05 Mar

90 Days Happiness self-experiment – Lessons Learned

What makes us truly happy? In the past months, I’ve been experimenting with this and other happiness-related questions and shared my experiences with you in eleven blog posts. What did I find out? Did I find the key to happiness? Let me share my conclusion and left questions in this post. Do we need to be always in a good mood in order to experience happiness? What do you imagine if you think of happiness? Naturally, we think of smiling, enthusiastic, energetic people who live their life to the fullest. Is this true happiness? Is this what we all long
30 Dec

Week 10 – Practice Forgiveness to start 2021 with an Open Heart

Forgiveness helped me to let go of bitterness about past relationships and become open to new ones. Most of us have experienced forgiveness in some way, but do we understand the concept and its benefits? In this post, I will dive into the power of forgiveness and outline how the practice of forgiveness will support you in starting 2021 with a fresh, healed, and open heart. Let’s define Forgiveness  Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield describes the act of forgiveness as “giving up all hope for a better past.” Forgiveness is a way to move on. It is an internal process in
01 Nov

Week 6: The importance of purpose amidst challenging times

The global pandemic has brought significant changes to the way we live. Surely, it has been a confronting year with an increase in fear, anxiety, and other uncomfortable emotional responses. One important element to stay centered amidst the storm around me was to align with my purpose. Purpose is not a destination, suggests research, but a journey and a practice. In this week’s blog post, I will share some tricks & tools that are useful to live a purposeful life. Values As on every journey, it is important to plan and take the right equipment with you. A good starting
17 Oct

Week 5: Intimacy & Closeness

During the past 3 weeks, I’ve been joining a workshop series on closeness and intimacy. In a small group, we practiced active listening to our bodies and practiced to communicate our (somatic) boundaries. The 3 weeks built around 3 main subjects: Self-awareness & Self-care,  Consciously shaping your relationships, Consent, Boundaries & Open communication. Each week we had a blend of individual, partner, and group exercises. In a playful and lightful manner, we immersed in practices from non-violent communication and dance/drama therapy. Despite the “physical” limitations because of the coronavirus, I had invaluable learning moments that I want to share with
29 Sep

Week 4: What it means to live a conscious life

When I wrote my master thesis in 2017 about the role of self-awareness in leadership development programmes, something profound happened. Something that goes beyond the academic experience of writing a thesis. I found my way into conscious living. What exactly led to this shift in my life? I can’t boil it down to one factor, to be honest. It could be the empowering and liberating way I got raised by parents who immersed in spiritual and therapeutical work for many decades; the first encounter with meditation; my first coaching experiences; or just my genuine curiosity to try new things. In