Inspiration

Below is a selection of blog articles I wrote in the past 3 years, as well as articles, texts or short videos of others which have inspired me and formed me.

Ancient Wisdom as a vaccine

28 April 2020

Ancient Wisdom as a vaccine

In De Standaard of 21 April (one of the major local newspapers) there was a beautiful article entitled "Art as a vaccine in the post-corona era". Why wait for that post-corona era? Yesterday the parable "This too shall pass" ended up in my mailbox.

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The invisible dog or how being hard headed does not pay off

2 November 2018

The invisible dog or how being hard headed does not pay off

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. Humans excel in that. We somehow believe that if we keep trying harder we will ultimately succeed, even if we keep ending up with the same result, time and time again.

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From King of the Mountain to Swimming Champion

23 August 2018

From King of the Mountain to Swimming Champion

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What if email, mobile phones and social media did not exist?

12 July 2018

What if email, mobile phones and social media did not exist?

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Don’t make change too complicated. Just begin.

14 June 2018

Don’t make change too complicated. Just begin.

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Why not take a mini-holiday

10 May 2018

Why not take a mini-holiday

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Lost in deconstruction

19 April 2018

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)

15 March 2018

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

15 February 2018

How Cat & Dog should follow the example of Mouse, a contemporary fable

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Winter’s life lesson

21 November 2017

Winter’s life lesson

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A juvenile delinquent dog or the price of adulthood

18 January 2018

A juvenile delinquent dog or the price of adulthood

When we reach the age of adulthood we seem to have internalised all those responsibilities, expectations and limitations. As if the free creatures that we once were are forgotten.

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Lessons taught by wild geese

16 November 2017

Lessons taught by wild geese

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Who is the King of Creation?

19 October 2017

Who is the King of Creation?

What if things were different from what we have always assumed? It can make you feel very unsafe to question your normal perspective. On the other hand it also offers incredible freedom and creativity to step outside the beaten track and become curious.

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From prey to predator and vice versa

5 October 2017

From prey to predator and vice versa

From prey to predator and vice versa, the natural order put upside down. The animals themselves do not seem to be bothered by it - for sure Django isn’t, and the hens appear to find it quite normal to be on top of the food chain.

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How is your Monkey Mind?

21 September 2017

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.

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The parable of the businessman and the fisherman

24 August 2017

The parable of the businessman and the fisherman

We always have a choice: do we listen to our sabotaging inner voices or do we opt for what we really want, like the fisherman?

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Mr Goldberg and his assumptions

10 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?

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Help!

20 April 2017

Help!

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.

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What if ....?

9 February 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?

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Frieda just asks

18 February 2016

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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