“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.” Buddha
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama
“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart” Rumi
Hardwiring Happiness – Rick Hanson
Authentic Happiness – Martin Seligman
Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life – Sylvia Boorstein
The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want – Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Science of Happiness: How Our Brains Make Us Happy – and what We Can Do to Get Happier – Stefan Klein
The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, But Does – Sonja Lyubomirsky
“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page” Augustine of Hippo
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustave Flaubert
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
Wandering around the island in the evenings to marvel at the flickering stars and falling in love with the Croatian Coast even after a meeting with a scorpion face to face.
On a boat tour listening to the captain playing his saxophone in a sea cave with puffins flying by.
Relaxing in the orange water of Poca Da Dona Beija surrounded by the black volcanic rocks and juicy green leaves after savouring a warm “bolo levedo”.
Being swept away by the sheer beauty of Remarkable Rocks and entertained by a lazy koala climbing up and down a tree.
Strolling down the paths of the Cactus Garden and Jameos del Agua by Cesar Manrique and later watching the waves at the spectacular Playa de Papagayo.
Enjoying concerts by crickets at sunrise and swimming in Blue Lagoon at sunset.
Smelling the volcano and getting feet warm at the top of Etna.
“All of man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit, quietly, in a room by himself.” Blair Pascal
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Gautama the Buddha
“The most precious gift we can offer others is your presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Harvard Medical School – Mindfulness Conference with Thich Nhat Hanh
With the sun pouring down and a gentle breeze dancing around his robe sensing the powerful presence of Thich Nhat Hanh as he passed by me after our group meditation in the park
European Science Foundation – Conference on Neuroscience and the Law
Having discussions about the application of neuroscience to the practice of law with neuroscientists from Rio de Janeiro and Max Planck Institute overlooking the Amalfi Coast after strolling the cobblestones of Pompeii
Mind and Life Institute – Symposium on Contemplative Studies
Listening to the Dalai Lama talking about his childhood and the need for compassion
Zen Brain at Upaya Zen Center
Attending presentations by Richard Davidson (one of the world’s most renowned neuroscientist) after coming to believe that one can sit on a cushion and meditate for five hours a day
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Conference in Vancouver
Practicing Qi Gong with Peggy Thompson when nobody else showed up and listening to her stories about the birth of collaborative practice
UC Berkeley School of Law – The Mindful Lawyer Conference
Attending FIRST ever conference exploring the integration of mindfulness into education and legal practice
University of Porto- Congress on Facial Expression of Emotion
Talking to the face transplant recipient and a victim of horrendous domestic assault about the meaning of life