woensdag 16 januari 2019

21 lessen voor de 21st eeuw! (Yuval Noah Harari)

Een geweldig boek waar ik nog steeds niet weet wat ik ervan moet denken. Het luisteren naar deze podcast van Rich Roll heeft mij ertoe aangezet het boek te kopen.


Vanwege het nogal specifieke taalgebruik had ik besloten om het in het Nederlands, mijn moedertaal, te lezen, heel uitzonderlijk voor mij. Dit bleek al snel een goede keuze, want het boek staat vol met mooie citaten, woordspelingen die allemaal voor interpretatie vatbaar zijn.

Hier is mijn top 6 die echt uitblonk voor mij en misschien moedigen ze je ook wel aan om het boek te lezen.

“Elke gewelddaad op de wereld begint met een gewelddadig verlangen in iemands hoofd, dat de rust en het geluk van die persoon zelf al verstoort voordat het de rust en het geluk van een ander verstoort” - Yuval Noah Harari

“Een oude wijze man kreeg ooit de vraag wat hij had geleerd over de zin van het leven. ‘Nou,’ zei hij, ik heb geleerd dat ik op aarde ben om andere te helpen. Ik ben er alleen nog niet achter waarom die anderen hier zijn.’” - Yuval Noah Harari

“Voor mensen die niet geloven in grote ketenen, toekomstige nalatenschappen of collectieve epossen, is het veiligste en karigste verhaal waartoe ze zich kunnen wenden misschien de romantiek. Die streeft niet verder dan het hier en nu.” - Yuval Noah Harari

“Als we bereid zijn zoveel moeite te doen om vreemde culturen, onbekende diersoorten en verre planeten te leren kennen, is het misschien ook de moeite waard om net zo hard te werken aan het doorgronden van onze eigen geest..” - Yuval Noah Harari

“Technologie is niet per se slecht. Als je weet wat je wilt in je leven, kan technologie je helpen dat te bereiken. Maar als je niet weet wat je wilt, kan de technologie maar al te makkelijk doelen voor je gaan verzinnen en je leven overnemen. Vooral als de technologie mensen beter gaat doorgronden, zul je misschien gaan merken dat jouw level steeds meer in dienst staat van de technologie in plaats van andersom. Heb je al die zombies gezien die over de straat dwalen met hun blik strak op hun smartphone gericht? Denk je dat zij de technologie beheersen, of beheerst de technologie hen? ” - Yuval Noah Harari

"Misschien vind je het wel prima om je over te leveren aan de algoritmen en die van alles voor jou en de rest van de wereld te laten beslissen, als ze dat zo goed kunnen. Als dat zo is, maak je dan niet druk en ga er gewoon lekker voor zitten, want dan hoef je niets te doen. De algoritmen zorgen voor alles. Maar als je nog een beetje de controle wilt houden over je eigen bestaan en de toekomst van het leven op aarde, dan zul je harder je best moeten doen dan het algoritmen, Amazon en de regering, en moet je zorgen dat je jezelf leert kennen voordat zij dat doen." - Yuval Noah Harari


#peace #goodfood #nature #fruitsandvegetables #wholefood #freedom #giveupfear #21lessonsforthe21stcentury #RichRoll #RRP392 #YuvalNoahHarari #hierennu #jezelfleertkennen

dinsdag 8 januari 2019

Top 5 of dangerous distractions of the 21st century!

During an interview, the Dalai Lama was asked, what surprises him the most, his response was quite mind altering; “ ‘MAN’, Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Strong words to reflect on. Now, which direction are we heading and haven’t we completely lost track?

I strongly believe that a lot of answers that we seek, are within ourselves. It is, however the latest place that I’m looking at, to find them.

Why is that? In my point of view, all because of distractions. I’m so distracted in this modern world, that life flies by, that I’m occupied with all kinds of stuff, that I didn’t really realized, that I was living.

Here is an overview of the distractions that I found the most powerful in getting my attention completely shifted to something I probably was not looking for.

#1 for me, screens!

Whatever it is a TV, personal computer, tablet, phone… they get so heavily my attention that every time I watch to a screen, time flies and at the end, I might have liked what I’ve seen, it doesn’t serve me very truly. Whether it is movies, series… it satisfies my visual intake for some moment. How does it serve me on the longer term? If I look at it frequently, there does not have to be a long term, since the distraction for now ends, when a new distraction begins. Personally that is my definition of addiction and wanting to avoid the truth.

