On Sunday the 13th March I walk out to the road without knowing where I'm hitch-hiking to. All I have is an image and a wind direction. Minutes before I leave, Stevie gives me a book titled No Destination. What happens on this day leads to six weeks of adventure. This short film, shot by veteran film makers Sol, Arielle and Maya (four, seven and nine years old respectively) shows how I end up in the funkiest quarters I've ever slept in. 'Funky' being 'good funky', not 'smelly funky'. Enjoy! >Watch/Read
Dear people at Squarespace,
I thought I was going to write you with an unusual request. But since starting this letter my request is becoming more unusual than I thought. I invite you to read my message, to listen to your heart and to do what feels right. >Read
"Dhanakosa operates in the spirit of generosity, or dana (a Sanskrit/Pali word meaning giving or gift). This allows us to be open to anyone regardless of individual financial circumstances, by allowing people to pay what they can afford." The practice of generosity takes us beyond ideas of separate self and constitutes a basic ethos at the heart of community. So, a dana economy is a gift economy, or an economy rooted in generosity. > Read
Dear fellow human being,
I have been astray. Lost in a world I couldn't understand, looking for a place I could call home, weighed down by the stress of acting normal. Until I faced myself and walked through a door to find a new world. But pretty soon this new world started looking just like the old one. And again I lost myself. Until I saw through it all, liberating myself in one fell swoop. From then on everything was going to be different. Everything became different. It just didn't happen the way I thought it would. >Read
I'm currently following an online course given by Charles Eisenstein. His book Sacred Economics gave me a whole new look on money, my and our relationship to it, and how this touches the core of how we perceive ourselves and the world. Mostly it helped me become more free. This course is called The Space Between Stories. In addition to attending live webinars we're invited to share personal experiences. Of old stories and beliefs that dropped away and made room for... not-knowing mostly. This week we were asked to describe an event where we took inspired action that created a result beyond anything we could have "forced". >Read/See
In July 2014 I spent eight days in the Scottish Highlands, carrying everything I needed to eat, sleep, walk and be on my own. Well, almost. I did a fair bit of research before I left, speaking to hiking buffs, digging for inspiration and compiling a detailed list of what to take. Being out there made me understand what I needed, plus what I hadn’t thought of. This blogpost is a ‘How (not) to prepare’ guide: everything you (don’t) want to take and why, food tips, and what to forget. I hope it helps you prepare for your trip. And I’d love to hear from you if you have other / better ideas! >Read
"Shall I bring some long-johns too?"
- "Oh, that would be great. I was thinking about those a couple of days ago, but I forgot."
"OK, well, I'll just bring a couple of things so you can pick what you want to take."
- “Alright, thanks, see you tomorrow!"
This phone call with my cousin Wouter turned out to be a life saver. So did my girlfriend (woohoo!) Ilse’s decision to buy me a waterproof map case anyway, even after I’d said I didn’t need one.” By the time I realized how much they’d helped me, I was unable to get in touch with them to say thank you. Read/See
A couple of weeks back, Richard and I constructed a upgrade for my windowsill and living room, from a selection of beechwood that he’d personally cut down. He didn't want to hear about any kind of payment: I’d already helped him to translate a booklet. We spent an entire Wednesday in and around his workplace, to talk and do something that’s supposed to look like work. >Read
Why is it so exciting to show ourselves? The whole package, for real, without making it any prettier than it is? And when we do, why does it so often feel like we’re ‘revealing’ ourselves? And why the hell should we do it anyway? Seriously, there’s no fun in walking away from that wonderful castle called ‘image’, is there? Well, actually, there is. At least, that’s what I’ve come to learn. >Read/Watch
One of the few things I wrote during Thijs' and my journey through Namibia. With so much splendour, all over the place, already here, why do something? Why not just leave it? >See
I find expressing disappointment a bit of a challenge. If I don’t do it, I know it’s going to build up, fester, gnaw at me. If I do it, I run the risk of meeting with resistance, disappointment, the end of a relationship. Plus, I may have to deal with realizing shit I haven’t dealt with yet - the shit I think I’ve already dealt with before expressing my disappointment. Then there's the inner critic of course, always quick to judge. And god forbid, if I really go ahead, the other person and I could learn something about ourselves and each other, understand, grow, end up with an even deeper connection. >Read
It’s been 13 days since I came back home, and I don't know what I'm going to write. Just as I didn't know what exactly I was letting myself into when I gratefully accepted Thijs’ invitation: two weeks of exploring Namibia - and ourselves - in a 4x4. A country I'd only heard of by name, on a continent I'd never been to, with someone I'd only met four times before. It’s starting to dawn on me, for real, what this trip did to me, what it touched and what it set in motion. >Read
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