Dreams and intentions for 2011 (and beyond)

It is actually only since I’m back at work that it dawns on me that we have a new year ahead of us. Of course I had noticed when it was New Years Eve but that night was the night that my buddy Mike was at the lowest point of his sickness. I was filled with worries then. The next day we started traveling again and I never really took the time to stand still by the intentions and dreams that I might have for the 2011.

A friend of mine has also started a blog. It’s called 40 Days for Mennie Love, written by a young, pregnant and married woman who finds herself fighting for her relationship. She and her husband decided to take a 40 days break to figure what is going wrong. She decided to write a blog during those days. I share this for two reasons. First, I feel it’s an interesting and courageous experiment that’s worthy of mentioning. Second, on Day 4 she did a nice exercize that I would like to borrow from her to do myself and hopefully I can challenge you, dear reader, to do the same and publish your results in the comments section.

She called it a dreaming exercize. The idea is to write down as many things as you wish to be or do in 2 minutes if there were no boundaries of time, money and space. I might give myself 4 minutes, as I can’t type very fast.

Here we go:

I want to be happy

I want to travel

I want to learn to type faster

I want to work internationally (and get flown in there business class)

I want to give workshops in Australia

I want to organize mindful wintersport retreats

I want to organize retreats on Bali

I want to to travel to South America to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies and work with great shamans

I want to make (huge) progress on my spiritual path and be a good zen student to my teachers

I want to learn Spanish

I want to learn to surf and to kite surf

I want to go snowboarding (within a year)

I want to maintain my health and physical fitness or even improve it

I want to move into a new house

I want a completely new start of my relationship with Anna and get it right this time

I want to live in a house in Amsterdam that is warm, welcoming, spacy and stylish, big enough to give my mindfulness courses

I want to live in a house that has a roof terrace and a great view

I want to be published in different magazines, in different countries

I want to become a good father of 3 beautiful and healthy children (not all of them at the same time)

I want to make a difference in this world

I want to have an awesome love life

I want Basic Goodness to be a financially and otherwise healthy company

I want to work with warm, brilliant, creative people and have lots of fun doing it

I want to inspire many people

I want to feel inspired and energized by others often

I want to be successful in getting my message across

I want to give people beautiful and healing experiences

I want to touch as many hearts as I can

I want to coach very talented people

I want to empower young men

I want to empower women

I want to live the life of a Shambala Warrior

Wow.. that was fun! Ok, I admit, I cheated a bit. When the alarm clock was counting down my poor typing skills collapsed under the pressure. So I confess that I took a lot more time. I even added things after coming back from the gym (but I didn’t delete anything). Fortunately the list came out less vain than I feared to be. No ‘I want to be on the cover of a magazine’ or ‘own a Ferrari’. That’s a relief ‘cause one never knows what the subconscious wants to blurt out.

I’ve read my list now three times and I must say it feels empowering to see all my wishes so blatently written down. It seems as if everything has come within reach by acknowledging the wish.

If you feel like doing it, please give it a shot. I’m very curious.


  1. Panna says

    Ik wil gelukkig zijn.
    Ik wil gezond zijn.
    Ik wil genieten.
    Ik wil vrolijk zijn.
    Ik wil verbondheid.
    Ik wil mijn rijbewijs halen.
    Ik wil een mooie reis maken.
    Ik wil anderen helpen.
    Ik wil liefde.
    Ik wil een mooi huis.
    Ik wil dieren.
    Ik wil kinderen.
    Ik wil een fijne relatie.
    Ik wil dat ik zou durven bungeejumpen.
    Ik wil me ontwikkelen.
    Ik wil een leuke baan.
    Ik wil fijne vriendinnen.
    Ik wil salsa dansen.
    Ik wil fantaseren.

    Exact 2 minuten, zonder edit, dat bungeejumpen en salsadansen had ik niet zien aankomen.

  2. Panna says

    ah, nog 1 minuutje dan:
    ik wil yogajuf worden
    ik wil een yoga/retraitecentrum.
    Ik wil een paard en een pony.
    Ik wil iedere dag op het strand paardrijden.
    Ik wil een hondje en een kat.
    Ik wil in het bos wonen.

    Ik wil een cabrio
    Ik wil een wijnkelder (huh?)
    Ik wil mooie kleding

  3. Justyna says

    Ok, I wrote it down on the sheet of paper but here we go;
    I would like to change the circle of people I surround myself with ( mainly work)
    I want to surround myself with warm and loving people, who experienced enough in their lives to know better.
    I would like to find a friend, a male friend, who would love me for who I am.
    I would like to move, to live alone and have my own place and space.
    I want to live in the nature.
    I want to grow spiritually.
    I want to be fully self- aware.
    I want to study,learn new things and expand my knowledge and abilities.
    I want to be wiser.
    I want to be more tolerant and loving.
    I want to awake.
    I want to find a place in this world where I would feel fully myself, feel comfortable and fulfilled.
    I’d like to help people find the way to their hearts.
    I want to become a therapist.
    I’d like to be involved in projects which would help people.
    I’d like to take care of others.
    I want to have a loving home, good relationship and children.
    I want to go with my family to the forest and pick mushrooms or berries 🙂
    I would like to go the hot, beautiful tropical beach.
    I’d like to swim with the dolphins once.
    I want to be better at swimming.
    I want to learn surfing and diving.
    Also do some rowing.
    I want to be happier and spread this happiness in the world.

    I have to say, it sounds amazing, I’m all excited now. And yes, it definitely sounds more within my reach. I can concentrate my will on those wishes now and try to make them come true. And I believe it is possible! Wow! Thanks Atalwin!


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