More info about screens over here; http://rawfoodveganlifechangingexperience.blogspot.com/2018/10/what-is-that-screen-addiction-all-about.html

#2 for me, food!

The number one reason of food, is to give me energy and make me live. As long as food fulfils that purpose in an excellent way, there is not really an issue. Now in this 21st century, food is also very often a comforting substance. Meaning that when I feel lonely, sad… food is quite often the substance to keep me going regardless from the state I find myself in. Not really by his nutrient level, more by his satisfying, pleasant level. The most famous in this category being chocolate. So, since the food keeps me going, although I’m not at all resolving my feelings, it can to me be seen as an ideal distraction of not getting where I have to go. Just keep eating.

My complete blog is about food, now more info about food as addiction over here; http://rawfoodveganlifechangingexperience.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-satisfied-feeling-of-food.html

#3 for me, alcohol and drugs!

Pretty heavy to set alcohol and drugs under the same category. Well, for me theoretically, they are similar. I quite fast like the stimuli, feel more disconnected than I can ever be and if I’m not careful they both can have a very addicted effect on me on the long term. Once flowing in the vibe it is very difficult to get out of it, since the stimuli received is mountain highs compared to normal stimuli in live (however I’ve started to discover some natural stimuli that I’ve never before experienced in life, now it required me of letting go of all the distractions).

More info about alcohol over here; http://rawfoodveganlifechangingexperience.blogspot.com/2018/09/my-relation-with-alcohol.html

#4 for me, work!

When I ask myself, why do I go working, the answer is quite often for me and my family to have money to survive. Just like people went hunting in the past. We are lucky today that we can choose more and more real jobs that are aligned with our own values and things we really like to do. The danger, of course, is when it starts to work as a distraction. If I want, I can work 24 hours / 7 days a week without any problem. It doesn’t require me to see what is really going on in my life and I can probably live my life like this. It’s a choice that everybody can make, the working as a distraction is for me personally the easy road.

More info about money over here; http://rawfoodveganlifechangingexperience.blogspot.com/2018/12/my-relation-with-money.html

#5 for me, blaming others!

Like I’ve said before, quote by ― Bob Moawad “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”

If I continue to set the fold of everything I live, on the shoulders of others, I can’t be more distracted from my real life than that. I reject every possible moment of growth by blaming others for the growth sign I receive.

More info about I’m unique over here; http://rawfoodveganlifechangingexperience.blogspot.com/2018/12/im-unique.html

I’m here not at all saying that these distractions are bad, I believe they are strongly part of our usual habits, that in some situations they really help to get over things temporarily.

I believe, however, that in the longer term, these distractions make me not really living my life.

They make me go on, they distracted me to go on unconsciously, they make me look in another direction that looks like so attractive. As long as that other direction is satisfying, I don’t see an issue. It is when I’m not satisfied anymore, that’s the way to get back on track might be hard depending on for how long I have been distracted.

So going back to the quote I started this post with about the Dalai Lama, it is of course each one’s choice to decide if they really want to live.

What’s your choice?

#peace #goodfood #nature #fruitsandvegetables #wholefood #freedom #dangerousdistractions #DalaiLama #noscreens #foodaddiction #noalcohol #nodrugs #noblamingothers #BobMoawad #choice

woensdag 2 januari 2019

Oasis in Beauvechain

When going from an apartment, to a house with a garden, it was quite attractive to have a garden to enjoy (especially in the summer) without normally someone able to bother me (pretty individualistic view, now if I don’t have this view, I could go to a park and don’t need the garden, didn’t I?). It’s a safe place for kids to play without me having to bother too much. So it has to be beautiful, nice to play in and without too much work to keep it that way.

Till 2014 my garden was grass (to play sports), bamboos (to have a little bit of privacy) and some raspberry plants that required nothing from me, apart eating them. My garden was not at all linked to food in my mind, besides occasionally the raspberries. I was not at all busy with buying good food, so how would I be busy with making good food...clearly I won't. Way too busy with other stuff.

Then in 2014 when understanding the reason behind what I find good food, I realized quite fast, that in the world I live today, that if I want to have good allergen free food, I better create it myself or buy it from people that I know very well and are not influenced by money. Wasn’t and isn’t an easy journey. So I slowly started a little vegetable garden, really like 1 square meter.

When my first seeds that I planted, became plants and things I could actually eat, it felt amazing (even for a 35 year adult). I started talking about it with people that were active in the domain, and I found it really an excellent activity on which a lot of people want to openly share their experience.

