Visit of His Holiness The Dalai Lama to The Netherlands

His Holiness The Dalai Lama visited Rotterdam today, Sunday 16 September 2018 and I had the rare privilege to hear him speak on the theme of ‘Why compassion is essential in our troubled world.’

It was an extremely inspiring, sometimes hilarious (His Holiness has a great sense of humor) and unexpectedly also very emotional morning (complete with goosebumps and glistening eyes), listening to one of the most important spiritual leaders of our time. His Holiness’ message of sharing kindness and compassion resonated deeply with me. In a packed Ahoy stadium you could literally feel the positive energy radiating from the stage into the audience and spread like a wildfire, enveloping everyone in a warm and loving embrace. Suddenly, I genuinely couldn’t understand why anyone is at war with anyone else since we are all humans and we are all physically, mentally and emotionally alike.

His Holiness stressed that it is very important to educate everyone but especially our children on the importance of the inner life so as to teach them selflessness and compassion for themselves and others.

I couldn’t agree more.

This Sunday morning in the presence of The Dalai Lama (and let’s not forget Richard Gere, who is the chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet and who did a live interview with His Holiness) was truly unique and unforgettable.


Close encounter of the owl kind

On my way to a Tai Chi lesson in the park, I suddenly stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this:

Of course, I had to investigate it in all kinds of ways:

It obviously had been made very recently because the wood still smelled sooooo good, kind of sweet and, well, you know, woody.

And yes, it IS a pretty big owl too (although I am not exactly very tall).

All in all, this close encounter of the owl kind made me very happy :-))).

Pictures courtesy of Monique Gilissen

Taking a moment for myself…

Sometimes you just have to consciously take some time for yourself.

I think it’s always important to show some attention to details concerning form and colour.

This colourful little scene makes me feel joyous and happy!

Do you also allow yourselves such a moment?


The power of (negative) thinking…

So nice to receive a reaction from Deepak Chopra!

Will this image be a rare sight during Dutch winters to come?

A dash of color…

Just because it’s a grey day outside and I feel the need for some colors…

This one speaks for itself…

No greater gift

“There is no greater gift that you can give or receive than to honor your calling”

– Oprah Winfrey

Awesome autumn…

Awesome autumn…Let’s all be quietly thankful for all the beauty that our trees, plants and flowers have given us so generously these past spring- and summer months. They now are entitled to rest, in order to save  their strengths so in five months time, they can again enchant us with their blossoms.