An entire page about me.

Havi Brooks.


I am a spy. (Probably!)

I love bridges. I own an imaginary chocolate shop that is actually a ballroom.

And the way I speak is by smiling.

That is in fact the only way I speak. I’m great with yes-or-no questions, and always have post-it notes.

Pronunciation guide.


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

What we talk about around here.

Presence. Except! The kind that’s silly and delight-filled. Playful presence. I think we often turn “mindfulness” into this heavy, fraught Thing I Should Probably Be Doing. Pretty tragic because presence can be fun, presence can be thrilling.

We bring attention to things that don’t always get enough love. We dissolve stuck and rewrite patterns:

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.

Creative self-investigation runs the risk of the usual labels. Blah-self-help-personal-development-time-management-productivity-blah. So yeah. I admit, reluctantly, that we do stuff that kind of falls into some of those categories, except it’s SPARKLY. Not preachy and not motivational. We are all equals here. We experiment and play. We have fun. No external sources of authority needed.

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.

Interviews, real and imaginary, with 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 this is from several years ago: fewer-than-33-things about me.

Things I believe in.

Love. Love is amazing. And it’s inside you which is kind of weird but also really great because it’s there when you need it. The generosity of strangers. The practice of really, truly getting to know yourself — with all of your stuck and pain — and like yourself anyway.

How long have you been doing this?

Since March, 2005 in Berlin. This site went live that August. I started posting regularly in June 2008. In May 2010, we opened a secret playground in Portland.

I have no idea what you’re talking about most of the time!

That’s okay. It really is, I promise.

Though there is a glossary for a partial list of words I use.

Life philosophy?*

  1. Napping is good.
  2. So are pretty much all forms of quiet, intentional, guilt-free navel-lint-contemplation.
  3. Use your powers for good. Live by what you teach. When you can’t, forgive yourself.

* Just my personal take on things, not something I expect anyone else to live by.

I want to send you lovely things.

Delight! Mailing address at the very bottom of this page.

That’s all I want to say for now.

Maybe someday we’ll get to meet in real life and that will be beautiful.

In the meantime, I’m right here, and I’m @havi on twitter — say hi whenever.