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Courage is Fear Walking

The title of this post is a quote from a wonderful TED Talk by psychologist Susan David on the fantastic resources humans are capable of harnessing when they embrace their "negative" emotions. There is no such thing as "negative" emotions after all, Susan David says -...

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Mindfulness – a Life Skill for a New World

Just as nobody argues that, in order to maintain a healthy body, one has to eat a balanced diet and practice sports, lately more and more people understand that in cultivating a healthy mind and balanced emotional life takes work. Meditation is one way to get there and it’s result, Mindfulness, is one amazing way to step off the “hedonic treadmill” which makes so many people chase happiness as an ever elusive external goal and start looking inside for more sustainable personal wellbeing and actually building a joyful, fulfilled life, from the inside out. 

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Transformational Coaching School

UPDATE DEC 2017: I wrote this post two and a half years ago. They passed by in a flash. In the spring of 2018 - the sixth group of Mind Learners coaches will be starting their learning journey. This project has been a fabulous experience, by far the most meaningful...

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“Must”, “It’s Impossible”, “I’ll try” and other Tyrants

This post is for all the beautiful youngsters who are just beginning to walk their own path in life. It’s for all the people who have a dream and tell themselves every day that it’s impossible. Finally, it’s for all those who had the courage to take responsibility for their own lives and use the greatest right we have all been given upon birth – give their life a meaning.

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Coaching, More Than a Fad

Socrates, with his maieutics, was most likely the world’s first coach. Coaching is not just another fad. You, I, any of us can be coaches for ourselves and our loved ones. We don’t need sophisticated courses for that, we just need the honest openness to listen, refrain from judging and assuming we are the keepers of absolute truth and finally, we need the courage to ask those questions that really matter, not for ourselves, but for the other.

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The Heroes You Won’t See in the News

I want you to know these people exist. I’d like you to tell others about them. You won’t see them in the news. They won’t fit among political scandals, car accidents and the latest divorce in the VIP world. But they are worth knowing about.

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Life in Fear. Life in Trust. Or, the power of becoming “Blue”.

Dear ones, my invitation to you is to reflect on the emotions that drive your lives at the moment. What lies behind your most important life decisions or behind your reactions to those closest to you? Discover if you are living in fiear or in love and, if there is something to change, change it consciously.

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10 Recipes for Guaranteed Unhappiness

Over the past few years I learnt that there are no accidental encounters and there are no moments, however mundane, which cannot be turned into a lesson or a source of inspiration. Today I had the gift of such a meeting and such a moment. One of my workshop...

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Cause, Effect and the Lesson You Have Yet to Learn

One of my greatest revelations this year was the idea that there are two ways of living: At Cause and at Effect.  C => E  is a symple equation which describes a more than complex concept. Life "at Effect" is what most of us are living when we complain or feel sorry...

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About learning and why I love my job

Yesterday evening I spent more than two hours with a group of young people from Romania's first Alternative University. It's the second year when I am hosting a 2.0 Course in this amazing community of curious and eager for knowledge people. The theme?...

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People. Roads. Love.

This year I took a longer time to start writing and not because I am out of subjects to write about, but because the very act of living has become so intense that I have been having trouble finding the words to describe my feelings. Over the past year I travelled...

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The Fear of Happiness

"Happiness is gained by sacrifice!". "Anything good in life comes with hard work". "Life is hard". "Life is a battle". "The world is a dangerous place, you need to fight to come through". "Only the best succeed in life". "When good comes too easily, something is...

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Stories with and about Grandparents

Some time ago I was reading an article by Simona Tache - "My Grandparents' Love Story"  (in Romanian) and the many comments filled with nostalgic love stories from half a century ago...I then lovingly remembered my grandparents and a thought stuck with me that I...

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One Drop in the Ocean

Or Why You’re Never Too Small to Make a Difference Reblog from Medium.com One of my favorite movies is the fascinating and controversial “Cloud Atlas”. Some of my friends loved it, others hated it, others said they could understand nothing from this intricate story of...

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Romania Rising

What Happens when Sleeping Beauty Wakes? reblog from medium.com Never in my life did I feel so proud to be part of my generation than I felt today. Today my country marked a new stage in its history. A whole generation of people who, for the past 20 years, have been...

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Why I Feel At Home In Brazil

If you ever arrived in a place for the first time and was taken over by an incredible feeling of familiarity, of "home-ness" and felt you simply belonged there, you will understand how I feel like being in Brazil. Ever since I first stepped off the plane on my first...

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Feeding Your Demons

This is the very idea that lies at the core of this practice – whatever inner demons we are fighting in our lives are in fact potential teachers. Even illness can be a powerful teacher, if we treat it as such.

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The Story Of The Girl Who Talked To The Clouds

Today a magical week has come to an ending. Dream Teacher Level I ended with hugs and dreams for the future, and a creative offering from each of the participants. Some sang, some wrote poetry, some drew. I wrote a short story, which I am now sharing with my friends...

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Here, Everything is Dreaming

This week has been a dream both literally and figuratively. I'm in the middle of the mountains, in the North-Western part of the United States, attending the Dream Teacher Training with author and teacher Robert Moss. You might wonder what a Dream Teacher is. Many...

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Overcoming Learned Helplessness

Today I took part in a Swimathon, alongside four wonderful people, all giving our best in the water to raise money for a charitable cause. We swam next to 7 other teams in an open air Olympic pool. We encouraged each other and we had our friends on the side cheering...

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Choosing Love

I have the privilege to witness amazing transformations in people I work with every day and sometimes, as it happened today, I am reminded of how simple, yet magical, the catalysts for these transformations can be. Today I had coffee with one of my coaching clients,...

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Turning Weakness into Strength and Embracing our Uniqueness

 I have recently discovered Andrew Solomon, a writer who nearly won the Pullizer prize 10 years ago for an exceptional book, The Noonday Demon, in which he recounts his own battle with depression and takes an in depth look at this modern plague, affecting an...

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30 Years. The Story of a Love Lost and a Life Found.

I first saw him, really saw him, on the bus taking us from Campus to the Centre of Bucharest. He was leaning on the rail, his gaze lost somewhere in that indefinite space between where I was, two meters away, and the window, through which the orangey light of late...

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The Blessing and Curse of Having a Choice

This is good, that is bad, he is right, she is wrong, we know better, they make mistakes. Where is the truth? We are all so immersed in our own view of the world that we forget one simple thing: We have a choice! A choice of what to believe, of which side to take, of...

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Where Do You Go When You Run Away From Yourself?

I have just finished reading a fascinating book: "The Examined Life - How We Lose and Find Ourselves" by psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz. It's a collection of stories gathered in more than 25 years of practice, patient stories which Grosz turns, with great skill, into...

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