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    When retreating is the best way forward

    Mercifully, a strong spiritual practice in crazy times offers a lot of clarity and a sense of purpose. I love the French expression “reculer pour mieuxย sauter” (step back to jump better), which nicely sums up the idea that we function best with a bit of perspective. When we step back, retreat and unplug for a while (minutes, hours, days…) we…

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    Ubuntu* ~ “I am what I am because of who we all are”

    Twenty years ago this month I received my first yoga teacher certification in Goa, India. I didn’t see myself as a teacher at that time, just a seeker who needed to stretch out of the box I had put myself in since my high school years. Anyway, a certificate doesn’t make one a teacher and just as parents are born…

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    A vibrant Full Moon to set off the holiday season!

    Overnight tonight (December 14th at 01:05 CET) we will (hopefully!) see another glorious Full Moon – the third “supermoon” in a row. Although there is a lot of light, social energy behind this Gemini Moon – the culmination of the fact-seeking New Moon of two weeks ago – there is also a strong influence of Saturn conjuncting the Sun in…

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    What if peace began in your plate?

    For many people, this is the season of Peace & Love, Forgiveness & Compassion, Goodwill & Gratitude – yes, those wonderful human qualities are typically only seasonal, alas! You might even send or receive greeting cards pleading for Peace on Earth and all that jazz, as if peace would someday finally rain down on us from the heavens thanks to…

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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 just no way to avoid…

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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 notice less when the results…

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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 robbed me of my wellbeing…

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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, and it’s a challenge to…

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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 and closes. If it were…

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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 โ€“ and only you โ€“ can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate of the entire World. Each…