Piece together the path

The more you try to escape the present moment, your body numbs

Stop the cycle of running, come back to the here and now

Feel your body, feel your breath

You are here

The way you carry your body will carry your mind

Develop concentration, become one with your breath

Establish stillness within yourself

Your anchors are the in- and out-breath

When you understand your own pattern 

Use your attention to care for your pain or unhealthy habits

Identify where the pain is coming from, let go in order to move forward

When you are attached, there is no space for experience

Study the story of your ancestors

What were the key moments in your parents life?

It is helpful to understand the experiences that shaped them

And therefore shaped you

Piece together the path

When you walk fast, who is it who’s walking fast?

You are a multitude, you remember 

Revise and elaborate teachings so your practice becomes visible

Recognize what is wrong

If you can’t recognize the suffering, you can’t stop the suffering

If the diagnosis is correct, the treatment will work very well

It will be the end of ill-being 

And you will walk on the path of well-being

Train every day and you will see gradual progress

Take refuge in those who show you the way of mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness is non-religious

When you have a non-dualistic view, you protect nature

A gatha is a short poem

You can only welcome and receive when you are open

Through maintaining mindfulness, you arrive in each moment in your body

When you take care of yourself, you take care of your beloved ones

With eyes of compassion, you communicate 

You wake up and you smile


Since coming together, we have been cultivating a life of simplicity, solitude and creativity. Falling in love during the pandemic helped us to see what truly mattered, and how we desired to live. We settled on the Big Island of Hawaii, living off-grid with only nature as our neighbor. Framed by banana trees, our sweet octagon home had a panoramic ocean view, with Maui on the horizon and swaying palm trees on the edge of the cliff.

But somehow our path was guiding us to leave Hawaii and to be in Europe for a while. We knew that leaving our home in Hawaii would be emotional and challenging for us. We wanted to arrive as gently as possible and felt Plum Village would be a warm refuge for grounding, integration and beginning anew.

Plum Village is a buddhist monastic community founded & guided by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay). We are both greatly inspired & moved by Thay’s teachings. We often read to each other his words to soothe, relax and remember. His translation of reality is simple, accessible, yet rich with deep wisdom, truth and poetry. A language that our hearts readily understand. He would often speak about Plum Village in his books, sharing the benefits of walking meditation or praising his beloved community. 

We took part in a 2-week chapter of their yearly Rains Retreat, which offers optimal conditions for contemplation and peace, experienced as a time of healing and slowing down. From the moment we entered the beautiful rustic hamlet nestled amongst vineyards and tree groves, we felt an inner breeze of refreshment and a deep sigh that sounded like coming home. 

We highly recommend you to visit their website to learn more and perhaps plan your own visit, www.plumvillage.org


Thich Nhat Hanh
1926 — 2022

The discomfort before stillness dapples the inner light
I desire a calm fluid body
My ghostly mind wanders in despair for stories
Why do I dream a world less colorful then the present moment?
I notice my shallow breath
Present moment, where are you?
I pause and invite the wind in my palms


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