With a generator powering the house, my family reluctantly went through belongings at my sister’s home. While going through her bedroom, deciding what clothes to keep and what to donate, I discovered a journal containing my sister’s own words about her time as a prison guard. At the age of twenty-one my sister, Jami, went […]

via The Untold Story of a Prison Guard’s Struggle — Tropics of Meta

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Author: Matthew Fleischmann

Welcome to my blog! I'm so happy you're here. I was born and raised in Toronto with my two sisters. In 2012, I graduated from Dalhousie University with my BA in psychology. From there, I attended Saint Mary's University, graduating in 2013 with my honours equivalency certificate in psychology. In 2014, I moved to Rhode Island to attend Roger Williams University, where I graduated in 2016 with my MA in Forensic Psychology. I currently live in Montreal, where I am enrolled as a PhD student at McGill University with their Department of Education & Counselling Psychology. Building on my interest in mindfulness, my supervisor runs the McGill Mindfulness Research Lab, where I work with other like-minded Masters and Doctoral students, conducting research on mindfulness. Prior to 2017, I dabbled here and there with meditation and yoga to help with anxiety, depression, and all that goes alone with that. Through my job working with victims of violent crime and their advocates, I came to realize that mediation is in an invaluable resource, so I completed the official 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course which I bring to my own daily practice and to my work space. I hope you find the resources here helpful and insightful, and I always welcome suggestions and feedback. Remember: mindfulness is a practice. Stay open-minded and curious, and enjoy!

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