Mariana, a long-time practitioner of mindfulness, shares her mindfulness story. See the video interview down below.

Mindfulness is something we co-learn, through sharing and listening. We start believing a calmer, softer, happier life is possible only when we see it in others. Or when we start displaying this calmness, softness, happiness, and someone sees our change and points at it with excitement. “Hey!” they say. “I see you. You would have responded differently in the past. But this time you are more open and relaxed / loving and kind / you are enjoying life more.”

We co-learn it because mindfulness doesn’t belong to anyone. There is no MY or YOUR mindfulness. There is only THE mindfulness…


My 2020 inspiration board

Thich Nhat Hanh says: “The Earth turns. The seasons change. Time is not bound in any framework, yet, still we have deep gratitude to our ancestors who framed time in days, months, and years so that, now, we have an opportunity at the end of each year to look back: at the things that we have done or have not yet done, at the streams of mind, body and events that have shaped our being and our relationships.” 💚

His words evoke a sense of gentle and loving reflection on the continuum of life and our connectedness. The wisdom of…


The letter below is adapted from a real voice message I sent to a close friend of mine today while walking from my home to one of my favorite coffee shops in Paris. ❤️️

Hi friend,

Your messages have been on my mind the whole week. Aside from the beautiful simplicity of your morning ritual (making coffee, short meditation while the coffee brews, reading or maybe journaling), I really loved how you said that there are no set amounts of time assigned to the activities, and you would instead like to “ work on strengthening your intuitive understandings of time…


The love relationship between siblings is one of the most complicated love relationships. In no other relationship, the similarities between you and the other person are so many; in no other relationship, the differences are so stark.

The fact that you were brought up by almost the same parents, almost in the same environment, with almost the same values, creates a kinship never seen before. The fact that you were brought up almost the same makes the subtle differences seem insurmountable.

You weren’t allowed to stay out until 10 pm but they were. Your father wasn’t alive on your wedding…


Since 2008, 50% of the world’s population has been living in cities. By 2050, this percentage will increase to 65%. But this is only counting humans. What about the animal population of the world?

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On a hot July afternoon, I come out the metro at Places des Fêtes, unable to put down my copy of Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg. I am in that weird state of readwalking.

The chapter ends with a lovingkindness practice: go out for a walk and send good wishes to random people you see on the street.

I am already out and I am already…


The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

I send letters every 2 weeks on nurturing everyday wellness. The excerpt below is from the 10th letter sent on Aug 6, 2019. You can read the letter in full or subscribe here.

I remember a distinct moment with my dad. I must have been around 12 years old. We were in the car alone; he was driving me somewhere. He leaned in, opened wide his dark brown eyes, and looked at me intently. He was about to say something he wanted me to remember.

Use your eyes, he said. Most people don’t know how to use their eyes.


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I send letters every 2 weeks on nurturing everyday wellness. The excerpt below is from the 9th letter sent on May 15, 2019. You can read the letter in full or subscribe here.

A new phrase came into our language recently, did you notice? Toxic people. The internet is full of titles like “7 Types of Toxic People and How To Spot Them” and “Toxic People: 12 Things They Do and How to Deal With Them”.

Toxic means poisonous. Something that comes in and takes away the integrity of other things. …


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I send letters every 2 weeks on nurturing everyday wellness. The excerpt below is from the 8th letter sent on April 23, 2019. You can read the letter in full or subscribe here.

I don’t like the word fighting. I’ve put enormous pressure on myself over the years to avoid any fighting. To not be violent. To go and deal with my anger on my own, so that I can come back with willingness and patience. So that I can argue, disagree, debate, rather than fight. This self-imposed standard eventually became what others expect of me too, to the extent…


The transition from a 9–5 job to being self-employed had many struggles for me. One of these struggles was, and still is, the blurry lines between what constitutes as work, and what doesn’t.

When I was a product manager at a startup, I had to show up at the office (or on my computer) at a certain time in the morning, and mentally check out of work at a certain time in the evening. …


I send letters every 2 weeks on nurturing everyday wellness. The excerpt below is from the 7th letter sent on April 2, 2019. You can read the letter in full or subscribe here.

Recently I saw a successful female entrepreneur launch a program to help other entrepreneurs wanting to grow their businesses. I like this female entrepreneur for the way she talks about being a human, a woman, an entrepreneur. But in the launch of this program, she used one word that stood out from the others and that didn’t resonate with me.

That word was discipline.

She was promising…

Zeynep Esin

Mindfulness teacher, writer, entrepreneur. ♥️ Sign up to my newsletter: https://bit.ly/2F3U0n4

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