Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

“Your life is not what happened to you. Your life are the memories you have and the way you decide to tell the narrative.”

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Here we go again

My fridge is filled with magnets, quotes, postcards, To Do lists, pictures & letters. One of the magnets says: “reincarnation….here we go again”. We don’t “know” what will happen when we leave this life, but reincarnation always sounded like a plausible scenario to me. And this magnet reminds me daily to deal with “stuff” now, […]

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Reflective capactities through art

This morning I had a meeting, with 2 women from a Provincial Institute for art&education in The Nl. The motivation for the meeting was a creativity workshop I give, a couple of times a year, for teachers in technical schools, and that they wanted to offer to their art-teachers. But the conversation had a wonderful […]

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Quality of conversation

First day of work after a long, relaxing & turbulent summer. Walking into the building of the town hall of Oss, I immediately felt home again. That feeling was amplified when people starting walking into the meeting room, it was like greeting old friends. We’ve been on a collective journey since a while now. Client-consultant […]

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The Doctor and the Magician

The mysteries of the body Many systems are in transition. Medicine is one of them. A systemic-identity crisis.   The past era started from knowledge and symptoms, the next one from understanding and root-causes. From cure to care. From parts to whole. It’s only thanks to experience of the past era that we can move, […]

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Life conversations, without a script

Bart Peeters, a Flemish artist, wrote a song years ago called ‘when she’s on the phone with her sister’. He describes the conversations, between his wife & her sister, in a brilliant way: “conversations with amazing twists, and this without any script”, “Woody Allen would steal them entirely” “Almodovar would defenitely win an Oscar”   […]

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Ceremony as a rite of passage

Today was a special day. I was invited to take pictures at the birth ceremony of Zorro, son of Lin & Ramon. Zorro is 1 year old and today his parents organised a ceremony in Parc Middelheim to welcome their son into their community. A 21th Century baptism. They invited their closest friends and family and […]

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What if we don’t go back?

In 2000 I took my backpack and travelled for 6 months in South-America. That trip infected me with the travel-virus forever. My backpack & travelboots became the symbols of freedom, exploration & living life to the fullest (for a decade). In 2001, I travelled with a friend to Morocco: to Marrakech, over the Atlas mountains […]

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Nice “coincidental” encounter

Leaving the house of my physiotherapist this morning, I noticed a man, carrying a map (a modern iPad one), pulling lots of luggage and looking seriously lost. I stopped. His hotel is far from where we were standing, so I proposed to drive him there. In the car, we introduced ourselves, and Ravi explains he’s […]

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The journey from seeker to master

I was in Berlin in June, for The Global Presencing Forum, for the last module of the Theory U masterclass and to spend some time exploring the city. This city holds so many paradoxes. As fascinating as painful. I read, in Happinez magazine, about a little parfumshop in Charlottenburg, where they still create their own […]

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I am because we are

Circle of guardians One of the practices that I learned in the art of hosting community and that I love, is the “circle of guardians”. When anyone is about to live something important, scary or meaningful, or needs to take a big decision, or has lost a loved one, we reach out to eachother.  You […]

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