Kindful Living: Heart-Centred Therapy & Kindfulness Coaching

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Choosing love over fear means shedding inhibitions and gaining new confidence.⁣⁣What are you no longer afraid of, that o...
10/31/2021

Choosing love over fear means shedding inhibitions and gaining new confidence.⁣

What are you no longer afraid of, that once had you spooked??? ⁣

#LoveOverFear⁣
#LoveOverEverything⁣
#MindfulMama ⁣
#MindfulMoments ⁣
#KindfulLiving ⁣
#Kindfulness ⁣
#SelfLoveJourney⁣
#SelfLoveMovement⁣
#SelfDevelopmentJourney⁣
#SelfDevelopmentGoals⁣
#HeartCenteredLiving #HeartCentredEntrepreneur ⁣
#MindfulMom ⁣
#MindfulLife ⁣
#GrowThroughWhatYouGoThrough ⁣
#ParisOntario⁣
#Brantford⁣
#TraumaTherapist ⁣
#HealingTrauma ⁣
#TraumaHealing ⁣
#TraumaHurtsButYouCanHeal ⁣

Choosing love over fear means shedding inhibitions and gaining new confidence.⁣

What are you no longer afraid of, that once had you spooked??? ⁣

#LoveOverFear⁣
#LoveOverEverything⁣
#MindfulMama ⁣
#MindfulMoments ⁣
#KindfulLiving ⁣
#Kindfulness ⁣
#SelfLoveJourney⁣
#SelfLoveMovement⁣
#SelfDevelopmentJourney⁣
#SelfDevelopmentGoals⁣
#HeartCenteredLiving #HeartCentredEntrepreneur ⁣
#MindfulMom ⁣
#MindfulLife ⁣
#GrowThroughWhatYouGoThrough ⁣
#ParisOntario⁣
#Brantford⁣
#TraumaTherapist ⁣
#HealingTrauma ⁣
#TraumaHealing ⁣
#TraumaHurtsButYouCanHeal ⁣

It can be tricky to notice how we are changing and healing when we don’t take the time to reflect on how our responses t...
10/28/2021

It can be tricky to notice how we are changing and healing when we don’t take the time to reflect on how our responses to challenging situations have changed.⁣⁣
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One of the first signs I noticed in myself as well as in many of the clients I am privileged to work alongside with on their journeys is the ability to reconcile the need to be polite with the need to speak what’s on our mind and be heard. Many of us were raised to believe that dissent or disagreement was equivalent to disrespect ~ needless to say, unlearning this involves learning new ways to use our voice. ⁣⁣
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In addition to learning how to speak out at the risk of appearing defiant or challenging, it was also critical for me to ensure my children never directly or indirectly learned that their silence was ever expected in order to maintain the illusion of respect. It is very possible to honour our truth whilet honouring our relationships with others simultaneously ~ and in the event it is not possible, I have finally learned I.ALWAYS.COME.FIRST 🙌🏽⁣⁣
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#CycleBreakers⁣⁣
#RaisingResilience⁣⁣
#MindfulMama⁣⁣
#KindfulLiving⁣⁣
#HealingJourney⁣⁣
#ShadowWork⁣⁣
#HealingTrauma⁣⁣
#HealthyBoundaries⁣⁣
#TraumaTherapist⁣
#ConfidentKids⁣
#GrowThroughWhatYouGoThrough #RaisingKindHumans #ParentingForSocialChange #ParentingForConnection ⁣
#TraumaHealing ⁣
#TraumaRecovery ⁣
#SelfLoveJourney⁣
#MindfulParenting⁣
#ConsciousParenting⁣
#ConnectedParenting⁣
#TherapistsOfIG

