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The nature challenge

The nature challenge

The bright sunlight slowly starts to make its way through the thick clouds. I shiver as the rays are beginning to warm me. The small breeze makes it cold. I stand underneath the trees in a small forest close to Hilversum. ‘I must have been here for at least five hours’ my mind is thinking as I carefully look at the position of the sun in the sky. My red coloured yoga mat in front of me is carefully positioned…

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An eye can tell a story

An eye can tell a story

How often have you looked deep in the eyes of the people around you? During the many tracks here in Australia it is very common the great each other: “How you doing?” which I still have a hard time replying on. Does the person really want to know what’s up with me? Well, many times it’s just a substitute for ‘hello’ ;). Meeting so many people coming right at you is the perfect moment to try to connect to them….

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Structure in life

Structure in life

I have a tendency to structure my life around me. Do you also recognise the urge to clean up, to give everything a ‘right’ place, to really go after every penny you spend? I do see value in this kind of behaviour. Structure gives the opportunity to have a clear mind and plan your next moves. On the other hand it can block the things you actually do with planning, thinking and structuring before you make new steps. The last…

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Why not to eat?

Why not to eat?

Wouldn’t it be great to achieve clarity and a high energy state without doing drugs or other magic pills? Numerous people I heard of were diving in a so called water fast. As the digestive system counts for a large portion of the bodies energy use, if stopped the amount of energy left could be huge. A few months back I read the book The transformational power of fasting which resonated a lot with me. I slowly started to understand…

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Day 16 – 25: Subjective Reality

Day 16 – 25: Subjective Reality

What is this reality and what is our objective in this world? An age old life question, right? I mean, it is hard to wrap your head around it. An interesting way of looking at it is through the lens of a movie. You have the writer who creates the story and scene, the director who organises the scene, and you: the actor who plays the scene. With this perspective you can ask the director and writer for a certain…

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Day 6 – 15: Subjective Reality

Day 6 – 15: Subjective Reality

The last 10 days went by in a rush. It is sometimes difficult to broaden your scope when work is demanding and attaching you to the objective side. Sometimes the simulator perspective bubbles up and makes we amazed on the details and curious on all the people around me. In general the two topics on “Trust” and “Playfulness” stood out to me. Trust Trusting life is something vital for your day to day balance. How much do you trust that…

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Day 1 – 5: Subjective Reality

Day 1 – 5: Subjective Reality

Day 1 The perfect moment to listen to the “submersion” audio recordings is of course in the morning train heading to work. A beautiful cold day as the sun slowly rises over the snow covered fields. The train is sprinting along and a mixture of white roof tops of houses are passing by. One thing I suddenly notice on the rooftops of houses is the endless amount of dormers (dakkapellen). I kind of guess this has a strong link with…

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60 day subjective reality deep dive

60 day subjective reality deep dive

For the last few months my personal growth started to focus more on my past experiences. I explored the limiting beliefs that influence me on a daily basis. It requires analysis of how your mechanisms are engineered in your daily life. This is not easy as the limiting beliefs are shaped at a very young age and are completely integrated in who you are. The reason for such investigation is my desire to find my true path in life. To…

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The power of intention

The power of intention

Would it not be great if it was possible to achieve your new goals in a mindful, conscious, efficient way and also contribute to your overall happiness? Setting an intention is a powerful way to move in this direction. I experienced an increase in satisfaction and balance in my life when I started to practise setting intentions. This idea I came across in the book High Performance Habits from Brendon Burchard. The book pictures a comprehensive overview on the top…

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Refine your taste buds

Refine your taste buds

A typical diet of a person is based on a routine. In the morning the same old sandwiches. A cup of tea with the same flavour each time. At lunch, sandwiches with often the same ingredients: salade spread, maybe something sweet as ‘hagelslag’. And even for the evening meal, the same routine continues. People often rotate between 5 to 10 dishes in a month. Of course it has advantages. Streamlined process being done for years require far less decision making…

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