Empowering you
to make
meaningful choices
for wellness.

What is Intentional Living?

– an approach to living presently that enables value-based decision-making for enhancing wellness

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OUR APPROACH

MINDFULNESS

Learning and embodying mindfulness is an essential practice for intentional living, and a cornerstone of our approach. First-hand experience is the best way to learn mindfulness. Our teachings and programs stem directly from the foundational practice of Mindfulness Meditation and focus on its’ practical application to everyday life.

What is mindfulness?

Being mindful is being aware of your present moment experience in a nonjudgmental manner. By observing both your internal and external experiences ‘in the moment’ you are stepping back and watching thoughts, feelings and sensations as they arise, without an expectation or mandate to change them. Mindfulness can be thought of as a way of experiencing the world not something that you ‘do’.

SCIENCE

We embrace and implement a science-based approach to wellness. Our programs incorporate a diversity of field research and practices - from neuroscience and psychology to evidence-based techniques in mindfulness and compassion - to offer you an integrative method for making the most effective wellness-informed decisions.

Science-based approach:

Empirical evidence shows that mindfulness-based interventions change brain structure and function, facilitate positive change and promote fuller engagement with life. With experience, mindfulness and compassion practice are shown to improve focus, working memory and reduce stress and negative affect (low mood states) [1]. Positive psychology and life coaching complement our approach by emphasizing skill development in value-identification [2].

COMPASSION

Living with compassion generates affirming thoughts & promotes a positive state of mind. We enhance the qualities of compassion - presence, connectedness & kindness - as foundations for intentional living. They're integrated into all our offerings to encourage the development of meaningful relationships with self & others.

What is compassion?

Compassion is an emotional response combined with an authentic desire to help when one perceives the suffering of another. Being compassionate is being present, connected and loving toward yourself and others and is fostered by honouring and accepting everyone’s humanness, without criticism or judgment.

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“We had the pleasure of working with Melinda at our rare disease Patient Empowerment Program. Living with Fabry disease, there are a lot of things you can’t control, but the Patient Empowerment Program focuses on what you can control. Melinda guided us through exercises that we can use when we are in a place of fear. She peacefully walked us through a self-compassion practice and meditation strategies to help us find a calm place within ourselves. Melinda’s practice had an overwhelmingly welcomed response and was invaluable to our patient group.”

Julia Alton, Executive Director, Canadian Fabry Association

“The mindfulness workshop really helped me refocus and prioritize what is most important to me, including myself. It also provided me with alternatives on how to deal with stressful situations and to reflect on my experiences on an ongoing basis. Thank you Stillspace!”

Angela W., Director of Consulting / CGI

“Melinda was an excellent facilitator. She was comforting, quiet, and gentle mannered. She created a safe and inclusive environment for our group and appeared extremely  knowledgeable and understanding of personal and work related stressors. This was a highly valuable session which encouraged me to start applying mindfulness and stress reduction exercises into my daily routine”

Ann M., Registered Nurse / Toronto

“The five-week introductory course helped me find a way to slow-down during a busy time in my life and gave me the tools – such as centering on my breath – to approach my days with a sense of well-being and positivity.”

Lauren B., Healthcare Manager / Toronto

“The workshop was organized in a very calm and mindful way. It was a beneficial experience slowing down from the fast pace of life. The guidance through the practice helped me bring myself back to the present moment and helped to focus on the task at hand, and be there 100 percent”.

Samaneh S., Senior Audit Manager / TD Bank Group

“Stillspace is such an accessible yet profound way to calm your mind and find practical ways to deal with the day-to-day chaos of life. We’ve absolutely loved our workshops with Melinda which are very engaging and unlike any meditation or mindfulness workshop that we’ve done before. If you’re an individual, team, or corporation – you will benefit from Melinda’s charm, intellect, and bright approach to creating stillness in your everyday life”

Sandra Chabot-Weber, President / Whole Life Balance

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