It can be tricky to notice how we are changing and healing when we don’t take the time to reflect on how our responses to challenging situations have changed.⁣⁣
⁣⁣
One of the first signs I noticed in myself as well as in many of the clients I am privileged to work alongside with on their journeys is the ability to reconcile the need to be polite with the need to speak what’s on our mind and be heard. Many of us were raised to believe that dissent or disagreement was equivalent to disrespect ~ needless to say, unlearning this involves learning new ways to use our voice. ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
In addition to learning how to speak out at the risk of appearing defiant or challenging, it was also critical for me to ensure my children never directly or indirectly learned that their silence was ever expected in order to maintain the illusion of respect. It is very possible to honour our truth whilet honouring our relationships with others simultaneously ~ and in the event it is not possible, I have finally learned I.ALWAYS.COME.FIRST 🙌🏽⁣⁣
⁣⁣
#CycleBreakers⁣⁣
#RaisingResilience⁣⁣
#MindfulMama⁣⁣
#KindfulLiving⁣⁣
#HealingJourney⁣⁣
#ShadowWork⁣⁣
#HealingTrauma⁣⁣
#HealthyBoundaries⁣⁣
#TraumaTherapist⁣
#ConfidentKids⁣
#GrowThroughWhatYouGoThrough #RaisingKindHumans #ParentingForSocialChange #ParentingForConnection ⁣
#TraumaHealing ⁣
#TraumaRecovery ⁣
#SelfLoveJourney⁣
#MindfulParenting⁣
#ConsciousParenting⁣
#ConnectedParenting⁣
#TherapistsOfIG

10/27/2021

This is your reminder to pause, notice how you are feeling and to slow down + deepen your breath. While you’re at it, release the tension in your body and set an intention for the rest of the day! I hope this provides you with a much deserved opportunity to reset and return to your day with renewed focus + relaxation 😉⁣

Happy Wednesday my friends 💜⁣

#MindfulnessBreaks #MindfulLiving #KindfulLiving #BreakingCycles #Mindfuama #MindfulMom #BreathWork #BeKindToYourself

The stories we tell our children about HOW we perceive WHO they are become the stories they tell themselves and the foun...
10/26/2021

The stories we tell our children about HOW we perceive WHO they are become the stories they tell themselves and the foundation upon which they create their realities.⁣

Using solution-focused language is EMPOWERING while using problem-focused language creates a sense of ineptitude, lack and incompetence.⁣

Considering we possibly develop our subconscious operating views of self and the world while we are in utero and that this lens is heavily informed by the first few years of our lives, it is critical (to say the least) that we provide little ones with a vantage point that will set them up for success, while defying generational + cultural patterns that are limiting 🤓🙌🏽👍🏽⁣

#LanguageMatters⁣
#EmpoweringChildren⁣
#EmpoweringChange⁣
#MindfulnessMatters ⁣
#MindfulMama ⁣
#KindfulLiving ⁣
#Kindfulness ⁣
#MindfulLiving⁣
#HeartCenteredLiving ⁣
#MindfulMom ⁣
#MindfulnessForFamilies⁣
#KindfulKids ⁣
#MindfulLife ⁣
#RaisingStrongKids⁣
#KindKids⁣
#ConfidentKids⁣
#ParentingForSocialChange #ParentingForConnection ⁣
#Stouffville ⁣
#Markham ⁣
#BrantCounty ⁣
#ParisOntario⁣
#Brantford⁣
#MindfulMoms⁣
#SocialEmotionalLearning⁣
#MindfulParenting⁣
#ConsciousParenting⁣
#ConnectedParenting⁣
#TherapistsOfIG⁣
#CreativeMindfulnessKidsPractitioner

We were out at a farm and 0/2 on naps, when my 2 year old began showing signs of dysregulation (not listening, yelling, ...
10/25/2021

We were out at a farm and 0/2 on naps, when my 2 year old began showing signs of dysregulation (not listening, yelling, instigating his brother). It would seem we had 2 choices: leave the farm to go home + nap or stay put and manage as best we could given his escalating behaviours.⁣

Sound familiar ? ⁣

Want to hear a third option that might save you, as it has saved us, countless times, whether because our boys haven’t napped, because they’re intent on testing boundaries or whatever else?⁣

Sensory stimulation! Thought it was only for learning, growth + development? ❌

As humans, our regulation is contingent on a combination of internal + external factors. Just as either or both contribute to dysregulation, they can also support regulation.⁣

Internal factors include our sensory systems including proprioception + vestibular, while external include inputs in our environment we can manipulate to create a desired internal state.⁣

While at the farm, we noticed some humongous pumpkins that must have weighed 80+ pounds (there was no way my boys would have been able to actually move them). So, we asked our boys to try and move them because we have learned that pushing is very effective for both my boys to soothe their nervous systems. While they pushed, they tired themselves out and eventually calmed down enough to enjoy another half an hour at the farm (large rocks + trees⁣
also work, and when we’re indoors we find a wall they can push against). ⁣

