How to change how you react to your thoughts/emotions

⭐⭐⭐”Once you realize the true evolution of your mental problems, you’ll never blame any other living being for how you feel.” ⭐⭐⭐

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Only you – yes only YOU can change your thoughts and is responsible of how you feel. People/ situations may trigger those thoughts, but never create them.

You can choose how you react to your thoughts/emotions. Not easy – yet possible.

How can you do that?

Here are some easy steps that can help:

First relax, detach, centre yourself again and focus.

Relax – notice the thought/ emotion that are there. Breathe and relax and see the thought as a cloud in the big blue, vast sky of your mind. Clouds come and go. The blue, vast sky is always there

Detach – detach yourself from the thought/emotion -imagine the cloud has disappeared fully

Centre – bring your awareness in your body at the navel area

Focus – how would you like to feel instead now? Name the word mentally that expresses that feeling. Breathe it in and breathe out the thought/emotion you do not want to have. Notice the shift of how you feel

‘Free your mind and feel delight’ Thubten Monlam 💛

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Taking Mindfulness off the cushion


Today I attended the Mindful Living Show in London. I was asked to speak at the Experience Zone about the 16 Guidelines for Life, which is one of the courses facilitated by the the Foundation for Development for Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW).

Over the last few years, I attended the Level 1, 2 and 3 Training in the 16G and am now a worldwide accredited 16G facilitator and am occasionally invited to speak about the Training Pathway for 16G.

The FDCW had a stall too at the MLS, where I helped out a few hours too today, and the event had a great turnout. I found that the group of people who attended the Experience Zone 16G talk, engaged really actively and positively with the experiences I offered. The feedback I got was really constructive and I am really happy that it was an inspiring experience for the participants.

Besides being on the stall for FDCW as well today, I also had an opportunity to visit some of the stalls and attend some of the talks/workshops. It was such a great atmosphere at the show and I managed to find some great meditation cushions for my Yoga and Meditation Classes too. Another great experience was to meditate on a Resonance Plate – I had never tried this before and was asked at the MLS if I wanted to try it. I can see why people want to buy these tools for meditation as it really helped me to focus and to have a deep meditative experience. If you ever have a chance to try this yourself – I could highly recommend it.

I also was offered a sample kit from Atlantis Skincare – their stall got my attention due to a display of all the natural ingredients they use for their products, and even though there is not a low price tag on the products, considering how little creme I needed to feel the skin on my hands soften, I think it will be worth the investment.

As we all know by now, being Mindful goes of course much further than just sitting on a meditation cushion. To become aware of how you think, act and relate to life and to know that we have a choice in how we think, act and relate, will create a Mindful Way of Living. I find that this also effects what we eat. I prefer to eat no meat nowadays- which I will write some more about at some other time.

So tonight, I ended up going for a vegetarian Indian meal at this hidden gem called Indian Veg. For £7.95 I had a delicious buffet style meal and was inspired by all the quotes displayed on the walls of the restaurant. One of them mentioned: “No one got ever poor by giving”. They also feel the homeless for free, which I thought was such a compassionate and selfless ethos to work by.

Tomorrow is the second day of the MLS and I am really looking forward to it – if you are in London, or nearby, I can highly recommend this event.

Off to rest now. – Claudia




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Upcoming Workshops Solution Ways

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Dear Solution Ways Friend,

I hope that you are well and are enjoying the warmer weather and longer days. 

A few times during the year I will update you about the next Solution Ways Events and Workshops. I hope that you are still enjoy reading what I organise and I am really grateful for your support and participation of the events. It is great to see how we all are bringing positive qualities in our lives and therefor in our world, which brings a greater sense of well-being and purpose. 

” Be the change you want to see in the world ” – Gandhi

Here are the latest Events and Workshops for your diary:

Relaxation, Meditation and Yoga Nidra  Sessions – Thursday Evenings – 10th ,17th and 24th May 2018

~ Time: 6.45 pm – 7.45 pm
~ Duration: 3 Weeks

Meditation has scientifically proven to help with stress reduction, increase concentration levels, improve sleeping patterns, and create feelings of peacefulness and happiness.

