A revived hobby from childhood has become a saving grace during Covid-19, one with lasting health benefits.

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Apothecary is a series focusing on natural remedies produced or grown wild in local habitats. Influences come from family and Indigenous practices centered on improving physical, mental health, and well being.

If you are fascinated with apothecaries, this post explores a brief history of the profession followed by my evolutionary involvement with herbalism. We dive into a summary of the local Indigenous tribes' influence and conclude with five easy ways to build your apothecary.

The word apothecary is enjoyable to speak aloud, and the definition is quite simple — a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs. Before we had modern-day pharmacies and pharmacists, we had apothecaries. …


Use the following real-life inspired scenarios to role play and promote critical thinking.

Creative perspective ;successful, strategic and hybrid thinking
Creative perspective ;successful, strategic and hybrid thinking
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Being customer-centric and identifying stakeholder needs and pain points are core functions of a Product Manager. What happens if Product Management skill sets are in the infancy stage within an organization? While a company undergoes an Agile Transformation, how can we shift waterfall thinking into new Agile paradigms when interacting with clients?

We will examine three different scenarios inspired by common organizational challenges to address the above questions. The exercises intend to aid Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches in coaching, mentoring, facilitating, and educating Agile teams.

  • Agile Coaches
  • Product Owners
  • Business Analysts
  • Agile teams seeking to develop deeper client partnerships

Let’s begin. …


Discover how small physical movements can shift your perspective and promote awareness.

Young Man Jumping at the beach
Young Man Jumping at the beach
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The Alexander Technique, named after its creator Frederick Matthias Alexander, is an educational process that was created to retrain habitual patterns of movement and posture — Wikipedia.

One of the critical aspects of becoming a psychotherapist is to be present with clients. What does this mean to be present? The Alexander Technique offers practitioners a way to think about how we move and allows more choices to observe ourselves in movement. Gestalt psychotherapy focuses on core principles of being present in the hear, and now, Alexander accepts the same notion, yet from a physical point of view.

Let’s review the fundamental core principles of the Alexander Technique accompanied by simple exercises to illustrate the points. Beyond psychotherapeutic use, Alexander's practice attracts performers, such as actors, dancers, musicians, athletes, and public speakers, people who work on computers, or those who experience pain in their bodies. …


Create your own apothecary and eat your way to health.

Chicken egg is rich in natural protein for muscle growth. The egg casts a shadow with the hands of the bodybuilder
Chicken egg is rich in natural protein for muscle growth. The egg casts a shadow with the hands of the bodybuilder
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Apothecary is a series focusing on natural remedies produced or grown wild in local habitats. Influences come from family and Indigenous practices centered on improving physical, mental health, and well being.

Eggs are nature's perfect food. However, most people think nothing of throwing out eggshells, not realizing the full health benefits found within the hard casing. When dried and ground into a powder, eggshells are an excellent source of natural calcium, around 40% according to Healthline, and deliver cost savings to your wallet.

In addition to calcium and protein, eggshells also contain small amounts of other minerals, including strontium, fluoride, magnesium, and selenium. …


A first impression meant looking past judgment and opening the door.

Group of Diverse People Hands Together Teamwork Cooperation
Group of Diverse People Hands Together Teamwork Cooperation
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When we reach out to strangers on social media seeking advice or knowledge, first impressions mean everything. And since people live busy lives, how we present ourselves determines whether an individual will respond.

In the past day, a random woman on LinkedIn contacted me for knowledge about Scrum Master roles in Toronto and applicable rates. She claimed she lives in Toronto; however, her profile and all accompanying details show she is in India. Nonetheless, what caught me off guard is the conversational tone, echoing how young people may text their friends.


What happens when adults and youth clash on musical taste.

Young teen girl enjoy cool music 90s party mix in violet studio background. Copy space.
Young teen girl enjoy cool music 90s party mix in violet studio background. Copy space.
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Across the generations, when music styles are brand new and foreign, there is a tendency for some adults to forbid their kids from listening to songs they don’t understand or cannot explain.

In the following three personal family examples, I discuss music's power in forming emotional attachments and captivating young audiences. Youth will resort to innovative lengths to listen to novel sounds because music is a part of their cultural identity. The article concludes with strategies for understanding, educating, and communicating musical tastes between adults and their kids.

When my Mom, Sheila, was in Grade 9, The Beatles emerged as a radical band of misfits with weird haircuts — guaranteed half brothers of Satan himself. Charles, my Mom’s father, was a staunch English patriarch who dominated and inspired fear in his household. No one was to touch the AM dial on the radio. And under his roof, Sheila was forbidden to speak of such Beatles, let alone play with one in the back garden. …


When you communicate your intentions, everyone benefits.

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When was the last time you paid attention to the quality of your interactions with the world, reality, other humans? How do you stop being your full self in meeting others? How can we meet each other with all our individuality recognized and incorporated in our meeting?

When I am fully in touch with myself, I am more in contact with another. And when this happens, there is a transcendent moment of absolute recognition — often, beyond words: I recognize your intrinsic humanness, and mine is recognized too.

Our interaction quality depends on how ‘in touch’ we are with our internal thoughts, emotions, and feelings. The more connected we are to ourselves, the more connected we will be to others. And the opposite is quite true.
I know this all sounds easy; however, living in constant self-connectedness is the challenging part. …


When two seemingly unrelated questions, do in fact, connect.

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  1. Are you feeling broadly optimistic about humanity and the future of the planet?
  2. Did you sleep well last night?
  • I felt optimistic when I woke up and took my dog Astor outside for a short walk. The air was crisp, fresh snow twinkled on the ground, and I surveyed the little piece of the planet I inhabit in gratitude. In the afternoon, my mood shifted to WTF and SOS once I turned on YouTube and watched the riots unfold at the US Congress. Humanity has taken a serious downturn. Now, it’s evening, and I’m rubbing my eyes, feeling somewhat distracted by my Mom laughing so hard she is nearly crying at People Behaving Badly. …


Repurpose a core Gestalt Psychotherapy technique to mitigate conflict situations.

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The Empty Chair technique is a traditional Gestalt psychotherapy practice influenced by theatre and improvisation. Before Covid-19, I met with a Gestalt practitioner for a therapy session, and we experimented with the Empty Chair, allowing me to have a difficult conversation with my Dad. While our relationship has improved a million-fold in the last year, there were lingering emotions I wanted to express to him, yet, I felt incapable of doing so in person.

In my session, the Empty Chair was set for my father, allowing me to speak to his imaginary being as if he was in the room. And when it was his (the chair’s) turn to reply, I sat in the Empty Chair and took on the role and voice of my dad. All the while, the Psychotherapist guided our conversation by asking powerful questions and unearthing our voices. The technique allowed me to ‘try on’ what it’s like to be my father; to speak in the tone of his voice, use his style of words, mannerisms and feel his ‘essence.’ …


Attention professionals, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Here is another way to expand your digital outreach.

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If you’re a professional seeking to expand your digital footprint, you may want to consider writing a bio for www.brilliantread.com. A couple of months ago, I was contacted by the website to solicit my interest. Never one to turn down opportunities, I finished the autobiographical questions today and submitted my answers. My post's purpose is not a paid affiliate nor intended to endorse the website, rather inform Medium readers of its existence as a potential source to promote your work, especially if you’re an innovator, professional, or entrepreneur.

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Lisa Bradburn

Agile Coach and Psychotherapist-In-Training at the intersection of technology and the human condition. Let’s chat: lisabradburnmedium@gmail.com

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