Are you feeling the stress of our busy modern world?  Do you want to achieve inner peace and set yourself free?

Barefoot Beginnings was created with the intention of creating a community to provide inspiration and practical advice derived from ancient Buddhist wisdom on a practice known as mindfulness.  Through this practice we will look at transforming everyday activities into a path to enlightenment and happiness.

Mindfulness is a state of active attention in the present world.  If you’ve ever practiced you can relate to heightened senses; awakened taste buds and vibrant colours.  This aliveness ignites change in many facets of life:  Better ability to manage stress, clearer focus and concentration, improved communication, mental clarity, thinking and intentions, deeper relationships and general peace of mind.

Barefoot beginnings will feature articles, photography, quotes and video’s on cultivating mindfulness related to health & wellness, fitness and diet, motivation and inspiration, relationships, workplace and finance, but most of all on achieving happiness from the inside out.

“The practice of Zen is to eat, breathe, cook, carry water and scrub the toilet – to infuse every act of body, speech, and mind – with mindfulness, to illuminate every leaf and pebble, every heap of garbage, every path that leads to our mind’s return home.” ~ Thich Hanh

I believe that the world needs mindfulness.  It is possible to live in the moment, create new habits, find happiness and change the world simultaneously.

photoWelcome, my name is Tina Williamson, creator and writer here.  I’m a student of meditation, Buddhism and yoga.  With a passion for writing, my goal is to help others cultivate happiness and peace through mindfulness awareness.  I live near cottage country in Ontario, Canada with my husband and two dogs. Also a runner, vegetarian and passionate animal lover I enjoy photography, writing, travel, books and nature.  But mostly I’m just a free spirit trying to follow the path and practise mindful based living.

Slow down, and just breathe.

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole lives would change.”  Buddha   



13 thoughts on “About

  1. celestedimilla

    Hey there Tina! I feel so special that I’m the first blog you started following – thanks!! We share a lot of common interests, so I look forward to reading more of your posts. It’s wonderful to e-meet you! Celeste 🙂

    1. kaytina11 Post author

      I was instantly drawn to your posts! I am very excited to get busy reading 🙂 I’m new to this and still working on figuring out my navigation, but it seems there are some very interesting topics and sharing. Nice to e-meet you as well. Tina

  2. Raxa Collective

    Hi Tina, thanks for introducing yourself by following our site. You’ve set some beautiful challenges for yourself and we look forward to exploring along with you. If you’re on facebook or Google + we invite you to visit the RAXA Collective pages. See you there!

  3. Nadia

    Tina, I am so glad I have found your blog as I’m actually at a point in my life where mindfulness has become very important and helpful to me. I am looking forward to reading more!

    1. Barefoot Beginnings Post author

      Thanks Nadia, writing about mindfulness has been very therapeutic, its helping to reinforce new habits within myself. I am also enjoying reading about your adventures in Australia. I miss that country so much!!

  4. Lynda

    Thank you for visiting me, Tina. I have been battling agoraphobia and depression for some time. I have been making great strides to overcome both without medication. Several years ago I was put on meds for the depression and it was hell weaning myself off of them. I think that was when and why the agoraphobia set in. Without them I was no longer comfortable around people, but on them I was emotionless. (How could anyone watch 9/11 unfold and not cry?)

    It is a long road to healing, and it is best done without drugs. I agree that fitness and diet are key to your mental state and well being and I am working to regain my physical health as well. I have come so far, and have further to go!

  5. Barefoot Beginnings Post author

    Hi Lynda, thanks for stopping by. I am always an advocate of finding natural remedies to battle depression and anxiety. Congratulations on weaning yourself off of the medication, that is not an easy road.
    I’ve been doing a little reading on agoraphobia lately, what a daily struggle this must be for you. You sound very positive and receptive to healing which is the first step. The mind is a powerful thing, but I believe we can reprogram it 🙂

  6. Meka

    Hi, I didn’t want to comment until I was able to content from your lovely space here, and I’m happy I did. Thank you for sharing all you do and for stopping by! I will return soon and often 🙂

      1. Meka

        Of course! And thanks also for your gracious response to my sentence that should say: “…to read content from your lovely space…” 🙂

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