We are coming closer to the end of August. Though we may enjoy the third heatwave this Summer, for many it comes in the preparation period for the new academic year.
Summer coming to an end, most people having to go back at work on Monday, or perhaps already tackling a new season of daily work?!
Everyone makes plans and most often make new plans and promises when there is a new cycle starting. Maybe you too have mapped out your plan with steps toward the coming season. Many put a goal in front of their eyes. You, like many others, have had a lifelong dream to achieve something that you think could be the right direction for you, then as you go along you don’t see progress towards that dream. You wait, you try, you pray, but to no avail that dream, that vision- just isn’t going the way you thought it would and now you are left with- “ what do I do and where do I go from here?
Would it be not the right time, this year, to count on some help and guidance from above?
Would it be not nice if you could feel a Higher Power close to you?
Give your ear to hear God calling you to it and get working on it. Now it is time to get back the Bible in your hand, for studying, praying, hoping a door shall be able to open. Comt to rely on the Most High God and look forward with a positive attitude.
Make your plans and see what God is going to do with them, pray for them, don’t give up, something is coming and it could take a while but you will see how much He loves you just by preventing you from things that are wrong for your life and others around you.
In their hearts humans plan their course but the lord establishes their steps
” I miss the simplest things the most during my detention. To see the horizon! A nightly sky full of stars! Sleeping in a tent, far away from concrete that wears me down here. After many years of detention, I was allowed my first “day out”. I took the train to the coast and, on top of a dune, I stared at infinity for hours. My soul and heart were filled with so much beauty”.
A prisoner of our thoughts.
Is there such a big difference between what we need – outside the walls – in order to be a better version of ourselves? Can we still do it, break through the walls of our thoughts and take a little while to relax? Even on holiday we seem sometimes caught in our everyday thoughts, our mobile phone which is never quiet.
And yet to do nothing for a little while is just as important as to write off your to-do list. Check the most recent books on management, burning the candle at both ends, can have serious consequences. Because our mind – just as our body – needs a break every now and then. When year in year out we continue, we run the risk to get a burn-out or depression.
A chill-out day is then the valve with which you release the tension.
A right to slow living
Full Steam Ahead Thoughts of escaping life in the slow lane as this steam traction engine heads north out of Pontefract towards the M62. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Everyone of us knows the feeling : a whirl of thoughts in your head which stops you from sleeping, the pressure of the things you still have to do. When we have high expectations, we increase our inner stress. When something is not going according to plan, we cannot be creative anymore. In the poem ‘Recht op traagheid’ of Alexis de Roode in ‘Gratis tijd voor iedereen’ the question ‘why all this is required’ is raised. Who is asking this and why today?
Another pitfall can be that we hide behind a full agenda. Because the place – where nothing is required and where it is quiet – can be quite confrontational. In that way we do not have to think about our own uncertainties and fears. We avoid the confrontation with ourselves. But this confrontation can be very revealing in order to have a positive attitude to life.
A detainee has no problem with a full agenda . To stand still is a must. It is not possible to escape from yourself and the ways in which one is stuck.
Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Gun jezelf een dagje lummelen
Holiday making and dreaming
Going on holiday is… silence in your head
Family happiness and little things we do
Home-stayers and their to do list
May, for many a month for mothers and many celebrations
- Moving around looking for a homeland
- Holiday tolerance
- Month of many special moments
- Holidays, holy days and traditions
- Raising digression
- Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
- Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
- Remember there’s a light in the next day
- Be an Encourager
- Home sweet home
- Digital Detox
- Simplify Your Life Week!
- Friday Vibes
- Year of Joy: July
- Heart of darkness: Life in the Northern Triangle and the failure of international protection (part 1)
- Sleeping in…
- It’s Okay To Be Silly
- Taking A Break
- Pause. Have some dessert.
- Meditation: You Should Try It!
- Find a tree
- De-Stress in 15 Minutes or Less
- Be Like Grass
- Tea! Coping with depression #1
- Sunny garden breakfast
- How to have the perfect, psychologically fit staycation
- Staycation 2016 | A Photodiary
- BB-8 : Relaxing Weekend.
- 15 Tips when travelling
- Off to the mountains
- Photo of the day: Tiger sunbathing at Orana Zoo
- Fall in Love with Florence
- Berlin as a tourist and a local.
- Spontaneous Camping
- Freaking out! Only 78 days left until our Florida holiday!!!