This course is for those wishing to learn and/or to deepen the understanding of the difference between relaxation and meditation and how to practise both.

The sessions will also include a 20 minutes Yoga Nidra practice. Yoga Nidra is a very powerful meditation practice, which is also known as Yogic sleep. It is a state of consciousness, between waking and sleeping which induces full (physical, mental and emotional) relaxation and tension release.

Beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners welcome.

The three weeks Meditation focus will be:
‘How we think creates our World’

The sessions will be held in the Meditation Room at the Golf Centre, which is located above the Restaurant.

Course fee: £24 per person, booking essential.

I am super delighted to be one of the speakers at :

the Mindful Living Show in London – Friday 1st June 2018:

“16Guidelines: practical tools and inspiration for a happy life”

Explore 16 positive qualities to cultivate, embody and enact in the world. Start to learn practical exercises to develop compassion, enhance your relationships and create a more mindful happier life.

For a Full List of Speakers at the event please follow the link:

Mindful Living 2018 – London Speakers 2018

– LONDON SPEAKERS – The event offers an unparallelled group of experts in mindfulness and meditation. Our all-inclusive ticket price means you can enjoy all of these sessions from the comfort of our dedicated conference rooms.

How to Meditate: Peaceful Mind, Loving Heart – Saturday 9 June 2018
with Margo van Greta

As our lives get more complicated, it seems we need more and more things to make us happy, but somehow we never really succeed. The simple truth eludes us, that happiness is a state of mind, not dependent on external objects. True, deep happiness lies within us and we can tap this great source through meditation.

During this day you will learn basic meditation techniques. You will learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit properly, how to set up a meditation session, the different types of meditation techniques one may employ, and how to recognise and deal with obstacles to meditation.

​We will practice different types of meditation, and have space for questions and discussion. We do some simple body work to help our body relax.
For beginners and beyond!

Margo van Greta is a pioneer of holistic spirituality, who brings in-depth Buddhist practices into our western culture.
Involved with the Dharma since 1987, Margo has studied and practised both in the East and the West. She received teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khadrola, and attended Foundations of Buddhist Thought. She is an FPMT registered teacher for Discovering Buddhism and teaches evening classes and holds retreats like “Buddhism in a Nutshell”, “Meditation 101”, and “Discovering Buddhism”, Green Tara and Vajrasattva Purification retreats. She spends one month a year in retreat in Nepal or southern Spain. She is the founder of Togme Sangpo Buddhist Group, which she started in 2012 with the blessing of her main teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Originally from the Netherlands she lives in the Findhorn Community in Moray, Scotland, since 1991 and loves nature. ​

Dates 9th June 2018 10am-5pm
Venue: Pilates Hut, Inchmarlo Golf Course, Banchory, Aberdeenshire
Suggested donation: £60-£50, Including reading material
For more information please visit:

16 Guidelines for Life Level 1 Retreat – Saturday 23 June, Sunday 24 June 2018

Learn how to:
Increase emotional resilience and confidence
Improve relationships
Achieve a greater sense of well-being and purpose

The 16 Guidelines for Life:
How we think -How we act – How we relate to others – How we find meaning in life

Practical tools inspired by Buddhist philosophy for making life better whether your greatest challenges exist at home, work, community or the world beyond. The 16G workshop is suitable for people of all ages, beliefs and cultural traditions

Venue: Number One, Community Hub, Banchory, Scotland, UK
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Cost: £135 pp
Concession: £125 pp
Facilitator: Claudia van Zuiden

Booking essential.

For more information please visit:

Luxury Yoga Retreat with Claudia van Zuiden – Friday 26 October until Sunday 28 October 2018

Luxury Yoga Retreat with  Claudia van Zuiden at the beautiful Lodge at the Loch in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

This Retreat will include Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Relaxation, Meditation and Pranayamas and all meals.

Arrive Friday afternoon 2.30 pm and depart Sunday 3pm.

