This article on Medium first introduced me to ‘You are here’ by Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced ‘Tick Not Hon’). The article spoke about a very short and simple meditation mantra that had resonated with me so much that I integrated it into my daily routine immediately. I ordered the book shortly after because I couldn’t wait to read more about it.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist who has established a number of practice centres around the world to spread his wisdom.
In his book, he shares what mindfulness means in the Buddhism doctrine and teaches how every one of us can be more mindful in their daily routines. I had somehow often associated the term with mental health and well-being but in ‘You Are Here’ it is described as the foundation of a Buddhist’s everyday life. …
Earlier this year I stumbled across a podcast episode in which Sarah Wilson, an Australian journalist, television presenter and author, talked about her cookbook I Quit Sugar. It is designed to take the readers on an 8-week sugar detox programme accompanied with suitable recipes for each stage.
I’ve been debating the How bad is sugar really? question for a long time (no, that’s not true — for a very long time). …
Affirmations are not everyone’s cup of tea. And that’s totally okay. I’ve read literature saying that affirmations are confirmed to be life-changing and make miracles happen and others that describe affirmations as a bit ‘woo-woo’.
And while it’s interesting to look at such studies and experiments, my opinion is that it doesn’t really matter whether affirmations ‘do’ anything or not.
Positive affirmations are what they say they are: positive.
And they have the ability to add a little bit of gentleness to our lives. So even if they don’t cause any magical transformations, we can console yourself with the fact that we’ve sprinkled a bit of positivity by saying them and I believe that this can’t do any harm. …
I chose Killer Diamonds as my first novel to write an article about because I detected a recurring pattern in the storyline with I think is extremely relevant to our nowaday society.
The main characters in this book experience a form of emotional neglect in their early childhood and subsequently suffer from emotional disconnection later in their lives. As a result of that, some of them develop a behaviour which — admittedly — I have been able to witness in myself at certain stages of my life. And maybe you do, too.
I’m talking about the refusal of taking responsibility for one’s problems and instead, blaming others for it. …
I have never really given failure much thought. Until I discovered the — ironically very successful — podcast How To Fail With Elizabeth Day. I soon became a regular listener because I found Elizabeth Day to interview her guests in such a beautiful way that I had never encountered with anyone else before.
With equal amounts of humour, compassion and eloquence she turns a conversation about failure into something you want to binge-listen. If that isn’t success, then I don’t know what is.
In her relatively short book ‘Failosophy’, Elizabeth Day makes use of the accumulated knowledge of almost 90 podcast episodes in 9 seasons of How To Fail and outlines her seven failure principles. …
Before I get into my thoughts about the book — I’d prefer to be clear from the beginning: I am not crazy about true crime (in fact I’m terrified!) and I’ve never listened to an episode of Karen’s and Georgia’s My Favourite Murder podcast. I also don’t ever read books with the word ‘murder’ in the title.
That is because I had a rebellious phase in my teenage years which I would spend watching horror movies with my then best friend, needless to say, that it was without permission or supervision. After we finished the movie I needed to make my way home. On my own. …
Eight months ago, I embarked on an adventure: I quit my job without a back-up plan.
Instead of being worried that I had just waved goodbye to financial security, I was excited about my future and convinced that 2020 was going to be my year! I couldn’t stop fantasizing about the countless opportunities the job market would have to offer. I felt ready.
I’ve never been someone who claimed to enjoy exercising. It’s the feeling of accomplishment after having done sports that I find more pleasant than the actual process of exercising.
Finding the motivation to get up and go to the gym are already two of the hurdles we need to jump before even starting to exercise! Followed by a process of pushing our body to a challenging limit that requires hard work.
I totally understand why many people think that sport is not for them despite all the health benefits that come with it. I’m sure I don’t need to do a deep-dive into all those advantages. …
Have you ever dropped a plate or a mug? — Probably!
Did it annoy you? — Maybe!
Have you ever heard of Kintsugi? — Well if you haven’t, you’re not alone!
In a podcast episode I listened to, someone casually dropped this expression and I didn’t know what it meant, so I did some research to find out more about it. The concept of it felt so mind blowing to me that I decided to capture my biggest learnings in this article.
I’d like to share with you what Kintsugi is, what it has to do with broken dishes and reveal some hidden lessons of a shattered plate. …
My Daily Haloha app recently sent me this prompt:
Not everyone would agree, but ________ is beautiful.
The first thing that came to mind was “rain”!
Not many people relate to my excitement about it. In fact, it was one of the first things everyone would criticise when I moved to London “Are you sure you want to live there? In London, it rains all the time!” But that’s another story.
The prompt inspired me to dedicate an article to what I think is one of the most remarkable feats of nature.
With temperatures of 30°C, the last few days felt exhausting to me. It made me long for the sky to send a flood of water down to the earth. And I was hoping for it to come sooner than later. …