What are your anchors when you want to feel calm, grounded and more settled? This was the topic of discussion on my latest podcast The SlowDown in which, along with my co-host we talked about the situation in Belgium (where I live, a country on lockdown) and in Canada...

“I am not overwhelmed, I have phenomenal coping skills” or what about this one “Nothing is too much for me, I am amazing, and I can get through this.” This is what a positive mind looks like when you plant good thoughts into it says Marisa Peer the best-selling author,...

We have this saying, where I live in Belgium, that Antwerp is for living and Brussels is for working. Over time I have come to realise that having a clear distinction (living vs. working) has really contributed to balancing my wellbeing. But I cannot say the same for m...

I have never actually counted how many decisions I make a day but I am sure it is in the hundreds. I am sure every human (and animal for that matter) has the same experience. Just this morning, I was figuring out what to have for breakfast, which train to to get, where...

There's a line from a poem which reads; 'How can I stop my mind being overloaded when the world is so overloaded.' It reminds me of a workshop I taught recently on how to meditate.

The class had to battle with noise from sirens, people and loud music so I told everyone...

Isn't it funny how quickly our emotions can change? It's like emotions are just waiting to get us when we least expect it. One minute you can be happy and then sadness can just smack you round the face out of nowhere.

One exercise to gauge how your emotions change is t...

When you tell someone you're practicing inner peace they look at you like you're mad! But it is a practice, just like playing an instrument. Practicing inner peace, practicing to be calm, practicing to be content with your life, practicing not to compare your life with...

It's often said, poetry captures emotion better than any other form of art.  It makes you think and puts into words what you often can't express yourself.

When we first organised retreats we explored poetry. There were too clear camps - the haters and th...

Who would have thought that drawing and meditation would go together? The inner child having a conversation with a grown-up and seeing how crayons can unburden a busy mind. 

Drawing (especially with crayons) is like going back to your roots to a phase of ‘unlearning’....

I was recently asked a question about how to handle grief. It reminded me of teaching at my first retreat using yoga and meditation to relax into writing. Most of the people were very wary of the writing part of the retreat and only interested in the yoga and the venue...

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