Included meals are:
– Friday night dinner
– Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch
– Saturday night dinner
– Sunday lunch

Leisure facilities includes: Jacuzzi and sauna with use of towels and slippers. Other complementary therapies are available on site (not included in price).

– Twin rooms occupancy: £ 280 pp
– Single occupancy £ 340 pp

Non-refundable 30% deposit is required
Rest of payment due two weeks before start of retreat.

All the above EVENTS and WORKSHOPS need booking by email:

And finally, I am so happy to be part of the organising team with Education Universelle France (EUF), which is organising the first international 16G Retreat Gathering. It is open to anyone who has completed a 16G Level 1 workshop.

This is an opportunity to share experiences, build the 16G and UE (Universal education) community and gain inspiration from what is going on in different parts of the world. Facilitators from Argentina, Canada, Italy, UK, Spain and France will lead workshops and share their knowledge and ideas.

I will be teaching daily YOGA classes at this Retreat and facilitate a workshop in “16G and YOGA”.


The Institute Vajra Yogini [IVY], Lavaur, is located in hills of the Tarn, about 40 kilometres east of Toulouse, France. It is an old Chateau amidst extensive grounds – a perfect place to practice and deepen relaxation and contemplation.  Camping, dormitory, twin and single rooms are available. You need to reserve your accommodation and meals directly with the institute by emailing the institute.


Book your place for this Retreat by completing the online form in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

For more information, bookings and prices about this Retreat/Gathering please visit

I hope that you feel inspired by all these events. I look forward to seeing you either at the events and/or workshops or see you at other occasions.

With every best wish, 


Claudia van Zuiden, CEO and Director of Solution Ways and Founder of Om Shanti Yoga Scotland

‘A Holistic Solution Focused Practice – Coaching, Consulting, Wellbeing and Performance Training’.  


“The solution does not always have to relate to the problem – just by making one subtle change your world can start to change for the better”. ~ Claudia van Zuiden



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Join me at the Mindful Living Show London 1-2 June 2018

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Dedicated to mindfulness & meditation

This all-inclusive event offers peaceful practice space, comfortable conference rooms and inspiring features.

16G International Accredited Facilitator
The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom

Claudia Van Zuiden is an 16G International Accredited Facilitator and the founder of Solution Ways – a holistic solution focused practice for wellness, performance and wellbeing.

She has found the application of the 16G in daily life and in the workplace extremely helpful and aspires to share this framework of heart- and mind tools with people who would like to develop a simple, yet complex, system of ethical and practical skills that promote wellbeing and positive relationships.

She has applied the 16Guidelines to all the aspects of her work, and has seen results when others use them, developing positive relationships and measurable progress in business and work performances too.

The understanding of the inter-connectedness and inter-dependence of everything, supports a growing global awareness and understanding that in order to feel happy we need to be pro-active on a personal level in making positive steps towards creating a happy life.

The 16G training programme, facilitates these steps and the application creates a platform for creating happier individuals, families, communities and workplaces.

Mindful Living Show Presentation

Friday 1st June 2018

Time 13:20-13:50pm

“16Guidelines: practical tools and inspiration for a happy life”

Explore 16 positive qualities to cultivate, embody and enact in the world. Start to learn practical exercises to develop compassion, enhance your relationships and create a more mindful happier life.


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The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom

* * * Newsletter for a Happy and Exciting New Year! * * *

Warm greetings with the very best wishes for 2018 to you!

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I hope 2018 will be successful in so many ways for you! As I am so passionate about what I love doing and because I have seen such positive changes in people’s lives happening, I aim to continue to help you to create an extraordinary quality of life.

2017 was another very good year for Solution Ways – I am super grateful for being able to deliver the work that I love doing, and I thank you so much for working with me. It all has been fantastically rewarding and sometimes also quite challenging. I have been doing quite a lot of work with rather larger groups, using the solution focused progress plan for team- building in 2017. One of the team-building workshops I delivered, was at a beautiful retreat centre in London (Jamyang Buddhist Retreat Centre). I look forward to working with them again in March. I also want to give a HUGE thank you to the businesses and charities that have worked with me for over a few years now –  I thank YOU for your enthusiasm, dedicated work, and your trust in me. I especially want to thank Kerry Smith Architects, Montrose, for asking me back to deliver workshops in team-building and progress focused training, you guys absolutely rock and it shows! I also want to thank the charity Forget Me Not Club, Banchory, for allowing me to work with their staff, carers and service users for quite a few years now – I really appreciate all you do.

