An entire page about me.

Havi Brooks.

Pronunciation guide: HA-vee.

Sometimes it helps to pretend you’re saying “Harvey” with a British accent.


Things about me.

I live on the road and I don’t speak* and I love peanut butter.

What else? I am fond of bridges. And bells. And secret ops. I have an imaginary chocolate shop that is actually a ballroom, but I’m ready to let it go because I’m ready to let everything go.

I am currently on Shmita, which is like a sabbatical, and an ever-expanding road trip called Operation True Yes, and I share about all of this on the blog.

Somehow I have written nearly fifteen hundred posts here, partly because I’ve been doing this for a while, and mostly because for someone who doesn’t talk, I kind of have a lot to say.

* I smile a lot, am great with yes-or-no questions, and pretty much always have post-it notes.

What we talk about around here.

Self-fluency: getting to know our stuff. What you need, how you best function in the world. The art of knowing when you’re in your stuff and what to do about it. Remembering that Shit Is Not About Me.

It’s so easy turn “mindfulness” and “presence” into this heavy, fraught Thing I Should Probably Be Doing, and that is so unnecessary because presence can be fun and playful. Presence can be thrilling. And hot.

We bring attention to shadowy places. We dissolve stuck and rewrite patterns and change how we relate to things:

Your relationship with yourself, your internal world, fuzzy monsters who may or may not like cookies. Not to mention time and space, the piles and shhh projects.

The problem with creative self-investigation is that it comes with such stupid labels. Blah-self-help-personal-development-time-management-productivity-guru-blah. I admit, reluctantly, that we do stuff that kind of falls into some of those categories, except it’s lighthearted, curious and sparkly. Not preachy and not motivational. We are all equals here. No external sources of authority needed. We play and have fun.

I have two weekend rituals that I play with here. Fridays I review the week with a Chicken. Towards the beginning of the week there are Wishes or Very Personal Ads. Join in if you like.

See also: Whee! The People for what the people who hang out here tend to be like.

More about me?

Silent Retreat Mouse
1) I agreed to let Colleen ask me questions for 50-for-50.

2) TJ got me to reveal 30 Things I Love Right Now.

3) And here are fewer than 33 things about me — this one is from several years ago.

What else can I tell you?

I love to dance. I’m currently on a mission of Less.

For five years I ran a center in Portland, Oregon called The Playground, for practicing all the stuff we talk about here. And now I’m on a break from all forms of teaching, coaching, being in the front of the room.

I don’t do email but we can hang out in the comments, or find me on twitter, or send me a postcard to the address at the bottom of this page, and someone will make sure it gets to me!

Big thank-you heart of love,