Category Archives: Poetry & Quotes

Bookstore Bliss

Bookstores are my favourite stores! Unfortunately, they are a species in extinction, due the raging e-commerce. Private little bookstores, run by amazingly well-read and well-informed book specialists are hardly to be found anymore, but OK, a big Waterstones is not … Continue reading

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Spring Renewal

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. Joseph Campbell In many … Continue reading

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Instead of Hibernating

“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” Paul Theroux When the weather is snowy with a bit of sun winter is pure paradise! Going out hiking or snowshoeing in the crisp air and being dazzled by the bright sunlight … Continue reading

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Poetizing Life

When I read the expression “to poetize life” it instinctively appealed to me, even though I wasn’t really sure what it meant. Checking up the expression I learned that to poetize life means to “bring beauty and love to man, … Continue reading

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Books That Inspire

It is not the first time I read “The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer. Already six years ago, I was struck by the simplicity of the author’s writing and how he treats the important theme on how to find … Continue reading

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Free Inner and Outer Spaces

Where I live should reflect who I am. I want my need for inner peace to be reflected by a harmonious, uncluttered home. I’m not striving for Japanese purity, but I need free surfaces. Alas, I am still attached to … Continue reading

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Be There For Your Tea

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole earth revolves. Thich Nhat Hanh Why is it so difficult to do everyday actions mindfully? Because we’re on automatic pilot, having done these things … Continue reading

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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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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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