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As I began to love myself

Today I would like to share some thoughts titled "As I began to love myself". They are attributed to Charlie Chaplin and it is said that he shared them on his 70th birthday. They hold very profound wisdom and clearly deep experiences collected over a life time. We live in a world where old people are put into homes, rarely visited and where their wisdom is "locked up". There was a time in humanity's history where "elders" were asked for advice as people knew that they held wisdom acquired over a life time. We can be "wise beyond our years" and yet life's experiences add a deeper meaning to that wisdom. 

Have you ever asked yourself if you love yourself? Have you ever asked yourself if there is maybe a part of you that feels "you are not worthy of love" - because that's what somebody used to tell you in life? You are very worthy :) Have you ever feared arguments because you felt "that's my father / my mother and I don't want to be like them" but in the process swallowed a lot...

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Being trauma informed

Throughout my own healing journey as well as having worked with many clients from various backgrounds I came to understand how little all of us knew about trauma yet how much it affected every single one of us in our daily live and behavioural patterns. 

When I attended my Tamalpa life arts training in 2018 one of our teachers talked about trauma and listed experiences. She said for example: divorce is a trauma. I had never considered that. Of course it does not have to be but very often it is. 

At the end of the school year 2020/2021 the principle of my children's school made parents aware that our children might have been faced with trauma throughout COVID lockdowns and all the mask scenario. Many psychologists and therapists pointed out that the lockdowns took quite a toll on many children. 

My approach to life is one of simplicity, reflection, curiosity, compassion and healing. My healing journey was a bit like peeling an onion. Every time I thought I...

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A conscious choice

Throughout my childhood and adolescence I had to be very independent at an early age as both parents were working full-time. It is something that stayed with me for life. The positive aspect of that experience: I learned to be independent at a very early age. The somewhat more challenging aspect: I believed I always had to do everything by myself and alone. No doubt am I very capable of doing things alone but throughout life it can take a toll when I have a lot on my plate. 

Being a single mom and having many friends who are single moms and also single dads with hardship stories I came to understand how much responsibility we have to carry alone on a daily basis and the choices that we have to make alone. Equally we might display a lot more resilience as humans because often we work for two. 

At times we might face what appears to be Goliath in various forms. We witness how our society just stands by and watches how our governments pour millions into useless...

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Stillness

It might be time to pause for a moment. Close your eyes and breath. It does not matter what is happening out there. All that matters is what is happening inside of you. 

What would happen if you paused for a moment and simply sat in stillness? What would happen if you became aware of the feelings in your body? 

Have you ever tried to remove yourself from all that noise that social media, Netflix, chat groups and similar create? Even for a day or two or maybe even a week? What would possibly transpire if you had the courage to let go of all that noise around you?

Would you fear meeting yourself believing that there is not much to meet? Try it out :) You might discover that you are full of innate wisdom, knowledge, creativity and so much more. The only way to access it though is to stop the distractions around you. 

Have you ever wondered whether your life and your time are sacred? 

I would like to invite you to simply be with yourself and sit in stillness. There...

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Multilingual - How to liberate yourself from fear

 

This video is available in EnglishGermanCroatianSpanish on youtube. If you click on the language, it will take you to the video. The transcript is available in English and Spanish (scroll beyond the English version). You can quote this text as long as you link it to my blog and the source creator. A big thank you to my old college friends Isa and Inma for the translation into Spanish! 

As our planet is going through a lot of fear I have decided to share some practical tips on how to become aware of and liberate yourself from fears. As parents we have to assist our children in regulating their emotions and working through fears. When we are in survival mode we cannot be creative and living in fear means "being in survival mode". Many of us are working on co-creating a new world! Join us and share your creative genius with the world! 

Transcript English: 

Today, I would like to give you some practical tips on how to work...

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Just do it! What would you do if you knew you would succeed?

 

You can also view the video on youtube https://youtu.be/ASJ2RmWWNLk The video and the blog are not the same transcript. 

There is no doubt that over the years I have  gone through a lot of transformation myself. During the past few years it also became clearer that I wanted to embrace and live more of my creative potential. Over the past weeks in particular there was a need to go within again. Something new wanted to emerge. One of my favourite mantras is: Letting go of the old makes room for the new! 

I will write more about the following topic but basically my focus is on "being-ness" instead of business. A video and blog will be up soon :) So I want to express my beingness and allow the business to unfold from that natural impulse that comes from within. 

Part of my current transformational process entails making videos and while I got the feedback that people are enjoying them one of my dear Tamalpa friends was curious about my...

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Leading from within

 

You can also watch this video on youtube https://youtu.be/82tisIDH0uQ 

Every month, I facilitate and host a free online retreat and webinar for coherent leadership. The focus of that is to assist and support leaders in the new paradigm to connect more to their innate creative genius and unleash and liberate their known as well as maybe still hidden superpowers. It gives them the opportunity to start becoming more creative and to acquire and develop new skills. It also offers my clients who have completed the one on one coaching (3 months package) a possibility to keep continuing with the work besides downloadable workshops. This month I decided to put my focus on leading from within and embodied leadership.

I would like to invite and encourage you to create a new habit in the month of July and really focus on leading from within and start asking yourself the following questions. How do I lead? How do I lead from within? Do I even lead...

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Coherent leadership in times of dissonance Part I

 

Coherent leadership in times of dissonance

What is keeping leaders from truly being in their full potential? What is keeping you awake at night in your personal or business life? How do you lead and can you truly lead yourself and others when your life and business are in dissonance? What does it take to be a coherent leader in times of chaos and change? Are you the tree that stands strong when everyone and everything else is collapsing? And what does coherent leadership mean? 

Coherence: When we are in a state of coherence our being, doing and response comes from a place of feeling centred, aware and present and our heart and brain work in alignment. When we are not coherent our stress levels are increased and our amygdala triggers a fight, flight or freeze reaction and action. We live in a state of constant survival and stress hormones are continuously released, which is having an effect on our health and well-being. In a coherent state we experience elevated...

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Slow down to speed up

Over the past few weeks I have had this feeling I needed to slow down even more than I had already slowed down. There were moments when I asked myself: how much more do I need to slow down? I was reminded of a class from my Tamalpa Life Arts Training several years ago where we practiced to slow down our movements, more and more and even more. When we keep slowing down we suddenly shift awareness. Maybe time stands even still for a moment. We breath. We become aware of the stillness. It is magic. 

Throughout those weeks I had this feeling that something new wants to emerge and in order for me to become aware of what wants to surface I have to slow down even more. I keep repeating "even more" because I had already slowed down so much and had wanted to speed up. Everyone else seems to start speeding up again or never slowed down in the first place despite recent lockdowns.

I experienced a few moments of restlessness and that was the sign that I needed to...

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The creative potential of empty space

Recently, I received a message from a dear friend of mine. She wrote to me: "I am now in an empty space. I trust and explore what wants to unfold." She had applied for a job that she was interested in after her practice had to close due to COVID-19. The job application was not positive and she felt okay with that. She stayed with it. She didn't go into despair and frustration. She took the time to go for long walks, to sit in stillness, to be creative and open the space to whatever wants to present itself.

Empty Space holds so much potential. As leaders we need to create such empty spaces especially during times of uncertainty and disruption as this will assist us to stay calm, present and be creative and innovative. 

I would like to take you on an exploration around the creative potential of empty space using a piece of plain white paper as a simple example. At the beginning, it is completely empty. It's just a white piece of paper. There's nothing on it. But if...

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