The Yoga programmes are a huge part of my life. It keeps the work/life aspect in balance for many people, including myself. I teach the Yoga and meditation classes at the Pilates Hut, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, Inchmarlo, Banchory. Attending these classes are excellent for stress-management and are very helpful in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Feel free to discuss with me if you are thinking of joining and have any questions around this. Thanks so much everyone of you who join the weekly classes and retreats. It is such a pleasure passing on what I have learned on the yogic path and to witness you develop your own practice. I have found the more I practice, I seem to realise how much I still am learning. Every day is a new beginning for me too.

I also thank the teachers, especially Swami Samarpananda, Swami Omkarananda, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Venerable Angie Muir for being so kind in giving support and spiritual advice in how to practise yoga, meditation and mindfulness and how to include this in training programmes.. Going to India in 2017 was one of the highlights for me and it has certainly deepened my understanding of yoga and meditation on many levels.

I continue to deliver the Solution Focused Talking Therapies, such as Life Coaching and the Business Coaching Programmes, all being in the solution focused approach. Bookings can be taking for appointments at The Banchory Health and Therapies Practice, Phone: 01330 825333.

The Solution Focused Wellbeing Plans are also still part of the team building in the corporate and third- sector programmes – these programmes help to prevent‘burn-out’, support the highest performance in the workplace and includes a toolkit in how to maintain a healthy state of wellbeing on the individual level.

With every best wish for a super healthy and joyous 2018,


Claudia van Zuiden, 
CEO and Director of Solution Ways and Founder of Om Shanti Yoga Scotland
‘A Holistic Solution Focused Practice – Coaching, Consulting, Wellbeing and Performance Training’.  

Upcoming events

I am really happy to share the latest upcoming events with you – you are invited to all of them. Often, I hear from people, these events to be life-changing and certainly, life-enriching. I hope some of these are of interest to you too:

* * * YOGA MINI – RETREAT * * *

“ DETOX and FOCUS on my Life- Purpose Retreat”
Date: Saturday 27th January 2018
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Venue: the Pilates Hut, Inchmarlo, Banchory
Costs: £35 pp

This workshop/ Mini – Retreat will include Meditation, Pranayama, Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

At this workshop/ Mini-Retreat, you will learn some helpful meditation tips and get a chance to practice them. Also, you will be shown how to relax the mind more when it is really busy with many thoughts. These techniques are really beneficial for stress management and generating vital energies. 

This will be a class of gentle yoga for BEGINNERS and ADVANCED practitioners.

ALL levels welcome – booking ESSENTIAL by email:
By mobile: 07766710259
FB event page:

16 Guidelines for Life Level 1 Training

Date: 24-25th February 2018
Venue: Solution Ways, Inchmarlo, Banchory, Scotland, UK
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Cost: £135 pp
Concession: £125 pp

Learn how to:
Increase emotional resilience and confidence
Improve relationships
Achieve a greater sense of well-being and purpose

The 16 Guidelines for Life:
How we think -How we act – How we relate to others – How we find meaning in life

Practical tools inspired by Buddhist philosophy for making life better whether your greatest challenges exist at home, work, community or the world beyond. The 16G workshop is suitable for people of all ages, beliefs and cultural traditions.

Facilitator: Claudia van Zuiden

Bookings by Email:
For information visit my website and/or visit:
FB event page:


International 16 Guidelines Retreat Gathering
(International facilitators and Speakers)
Open to all who have attended a 16 Guidelines Level 1 workshop.

