The beauty of Permaculture

Or how to feed ourself with minimum effort and footprint: Permaculture (or natural farming). The logic and benefits of permaculture are so obvious that it is hard to understand why not everybody who is involved in agriculture has yet switched to this efficient and sustainable practice.

Three main components are: to go with the flow of your direct environment (use plants, bushes, trees etc. that need little help to flourish), focus on the quality of your earth (limit activities that degrade the earth such as ploughing) and use species that you do not need to plant again every year (at high labour and energy costs).

Mark Shepard has written an attractive book on this topic. See below for the dutch translation by Maranka Spoor en Lucas Brouns (two frontrunners of permaculture in the Netherlands).

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Ego-Tree

My ego has served me well for many years. I grew it mainly whilst attending a primary school in France called ‘Les Chataigniers’ or (sweet) ‘Chestnut’ to protect me from all (perceived) threats in my live.

In the past few years I have however (as others before me) experienced that I feel much better when I manage to leave it aside. It has clear positive effect on the quality of my connectedness to my environment. My ego is not happy with this development and is struggling to remain a prominent component in my behaviour.

Sweet Chestnut, Mandali 2017

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Hearing feeling and needs

It is no secret that I’m a big fan of Non Violent Communication as it greatly improves the quality of my connections to others. Basis of NVC is quite simple: focus on hearing (or sharing) at the level of feeling and needs. For me this is easier said than done… at least consistently. This is partly because I still tend to hear (or share) judgments, praise criticisms etc. which blocks me from really listening. But also because my active vocabulary to describe the many feeling (‘negative’ and ‘positive’) and needs one can experience is relatively shallow.

Overview cards by Ai-Opener

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Finding direction in a ‘faster’ world

It sometime feels like everything around us is moving faster and faster. Old methods of coping seem no longer as effective as before. That makes it difficult to bring the clarity we need and leaves us with a feeling of discomfort. In my search for a better way I have come to value the combination of two neglected practices.

1. Rewilding your senses: For some time now our senses (such as taste, smell, balance and many others) have been less needed for survival and therefore less sharp. As a consequence they have also become less effective as source of information about of what is happening around us. Cleansing and strengthening my senses restores this vital flow and provides me with the relevant, deep, pure information needed at any moment. In practical terms this means becoming again more able to discern various tastes, smells etc.

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Potential intentions for the day

Jus a random list of potential intentions for the (work in progress!). Picking 1, 2 or 3 in the morning helps me to focus my energy where most needed. And to gradually integrate all of them into every day life…

  • To just observe
  • To be curious
  • To let others own their own feeling
  • To be still
  • To sense for flow
  • To be grounded
  • To hear feelings and needs of others
  • To seek fringes
  • To embrace little things
  • To be creative

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Never waste a good (career) crisis

A significant career challenge might not always be pleasant but with empathic guidance it can be turned into a unique opportunity to reconnect to yourself, rediscover your potential and come back stronger and more valuable than before.

Together we design a fully personalised programme that will support you in clearing roadblocks, recharging batteries and rediscovering direction and meaning. Our support is based on broad first hand experience of all the steps involved in this process.

Sensing with one of Fares Boustanji’s buzzards

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Letting go

Investigating the ‘final’ step, the art of surrender. Still far far away but the understanding of what it is about is gradually growing. Basically everything else is what you do when you are not yet ready for the moment of true acceptance. Helped ao by David Hawkins. Very American in style but quite interesting if you can read through that.

The good news is that it is not more complicated than this. Making it a constant practice is however a different matter.

I also very much like his list of all things people do before ‘giving over’ to surrendering. Quite a few things in there that I am / was still planning to do myself… ;o)

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