Stacked stones

It was the middle of March 2020 when Canada shut down. In spite of the dire and unpredictable nature of COVID-19, some aspects of it were exciting for many people. Introverts had a government-mandated reason to cancel plans and stay home. People began to explore new hobbies they never had time for before. We were finally able to make a dent in our ever-growing Netflix watchlists. It was a much-needed pause button for many of us.

But then the novelty wore off.

We began to miss our families and friends. We began to miss the power of face to face interactions–the power of touch. Many of us are now struggling to find motivation working from home. Many of the healthy habits that we had tried to establish began to disappear as the uncertain nature of our reality sunk it. After all, the quarantine was only supposed to last a couple months, wasn’t it?

In order to embrace the tides of uncertainty and introduce a little more peace into my life, I’ve been exploring meditation techniques and have discovered many benefits through the practice. I’ve also experimented with a variety of ways to be more focused and productive at work.

The Practical Mind is the ongoing story of this journey–a journey that I’d like to share with all of you, as I’m sure many of you are on the same one. The underlying goal is to explore, share, and explain the practical applications of the three focus areas:


  • Getting started with meditation
  • The benefits of meditation
  • Making meditation a habit


  • How to live more in the present
  • How to better regulate your thoughts, emotions, and feelings
  • How to be more compassionate towards others and yourself


  • Techniques to improve your focus and concentration
  • How to combat procrastination
  • Playlists to keep you motivated and focused