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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 always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings. ~Jalal ad-Din Rumi (30 September 1207-17 December 1273) Rumi, born with a Libra Sun, is a beautiful embodiment of…

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    Chai bella!

    I must confess to a personal addiction to masala chai, which for me is the essence of the Himalayas in a cup. Each sip of spicy warmth reminds me of the magic of remote mountain villages and tiny tea stalls found in the most unlikely places, including perched on a 2500m high mountain ridge. Hot, nourishing tea with a stellar view is almost as big a payoff as reaching the pilgrimage destination itself! Just as the world is divided between cat lovers and dog lovers, India itself is divided between tea drinkers and coffee drinkers, roughly North v South. Although the modern global coffee shop trend is slowly tipping the…