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BOOK OF JUDE: Mindful Revelations

I am Jude. Last weekend, my family vacationed at a cottage in Vaughn, NS, right in the heart of the province. It was located on a serene lake with a secluded cove and great views, perfect for quality family time. It was a fantastic getaway that provided an opportunity to relax, experience nature and reconnect…

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BOOK OF JUDE – Mindful Revelations

Challenging Trails, Rewarding Journeys I am Jude. Since the pandemic, my wife and I have been touring Nova Scotia on hybrid bicycles using the well groomed network of easy-riding rail trails throughout the province. This year, we decided to invest in new mountain bikes for tackling more challenging trails. I didn’t give it much thought,…

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BOOK OF JUDE – Mindful Revelations

Stop Overthinking and Get Out of Your Head I am Jude. We all suffer from overthinking. We get consumed with comparison, rumination and self-doubt which ultimately results in unnecessary stress. This affects our moods, leeches our energy and generally makes life more difficult.  But there’s good news. We can get out of our heads! There…

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BOOK OF JUDE – Mindful Revelations

Make This Year Your Best Year I am Jude. 2023 was a great year for me. In many ways, it was transformational. My commitment to “Break Free and Be Better” is leading to some surprising changes. I am experiencing significant personal growth, developing a better relationship with myself, and creating more joy and fulfillment in…

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BOOK OF JUDE – Mindful Revelations

Keep Hanging On: A Message of Hope and Resilience I am Jude. We all face challenges that can leave us feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, and ready to give up.  However, it’s in moments of darkness and despair, that it’s important to remember that nothing remains the same. All things come to pass. The only constant in life…

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BOOK OF JUDE – Mindful Revelations

Misogi Challenge Completed: My First Half-Marathon I am Jude. From 5K to 10K and now, my first Half Marathon! I did it. I crossed the finish line, and in doing so, I completed my first Misogi. There were no personal goals except survival. I wasn’t concerned with creating a personal best or where I placed…

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BOOK OF JUDE – Mindful Revelations

The Beautiful Struggle  I am Jude. Life is a series of ups and downs, successes and failures and joys and sorrows. It truly is a ‘Beautiful Struggle’. These contrasting experiences offer insights and teach us valuable lessons about who we are and the world around us.  In most instances, there is more to be learned…

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BOOK OF JUDE – Mindful Revelations

The Misogi Challenge I am Jude. I believe that we need to be constantly challenging ourselves and embracing our personal growth. With that in mind, I decided to take on a misogi challenge. What is misogi? Misogi is a Japanese purification ritual that encourages individuals to do something extremely difficult once a year. The concept…

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BOOK OF JUDE – Mindful Revelations

2023 Black Men’s Wellness Retreat  I am Jude. The inaugural Black Men’s Wellness Retreat was held at the Tim Hortons Children’s Camp in Tatamagouche, NS over the weekend.  In less than four months, the NS Brotherhood and some determined community members organized a FREE wellness event that attracted a diverse collection of Black men from…

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The Cold Water Challenge I am Jude. I took a plunge in the ocean at Rushton’s Beach over the weekend.  I completed this cold water challenge with a retired colleague, who incidentally seems to be enjoying retirement way too much. The assignment was simple. Find a location relatively close and get into the water. However,…