Mommy + daddy finished shopping and the boys enjoyed interacting with their environment ~SCORE! They also napped the minute we got home with no fuss ~ 🙌🏽🙌🏽.⁣

There are so many other inputs that can help children regulate, but just remember that inputs impact individuals in unique ways, so that what is soothing for one person may be stimulating for another. ⁣

Our favourite inputs for down regulation include:⁣
* Carrying/Lifting heavy object⁣
* Weighted blankets⁣
* Pushing walls and/or immobile objects⁣
* Swinging⁣
* Bouncing/Jumping⁣
* Smelling Essential Oils (lavender, rose)⁣

Have you tried sensory stimulation to support your littles to regulate? If not, give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised! ⁣

We were out at a farm and 0/2 on naps, when my 2 year old began showing signs of dysregulation (not listening, yelling, instigating his brother). It would seem we had 2 choices: leave the farm to go home + nap or stay put and manage as best we could given his escalating behaviours.⁣

Sound familiar ? ⁣

Want to hear a third option that might save you, as it has saved us, countless times, whether because our boys haven’t napped, because they’re intent on testing boundaries or whatever else?⁣

Sensory stimulation! Thought it was only for learning, growth + development? ❌

As humans, our regulation is contingent on a combination of internal + external factors. Just as either or both contribute to dysregulation, they can also support regulation.⁣

Internal factors include our sensory systems including proprioception + vestibular, while external include inputs in our environment we can manipulate to create a desired internal state.⁣

While at the farm, we noticed some humongous pumpkins that must have weighed 80+ pounds (there was no way my boys would have been able to actually move them). So, we asked our boys to try and move them because we have learned that pushing is very effective for both my boys to soothe their nervous systems. While they pushed, they tired themselves out and eventually calmed down enough to enjoy another half an hour at the farm (large rocks + trees⁣
also work, and when we’re indoors we find a wall they can push against). ⁣

Mommy + daddy finished shopping and the boys enjoyed interacting with their environment ~SCORE! They also napped the minute we got home with no fuss ~ 🙌🏽🙌🏽.⁣

There are so many other inputs that can help children regulate, but just remember that inputs impact individuals in unique ways, so that what is soothing for one person may be stimulating for another. ⁣

Our favourite inputs for down regulation include:⁣
* Carrying/Lifting heavy object⁣
* Weighted blankets⁣
* Pushing walls and/or immobile objects⁣
* Swinging⁣
* Bouncing/Jumping⁣
* Smelling Essential Oils (lavender, rose)⁣

Have you tried sensory stimulation to support your littles to regulate? If not, give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised! ⁣

I recently began working with a client who shared with me that they had tried everything to heal from their trauma, beca...
10/22/2021

I recently began working with a client who shared with me that they had tried everything to heal from their trauma, because the barriers to accessing therapy made them feel like they needed to exhaust every option before working with a therapist (long waiting lists at publicly funded agencies, cost of private therapy). In addition to reading books + watching lots of videos, they follow dozens of accounts on IG focused on sharing info about trauma to help develop more self-awareness. Despite understanding what was impacting their day-to-day functioning + why, they could not change the debilitating impact of their triggers, no matter how hard they tried.⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Does this sound familiar?⁣⁣
⁣⁣
I shared with them how normal this really is, because traumatic responses become hard-wired into our brains + bodies, and as such, we cannot think our way into feeling or behaving differently. Furthermore, many of our thoughts/behaviours are actually subconscious or inaccessible via logical reasoning - our nervous system reacts to stimuli faster than we can intercept these processes.⁣⁣
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It is for these reasons that therapy, in order to be effective, needs to involve both processing our narratives verbally as well as somatically.⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Knowing what impacts us + why is the first step, but knowing how to overcome unhelpful ways of being is an entirely different thing. Therapy is also indicated because a therapist can help tailor healing based on your experiences + needs, help you overcome obstacles if you are stuck, and actively engage with you in a way so as to provide not only a truly unique relationship (which you can leverage in your healing) but also a container for your emotions as you progress through your journey.⁣
⁣⁣
If you’re ready to work with a therapist on your healing, make sure to search for trauma-informed therapists with experience working with similar clients because not all therapists are trained in trauma (and not all training is equal!)⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Sending you all love and strength as you continue your journeys 💜