A new little passion was born. I learned that some things like tomatoes, spinach, pumpkins, parsley… grow pretty easily in the garden, without having to do too much for them.

The 1 square meter, became a few square meters. I planted a natural hedge in the back of the garden to protect against pesticides. I heard that trees and plants are amongst nature’s best air filters. Since I eat a lot of fruits, I also started to plant several fruit trees. The surface of the vegetable garden has grown pretty significantly since.

What I did realize is that the quite reasonable sized vegetable garden, is not so easy to fill up always completely, with plants out of just seeds. The success is not always guaranteed. In fact, my success goes up, if I can help the seeds to be little plants, before getting them into the garden, so I invested in a greenhouse very recently.

Now during these 4 years, I managed for the first time last year to eat tomatoes, pumpkins and parsley completely out of our garden which is in the meantime +- 35 sqm.

I would love to eat out of my garden every day. It can probably be seen as one of my long term goals or objectives. In the meantime, I try to buy my fruits and vegetables from very local movements and with whom I’ve a human contact.

I believe in a better world, I believe in being the change I want to see, I believe in leading by example, and that is why I created my own Oasis.

I’ve a dream that one day, the Oasis will be the standard and not all kinds of industrial inventions like it is more and more the case in this new modern world.

#peace #goodfood #nature #fruitsandvegetables #wholefood #freedom #raspberry #vegetablegarden #seeds #passion #tomatoes #spinach #pumpkins #parsley #greenhouse #leadingbyexample #ownOasis #Oasis

woensdag 26 december 2018

The world is fantastic if I look with the right eyes - 2018 overview!

I’m very grateful for every day in my life!

2018 has been another year of plenty little steps in all kinds of directions, feeling all life on earth, as a big community and seeing the wonderfulness in each one!

The world has never been as clear to me, as it is today.

I have never felt more connected to myself than I’m today and I wish that to everybody.

My life has changed, including;

Concrete steps that I took to change my life?


I just had to change the eyes, I was looking thru in order to see all that!

Like I’ve always said, I started my blog, to share and hopefully help light up the best in every one of us!


Does it really help?

Should I really continue with that?

I have asked myself that question quite often, ‘WHY’ continuing doing that? What does it change?

Of course my ultimate goal is to make people see great things that I see, to make them thirsty of life, with all kinds of great new discoveries and to make them like they are truly made, compassionate human beings for all life on earth.

I realize the above is not so easy and which is what sometimes raises the question of the ‘WHY’.

Now I look way more with a focus on myself, I believe it is really a very good start, if everybody would do that, the world would probably be a better place to live.

So yes, I’ll continue, since it feels so good to say what I want to say, to be free like I want to be free, to share what I want to share, to meet up with whom I should meet up.

Let’s continue to inspire each other!

Happy New Year!

#peace #goodfood #nature #fruitsandvegetables #freedom #giveupfear #wonderfull2018 #happynewyear #Morningrituals #Artisticapreciation #Bettersex #Spiritualdevelopment #Inspiringconferences #DiscoveryofTantra #Tantra #why #inspireeachother

woensdag 19 december 2018

My relation with money

My understanding of money when I grew up, was that it was the most important thing to have, in order to survive. If I have the money, I can survive everything and can buy everything I might need or dream of. It seemed like it brings the world down to my feet.

I've never been rich, neither have I been poor, I nevertheless always had what I needed, and in some circumstances, even what I wanted, so I'm very grateful for all that and maybe that is already a definition of rich.

As soon as I started to work, a new relation with money would start. Needed to have as much as I can in order to be able to do great things that all costed money, some even a lot of money. Buying an apartment, a car, a motorbike, a house, holidays, clothes, all kinds of electronics...

The list was unlimited and it really felt like the more I had, the happier I would be. At the moment itself, it was always great when I had something new, on the longer term, it felt like the usual stuff. If everything new, feels always like the usual stuff on the longer term, I would of course be trapped in a vicious circle. A vicious circle of always wanting more and needing more money.

It's when I changed my food habits that some things became clear for me. In the world I live today, I will need money to survive, definitely, now maybe not as much as I pretend to believe. There is maybe also no link to my happiness and the stuff I possess like explained over here.

Today I live with way less than I used to live, charity support is a part of my monthly expenses, besides the house, great food and strictly necessities, I try to limit my expenses. What I found out is that today I live with way less, much happier than I used to live before.

Today my happiness is related to things that just happen to be there and cost no money. Mindfulness, minimalism... are all great things that contribute to that. With how I look at the world today, I've unfortunately to conclude that money broke more things than it fixed.

