10 May 2018
Why not take a mini-holiday
Do you also enjoy these summery days in the middle of spring? Everything is so intensely fresh and green, bushes and trees explode with beautiful fragrant blossoms, the plants in our garden burst like miniature rockets from the fertile soil. Nature’s annual Big Bang.
It has an effect, not in the least on me. I feel like being outside, enjoying, breathing in the scents, running my hands through the soil, bringing the best out of the garden. Or just relaxing in the hammock with a good book, a nice drink at hand, savouring the moment. I feel like taking a mini-holiday.
But…. you cannot just do that. There is all this work that needs to be finished, meetings that are planned, the neverending flow of emails and text messages that need to be read and answered. “That is not what humans were made to do”, is what goes through my mind. On moments like that you would need to be able to take time off and press the pause button – by which I mean that your workload also should not accumulate while you are out.
Lately I have seen so many people who are completely overwhelmed by work and life, by a full agenda, a challenging job, but also by the demands they impose on themselves. We fill our days with so many things, we live our life at 200 miles per hour while at the same time we seem to have lost control. Exhaustion lurks around the corner, and the real ‘legal’ holiday is close but not quite there yet.
How would you like to give yourself a break for one day, and take care of yourself for a change? Completely recharge your batteries to end the working year in beauty. A day during which you get out of your head and get down to work with your creative self. A day of creative self-care.
Anje Claeys and I really enjoyed putting this together for you. On 9 June we offer a joint workshop ‘A mini-holiday, a day of creative play and self-care’ in Atelier Blauwhof in Kessel.
Anje is an artist who specialises in print techniques and creates fabulous works. You can read all about it on her website http://www.bioart.eu.
As I told you before I am passionate about the African art of kasàlà (http://www.kasalaland.art).
During this wonderful day you will slow down and learn how to write a kasàlà in a playful way, make an etching and print it. At the end of the workshop you will go home with your own work of art, ready to frame, together with your own poem, your kasàlà.
No advance knowledge or experience required. We only ask you to bring a beginners mind and a willingness to play!
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From King of the Mountain to Swimming Champion
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What if email, mobile phones and social media did not exist?
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Don’t make change too complicated. Just begin.
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Lost in deconstruction
"You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star" [Friedrich Nietzsche]
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How Dog had a breakthrough – a contemporary fable (part 2)
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How Cat & Dog should follow the example of Mouse, a contemporary fable
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Winter’s life lesson
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Lessons taught by wild geese
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Who is the King of Creation?
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From prey to predator and vice versa
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How is your Monkey Mind?
We all have a Monkey Mind, Buddha said, with scores of monkeys, all demanding attention. The fear monkey is the loudest of them all, he is constantly ringing the alarm bell, drawing our attention to things we should be wary of and to everything that can go wrong.
21 September 2017
The parable of the businessman and the fisherman
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24 August 2017
Mr Goldberg and his assumptions
It is worthwhile to take a closer look at the assumptions you have about the persons with whom you have a relationship. You could develop the habit to ask yourself if a certain assumption is really true. And what if it is not?
10 August 2017
Asking for help is something we struggle with and we will only ask when we have no other option. We believe that asking for help and putting ourselves in a vulnerable position is a sign of weakness. Asking for help creates a warm connection between the asker and the giver.
20 April 2017
What if ....?
What if you would use a different perspective to look at what you have always assumed to be the objective reality? Does objective reality as such even exist?
9 February 2017
Frieda just asks
Asking for help is something that is hard to do for a lot of us. Self-reliance and autonomy are highly respected in our individualistic society. Another aspect of asking for help is that we build up a 'debt' as it were, We also do not like to disturb others with our problems
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