13 Questions to Bas

Bas - Warrior Retreat

During the first episode of the 100 Day Warrior (in Sept 2014) I asked a handful of people from the creative industry to send me questions that they would like to be answered by the participants of the 100 Day Warrior. Out of approximately 30 questions I selected 13 that seem to cover most of the curiosity of most followers. Bas is the third of the 100 Day Warrior III to answer them. Want to know what the others said too? Before him went Martijn (including video), Suzanne and Noeska (including video). But please read about Bas experience first:

1. What were your expectations from the 100 Day Warrior? And have they been met?

My expectations of the 100 Day Warrior were initially focused around it providing me the tools to sustain a healthy diet, the discipline to do sports regularly and the ability to incorporate meditation into my daily rhythm. These expectations have all been met. My hopes though were that the 100 Day Warrior programme would provide me with chronic inner peace that would last a lifetime. Nearing the end of the programme I can honestly say that I’ve grown immensely and that I would condemn myself if I would ever fall back into old suboptimal patterns. I feel at least I’ve gained the ability to return to my inner peace whenever necessary. 

2. How does the 100 Day Warrior affect you?

I’ve grown more at ease with myself. I’ve learned about the strengths as well as the pitfalls of my personality. I’ve grown more calm in otherwise hectic environments. Real practically, my posture has been altered to allow for more energy and focus during the day (what they say about straightening your back is true). 

3. How long before you started experiencing results?

Day 2. I came into the programme with a enormous curiosity for the change in diet. On day two my tongue turned white and on day three I got extremely light headed. I was detoxing on my sugar intake I later learned whilst I though I did fine on sugar levels before that time: I assumed I already ate healthy. 

4. What was your biggest misconception of the 100 Day Warrior?

The biggest misconception I had before going into the program was that people who ‘need’ meditation to function are soft, vulnerable and unable to come along in today’s society. One thing I’ve learned is that exactly because people who take time to meditate reflect on themselves and their daily practices, their focus and thus their impact is potentially significantly higher. 

5. What impressed you most so far? 

Being able to enjoy my bike ride to work. This might sound a little off, but due to my mental chillness I’ve come to enjoy small things a lot more. Amidst a rushing flow of angry bike commuters my daily bike ride through the Vondelpark has become a incredible moment of beauty over the past months. 

6. What was most challenging, scary or demanding?

This must be the moments at which I’ve let others known that I’m at the top of my abilities unable to push further. “This is me, take it or leave it. I’m trying my best, and I can understand if that is not sufficient enough.” Those are the moments you really have to step past the last drop of ego still present. 

7. What is your biggest revelation until now?

This is tying in to the above answer: the things you perceive to be hardest or even impossible (like showing vulnerability when you think this will ruin everything) are tied to the preconditions and thought patterns that exist in your mind. Vulnerability opens doors that you’ve locked yourself. 

8. Which part of the 100 Day Warrior program would you rather have started 10 years ago? 

Meditation. It is never young enough to get to the core of your being and acting upon that core. 

9. How does the 100 Day Warrior serve you in daily life and work?

I can summarise an answer in two words: focus and discipline. Focus in all the work I do or contact I have with people. Discipline in sticking to my daily routine, sports and mediation, that in turn hands me that focus. 

10. Does the 100 Day Warrior have an impact on the way you relate to your life?

Working for Circle Economy in accelerating the transition of the global ‘linear’ economy into a circular economy, the 100 Day Warrior has provided me with a confirmation of my path in life.

11. What do you expect from the 100 Day Warrior in the long run? 

Focus and discipline. I’m not even doubting to stop with the different aspects of the programme once its done. This wasn’t my intention in the first place: my hopes were to retrieve the skills and tools to consistently apply warriorship in my life which I’ll certainly keep on doing

12. What does the term ‘warrior’ mean to you?

Warriorship means applying selflessness focus and discipline to a cause you deem important.

13. What is your wish for the future? 

My wish is for the future is to obtain a critical mass of selflessness and unity globally.

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Bas Jongerius Msc (26) is a tall, thoughtful and soft-spoken young man with a reassuring presence. He radiates genuine love and concern for humanity and planet Earth. Likes long distance running on our flat country but is also an avid snowboarder and skier who loves the mountains. Bas currently works as a project manager at Circle Economy, that creates industrial systems that are restorative by design.  If you want to connect with this future leader, check out his professional bio here.

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