Category: Mind

The road to Freedom is a long game, but there are shortcuts…

Mind

Freedom is a word, a practice, an action, a feeling, and a state of mind. We often speak of our right to live in a free environment but what exactly does this mean? There are precious moments where individual decisions can really make a difference to society at large. The wrong word or action can […]

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Gratitude: Our Human Superpower

Mind

Every creature on this planet has at least one superpower. Ants can carry 50 times theirown bodyweight, hummingbirds can fly backwards, humans can express gratitude. Thismay sound trite, but gratitude is our superpower. A superpower we know about, pay lipservice too, but don’t fully take into our hearts and honour. There is plenty of scientific […]

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About Loving Kindness and Why Practice It

Mind

I never really understood the practice of Loving Kindness, metta, until recently. Sure, I had readabout it, heard about it in my trainings, practiced it, and even taught it, but somehow I didn’t‘quite get it’. That is until I read Christina Feldman’s book Boundless Heart, The Buddha’s Pathof Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. In her […]

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The Anatomy of a Morning Ritual

Mind

Let your morning routine be like a homecoming,  a place of belonging. Something you get excited about when you close your eyes before going to sleep. It’s an intimate offering, a part of you, like a friend that is always by your side.

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6 Ways to Cultivate a Summer Practice

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Summer is here, and there is so much to celebrate. Travel season is finally open, the weather is amazing and I feel light, energetic and hopeful. People around me are smiling, I live in the South of France and the combination of rivers, mountains, beach (and the aperitivo) is simply intoxicating. All of life’s regular challenges seem […]

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How To Learn Telling Your Truth Even When It Feels Hard?

Mind

Have you ever heard of Satya – the yogic practice of Truthfulness? Imagine yourself coming home after a nice shopping day. You just spent 300$ on some gorgeous boots and you feel a bit guilty, but hey, it’s been a while since you treated yourself and so what, money needs to flow, right? Your partner […]

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Five Steps to the Present Moment

Mind

You’ve probably heard that in order to arrive at a state of inner peace and deep relaxation, first, you have to connect fully to the present moment, the ‘here and now’. That’s why I like to call meditation the Practice of Presence. There are various techniques to connect to the present moment and to exercise […]

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Want Peace? Embrace The Conflict.

Mind

Want Peace? Embrace The Conflict. The paradox of the compassionate heart A Tibetan monk, who had spent more than 18 years in a Chinese prison labour camp, told the Dalai Lama that on a few occasions he really faced some danger. So, he asked him, ‘What danger? What kind of danger?’, thinking he would tell […]

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5 tips to start 2022 off on the right foot

Mind

1. ​Spend as much time in nature as possible and oxygenate the brain and body. This might seem obvious but in this world of urban living and busyness, we spend too much time in our isolated, unventilated homes. Commit to going on daily short walks and going into a natural park for longer periods at […]

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I ask myself: Why am I so identified with the thinking mind?

Mind

What is the difference between compulsive thinking and voluntary thinking, and how can we get out of the loop of repetitive thoughts that we don’t benefit from? How can meditation help us separate our ego from our true nature? Shastro shares his insights from a lifelong practice of meditation, explaining the ego’s role in obsessive thinking, desire to control the future, and why we identify with our thoughts.

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