- A tour of Hollywood
- The ruins of Mỹ Sơn
- Picture Diary: Exploring Cornwall
- Bigger and better: the expanded Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks await
- Interrail Part 1: Prague, Czech Republic
- Hello from Belgrade!
- Mytilini Travel Diary
- Shades of Greens & Blues
- The Three Stages of Climbing Mount Fuji
- What I wore in Corfu, an outfit diary…
- Packing List for Women – Your Island Holiday Packing List (Bali, Vanuatu, Fiji, Thailand, etc)
- West Palm Beach Travel Diary
- 2 weeks of Sweden
- Our Weekend at the Frio River
- Borneo – Tunkyu Abdul Rahman National Park
- Reggae Falls
- Britain to Bali, my brief summer experience!
- Best End of #SummerVacation Spots
- Relax & Get Your Zen On | White Noise | Tinnitus Relief
An average Westerner lives in his head. From kindergarten until university he is indoctrinated with the idea that there is an answer to every question and a solution to every problem. In this way his need to understand and control keeps the illusion alive that we have a grip on our reality and have everything under control.
But nothing is further from the truth.
In his book ‘De Schaduw van de Verlichting” Eddy Van Tilt speaks about ‘the over-drive of rationality‘.Because we give our ratio absolute status , we have become estranged of that part of reality that is not rational and with which we have lost touch.
The psychologist Van Tilt asks :
” What happened that caused the heads of Westerners to become so hard and their hearts so weak?”
Because he is confronted with the pathological results of too much ego, the delusion of manipulability and rationalising.
The psychiatrist Mark Epstein reacts to this as follows :
‘our thinking mind is compulsive, because it does not want to forget or be forgotten and therefore always has something to do’.
That is why it will not be easy to ” let go of everything” on holiday.
Because as hungry and restless as our mind is preoccupied with the past and the future, it will need other kinds of stimuli, in order not to forget or be forgotten.
We can put our mind at rest.
In the first place by keeping our heart open, by simply observing what happens inside ourselves and by reconnecting with our body, our surroundings, and by accepting …to be moved. When we enter silence, we will experience “now” and not so much hearing it, but rather feeling it or even better …. experiencing it.
To obtain this , it is not necessary to leave your ego or anything else behind, but to look past its borders.
‘By standing still we do not see new things, but we look at things in a different way’,
is what C.G. Jung concluded once.
Or how going on holiday is mainly… silence in your head and heart.
Summerholiday season time to read the Bible
Holiday making and dreaming
Home-stayers and their to do list
Written by inspiration of God for our admonition, to whom it shall be imputed if they believe
Dutch version / Nederlandstalige versie: Vakantie is… stilte in je hoofd
Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, C.G. Jung, A.A. Brill, Ernest Jones, and Sándor Ferenczi posed at Clark University, Worcester, Mass. Photograph first published in September 1909. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- Be still and listen
- Control and change
- Control your destiny or somebody else will
- Malefactors becoming your master
- Patience is the ability to count down before blasting off
- He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger
- Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life
- A Living Faith #7 Prayer
- Praying is surrendering in all circumstances
- Giving cogent reasons to young people why Christian faith is relevant to them
- I’m proud of me
- Day 300: Rationalising Not Buying Anything
- Day 552 (or 1 Year, 6 Months, and 7 Days of Continuous Sobriety)
- When We Shouldn’t – And Should – Argue from Authority
- Why imagination is great (and why many evangelicals don’t like it)
- People focus on what they can see
- An Artifact of Our Time
- Are biases deviations from the mean?
- Do we really live in the Age of Empathy?
- Excellent. With musings on religion and mass extinctions.
- Rationality as a Social Process
- Illogical Rationality
- Sam Harris’s War on Rationality
- The Image of Objectivity
- Looking at the world through the eyes of others
- Working toward a new paradigm
- Does your brain know what’s best for you?
- Effective Altruism: the global movement that combines your heart and your head
- Animal rationality
- Do irrational idiots exist?
- The Grasshopper and the Ant – a story of economic rationality
- Maybe Everyone Is Actually Super Rational!
- Note: Misconceptions on Understanding
- Too many decisions can be exhausting.
- How to make the best decisions you can
- Rationality over the long term
- Desperate for a “Pause”
- “Time to take out the trash”
- It doesn’t always stand to reason