JUST BREATHE...

Elle (Canada) - - Editors Note - Noreen Flana­gan Edi­tor-in-Chief Fol­low me on Twit­ter and Instagram @noreen_flana­gan We love hear­ing from you! Please write to us at ed­i­tors@ ELLECanada.com.

It’s day two of a cold snap in Toronto, and I’ve not left the house. Lit­er­ally. I put on my cozy sweats and favourite wool sweater and haven’t moved. I’ve had two naps a day. In fact, I’ve just wo­ken up from a late-af­ter­noon siesta to pen this month’s Edi­tor’s Note. I’m feel­ing very “Zen,” which is the per­fect mind­set to in­tro­duce the med­i­ta­tive theme that wends its way through this is­sue. Although the ’70s dom­i­nated the run­ways this sea­son, there was an­other re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to the fringed and flared-pants “fash­ion­a­tion.” De­sign­ers such as Sarah Bur­ton at Alexander McQueen and Con­suelo Castiglioni at Marni, as well as 3.1 Phillip Lim and Aquilano. Ri­mondi, ref­er­enced Asian sil­hou­ettes and ac­ces­sories that I’d de­scribe as monk­ish, re­flec­tive and time­less. Think judo and obi belts and ki­mono shapes. If you’d like your mind to match your chilled fash­ion sense, there are sev­eral sto­ries you’ll want to read. Start with “Com­fort in Chaos” (page 164) by Andy Pud­di­combe, who is a med­i­ta­tion en­thu­si­ast and the co-cre­ator of the Headspace app, and then fol­low that up with #lifereboot colum­nist Stephanie Gil­man’s ter­rific piece on the Muse (“Slow Mo­tion,” page 168). This brain-sens­ing head­band from Toronto-based tech com­pany In­ter­aXon is on my #want list. (The band, which mea­sures elec­tri­cal im­pulses in the brain, pro­vides feed­back in the form of dif­fer­ent sounds, such as birds and wind­storms, to help train you to calm your mind.) In “Head Games” (page 114), Guy Saddy—who is per­haps the last per­son in the world I’d ex­pect to med­i­tate—writes about his foray into mantra land to ex­plore why med­i­ta­tion groups have re­placed bars in terms of be­ing the best way to net­work your way into the cor­ner of­fice. For those of you who pre­fer your med­i­ta­tion to take the form of walk­ing in­stead of sit­ting on a pil­low in a dark­ened room, you’ll be in­spired by Lara Ko­erner Yeo’s trip to west­ern Ti­bet to help film a doc­u­men­tary about the pil­grim­age com­mu­nity around the sa­cred peak of Mount Kailash. In “Around and Around We Go” (page 184), Ko­erner Yeo ob­serves how eas­ily we’re dis­tracted by the con­stant strug­gle to achieve or com­plete ev­ery­thing that is ex­pected of us. “It’s not an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple no­tice or un­der­stand the power of eye con­tact or a smile—ges­tures that came so nat­u­rally to pil­grims at Mount Kailash,” she writes. So don’t wait un­til a -40ºC wind chill forces you to take a quiet day (or two) to spend time with the peo­ple who make you smile.

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