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You’ll soon see how much you needed this practice in your life.

You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.

— Zen Proverb

Meditation is a powerful and transformative practice. I can go on and on about how beneficial it’s for the soul, mind, and body.

But my intention here is to show you a couple of steps to take today to start meditating and turn it into daily practice. And then see its effectiveness yourself.

Choose the type of meditation you will practice

Meditation can be practiced through two techniquesfocused or mindfulness. But there are many forms of meditation.

Some of them are mindfulness…

Words of wisdom from ‘the father of mindfulness’.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Zen master, writer, peace activist, and one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the world.

His teachings on mindfulness, meditation, and how to enjoy the present moment are transformative and so straightforward to implement into our life. And the book “The Miracle of Mindfulness” is a good start for grasping all these practices.

Listening to his words is so therapeutic and calming — I personally love the interview he did with Oprah a few years ago and the documentary film, “Walk with me”, about the monastic community that Nhat Hanh founded…

Insights on breaking free from materialism, and living well.

Not too long ago, I watched a thought-provoking interview where José Mujica, the former President of Uruguay, was expressing his philosophy of life on the real value of time, money, freedom, and happiness.

Mujica’s known for being a strong advocate of simple living. Besides, during his mandate (2010–2015), he was often called world’s poorest presidentbecause he donated 90% of his monthly salary to charities.

His words can seriously make you rethink the importance you give to material things:

“When you buy something, you’re not paying money for it. You’re paying…

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.”

Lao Tzu was a Chinese philosopher and writer who lived between the 6th and 4th century BC. He is considered the father of Taoism and the author of the “Tao Te Ching”, a fundamental Chinese text that is a must-read for anyone who is on the spiritual path of self-transformation.

His wise words are simple, powerful, and timeless. I believe there is invaluable wisdom we can all learn from ancient Chinese philosophy.

And with this thought in mind, I gathered four of my favorite Lao Tzu quotes that I hope you’ll too find inspirational and gain useful knowledge from their…

You just have to be consistent.

Emotional eating, eating out of boredom, eating while being on our phones, or in front of a tv and watching our favorite show. Eating on a train, in the car, on the street while rushing to work.

I’m sure we’ve all done that. Hectic days and schedules call for these kinds of behaviors. But that’s not an excuse.

We’ve developed quite bad eating habits and eating has become an automatic ritual — we’ve disconnected from being present while we eat our breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacking. Not to mention skipping meals or even worse — forgetting to eat.


Nature is the ever-present spiritual teacher we always have a powerful lesson to learn from.

Nature is alive and it teaches us invaluable lessons every day. It brings novelty to our lives because it looks different every season and it changes every second. I am amazed by the fact that we’re living on such a beautiful planet. And on a deeper level, I feel connected with everything above and below the sky.

Because we’re part of it, nature can have the power to help us understand life better. But we have to pay attention to its greatness and be receptive.

As Albert Einstein once said,

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything…

Because there’s always a vegan alternative to the food that you’re used to eating.

I am vegan but have never done Veganuary. I gave veganism a try a few years ago, at the end of November, and never looked back since then.

Little did I know at that time that November is actually World Vegan Month.

I went vegan mainly for the animals but I found it’s also good for my health and the environment.

Vegan food has been revolutionized in so many ways in the past years and I can honestly say — what a time to be and become vegan!

From the vegan cheese that melts on a pizza to the plant-based…

And they’re all vegan and cruelty-free too.

When I became vegan — just over four years ago, I realized that what we put into our skin is as important as what we put into our body. While I was looking for natural, vegan, and cruelty-free skincare products, I also discovered concepts like organic and sustainable.

Skincare products that have only natural ingredients, that come in recyclable packaging, and that were produced without harming the environment?

Yes, please!

After all, finding organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable products is a conscious consumer’s ultimate dream.

I’ve tried many skincare brands through the years and below are my top three that…

The Christmas art of giving that doesn’t have to cost the Earth.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…and more plastic waste.

We love to give and receive beautifully wrapped presents.

The more colorful and festive the better!

But wrapping a Christmas gift usually involves the use of plastic — a lot actually, because there’s plastic hiding in the gift wrapping.

From the wrapping paper, the ribbon, the gift bow, to the sellotape.

And it all comes at the cost of the environment.

What makes most wrapping paper not recyclable?

The different dyes and chemicals that it’s made with. Some are laminated and can’t be recycled. …

Maria Denisa Dascalu

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