Pep Talks

Wellness training: Youngling, Padawan, Knight and Master

For a long time I have been engaged in wellness training.  That is to say, I have been invested in trying to live my best life, in cultivating peace, in exploring causes of dis-ease and just generally being committed to ‘walking the path’.   I have been so hesitant to share this process, and more hesitant […]

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Women’s Wellness through Music

For the past six weeks it has been my pleasure to host a new program called Women’s Wellness through Music.  For an hour each week, eight dynamic women have gathered to engage in different activities that combine various wellness practices with a musical element.  We have experienced meditation, yoga breathing, energy work, gratitude journaling, EFT […]

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Happy Heart, Healthy Heart

Earlier this week a colleague of mine shared this article from the New York Times.  “How Emotions can Affect the Heart”, published on October 30, 2018, is a really great read, and can be accessed here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/well/live/how-emotions-can-affect-the-heart.html Humanity has known this instinctively, that the heart is the center of our emotional selves.  It is where […]

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Reflections from the 407

Music is such a powerful emotional catalyst.  Songs inspire us, soothe us, seduce us and shock us.  Music can also help us to access emotional information stored in our bodies.  Here is a short video explaining how the radio, the 407 and my language schema all worked together to bring me an opportunity.   Please […]

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My pumpkin spice perspective

Shock and awe.  That describes it.  How is it even possible that Thanksgiving has arrived when I do not have any pumpkin spice hand soap in the house?  My September was crazy, and so I did not do my annual early fall pilgrimage to the mall to go to the-store-that-shall-not-be-named to purchase my pumpkin spice […]

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Undermining the overwhelm

New job, hot weather, family changes, new learning, crazy parking on a crowded campus.  This is my recipe for overwhelm.  Maybe you have experienced feeling like you have too much to do, and don’t know where to start?  I have a few strategies I use when overwhelm strikes: I go for walks, I sit at […]

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Changin’ it up!

This is the 52nd issue of Pavlik’s Pep Talks.  Happy one year anniversary!  Thank you for giving me a spot in your inbox each week.  What an amazing journey to go through a whole year sharing ideas about music and wellness.  Who knew that I could find 52 ways to engage with you!  You’ve been […]

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Bring it on!

I think most of you know that I am a PhD student in music at York U.  I love it there, and I feel so grateful for the opportunity to work and study with the amazing folks I have met along the way.  You may also know then, that York U CUPE 1, 2, 3 […]

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Finding a music teacher …

It’s the time of year when teachers begin planning their fall schedules.  It’s also the time when parents begin the process of choosing activities for their kids.  It can be hard to decide what classes or teams to join.  It can also be hard to decide on the right music teacher.  I thought I would […]

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Energy medicine

Today I’d like to share with you a wonderful resource that helps me understand energy.  Not the energy we learn about in science class, or the kind we generate with hydroelectric plants and nuclear technology, though it really is all the same thing.  This is the energy we all have in our own bodies. Donna […]

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