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Poem (Fu)

The author of this wonderful illustration is Ugne Balciunaite, a Kaospilot student. Ugne was looking for a mentor during her process exam period, and since I have been a Kaospilot student myself, I happily offered my time and coaching skills.

At the very beginning of our collaboration, Ugne offered to return the favor by serving me with her skills, whichever ones could be useful to me. Illustration was one of them. At that point of time I did not know I would ever say yes to that offer, since I had nothing which could need illustration, and engaging in a mentorship was already satisfying just by itself.

But sure enough: when we had finished our mentoring sessions, I realized that indeed I could use some illustrations for my poems which I had not considered publishing before. Ugne was still up for the deal, and here we can see the beautiful result.

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Event: Travel Slam on February 12th in Berlin (VHS Mitte)

Coach and author Ursel Biester took a trip around Europe in 2011 with the intention of studying the topic of “Community” to complete the stage of life “studies”. It was a departure into the unknown with the plan to have no plan. Instead, once she arrived somewhere she would wait for a recommendation of where to go next. She started in Denmark, traveled to southern Germany, northern Spain, Portugal and then again, Spain. On her journey she visited educational programs, businesses and communities and wondered: What makes community? How it is possible to remain an individual in a community?

Ursel Biester portrays her experiences at Travel Slam on 12 February in Berlin (VHS Mitte).

Interested in the event? You can find more information here.

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Retrospective 2015: tips for a lighter year!

Retrospective 2015: insights for a lighter year!

Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution List, I decided to make a quick retrospective on some reflections that came up while writing the articles for Quest-On. Hope they help you shape a lighter 2016! 

  • We are all part of something. If you’re present, then you already belong.
  • Life is poetry. We are made to love. We are made to connect.
  • We need to spend more time stimulating the parasympathetic system: to eat well and take time to digest. To shake people’s hands or pad their shoulders. Anything that is acceptable human touch. Just had a stressful situation? Then focus on your breathing, go for a walk or practice activities such as yoga or tai chi.

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Also There – A Story Of Being Part

Have you been re-evaluating your year? Have you been questioning yourself whether you’re in the right place? Or if the ones surrounding you are the ones you want to be there? Today I share with you some thoughts on the right to belong somewhere which I heard from a wise man.

The story I would like to share with you was told to me by Antoine Beuger. Antoine is a man in his sixties who has spent much of his life living in community and as an artist. He is the initiator of the music label „Wandelweiser“. I met Antoine in 2011, just before I started on a very important journey in my life. His advice has touched me a lot and many of his stories carry a wisdom which is unconventional, but very human and speaking to many of our current societal issues.

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Life is poetry

Sometimes life is just so beautiful, it’s overwhelming.

Then I want to pour my love into each and every space that can receive it, pour it into every human being, every animal´s heart, into the inner cell structure of every plant and even into a rock (how unromantic). And then I start pouring and some things, they receive my love, while others don´t. Oh, people! People can receive and reject. But when they say yes, it´s the most amazing and enlightening experience possible on this earth.

We are made to love. We are made to connect. To explore life, serve life, emoby life, express and in that expression create life. Be life. Alive.

In love.

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Understand your sympathetic system and deal better with stress!

Our Society is in Sympathetic-Mode

Yes, we are talking about the nerve. We may not even notice anymore, but we are constantly shaping our lives around deadlines and all sort of commitments. Also, it isn’t uncommon to feel more stressed at this time of the year. I truly believe that, in order to live better, we need to understand, talk, and treat our bodies kindly. Lets talk about stress?

In this article from Harvard Mental Health Letter, the sympathetic nervous system is described: “The autonomic nervous system has two components, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system functions like a gas pedal in a car. It triggers the fight-or-flight response, providing the body with a burst of energy so that it can respond to perceived dangers. The parasympathetic nervous system acts like a brake. It promotes the “rest and digest” response that calms the body down after the danger has passed.”

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iJoost (Or the forgotten Berlin bags)

Nature does not know waste. It only knows resources. Cradle to Cradle is a concept that thinks along these very lines, acknowledging though that there are 2 different cycles of resources: biological cycles and technical cycles.

Anything that is biodegradable is part of the natural cycle, for example parsley, paper and poo. Anything else is part of the technical cycle. As long as these cycles are kept separate, everything is fine. Only when they mix do we get into trouble: polluted rivers with toxics, for example from waste of the clothing industry; dead soil because of leakages from tanks, or plastic molecules in our water, to name just a very few.

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Don't tell anyone the time unless he asks for it

DON’T TELL ANYONE THE TIME UNLESS HE ASKS FOR IT

What repairing my bike taught me about considerate consultancy

Doesn’t it feel nice sometimes to know how to fix somebody else’s problems? But as an unknown street artist wisely said: Don’t tell anyone the time, before he asks for it.

One day, the treadle of my bike was broken. I went to the repair shop, to ask how much it would cost to repair it. It was a very old bike, quite broken in many parts, but definitely still functional. The man told me that he could not repair the treadle only, either it would be a complete make-over or nothing. Total cost: 200€! Back in the days I had paid 170 for the whole bike… Not an option. That man lost his assignment.

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How aligning values with work can lead to professional fulfillment

LET YOUR VALUES GUIDE YOU

HOW ALIGNING VALUES WITH WORK CAN LEAD TO PERSONAL FULFILLMENT

It is not uncommon to hide our dissatisfaction under the everyday issues: we want a better salary, to have our efforts recognized, to have our individuality respected, to have the chance to grow, etc. Behind all of these topics tend to lie a major motive: sometimes our expectations are too high and sometimes our personal values are just not very well adjusted to the path we’re taking.

When we are not leading the life according to what is really meaningful, we feel it in our guts that something down deep isn’t right. And it just doesn’t shut up.

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How asking can help you move forward

THE POWER OF ASKING

Human beings depend on social interactions. We depend on each other and, still, confronting someone or asking for a favor can be pretty scary! It is important to remember that if we don’t ask we will always have the ‘no’ as an answer. Here I tell you a personal story on how the power of asking is a tool that move us forward.

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