you are the company you keep

The company you keep…

…influences the kind of world you’re creating. In the March 2017 Happy Notes, I shared the findings of Daniel J. Siegel, pioneer in the field called interpersonal neurobiology, highlights the role of interpersonal experiences in forging key connections in the brain (The Developing Mind), saying that “The human mind is a relational and embodied process that regulates […]

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caged dress

Untamed or crazy?

In the February 2017 Happy Notes, I explore what it may mean to live an untamed life. What have you given up on as a result of your domestication? Some of you responded, voicing a concern about the need for balance: What if untamed = crazy? It must be said that what may be crazy […]

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How to overcome meditation “stumbling but’s”

You’re interested in meditation but… …you just can’t get started? Even though you have probably read an article or two about the benefits of meditation, and you may even have seen the positive changes in a friend or colleague who started meditating, or your life coach recommended it for you, you still have not taken […]

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What will be eclipsed in your life?

As I write this the moon is partially eclipsing the sun on the first day of the month of spring here in the southern hemisphere. Spring is the season of new beginnings and in Cape Town  there are many signs that the season are changing: bright green, new leaves emerge, wild flowers bloom in all […]

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let it go

To expect or not to expect?

In the last month I have been reminded of the pain of having expectations. We’ve all heard the saying: “No expectations. No disappointments.” And we know this one:  “Never apologise for having high standards/expectations.” And “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” In the June Happy Notes Newsletter I explored […]

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Much More Metta

Illustration by  Lori Porka Invitation to Multiply Metta We can all agree that the world needs more Loving-Kindness. It would be fun to imagine that while I’m away at the meditation retreat, you too would be joining me in spirit – and millions across the globe – and multiplying Loving Kindness through your own Metta […]

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Nothing and Nowhere

Nothing to do. Nowhere to go. Now that sounds blissful to me. But it was not always the case. I used o frantically, manically fill my day with lots of ‘important’ things to do: scheduling back-to-back appointments, signing up for yet another course, joining another group, checking my emails and social media incessantly, shopping for […]

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To understand is to love

“To understand is to love”

I’ve been grappling with some weird health issues for – what feels like – a looooong time. And as with anything that lingers or persists, I have to ask myself,  what am I resisting? But does one accept ill health when it feels so horrid? As mentioned in February’s Happy Notes newsletter, I believe that […]

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