5 myths I don’t believe anymore after reading ‘You Are Here’ by Thich Nhat Hanh

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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. …

A Story About the Spider and How It’s Never Just About the Spider

Every morning, I open the door to my balcony and enjoy the fresh air streaming into my room. It feels peaceful, refreshing, exhilarating.

I look up from my computer screen and turn my head towards the window, squinting my eyes to adjust to the bright blue sky.

The position of…

About My Inspiring yet Disappointing Journey With ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki

Book cover of ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ by Robert T. Kiyosaki — picture by author

I found myself agreeing with the theory of the Rich-Dad-Attitude and could relate to most of his hypothetical views. Just not with the execution.

It took me a couple of years of my adult life to find the intrinsic motivation of wanting to understand and take care of my personal…

A reflection about fearing, hoping and daring to love — inspired by Delia Owens’ novel ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’

Book cover of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens — picture by author

Delia Owens managed to bring Kya’s story — of fearing , hoping and daring to love— to me in such vivid detail that I could feel the girl’s emotions through the pages.

There aren’t a lot of books that allow me to fully grasp and appreciate the power that words…

A Story About Breathing, Resting and Arriving

In the early afternoon, I set out for a walk. I don’t have a plan this time but my legs are already conditioned to walk the usual streets that lead me to my favourite park.

I decide that today is an offline day.

I am glued to screens five days…

Using the Example of Christie Tate's Memoir ‘Group’

Book Cover of ‘Group’ by Christie Tate — picture by author

One phenomenon I repeatedly encounter on my reading journey is that every book has its very own energy attached to it.

In fact, I found that there is quite a large spectrum of sensations we can associate with a story; while some leave you feeling breezy, upbeat, validated, heard or…

And How We Can Break the Cycle as Beautifully Illustrated in ‘Paradise City’, a Novel by Elizabeth Day

Book cover of ‘Paradise City’ by Elizabeth Day — photo by author

Have you ever experienced sitting at your friend’s dinner table together with their family and thinking ‘Wow, I wish my family was this close’?

Or seeing someone’s Facebook post on how they had an awesome beach holiday with their partner and you feel the envy because you have no functioning…

Pia Barna

24 years, based in London. Interested in reading, writing, walking, gymnastics, music, podcasts, health and well-being and most importantly: squirrels!

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