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Belle Mamma

Belle Mamma

Learned and sung many times at Schumacher College when I was there as an MSc Student, I continued the tradition of sharing this song with the sangha of Lower Hamlet during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve retreat of 2012. Together we shared it with the whole Plum Village community as the ending performance to our New Year’s Eve celebrations, wrapping up the song with a Touching of the Earth, one of Plum Village’s many practices of mindfulness.

Happiness is Here and Now

The power of music is a nourishment that I would never want to live with out.  I’m spending Christmas and New Years at Plum Village in France, and here we sing a lot of songs, all the time! The second (or so) Plum Village song I learned was in London from my friend Joe, and hopefully soon will have a recording of Joe, Felipe and I singing it together up online.  But in the mean time, I just wanted to share the words with you, hope they get stuck in your head, and work like medicine, the same way it did with me 🙂

Happiness is here and now, I have dropped my worries.

Nowhere to go, nothing to do, and I am in no hurry.

Happiness is here and now, I have dropped my worries.

Somewhere to go, something to do, but I am in no hurry.

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Thoughts from the Garden


If everyday we wake up with a story about who we are, identifying ourselves with actions we have done in the past, we are setting terms and conditions on ourselves. And often unconsciously, if we don’t live up to those labels throughout the day, we don’t feel like ourselves, or feel less than ourselves, incomplete or maybe as though we’ve failed in some way. Continue reading

Gaian Folk inspired by Gaia Theory 🙂

Holistic Science Diaries

The Gaia Theory posits that the organic and inorganic components of Planet Earth have evolved together as a single living, self-regulating system. It suggests that this living system has automatically controlled global temperature, atmospheric content, ocean salinity, and other factors, that maintains its own habitability. In a phrase, “life maintains conditions suitable for its own survival.” In this respect, the living system of Earth can be thought of analogous to the workings of any individual organism that regulates body temperature, blood salinity, etc.

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Walking 4,6 kilometres along the coast of Dartmouth, under a gorgeous weather, sunny at times helps us realise the age of the Earth: 4,600 million years. Life has taken a long time to develop, and humans haven’t come on to the picture only until recently. Gazing at the grandeur of the Sea, we see that the relation between Humans and the planet, that rather than a major…

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Gratitude for my lymphs…

It’s been almost a week that the lymph nodes in my throat started to swell up. I find it so fascinating when I get sick, because it happen very irregularly, but when it does happen it is never something ‘normal’ (last year it was a lung weaze-ing incident…). In between taking drops of oregano oil, zinc, ginger and licorice tea, sleeping, applying arnica oil, miso soup, creamy porridge, and wearing enough scarves at once to give me the support of a neck brace, I really had the amazing opportunity to feel and be thankful for all the different functions my throat has. Continue reading