I recently began working with a client who shared with me that they had tried everything to heal from their trauma, because the barriers to accessing therapy made them feel like they needed to exhaust every option before working with a therapist (long waiting lists at publicly funded agencies, cost of private therapy). In addition to reading books + watching lots of videos, they follow dozens of accounts on IG focused on sharing info about trauma to help develop more self-awareness. Despite understanding what was impacting their day-to-day functioning + why, they could not change the debilitating impact of their triggers, no matter how hard they tried.⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Does this sound familiar?⁣⁣
⁣⁣
I shared with them how normal this really is, because traumatic responses become hard-wired into our brains + bodies, and as such, we cannot think our way into feeling or behaving differently. Furthermore, many of our thoughts/behaviours are actually subconscious or inaccessible via logical reasoning - our nervous system reacts to stimuli faster than we can intercept these processes.⁣⁣
⁣⁣
It is for these reasons that therapy, in order to be effective, needs to involve both processing our narratives verbally as well as somatically.⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Knowing what impacts us + why is the first step, but knowing how to overcome unhelpful ways of being is an entirely different thing. Therapy is also indicated because a therapist can help tailor healing based on your experiences + needs, help you overcome obstacles if you are stuck, and actively engage with you in a way so as to provide not only a truly unique relationship (which you can leverage in your healing) but also a container for your emotions as you progress through your journey.⁣
⁣⁣
If you’re ready to work with a therapist on your healing, make sure to search for trauma-informed therapists with experience working with similar clients because not all therapists are trained in trauma (and not all training is equal!)⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Sending you all love and strength as you continue your journeys 💜

Mindful Learning + Exploring ⁣⁣Activities that are engaging + beneficial for childrens development don’t have to take fo...
10/20/2021

Mindful Learning + Exploring ⁣

Activities that are engaging + beneficial for childrens development don’t have to take forever to plan or cost a lot! ⁣

Over the weekend the weather was splendid and fall was flaunting all her beautiful colours. I grabbed a donated egg carton + some paints to mimic the canvas nature has painted in our landscape. I added a pipe cleaner to turn the containers into a portable treasure chest and voila, my boys (2+3) spent over an hour in the forest on a Color-coded fall scavenger hunt! ⁣

Scavenger hunts are a great way to immerse children in the moment and to help them focus on their senses. Although we focused on the sense of sight in this activity, we have similarly focused on our sense of touch as well as hearing.⁣

Mindful exploring is a wonderful way to learn about concrete themes such as colour + language, as well as to practise social emotional skills.⁣

The next time you’re crunched for time and thinking of a fun way to engage your children (or entire family for that matter!), choose a sense and set up a scavenger hunt~ it’s a wonderful way to enjoy nature and each other! 🍃 🍁 🍂 ⁣

#MindfulnessMatters ⁣
#MindfulMama ⁣⁣
#KindfulLiving ⁣
#Kindfulness ⁣
#MindfulLiving⁣⁣
#MindfulMom ⁣
#MindfulnessForKids ⁣
#MindfulnessForChildren #MindfulnessForFamilies #MindfulnessForBusyHumans ⁣
#KindfulKids ⁣
#MindfulKids ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
#ParentingForSocialChange #ParentingForConnection ⁣
#Stouffville ⁣
#Markham ⁣
#Unionville ⁣
#BrantCounty ⁣
#ParisOntario⁣
#Brantford⁣
#KidsMeditation ⁣
#FamilyMeditation ⁣
#MindfulMoms⁣
#SocialEmotionalLearning⁣⁣
#MindfulParenting⁣
#ConsciousParenting⁣
#ConnectedParenting⁣⁣⁣
#MindfulnessPractice ⁣
#MindfulKidsCommunity #CreativeMindfulnessKidsPractitioner #MindfulKidsCommunity⁣

I have felt so very indecisive these last couple of weeks. I notice that this happens when my mind-body connection weake...
10/17/2021

I have felt so very indecisive these last couple of weeks. I notice that this happens when my mind-body connection weakens and I default to old ways of being (mostly when I’m stressed out!)⁣

There was a time when I was always very unsure of simple things like what I wanted to eat, what colour of nail polish to apply, or what shoes would complete my outfit.⁣

While on my healing journey I learned that this was the result of decades dedicated to subconsciously seeking approval, validation + acceptance from others.⁣

