Today, April 19th, we celebrate international bicycle day. On this day in 1943, Albert Hofmann ingested a high dose (thinking it was a small one) of LSD, the molecule he had shortly therefore extracted from a fungi. It marked the beginning of a period in which psychedelics were regarded the most promising drugs in mental [...]
I have always loved my coffee (the smell of the ground beans, the brewing sounds, the heat coming from the cup...), but about three months ago I quit drinking coffee from one day to the next. As my mind and body have become more sensitive, over the years, to what I feed them, I started to notice [...]
Fun disclosure: my loved ones will laugh when they read this. As with most of my blogs, I am growing up in public, sharing what works - and doesn't work - for me, hoping it may work for you as well. If you tend to regularly forget your phone, loose your keys and waste your own [...]
Can I sit with someone and let them fully live their experience in the moment, without the need to change it? Sure, there are times to speak up, reach out and even take over. Wisdom, however, is to recognize what is asked for in the moment.
After journeying through tropical Costa Rica and Brazil for months, I thoroughly enjoyed the late Winter snow and early Spring sun rays in Holland during the last couple of weeks. The cold Dutch ground and early flowering trees helped me integrate the intense travel experiences and reaffirm my career and life choices. Medicine for Mind, [...]
"So if you are spiritual and your house is burning down, you yell "Fire!". You don't just say your mantra five times and trust the outcome to God. God needs to be able to trust the outcome to us." - Marianne Williamson This is a post about activism. The healthy kind that will heal the [...]
I wrote this post the day after Donald Trump was elected president, watching many outraged and panicy reactions unfold on social media. That day, I decided to remain silent. Today I'd like to share how I think we can wisely and heartfully respond in any moment of (perceived) crisis, especially those of us who call [...]
After Santiago de Compostela, we headed further down south to Portugal. The center of our journey was the amazingly beautiful Boom Festival, every second year in the month of August near Lisbon. We spent over a week on the Boomland, and met with so many old and new friends. Marco, Anna, Alexander (who made the lead photo [...]
Are you an entrepreneur, or are you thinking of becoming one? Do you want to put your talents to work and make the world a shinier place? Does the PROMISE of your business make you feel energized, light, fulfilled, happy and strong? If you’re like many entrepreneurs i know, you may at times feel that the [...]
I wrote this post speaking from my own personal experiences with addiction and from those of others who have been open enough to share their stories with me. If you are reading this, and you regard yourself as addicted to some substance or behavior or you worry about your attachment to some thing, some [...]
Do you have the tiniest inclination to make a change in the way you spend your days? Then watch this video on creating Tiny Habits. It may change your life. For all the times you tried to incorporate something into your lifestyle and gave up after a few tries or even only one... this is [...]
There was a time in my life when i used to go to work every morning, crying and in despair. I did not want to be in this job anymore, but out of fear i didn't allow these feelings to move me into action. What i feared was the sense of failure. And i didn't [...]
A big motivator for being in Thailand, is money. I have some serious debts to deal with and living in and working from Thailand (waaaaay cheaper than Holland) is helping me clean my old mess and maintain a healthy balance, also financially.
When you are dancing, how do you feel? Do you feel open, relaxed, radiant, strong, playful, in flow...? Or do you rather feel uneasy, insecure, comparing yourself to others? Maybe you only dance when you've had alcohol, because otherwise you feel too shy or incapable? Until i was 29, and already beyond my 'disco' years, [...]
This is a sign of true freedom: if you know that you are home wherever you find yourself to be, even when there is nothing that's 'yours' anymore. A few years ago, i was couchsurfing in Bilbao. My host Gonzalo rented a furnished apartment, nothing inside was really his. All his belongings fit in his [...]