Last weekend in Zurich we did a workshop with Gurmukh. Oooooh. And Sunday. Sunday was blissful. I came back to “Earth” filled with tremendous amount of energy. Not because Gurmukh spreads energy. She is not magical. But that woman. She knew what she was doing. That kind gracious lady Gurmukh made us dance. She made us move. She made us go crazy. Read More
Growing up in Sarajevo in a pretty much dysfunctional family, I thought I was different because other families were “normal”. Growing up in Berlin as a refugee later I thought I was different because I was poor and I lived in a refugee center. Then I came to Holland. And felt different again. I couldn’t say why.Read More
Do not love half lovers.
Do not entertain half friends.
Do not indulge in works of the half talented.
Do not live half a life and do not die a half death.
If you choose silence, then be silent.
When you speak, do so until you are finished.
Do not silence yourself to say something.
And do not speak to be silent.
If you accept, then express it bluntly.
Do not mask it.
If you refuse then be clear about it.
For an ambiguous refusal Is but a weak acceptance.
Do not accept half a solution.
Do not believe half truths.
Do not dream half a dream.
Do not fantasize about half hopes.
Half a drink will not quench your thirst.
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger.
Half the way will get you no where.
Half an idea will bear you no results.
Your other half is not the one you love.
It is you in another time yet in the same space.
It is you when you are not.
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said,
A smile you postponed,
A love you have not had,
A friendship you did not know,
To reach and not arrive,
Work and not work,
Attend only to be absent,
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you,
And they strangers to you.
The half is a mere moment of inability
But you are able for you are not half a being.
You are a whole that exists to live a life, not half a life.
~ Khalil Gibran
I’m inspired by a conversation I had with my father and my grandmother. We were talking about family life and how it was back then. My grandmother remembered how difficult life was but also how simple it was just appreciating what was given or received. She had take care of the family, raising three boys, while running the house, making the food and working 5 days a week to earn money. My grandfather worked as well
Do you think that if you would practice yoga every day you would be nothing but happy all the time? Well, call me naive but I thought so! And it is true. For a part. But only for a part… Bad news is that even with a regular yoga practice we can’t control what life throws at us. But good news is that with help of yogic techniques we can definitely control our response to all of it. We still have a choice.
I read this amazing tale of courage about an American doctor who contracts Ebola working in a clinic in Sierra Leone. He recovers after coming very close to death in an Atlanta hospital and is released being declared Ebola free.
But two months later after experiencing excruciating eye pain, he finds himself back in hospital as they discover the virus still lurking in his inner eye. It’s a fascinating story about the incredible complexity of the human body but also how incredibly vast is the human heart.