Now sometimes, I think, that we've to live both sides of the stories to understand. I don't think I can imagine how it is without money, if I always had it and still have it. So I’ve probably not much credit to speak on this. Now I'm really happy that I managed to step out of the vicious circle of wanting more possessions, needing more money to get these possessions and get back to a position of providing as well.

All grateful for the life I'm able to live and the signs it provides me.

If you aren't happy for what you already have, then what makes you think you will be happy with more.” ― Maddy Malhotra

#peace #goodfood #nature #fruitsandvegetables #wholefood #freedom #newrelationwithmoney #charitysupport #strictlynecessities #limitexpenses #Mindfulness #minimalism #grateful #MaddyMalhotra

dinsdag 11 december 2018

Nature provides it all and why is it not enough?

When I just think about, what do I really need to survive, for me it can be reduced to:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Food (in the form of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds)

These are things that nature provides all for free for me (or these days almost for free and almost in good quality).

Today, if I look a little critical towards these 3 things, I could say that:

  • Air is fucked up.
  • Water is very polluted with less and less life in it.
  • Fruits and vegetables, move more and more away from the original nutritional form nature provided them to me.

What is the reason of that bad air, polluted water and none nutritional plants?

Pretty simple, ‘Humans’.

The way I used to live creates;

  • From the air, enormous co2, probably majority due to the consumption of animal products (meat, milk...).
  • From the water, all the chemical products I used to use, for cleaning, washing... go all in the water of which we try to make drinking water again.
  • From the plants, I buy the cheapest ones. What does this mean for the reseller to guarantee still some profit? That they require a lot of chemicals and being genetically manipulated in order to be sustainable for the manufacturer in the long term.

I'm the only reason, nature doesn't provide me any more with what I need.
As a kid, I used to hear quite often that we as humans are way smarter than nature, with everything I know today, I’m not so sure anymore about that.

Due to current life habits, in order to get sleep and survive, especially related to temperature, a house might follow as a requirement very closely after air, water and food.

Why is that?

Maybe because I want to stay at a location that is not made to live all year long?

Maybe we should go to a warmer place on earth during that time, just like a lot of animals do as well?

And when I have all the above, I want a car, a cell phone, a computer... why?

Because I believe there is more than what nature provides me right?

What more there is?

Yes, there is love, friendship, community, compassion... and do I believe all these material things will bring that?

At some point I had to conclude that nature provides it all, as a ‘human’, I didn’t find it enough, went in a direction that I think is smarter and started to create my own issues.

"Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to." ― Alfred A. Montapert

Maybe nature is a place we should look more at in order to find the real essence of life, which seem so hard to find!

#peace #goodfood #nature #fruitsandvegetables #wholefood #freedom #Air #Water #Food #love #friendship #community #compassion #Animals #AlfredAMontapert

woensdag 5 december 2018

I’m unique

One thing that is great about human life, is, that it is for every human unique and different. It means that everyone has his own truth, no good or bad, no judgement at all.

Although I know that I'm unique, just like everyone else, I've a hard time accepting it and it sometimes can feel pretty lonely. In fact, it feels great when all is going well, it’s a bit more difficult to handle the fact that I’m unique when I struggle. Since very young, I felt that I'm always on the search for other humans interested in similar things that I'm interested in.

Whether it was for certain games, sports, celebrities, music... I enjoyed to be somehow connected in these communities. Sometimes I used to buy stuff, with which I hoped it makes me like someone else I admire.

The day that I changed my food habits, nature really provided me a complete different view on this. It made me see the uniqueness, in each and every one again. It is clear that everyone is a genius. Now of course, if the only thing I do is comparing, it’s a difficult starting point, since we know that we are all different.

Today, I still 
pretty much search for communities on a variety of themes. What is changed, is that I see them as a connection point, to connect with people. Probably on a search for growth. Definitely not like something to compare with.

I think that it is pretty much like little children would do. When they play games, when they want to have fun, when they do sports, it's because they like it and feel that they are somehow good at it. It is the music they like to listen to...
It is not because someone else told so, it's not because someone else likes that...

I accept that I'm unique!

It took me 35 years, to find out and understand the quote here below that changed my life forever in a very positive way!

Bob Moawad - “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.

#peace #goodfood #nature #fruitsandvegetables #wholefood #freedom #humanlife #everyhumanunique #owntruth #nojudgement #communities #BobMoawad