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Wake up – we have important work to do!

During these winter days waking up early is a real challenge for me, a dedicated early bird. It’s so cold and dark and it feels so much better to just close my eyes again and snuggle deeper into the covers. Then I remember everything I hope to accomplish in my day and realise there is […]

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How real is reality, really?

Several months ago, I suggested it was a good time to embrace uncertainty and let go of everything else. How’s that working for you? A big part of the uncertainty we are challenged to embrace is an allowance for not having things work out as we had wanted. They almost never do, actually, but we […]

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Life is a gift. Live every day as a thank you note!

Fifteen years ago last week, I nearly died due to a medical accident at the age of 35. The incident left me with a whole new appreciation of the preciousness – and fragility – of life, along with complex feelings of resentment and anger towards the doctor responsible for the mistake (who I felt had […]

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How not to go crazy in a mad world

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurthi (1895-1986) It’s pretty hard to observe what’s going on in the world these days without – at the very least – shaking your head in wonder. The Internet and social media make it feel all the more urgent, […]

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Equinox and Equilux: finding balance

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, exact this afternoon (Thursday 22nd, 16:21 in Brussels), at the moment the Sun enters tropical Libra. Technically, this Sunday the 25th – the day of our Open House! – is the day of Equilux, where we have the same amount of light as dark. Your hand opens and closes, opens […]

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Mutual Respect, Mutual Learning

“To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth, falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. You yourself are the one who must decide. You alone – and only you – can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate […]

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Turning the corner

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace. ~Bhagavad Gita, 12:12 Non-attachment is one of the principal teachings of all ancient wisdom traditions, and allows us to remain in the flow of life where the only constant […]

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Guru Purnima – Honouring our teachers

Today’s full moon is my favourite moon of the year, because it is Guru Purnima. Purnima means full moon in Sanskrit, and Guru means the remover (ru) of darkness (gu). This special full moon is also known as Buddha Purnima to Buddhists, and Vyasa Purnima in honour of Veda Vyasa, who was both the author […]

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Embrace uncertainty, and let go of everything else!

Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later. ~ Bob Goff I have seen people in my laughter yoga sessions who seem unable to drop the mask of identity, and therefore can’t bring themselves to laugh – sometimes for an entire 30-40 minute session. That […]

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Living with turbulence: listen with an open heart

Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible. ~ The Buddha Please take a brief moment – 30 seconds, perhaps – and sit quietly with me. Smile softly and breathe in through your nose, and gently out through your mouth. Soften your heart, your stomach, your throat. […]

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