking at them but my tea usually gets cold before I’m ready to stop looking!

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  120. Andrea

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    Yoga, meditation, journalling and walking bring me calm in my life. I also love singing while cooking or cleaning my home to be incredibly rewarding. I get things marked off the to-do list (which greatly helps to reduce stress) and I also get some wonderful nostalgic moments in re-visiting the 80′s and 90′s.

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  121. Josi

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    To bring calm into my life- I practice yoga, and meditate- not as often as I would like though. Some days the calm I get is a few minutes with a tea relaxing on the couch during the kids’ nap times. Life is so busy. This is something I need to make a conscious effort to do.

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  122. Regi Giniotis

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    I relax by watching the cats that come around my home for treats. They are so calm and independent and always enjoy a loving touch that envelopes me and reminds me to live in the present moment. To be here and now is all we really know….

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  123. Caitlin Iles

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    I try to become more calm by bringing my yoga practice off the mat and into my daily life. Reminding myself to breathe, focus on the present, and practice loving acceptance helps me to face even the most stressful days with a much calmer demeanour than I have in the past. I also spend time playing with my kittens and reading books that make me smile, think, grow, and learn. Reading meghantelpner.com also helps ;)

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  124. Melissa Goodwin

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    Herbal tea and a good book! This would be a great addition to my routine!

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  125. Ellen

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    I take long baths with epsom salt and essential oils almost every night. It helps so much!

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