spring equinox

Today we have 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. The perfect balance between light and dark is waking up nature and we can see and smell the evidence of her renewed energy everywhere. It also rains as much as the sun shines this time of year, a time to celebrate! We have…

gratitude

It’s March 15. I voted this morning. When I took that famous red pencil in my hand I felt the empowerment of freedom and the ability to make once voice heard. It is precious and in our changing world of more and more emphasis. Make your voice heard for all the people who are afraid…

what are you for?

It is full moon today. All my crystals and stones are out in the garden to charge in the moonlight. I’ve been meditating and taking a bath with rosemary and quartz. At the full moon we can release. This moon cycle’s theme is : What am I for? There is so much to be ‘against’ right…

rumi

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi

nonnevot

Yesterday I was in the southeast part of The Netherlands, where I spend my childhood. It is Carnaval there, or Vasteloavend, the crazy festive days before the Catholic time of fast begins. It had been years since I heard the music, saw the people dressed up in the streets, off to meet each other, the…

sacred water

In a world where fire is so dominant, water is our cure. Water brings peace, understanding and calm. The river that flows in front of our French home has taught me this. It has taught me that our culture is a burning one. Making it impossible to sit still and keep focussed, fascinated with speed…

almost clean

It is my birthday in two days, and this year this period seems to have more emphasis than ever. Not even because of the number (39!!) but because of what brought me here. Over the last months I have felt a transformation beyond words. Something in me opening up more deeply every day far beyond my understanding….

what cannot be seen

All the neuroses, burnouts, crisis (small and big) I have gone through since I was sixteen can be seen as adversity. But I learned to see them as rites de passages which have brought me here. I know our culture does not like us to put our weaknesses out in the open, but I believe we have to, because we…

purpose

The name you give yourself is what defines you to others. So what do you do? I find it hard to name myself, or more exact : to be honest about my name. I write on my book, a screenplay, articles and on this blog . I read for work and for pleasure and for…

change

I think we are all ready for change. President Trump and the Nationalist Fronts in Europe are showing us one side of active change and awaken another side of change within a lot of us : active empathy. That is what we need. I remember these words from Meryl Streep’s political speech for the Golden…