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We are in a retreat together

“In a pandemic, self-isolation is called quarantine. In Buddhism, it is called retreat. From the cave of our home, like the meditators of ancient times, we can consciously kindle the lamp of compassion and connection.” ~ Lama Willa Miller ***** I will post erratically, each time I stumble upon a picture or a quote that warms my heart. So we can share the positives vibes … Continue reading We are in a retreat together

Family escape in Chiang Mai: 6 must do (2/2)

Not all classrooms have 4 walls and your teachers can wear many different kind of uniforms…   Chiang Mai this week was the best place to learn philosophy, music, science and sport. Learning philosophy with Buddhist monks This was probably the highlight of our stay in Chiang Mai. The chance to exchange with monks and learn about their culture and their way of life. At … Continue reading Family escape in Chiang Mai: 6 must do (2/2)

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Best remedy for empaths – delivered by the Dalai Lama

If you tend to be hyper empath like me, and have a hard time listening to the news without feeling depressed, there is no better fix than the words of the Dalai Lama: “Empathy is simply experiencing another’s emotion. Compassion is a more empowered state where we want what is best for the other person. If we see a person who is being crushed by … Continue reading Best remedy for empaths – delivered by the Dalai Lama

“If you want to live a happy life …

  …Tie it to a goal, not to people or objects”. A. Einstein I came across this quote the other day and it got me thinking : Our contract in the Philippines ends in December, and when I wonder “where next?”, I have a hard time tying the answer to  a goal. I consider what would be good to our family – a safe place for … Continue reading “If you want to live a happy life …

(kinda) Mindful Monday: My Buddha said Tokyo!

When in doubt, Buddhism encourages us to question our perspective on our current situation. Can we shift it or enlarge it?are there any positive angles? We should practise bringing our attention to our breath through our day as a way to focus on the present moment. That’s what I should be doing. But I am still far too restless to stay really still for more than … Continue reading (kinda) Mindful Monday: My Buddha said Tokyo!

Mundane Monday Challenge: Look at the bright side

Before you choose what you want to focus on today, remember the Buddha’s words : “What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you imagine you can create“. So, the barbed wire or the heart shaped shiny leaf? Wishing you all an inspiring week … 🙂 More about the Mundane Monday Challenge right there Continue reading Mundane Monday Challenge: Look at the bright side

Reverse Culture shock: what Paris’ edges are telling me

Our family has been living in South East Asia for almost 7 years, and each time we travel back to France, I realize how our environment has been shaping my spirits: Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia have a round kind of alphabet, nothing sharp like our A, V, Z or W. There is something smooth in the sweet fragrances of the incense sticks in the streets, the welcoming smiles … Continue reading Reverse Culture shock: what Paris’ edges are telling me