Inspiration

Daring to Change

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could overhaul our existence and our societies in one sweeping magical stroke – à la Harry Potter? One little wiggle of a wooden rod, and suddenly our addiction to fossil fuels is gone, replaced by a perfect network of renewable energy sources fueling all our needs. Another broad gesture and organic agriculture has completely…

Rekindling an Ancient Flame

The sun has almost reached its zenith. I stand in the scorching heat, waiting for the ritual to start. And then, a beautiful young woman appears, coming forth in a pleated white dress. She stands still on the porch of the fallen temple of Hera, and plays her flute in honor of the ancient mother of the Gods. Answering her…

To Have or to Bee?

“In the beginning”, she said, “you think you can control them… But you can’t. All you can do, is follow.” I tried to follow her words, yet I was lulled into a silent peacefulness, by the buzzing sounds of the thousands of bees who lived in that small garden bursting with flowers. Or perhaps it was the smoldering sage and…

Touching the Stillness

There I sat on a bench made from the scattered stones of a 2500 year-old temple, savoring a locally made pistachio goat-milk ice-cream. In the middle of February. I was off the trodden-paths, in front of a wisely hidden jewel of ancient times: the temple of Aphaea, river nymph of Ancient Greece. I strolled towards the remains of the temple,…

Virunga: Of Heroism and Love

A week ago, for the third consecutive evening, I was sitting in the plenary hall of the Davos Congress Center. Prepared for a very special evening. What streamed through the space that night was not Andrea Bocelli’s voice blasting open our hearts with passionate intensity. Nor the forceful compression of an official speech, where the thoughts and emotions of 2000…