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Are you doing your practises?

Are you doing your practises?

During our life, we are in a search for an explanation on our hidden pains and feelings, often accompanied with confronting life questions. The simple answer is to channel this energy towards an external source. To blame a situation or person for your faults and feelings. To ask someone for that one advice that is going to change your life for the better. But how will this turn out? I can imagine that such and advice will help in the…

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Remembering names

Remembering names

Think about a situation when you meet someone new. Somebody that just came into your world and wants to perhaps know you a little better. Might be a new friend or a nice colleague. What happens? You both exchange information about your name and maybe someone takes the lead in telling his life story. Or perhaps you take charge in asking well thought of questions that you might have prepared beforehand. Well then comes this very moment when you start…

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The wisdom of the cards: Tarot

The wisdom of the cards: Tarot

The Tarot cards started as a ‘game’ around the 15th century in Europa. Over the years it transformed into specific cards used to practise fortune telling. Each region of Europa had his specific set of cards. This slowly merged into the set with Major Arcana and Minor Arcana that is used most often in today’s world. Fortune telling is still the main practise for these cards.  The ago old Tarot cards poses a mysterious amount of information on life. The…

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How fear makes you feel alive

How fear makes you feel alive

I recently graduated from the technical university of Delft. Every student has to do a final presentation of his thesis work. A public defence in front of friends, family and the graduation committee. The hard work of the past year is finalised on that very moment. All coming together at this hour. I felt the pressure. The anxiety of performing in front of a group. Especially the week before the presentation, were my focus was constantly shifting to the big…

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Energy fluctuations during seasons

Energy fluctuations during seasons

Have you every thought about why projects in autumn and winter are so hard to complete? Why love naturally flows in the spring and summer? And why you cannot get out of bed on a cold winter morning? Well some of these answers are described in the age old chinese I Tjing, `the book of changes`. It is a collection of texts full of wisdom. Some kind of oracle. A more approachable book is the westernised implementation by Jaap Voigt, `werken…

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The wisdom of koans

The wisdom of koans

In my previous article, on finding out what you want in life, I already discussed the deep questions that are difficult to answer: “what is the meaning of life?” or “what is death all about?”, “what is my life’s purpose?”. I discussed that by taking 5 to 10 minutes each day and finding answers that flow from your heart, you will generate I wide range of satisfying answers. You can journal about it, create a video of your experience, make audio recordings,…

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How to know what you want in 4 weeks

How to know what you want in 4 weeks

One of the hardest things in life is to make choices. Decisions on the small ones are mostly easy but often drain your energy: what to have for dinner? Should I buy this pair of pants? What to wear today? More difficult ones are: what to do this weekend? Should I go out with this girl? What friends are most important to me. Truly hard ones are so called life questions: what is my purpose on this planet? What is…

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Pink socks

Pink socks

Last night I went to my weekly meditation class. It was rather cold. A little cooled down by the chilly evening wind, I stept into the small building. I put my jacket away opposite of to the door to the zendo. Placed my bag underneath and put off my shoes. In a blink of an eye, I saw the bright pink colour of my socks appearing in front of me… I felt a rush of fear bubbling up in my…

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What can we learn from death?

What can we learn from death?

The one certainty in life is that we should pay our tax and that we will die. The tax thing is relatively good to deal with, but death, that is for some a terrifying though. Something that should not be brought up and spoken out load. But at whatever angle you approach it, it is inevitable. You will die, if you like it or not. Will future technology not save us, make us unbeatable? You can question if this is…

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What is consciousness?

What is consciousness?

In my life I sometimes wonder, ‘what I am’? What makes me look out of my eyes and not some other pair of eyes? Do we have a purpose on this planet? Is this, what we perceive with our senses, all there is to life? These questions are as old as mankind and cannot be easily answered, especially not by our mind. This collection of millions of neurons likes to think in concepts. Linearly, straight forward, being in control. Asking question beyond the physical…

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