Posts By: Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman is a poet, spoken word artist, blogger, cultural journalist, and digital nomad. She’s been writing regularly for The Voice Magazine since 2004, not long after she began studying psychology at Athabasca. Her poetry has been published in Descant, The Talking Leaves, Chizine, Our Times, The Best of Tigertail, and Pottersfield Portfolio and her articles in Design is Political, Rawckus Magazine, Coastal Life, The New Internationalist, This Magazine, and in her blog, The Mindful Bard. She grew up in Nova Scotia, but after having lived in New Hampshire and North Africa she’s now settled in Montreal.

Why Are We So Down on Such Wonderful Things?

“Instead of hate, celebrate.”                    ~Prince Here’s a short list of things that get a lot of flack for no good reason— and why we might try looking at them from their good sides. Drinking and gambling The problem with these two pastimes is that they tend to become addictive and take over our lives, to… Read more »

Why a Jewel Tree?

“The jewel tree opens its loving embrace to everyone and promotes happiness—which is our natural state and birthright.” ~Robert Thurman “In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert Today… Read more »

Why, Lisa Bloom?

“We need to pay it forward.  As we have access to power, we need to bring others along.” – Helene Lerner While living in the Middle East, I was often struck by how arduously women competed for the approval of men.  I saw women driving, women holding positions of power in government and business, and… Read more »

Why Mindful Art?

“Fully immersing ourselves in a creative project activates a different part of our brain.  We lose track of time and our surroundings.  Minutes blend into hours, and there are no thoughts apart from what’s happening in the present.  It’s very much an exercise in mindfulness.  I didn’t know it at the time, but my high school… Read more »

Why Religion?

“Religion isn’t about believing things.  It’s ethical alchemy.  It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.” – Karen Armstrong Skeptics often wonder out loud why religion is still a thing.  The prevalence of scientific thought alone puts a singular kibosh to faith, but, if that weren’t… Read more »