13 questions to Nina

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Incorporating clean eating and daily meditation into my life wasn’t too difficult for me. What made the journey tough were all the feelings that apparently were hiding underneath the surface of my awareness and I had been trying to avoid unconsciously. I’d best describe the 100 days as a roller coaster of unheard emotions that I suddenly had to deal with. It took a while for me to accept that this was something I had to do if I wanted to go forward in my life.

13 Questions to Bo

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The 100 Day Warrior program helped me get more structure in my life. I really found out that you are what you eat and that your body is your temple and you need to nurture it in every way, making sure you sleep enough everyday, eat a lot and eat healthy, stay true to your daily meditation, but most important staying true to your OWN belief system.

Dreams and intentions for 2016 (and beyond)

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Every year my first post of the year contains this particular exercise that I am about to do, let me explain how it works: I take a deep breath and start writing down the dreams and intentions that flow from my heart for 5 minutes, without thinking, without rehearsing and without editing afterwards. Afterwards I often peak at last years post and see if there were dreams that came true and dreams that stayed unfulfilled. Every year my first post of the year contains this particular exercise that I am about to do, let me explain how it works: I take a deep breath and start writing down the dreams and intentions that flow from my heart for 5 minutes, without thinking, without rehearsing and without editing afterwards. Afterwards I often peak at last years post and see if there were dreams that came true and dreams that stayed unfulfilled.

Let me connect with my breath for a minute and we can get started:

I want to feel tenderness often

I want to feel open all the time

I want to give my heart away

I want to love

I want to be loved

I want to feel free

I want to laugh often and cry when I need to

I want to be understood

I want to make meaning

I want to have pizza with Mystery Girl and melt when I look into her eyes

I want to build a powerful movement

I want to keep facilitating life-changing experiences

I want to feel save

I want others to feel save

I want to fall in love

I want to contribute to health and wellbeing of others

I want to be surrounded by smart people with warm hearts and make a contribution to a more humane and sustainable world together.

I want to be forgiving

I want to be kind

I want to be physically fit and strong

I want the Warrior tribe to keep growing and find its own momentum

I want the Warrior THNK tank to become a success

I would love an amazing business partner

I would love an amazing woman by my side

I need friends (and honest and constructive feedback)

I need support (and hugs and cuddles)

I need loyalty (give me some credit)

I need encouragement

I need my spiritual practice

I need to take care of myself

I need courage

I need a vacation this year

I shall further continue on my path

I shall stay true to my heart and purpose, even when it gets scary

I shall be honest

I shall contribute to the growth of others

I shall put others before me

I shall do my best

I shall persevere

I wish my dreams will come true

I wish your dreams will come true

I wish all living beings to live in peace and harmony with each other.

I wish that all humans would stop inflicting pain on themselves and other beings, human or not.

This is it! This is my list for 2016. Now it is time to look at what I wrote last year. [searches for old posts on the internet and looks] Definitely some dreams came true. I can honestly say that some sort of tribe is growing (the picture featured in this post is your evidence). I found some financial stability and my house situation has improved too. I did create amazing experiences for my participants.

The cool thing about repeating this exercise every year is that you can see how some dreams come true and some dreams change a bit. In 2011 I want to live in a house big enough to give meditation courses from. Nowadays I have my own zendo (meditation hall), although it is not in my house. In 2011 I also wrote that I wanted to work with warm, brilliant, creative people and have lots of fun doing it and that I wanted to coach very talented people. Those dreams have manifested totally!

I just looked back at the posts from previous years. This is what I wrote in 2011 (Bali, Indonesia), this is what I wrote in 2012 (Tel Aviv, Israel) and this is what I wrote in 2013 (Cali, Colombia). Last year’s post (2015) was written in Amsterdam after coming back from a retreat in Sweden. You will notice that I have searched for love and stability for all those years but that I am improving at stability. Now love. 😉 Nevertheless many small and big dreams and intentions have manifested along the way and I had more adventures than I ever could imagine.

I totally recommend trying this exercise yourself. If you are brave enough, post your results in the comments.

13 Questions to Bas

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During the first episode of the 100 Day Warrior 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.

You Are Responsible For Your Own Humanity

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I am reading the new book of Research Professor in Social Work Brene Brown. It is called ‘Rising Strong’ and it is about Brene’s findings on how people rise up from a difficult and painful episode in their lives. I am absolutely impressed about how Brene uncovers difficult human terrain step by deliberate step. Every […]

“I Am Donating A Kidney”

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I like to see this blog as a blog about human bravery. Sometimes I share my struggles on how to transcend my own fears and insecurities, sometimes I try to transmit what I have learned along the way and sometimes I share my observations.

Quite recently I have encountered an astonishing example of what I see as supreme bravery and sacrifice. And I can’t seem to get my head around it.

On Lovers And Leaders And The Importance Of Exploring The Unknown

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Yesterday my eye fell on an interesting quote: “One key pattern associated with the development of a close relationship among peers is sustained, escalating, reciprocal, personal self-disclosure.” I don’t know who said it. It was a scientist who researched relationships. If I remember correctly the context was an experiment that was designed by a researcher […]

Beating The ‘Cold Cap’ – A Story Of Pain Transformation

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A couple of days ago I did one of the most intense and sensitive jobs I ever did. I was asked to help a young woman endure the pain of a ‘cold cap’ treatment. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in two years, which completely suck because it means the […]

The Need For Vulnerability

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The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and, today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic. Heroics is important and we certainly need heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage.

Eps 87: The Unmistaken Child

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I really don’t know what to think of reincarnation. Intuitively I believe in it, rationally I can’t get my head around the idea. But I know that the rational mind is limited and I also know that my intuition hasn’t fully matured yet. I’ve had experiences in meditation that felt like glimpses of past lives […]