Of course no one ever explicitly taught me to please people, but it inevitably occurred as a result of learning that this was the only way to meet my psychological needs. A basic attachment need for children is to feel seen, valued for their whole being~ when this is not possible, we settle for being valued for whatever works.⁣

This unfortunately meant I missed the lesson on how to look within and determine + meet my own needs.⁣

Realizing that a lack of knowing what I wanted + needed was connected to my history of looking for my needs to be met externally was powerful but it was just the turning point. The work remained to figure out how to connect with myself so that I could learn to recognize and then eventually nurture my needs….⁣

#EmotionalNeglect⁣
#Reparenting⁣
#AttachmentIssues⁣
#InnerChildHealing⁣
#MindfulnessMatters ⁣
#MindfulMama ⁣⁣
#KindfulLiving ⁣
#Kindfulness ⁣
#MindfulLiving⁣
#HeartCenteredLiving⁣
#MindfulMom ⁣
#MindfulnessForKids ⁣
#MindfulnessForChildren #MindfulnessForFamilies⁣⁣⁣
#ConfidentKids⁣
#MindfulnessMoment⁣ ⁣
#GrowThroughWhatYouGoThrough #ParentingForSocialChange #ParentingForConnection ⁣
#Markham ⁣⁣
#ParisOntario⁣⁣
#TraumaTherapist ⁣
#HealingTrauma ⁣
#TraumaHealing ⁣⁣⁣
#MindfulMoms⁣
#SocialEmotionalLearning⁣⁣
#MindfulParenting⁣
#ConsciousParenting⁣
#ConnectedParenting⁣
#TherapistsOfIG

I have felt so very indecisive these last couple of weeks. I notice that this happens when my mind-body connection weakens and I default to old ways of being (mostly when I’m stressed out!)⁣

There was a time when I was always very unsure of simple things like what I wanted to eat, what colour of nail polish to apply, or what shoes would complete my outfit.⁣

While on my healing journey I learned that this was the result of decades dedicated to subconsciously seeking approval, validation + acceptance from others.⁣

Of course no one ever explicitly taught me to please people, but it inevitably occurred as a result of learning that this was the only way to meet my psychological needs. A basic attachment need for children is to feel seen, valued for their whole being~ when this is not possible, we settle for being valued for whatever works.⁣

This unfortunately meant I missed the lesson on how to look within and determine + meet my own needs.⁣

Realizing that a lack of knowing what I wanted + needed was connected to my history of looking for my needs to be met externally was powerful but it was just the turning point. The work remained to figure out how to connect with myself so that I could learn to recognize and then eventually nurture my needs….⁣

#EmotionalNeglect⁣
#Reparenting⁣
#AttachmentIssues⁣
#InnerChildHealing⁣
#MindfulnessMatters ⁣
#MindfulMama ⁣⁣
#KindfulLiving ⁣
#Kindfulness ⁣
#MindfulLiving⁣
#HeartCenteredLiving⁣
#MindfulMom ⁣
#MindfulnessForKids ⁣
#MindfulnessForChildren #MindfulnessForFamilies⁣⁣⁣
#ConfidentKids⁣
#MindfulnessMoment⁣ ⁣
#GrowThroughWhatYouGoThrough #ParentingForSocialChange #ParentingForConnection ⁣
#Markham ⁣⁣
#ParisOntario⁣⁣
#TraumaTherapist ⁣
#HealingTrauma ⁣
#TraumaHealing ⁣⁣⁣
#MindfulMoms⁣
#SocialEmotionalLearning⁣⁣
#MindfulParenting⁣
#ConsciousParenting⁣
#ConnectedParenting⁣
#TherapistsOfIG

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The Journey To Your BEST Self and Living the BEST Story of Your Life

Everyone has the potential to manifest their greatest dreams ~ once we learn how to listen to our intuition, find inner calm and confidence, we are ready to let love and mindfulness guide us towards creating the life we dream of and deserve to live!

Despite years of education and training in Mindfulness and Therapy, I had no idea how powerful Kindfulness could be, until it truly changed the entire course of my life - for the better! I began by slowly integrating small practices into my life and as I experienced their magical effects on every aspect of my life, I eventually built the very foundation of my daily existence on these practises!

Allow me to introduce myself and share why I do what I do.

I am Zahra, a Child & Family Therapist and Kindfulness Coach. The purpose in my passion is to guide children and adults on their journey towards finding the inner peace, self-awareness, confidence and focus required to create the life they dream of living.

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