Welcome to our September Newsletter. As the summer softly shifts into autumn, I am starting my journey with the Vunja! We Will Dance With The Mountains Academy and my small oddship group from a few continents. I am entering this community to continue unlearning my White, Euro-patriarchal ways of thinking and step into more feeling. I do this because feeling and re-connecting with ourselves and re-authoring our stories (individual, collective, planetary) is at the core of liberation psychologies.
Welcome to our August Newsletter.
I hope this email finds you safe and well: restored, restoring or looking forward to restoration. Or, like me, pausing and slowing down while others are away. Yes, I will sneak out for a mini-holiday (a longer weekend away at a local seaside location, really), and I am taking two weeks off from counselling work. Rest is a mandatory requirement in this line of work. Although, to be honest, I sometimes think we need to re-think the idea of pausing for one month and working under a lot of pressure for the rest of the year. I write about this a lot. Let’s roll out a four-day working week instead and learn to work effectively and softly so that the stress doesn’t build up in the first place. What if it’s possible?
How are you doing? I am sitting softly in July, carefully balancing the systemic need to slow down for summer (a privilege for many, but not all and usually not for me), and the business needs to move forward with new ideas.
How are you doing? Last month I wrote about getting things done and organising ourselves. Someone asked me later: how do you manage to find all the energy to get it all done? Well, I pause and restore. Only that my approach to pauses is minimal – that means I build in rest and pause into every single task ahead of me. So here are a few small tips on effective pauses.
Welcome to our April Newsletter. I hope this email finds you safe and well.
I hope this finds you safe and well. This month we combine the celebrations of books with the month, which serves as a reminder of gender inequality (to us, also a prompt to think about moving away from the idea of binary gender altogether towards kinder humanity). People of all genders have used storytelling for centuries. Some stories were published, others written on paper and sent by post or noted in a personal journal, but the idea of writing our story and using the stories for inspiration and healing feels central to who we are as a species.
How is your spring going? How do you switch off this spring to rest up? I am asking myself this question daily at the moment. I am spending it on taking more time off in preparation for the launch of my private counselling practice. Or, to be more precise, in preparation for adding counselling to my current business offer. Yes, after years of training, counselling is coming to Voxel Hub this spring. We are all so happy that we can offer a full menu of our services soon.
How are you doing? After the New Year rush, things are starting to slow down for many of us. I strongly dislike mainstream trends, so now that most people have stopped talking about resolutions, I am just diving into the idea of change for wellbeing. What is health? What does it mean to be well? How do we rest, restore the balance and build up our capacity to not just function but also enjoy life? What does it mean to thrive? What does it mean to rest?
How are you doing? How was this year for you? December marks the end of the year, a time of slowing down and reflection. I am spending most of my free time looking back at the year 2022 with a heavy heart. If you know me, you may find this surprising: I am, in fact, a sceptical optimist – optimist nonetheless. However, in order to move forward, look into the future and change, I find it incredibly important to pause and assess the past twelve months. Since I started blogging in 2004, I have also used the December time for written, public summaries, so here it is.
How are you doing? I hope this email finds you safe and well. Most people I talk to these days find themselves surprised by the upcoming holidays and feel exhausted, so I hope that you can take care of yourselves and check in with your friends and colleagues. I sense the need for good, deep, soft wintering this year: slower pace, gentle candlelight, pampering evenings, more kindness, gratitude and companionship (by this, I also mean allowing ourselves time for stillness to reconnect with ourselves). I hope you can find ways to do so. Slow down and go softly.