The story so far only told in Dutch. From a sleepless night in 2013, to the realisation that now drives me to do what I do: ‘The desire for a life that feels like living instead of surviving is something we all know inside, but we are not validated in that. We are validated by something else that completely goes against the grain of who we are.’
Thanks Deborah for a fantastic piece — en aangenaam :-).
I've had my reasons for dreaming of a sustainable life, in community and in harmony with nature. But the story I read last week gave me something I didn't see coming. It surprised me and felt completely natural. Like a big piece of the puzzle clicking into place. The story is about a little village in the US that baffled researchers until they got their heads around what they were seeing.
What they discovered only fuels my desire to live a life of community. And I don't have to wait. I'm doing it right here and now by connecting with people in a way I've come to love and depend on: in all honesty.
Here's to the healing power of community, not just on our heads but on our physical state! >Read
On Sunday the 13th March I walk out to the road without knowing where I'm hitch-hiking to. All I have is an image and a wind direction. Minutes before I leave, Stevie gives me a book titled No Destination. What happens on this day leads to six weeks of adventure. This short film, shot by veteran film makers Sol, Arielle and Maya (four, seven and nine years old respectively) shows how I end up in the funkiest quarters I've ever slept in. 'Funky' being 'good funky', not 'smelly funky'. Enjoy! >Watch/Read
I didn't do much filming since I left the Heartworkers-project two years ago. But with this trip coming up I wanted to carry a camera. For two months I hardly used it. At one point I even thought 'Why did I bother?' And then I met Roxanne, Ruaridh and Duncan. >Watch
I'm about to round off three months of living and traveling in Scotland. I found a book's worth of beautiful people and inspiring stories. I wrote and—for the first time in more than two years—filmed some of them. I met Justin while I was volunteering at Pillars of Hercules, an organic farm in Fife. He's there three nights a week to bake organic bread for the farm's café and shop. I ask if I can join him on one of his baking sessions. So on a Sunday at five p.m. we start mixing and rolling. I get to meet a lovely, soft-hearted man and his passion for bread. And I now know why supermarket bread has such a ridiculously long list of ingredients. >Read
People who stand up for positive change without asking for permission, acting from a loving, peaceful and uniting place, get my heart all pumped up. Their stories fuel my fire. So does this one: a Spanish village that refuses to sit and do as it is told. >Read
Dear fellow human being,
I have been astray. Lost in a world I couldn't understand, looking for a place I could call home, weighed down by the stress of acting normal. Until I faced myself and walked through a door to find a new world. But pretty soon this new world started looking just like the old one. And again I lost myself. Until I saw through it all, liberating myself in one fell swoop. From then on everything was going to be different. Everything became different. It just didn't happen the way I thought it would. >Read
I'm currently following an online course given by Charles Eisenstein. His book Sacred Economics gave me a whole new look on money, my and our relationship to it, and how this touches the core of how we perceive ourselves and the world. Mostly it helped me become more free. This course is called The Space Between Stories. In addition to attending live webinars we're invited to share personal experiences. Of old stories and beliefs that dropped away and made room for... not-knowing mostly. This week we were asked to describe an event where we took inspired action that created a result beyond anything we could have "forced". >Read/See
In July 2014 I spent eight days in the Scottish Highlands, carrying everything I needed to eat, sleep, walk and be on my own. Well, almost. I did a fair bit of research before I left, speaking to hiking buffs, digging for inspiration and compiling a detailed list of what to take. Being out there made me understand what I needed, plus what I hadn’t thought of. This blogpost is a ‘How (not) to prepare’ guide: everything you (don’t) want to take and why, food tips, and what to forget. I hope it helps you prepare for your trip. And I’d love to hear from you if you have other / better ideas! >Read
"Shall I bring some long-johns too?"
- "Oh, that would be great. I was thinking about those a couple of days ago, but I forgot."
"OK, well, I'll just bring a couple of things so you can pick what you want to take."
- “Alright, thanks, see you tomorrow!"
This phone call with my cousin Wouter turned out to be a life saver. So did my girlfriend (woohoo!) Ilse’s decision to buy me a waterproof map case anyway, even after I’d said I didn’t need one.” By the time I realized how much they’d helped me, I was unable to get in touch with them to say thank you. Read/See
Jan Dirk and Irene decided one day to just stop: no more antibiotics in their dairy farm. A decision very, very few have dared to take. It created a bucket-load of problems and cost them a lot of money. Because in doing away with antibiotics, they came to see how everything, literally everything on their farm had completely lost the capability of maintaining a natural balance. In the first years, a third to half of their calves wouldn't make it past a couple of weeks. But instead of resorting to standard vaccination measures, they asked themselves: "What's really happening here? Why don't these calfs just get up and live? Where are we out of balance?" >Read/Watch
A couple of weeks back, I interviewed 10 people for Europeana, a collective effort to digitize, all of the cultural content that's locked away in museums, to bring it together, and to make it available for everyone to re-use and remix for their own creative expression. It was amazing to feel, really feel, everyone's passionate involvement. And to get a better understanding of why it's important that this happens. But Nick really took the cake. >Watch
It's been almost five years since I stopped following the 'news'. What that gave me is more peace, more creativity, and the confidence that - really - I'm not missing a thing. I actually feel much more connected to life. And I've gained the highest quality, curated news channel I could ever imagine: close friends. The way they filter the junk and pass on the real stuff, enriching it with how they feel about it... wow. What happened this morning might be the best way to explain. So here goes: >Read
I've known it since I had myself in stitches for ninety minutes, watching Ace Ventura for the first of many, many times: the guy who came up with this is a genius. Today, almost twenty years later, I've discovered why. I just watched I Am, a beautiful documentary by Tom Shadyac, who decided not to make another comedy with Jim Carrey. Instead, he took a trip with two fundamental questions and a small film crew. >Read/Watch
Every once in a while, something from someone floats by, and it contains so much truth. So powerful, and so hilariously simple. Below video is a beautiful reminder about outside knowledge, and how it makes us forget. So here's to 15 minutes of Jon, master of the easy life, the real life, and worth every second! >Watch
Everything that receives attention grows. And gratitude's a really nice way to make something grow. Asking myself what I'm grateful for always points me to the things and people in this life I can be happy about, however big or small. It helps me release myself from the grip of negative, destructive thoughts I occasionally find myself in. And more often than not, I discover beauty in very 'mundane', every day stuff, things and people I might otherwise not even notice. To me, that makes it a practice of simply being aware, here, now, not one of covering up whatever I don't like. >Watch
I used to drink soda. Then I discovered that drinking it was making me hyper-active and not very happy, so I quit. And I turned it into a symbol. For the Western Disease. Then I came across this video. About John Nese, owner of Galco's Soda Pop Stop in Los Angeles. I've probably watched it fifty times now. Because he's a funny, heart-warming hero. But also because he's one of the first who truly made me understand the inherent beauty of work. Any kind of work. >Watch/Read