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Mindful relationships, starting with ourselves

American spiritual teacher and 1960s icon Ram Dass quipped that if you’re arrogant enough to think you’re enlightened, you should spend some time with your family and see how that goes! Our most important relationships are very fertile ground indeed for self-awareness, and many of these close bonds are also our first ones so their […]

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What about those goals and resolutions?

Happy new year! Even though it’s just another moment in our lives, it’s hard to avoid getting excited about the change of calendar year, and all of the fresh new possibilities we can hope for. What are you aiming for this year? And what are you going to do about it? From the ancient wisdom […]

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Who’s your daddy?

I recently returned from a very healing month in South India (the adjustment to Brussels has been tough, I’m not gonna lie!). It was great being offline and out of touch for a while because it gave me the chance to focus on myself without distraction, allowing me to get back in touch with my […]

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Another Big Cycle of Endings and Beginnings

  Following on from its conjunction with Monday’s inspiring new Moon in the last degrees of Sagittarius (December 18th), Saturn moves into a very potent alignment (known as cazimi, the closest possible conjunction) with our Sun in the early hours of Wednesday, December 20th when it enters its home sign of Capricorn, one day before […]

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Finding freedom where you are

Several years ago my daughter asked Thich Nhat Hanh a question: “How can I be free when everyone is always telling me what to do?” Ahem.  

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New moon, new impetus for change

Today the Moon meets the Sun in Libra beginning a new month-long cycle which will especially reveal issues in relationship – how you handle them and with whom. Uranus is directly opposite the Sun and Moon, meaning that outcomes can be very different to what was expected.  Either way, relationships will be changing a lot […]

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Gratitude and non-attachment

There is a lot of change happening in my life lately (I know I am not alone in this experience, but hey, this is my blog!).  Big changes have marked my entire life and each one has brought a leap forward in understanding and personal evolution. Yet, all around me, people are saying or writing […]

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Fear is a sign to come home to yourself

Fear seems to be a major driver in our world these days and adds to a generalised feeling of instability and upset that requires constant examination and rebalancing, lest we get sucked into the turmoil. A couple of weeks ago, following a series of tests on my beleaguered hip, an orthopaedic surgeon recommended operating as […]

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Stay healthy this fall with Haldi Doodh (and be trendy at the same time!)

In the 1990s, I heard yoga teacher Nischala Joy Devi say: “Yoga is very popular these days, but what is popular isn’t yoga.” This really struck me back then, and now it seems the same can be said of Ayurveda. Over the past couple of years, Ayurveda’s classic haldi doodh, or Golden Milk (a.k.a. the […]

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Life is a good teacher and a good friend

“Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our […]

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