I will be facilitating Yoga classes in the mornings and will facilitate a workshop on ‘16 Guidelines and Yoga’ at this retreat.
Date :24th-28th August 2018
Venue: Vajrayogini Institute, Marzens,France
Cost : 180 € plus accommodation
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16 Guidelines Level 1: Toolkit for a Happy and Meaningful Life


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Hi everyone – I am so excited to share the 16G workshop with you in Scotland! Ever since I did my 5 Tibetan Yogas teacher training with Dekyi Lee Oldershaw (10 years ago in January, time flies!) I have been integrating the 16G in my personal life. Dekyi Lee is the co-author of the 16G book and a board member of the Foundation of the Development of Compassion and Wisdom. A few years ago, I decided to take the Pathway to become a worldwide accredited facilitator for the 16G as I believe it is such a practical and hugely beneficial toolkit for life skills and am really serious in sharing what I know about it all.

I have invited you to this event to let you know that this event is happening on the 9th and 10th September in Findhorn, Scotland. If you are unable to attend, then please keep the 16G workshops in mind. I will organise more of the 16G workshops in the UK, and there are possibilities for Nepal and India also. The 16G is is a worldwide programme, hence I let some of my Nepalese and Indian friends know as some of you showed interest in the 16G for Leadership programmes.

If you are unable to attend this event could you please help me and share this event with your friends too? As always, I so appreciate your support as we continue to make a ripple in the big ocean to deliver a creative, compassionate and mindful education programme in the world.

With gratitude and kindness,


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Happy New Year from Solution Ways

The best wishes for a abundance in happiness, good health and joy for 2016!  Here is the link to the latest SW Newsletter:

Best wishes to you for a happy, healthy and joyful 2016.

Happy New Year to you from Solution Ways, Scotland, UK!

Firstly, best wishes to you for a happy, healthy and joyful 2016.

Secondly, I want to share with you that it was really good for me to continue to be working with a solution focused mindset, even in the sometimes most difficult problematic situations. I truly benefit in thinking/ living and being my life in this way. I also find that this sustains my energy levels much more healthily, and that I can stay focused on what helps me to live a meaningful life rather than feeling stressed or overwhelmed in a very hectic world.

Because of this, I am also really looking forward to again another great year working together with you. I look forward to continue to supporting YOU to maintain YOUR life as good as possible and to help to make YOUR good dreams and visions to manifest with ease.

In 2015 Solution Ways continued to offer:

  • Therapy/ Coaching Consultations
  • Training in Solution Focused Interventions and Communications
  • Solution and Progress Focused Business Coaching
  • Solution Focused Leadership Training
  • Solution Focused Interventions Workshops
  • Team Building Workshops
  • Meditation Classes
  • Yoga classes; Hatha- and Five Tibetan Yoga’s
  • Reiki treatments
  • Reiki Practitioner training
  • Art for ‘heArt and Mind’ classes (individual and group sessions) in:

~Mandala painting
~Therapeutic craft workshops

It was great to be working out of the Space at the Creamery, Craigmyle, Torphins and other ‘pop-up’ offices in Scotland. However, it looks like I will be even more ‘on-the-move’ in 2016, as the interest in Solution Focused Approach in coaching, therapy and counseling is becoming more and more popular in business and personal coaching/ training. We will continue to update you about further developments about this process.

Last year Solution Ways also delivered more training in Solution Focused Approach Post Traumatic Counseling in Nepal, after the country was hit by two devastating earth-quakes. We managed to donate nearly £6000 to people in need Nepal because of very kind donations by many of our family, friends and Solution Ways customers. Thank you all so much for your immense generosity.

“My advise for a great 2016 is: Stay focused on developing and maintaining your personal strengths and inner qualities, learn from what went well in your past success stories and be gentle and compassionate with yourself and others.”
If you would like to stay updated about the latest news on workshops etc. by Solution Ways then please let us know by replying to this email.

You can also find and follow Solution Ways on: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and on our blog:

Thank you again so much for all your interest, support, custom, likes and recommendations.

Your feedback, stories and ideas is truly appreciated; so thank you so much for staying in touch.

With every best wish,Claudia van Zuiden, Director and CEO Solution Ways,
Solution Focused Practice for A Meaningful Life.


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