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It depends. Contextualize!

How many times have you been instructed to “listen to your body”, or to “move freely” in yoga classes and wondered what the heck you”re supposed to do now? Probably too many…I certainly know I have! Such expressions are really popular in mainstream yoga and while teachers giving them are most of the time super […]

Dancing for joy on the path

The Buddhist path offers more than somber contemplation and quietude; the experience of deep stillness from a sustained meditation practice can cause a river of joy to flow through our everyday lives. It happened one sunny morning after meditation. I was cycling down the street, and all of sudden I wanted to burst into song. […]

Third Paramita, Kshanti – Patience

HOLD YOUR HORSES! In this third instalment of our series on the Six Perfections, we explore the topic of “kshanti” – having patience or forbearance. Heard this before? “I’ve been patient with this, I really have…but I’m TOTALLY over it now. I’m fed up with being patient, it doesn’t get me anywhere!” You’ve probably heard […]

How to open your heart to the world

Metta Bhavana or loving kindness practice is an essential aspect of mindfulness In this last decade, science has been discovering numerous benefits from the practice of mindfulness. Whether it’s reducing stress and anxiety, improving concentration, memory and productivity, and even changing the way our brain works, more and more studies are showing the power of […]

Beginner’s Mind

In the Beginner’s Mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few. – Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Hey presto! Have you ever wondered how children can laugh wholeheartedly at the same magic trick over and over again? As if it’s happening for the first time?  It’s because they’re right there in the […]