Category Archives: Mind

One Poem A Week

For as long as I’ve known myself, I’ve had a weak memory. Recently I read that learning things by heart may boost your memory capacity. Why not poems? I’ve always been attracted by bold play with words, by unusual images … Continue reading

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Fall in Love

Close your eyes Fall in Love Stay there. Rumi You can interpret this lovely verse by Rumi (Jalal al-din Rumi, 1207-1273) as a romantic love poem, but I see it in a much wider context, as falling in love with … Continue reading

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Always Take the Weather With You

Sometimes I feel like a hermit, living in my little house at the end of the village and spending most of my time on my own. Entire days can pass when I speak to no-one and just wander around in … Continue reading

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Restoring Qi

On days like that, when the sky looks sad and the mountains are hiding in the clouds… On days like that, when my head is aching and a great weariness makes my steps heavy. On such days I sometimes get … Continue reading

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The Tender Touch

Saying goodbye to one of my dear friends lately, I enjoyed the tenderness with which she hugged me. Thinking that I wanted more such tenderness in my life, I suddenly realised that I have to show it myself to begin … Continue reading

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Breathe For Life

Breathing is what keeps us alive, and still we just take it for granted the way it goes in and out. In and out, and in and out, until we draw our last breath… Still many of us don’t really … Continue reading

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Reflect in Writing

Certain people only reflect in writing. To reflect was a manual activity for him.* Amin Maalouf: Les désorientés Recently I discovered the author Amin Maalouf, and I can only recommend him for a really good read. (Unfortunately the book “Les … Continue reading

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Don’t Despair Over Your Teenager

My daughter just left after four truly wonderful days together here in my Alpine paradise. We hiked, discussed, laughed, cooked, read, listened to music, watched movies and laughed again, enjoying every single second spent together. It was not always like … Continue reading

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Personal Values

What are the most important values in your life? Is it Generosity, Kindness, Freedom, Gratefulness, Integrity, or something else? Some years ago, as a part of the process to find out how to move on in my life, I made … Continue reading

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Stop, Smile, and Breathe

It’s been more than ten years that I’ve been reading and thinking about mindfulness and how to live a more conscious life. Of course during that time I’ve taken some steps in the right direction. I’m not blindly rushing on … Continue reading

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