simple – getting practical

“When we crave simplicity, we are not after an easier life. We are after life.” – Dave Bruno Now my book is done I’ll  write some practical posts on what this blog is all about in the first place : simple living and the beautiful answers it brings to modern life issues. Often people think to change…

returning home

To me this painting by Edward Hopper is home. During the silent years of my burnout, this was the postcard that hung next to my dinner table and made me long for something that felt like ‘home’. I did not know what home was, only that I was afraid and lost. Somewhere I lost my home, my soul-home,…

herbs in bloom

The pyrenees are in bloom. The wild rosemary, thyme, sage and valerian all have beautiful flowers. We’re picking a lot of different plants and herbs to dry. So it’s nettle soup for dinner and vervain tea for breakfast. And in front of our house the sun is doing the drying for us. Laurel, eucalyptus, roses, nettles,…

blessings

I’m not the only one who felt the overwhelming energy of yesterday’s full moon. So powerful I felt I was going to explode with impressions, information, emotions and thoughts. Then today, the day of sweet release, being so precious and special and beautiful I remember why everything in nature builds up and releases. 11 is…

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….