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Fear, the finest counsellor you could wish for!

It was 6 a.m. at a cold, bleak and deserted metro station in Paris. I was twenty, and waiting for the metro that would take me to work, when an unpleasant man appeared from nowhere and whispered something inaudibly to me in French. My body froze in fear. My instincts told me to get away, and I rushed towards the stairs. Fortunately, a woman had just arrived. The man sped off, leaving me gasping with relief.

 

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Be yourself effortlessly

Many years ago, I read that if I surrendered to life, I would do everything with the greatest of ease. The right people and circumstances would arrive at the right moment, enabling me to do things effortlessly. Yet, although I did my very best to surrender to life, my life was everything but effortless.

 

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In a hurry? sit down for a while!

 “In a hurry? Sit down for a while,” my meditation teacher used to say to me whenever I wanted to run out of class to catch my bus home. I was nineteen, highly sensitive, insecure and suffering from an eating disorder. Because of my therapist I ended up in meditation class. There I learned to sit still, follow my breathing and go within myself. And although this seemed impossible at first, it eventually changed my life … 

 

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