Just keep showing up

This past year, I have had to let go of my beloved 5Rhythms dance practice. At least until my physical therapist has restored the alignment in my fascia network. At least until I have learned not to let other dancers pull me into their dance and out of my own…

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Emotions

I once met a man who told me, “I have no emotions, emotions are a woman thing.” I smiled, knowing that, when someone speaks with this much conviction, it makes no sense to tell him otherwise. The primary emotions in our lives are Fear, Anger, Grief, Joy, and Compassion. When…

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In the flow…

Last Tuesday, a group of women from all over the country came to meet at my place. Four of them, all living up north, decided to drive down together. To do so, one woman needed to catch a train from Groningen to Leeuwarden, where she would be picked up. She…

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Stillness

Originally, I wanted to title this blog Compassion. But that feels like such a ‘big’ word. When people start talking about compassion I often suspect pretentiousness. Though they may be honest people, speaking from true wisdom. And true wisdom is what Stillness, the last of this series of blogs about…

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Joy

There are moments that my life is filled with so much beauty that I burst out laughing with joy – whether or not there is anyone around to hear. For instance: often when I drive down a busy highway I spot White Storks sitting on top of the highway lamps,…

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Trust

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a control freak. I’m not fond of surprises. When I plan a workshop, I work out a detailed script. And, of course, the workshop always goes entirely differently than planned. The dynamics of the group ask for another approach or unexpected interventions…

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Courage

During the workshop I mentioned in my last blog posting, we stayed in a pretty dreadful hotel. When I checked out, the receptionist asked me if everything had been ok. Normally, I would mumble a non-committal response. But this time, I decided to be honest. I looked straight at her…

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Curiosity

Last week, I participated in a workshop with the enticing title: The Hero’s Journey. I only knew the people giving the workshop by name. And it became obvious that I wasn’t going to know any of the other participants. But my curiosity drove me on into this unknown territory. Which…

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