Are you ready for a vision quest?

For ages, Native Americans have been doing rites of passage in the form of: Vision Quests. To prepare for adulthood or to reflect on an important decision they spent days, sometimes weeks, alone in nature. The guiding thought behind these experiences is that in our lives we are influenced and conditioned by education, socialisation and other […]

How do you define success?

Over the last couple of weeks I came across the same poem three times, so I felt that is probably a good sign to share it further. There have been several versions over the years, and they are usually attributed to Bessie Anderson Stanley (1879-1952) or Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). It goes like this: "He […]

What did we learn from 12 days in Bhutan?

The first thing that struck us when arriving in Bhutan was its national flag: bright orange and yellow with a white dragon on it. The colors represent the fruitful coexistence and interdependency of the civic or secular world (yellow) and the religious or spiritual world (orange). For us, the white dragon represents purity and nature; […]

How could we do this?

Yuval Noah Harari's remarkable Sapiens: a brief history of mankind left me deeply disturbed. I bow in sincere admiration for the historian's work: he explains human evolution in a brilliant and compelling way. For those who have not read it, go for it! Below I have gathered some quotes that impacted me most. How did it happen that what […]

Are you aware of your human nature?

Based on the recommendation of a dear friend I got immersed into a fascinating book over the Christmas break: The good book of human nature, by Carel van Schaik and Kai Michel. The authors make the intriguing case that the best selling book in human history, the bible, is nothing more and nothing less than […]