Last weekend I visited my step-grandchild, a delightful little boy of eight months old. We don’t see much of each other because we live far apart, so it took him several hours to get used to the new people in the house. He was gentle and adorable, sure, but I remember very distinctly the moment … More How a look can change your life in one second flat.
Letting go of negativity not only makes you happier, it actually helps you live longer too. And healthier! This is the principle my practice is based upon, and here’s yet another piece of scientific proof. Elisabeth Blackburn, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2009, has found that your mental patterns could be harming … More More scientific proof that negative thoughts can kill you, from a Nobel Prize winner!
Caroline Myss is one of the teachers I follow. Listen below to her talk about the power of the wound. Confrontational, wise lessons! Source: The Science of Medical Intuition Online Course
Isn’t being vulnerable totally scary, and to be avoided at all times? That’s what I thought too for a long time. But guess what: it actually makes you strong. Wholehearted, as Brené Brown says in this delightful talk. So go on: be the master of your fate, the captain of your soul. Be vulnerable.
When you always push yourself to do more and to be better, it is impossible to stand in your power, to adopt that way of life in which you treat yourself and others with kindness, acceptance and love. Standing in your power gives you a gentle strength that comes from within, regardless of what others … More How to Stand in Your Power and Stop Giving It Away
Having settled into my new life in Europe I am ready to get serious about my Inside Out Therapy and Coaching practice. I need to work on connecting with the wider Brussels community, but I trust that’s a matter of time. Meanwhile, I have been thinking a lot about how I can be of service … More My New Year’s resolution: helping you defeat self-sabotage
Deze spreuk, die sinds mijn kindertijd in mijn geheugen gegrift staat, roept associaties op met moeite, met worsteling. Alles zit tegen, maar als ik ‘het’ maar genoeg wil, breek ik ijzer met handen. Ondanks alle obstakels en hindernissen bereik ik mijn doel. Luctor et emergo! (Ja, Zeeuwse moeder.) Ik worstel en kom boven! Dat moge … More Waar een wil is, is een weg
We must fight terrorism, but more bombs are only going to provoke more violence. Compassion might be the only way out. And yes, that’s hard. … More Compassion for Gaziantep
‘It’s good to shake up the system and make a new start,’ I wrote to a friend, explaining our BIG decision to leave Istanbul, my beloved home for 26 years, and move to Brussels. Today’s mantra says that change is good, and I believed it, but I can tell you that moving -this time- was … More Letting go BIG time
If I had stayed with my first job in Turkey as the cultural attaché of the Consulate-General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, things might have turned out very differently, but I made the ‘faux pas’ of simultaneously publishing the odd article in a newspaper. Soon I was told I had to choose: diplomacy or journalism. … More Finding release from conflict