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Book Tour 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Zen Under Fire launches in the US and Canada on 4 June, so I’m planning an epic tour of the US and Canada to celebrate, and to meet as many of you as I can. Listed below are the events already confirmed.Hopefully I’ll be able to confirm more events very soon (in New York, Boston, […]

10 Rules for Brilliant Women

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

I know a lot of brilliant women. Some of them are probably reading this post. And most of the time, they don’t know their brilliance. Which is why I love what my friend Tara Mohr does. She spent years coaching brilliant women who didn’t recognise their own brilliance. They told her they weren’t ready to take […]

5 Lessons I Learned While Running

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Last week I told you how returning to running was teaching me to be a beginner again. Here are five other things I’ve learned while running recently. 1. Run easy One of the core teachings of the yogic texts is on the importance of balancing effort with ease. Sthira sukham asanam ~ Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sthira means […]

My not-so-secret success formula: value-driven business

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Five Years Ago Five years ago I was talking to my father about my work as a human rights advocate. He was proud of my work, my commitment to the rights and dignity of all people, and my willingness to sacrifice comfort to work in difficult settings. But he was frustrated by the fact that […]


Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

For the rest of this week, I’ll be in silence. I’m at a meditation and writing retreat with Natalie Goldberg. Doing little other than: Remembering to share my lunch with the hungry ghosts who are otherwise never satisfied so they’ll leave me in peace to write. Sweeping the zendo floor even when it looks clean, […]

How yoga makes me a better writer

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about ‘hammering the nails’ of my writing, a lesson I learned from William Zinsser in his book ‘On Writing Well‘. I’ve been thinking more about Zinsser’s fundamental rule for writing, which is: Be yourself. Of course that is infinitely more difficult than it first appears. I’ve been thinking about what […]

What Afghanistan Taught Me, Again (Part I)

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

When I sent this photo to my sweetheart, he wrote back: “I think you may have found your calling.” And I think he might be right. I learned a lot over the past three weeks, most of it not for the first time. I was reminded, for example, how much I love having an excuse to interview people. […]

Turning 40 in Afghanistan. In pictures.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012


Birthday thoughts

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Yesterday was my 40th birthday. I woke up, for the first time in my life, thinking of all the people who I’ve loved who didn’t make it to 40. I was sad and deeply grateful at the same time. Is this what aging feels like? Am I going to wake on all my birthdays from […]

Ghor Day Two: Ghosts and Kuchi dogs

Friday, May 4th, 2012

When I was in Herat I drove past my old guesthouse several times. It is no longer a UN guesthouse, the guard box out the front is gone. Every time I drove past I wanted to stop, go inside and climb up to the roof where I used to practice yoga and breath in. Or […]

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