walk your talk

Goals that work

Goal driven? I always realise the trance of setting one goal after the other when the scenery changes. You know that feeling?

Cure? Attitude of gratitude. Take time each day to devote your attention to what is already thriving in your life.

It works wonders – your breath suddenly calms down, your perspecitve widens and your sense of flow, beingness and grounding grows. So much to be gratefull for; relationships, friends, difficulties that get solved, stuck feelings that are transformed…   

Working in the beautifull Memmo Baleira in Portugal – is grace

Easy to say, I know, when the office temporarily has moved to heavenly conditions. But hey – it´s only temporary as all around us is. After that a new scenery emerges, and another and… all to be grateful for. 

Let Tao proceed to do nothing and yet leave nothing undone.

 

  I hold 1:1 sessions in Mindfull coaching. Book under “Contact” and I´ll make a session.

 

Sexy side effect

One of the more rewarding subjects I share with my students is the inevitable setbacks in Conscious Living. Setbacks that in themselves are grow-backs – meaning; challenges to expand from. No matter how honest we have been with ourselves, how close to the core we feel – life gives us constantly opportunities to more conscious choices.
I know the reactions beforehand: “You can`t mean it!? MORE work, more inner archeology…?”
Funny enough, if we compare – what I often do – lifting the consciousness with art, we would never expect a Picasso to say: “I’ve seen it all, tried it all, no more to investigate.”
Same goes for Conscious Living. Its an art-form that walks in spirals; expansion, digest, loose sight, look deeper, broaden the perspective, go higher…on and on 🌀🌀🌀💙

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They walk their talk

Harmke Gerritsma og Michaël Bijker i deres kærlige, venlige og fagligt stærke yogaskole i Portugal

(English version below)

“I skal sætte GPSén på 37.085157, -8.922333Bl, så finder I vej”, forklarer yogalærer Harmke Gerritsma over telefonen. Så øde ligger Meka Yoga, hvorfra jeg lige er kommet hjem. I Portugals alleryderste sydvestvendte hjørne mod Atlanterhavet og med en vind så frisk, at da vi stiger ud af bilen, hiver den ordene ud af munden: “Waw! hvor er her FEDT!”

Og det er lige, hvad der er hos Harmke og hendes mand Michaël Bijker – begge uddannede yoga og meditationslærere fra Indien og det meste af verden, hollændere, og med lang akademisk baggrund bag sig. Nu bosat på 6. år i Portugal, hvor de hver uge modtager kursister som os med mod på yoga, saltvand, øko mad, rar stemning og hvile.

Men inden jeg falder helt i svime, skal du have med i optikken, at vi taler om kystvendt natur med en luftfugtighed på 90-100 pct året rundt. Altså; fugtige lagner, håndklæder, T-shirts… ja, alt hvad du rører ved er dampy. Og støvet flyver som usynlige partikler i en konstant vindstyrke på 9-12 m/s.

Og så alligevel forelskede jeg og 8 andre kursister os pladask i de to hollændere, og det er dét, jeg har lyst til at dele med dig. For Harmke og Michaël kan noget, jeg mener er SÅ vigtigt i denne selvudviklende verden, hvor rigtig mange mennesker rejser langt for at finde inspiration og inspirere hinanden til at leve et kærligt og medmenneskeligt liv. They walk-their-talk. Hver lille detalje i deres workshops er fyldt med venlighed lige fra maden, til yogaen, til humoren omkring bordet, hvor de to naturligvis deltager, til babyen der vokser i Harmkes mave, og som alle generøst får del i forventningerne til. Et liv baseret på kærlighed, faglig styrke, autencitet og omsorg for hinanden.

Mindre kan, i mine øjne, heller ikke gøre det, når vi vil nå hinanden i et lærende miljø. Ellers får indholdet nemt en skinger tone, som kommer til at handle om “korrekt adfærd”, “regler”, og en banal forlængelse af det skolesystem, de fleste af os er vokset op med: “Kan du dine lektier”, “har du forstået indholdet”, “hvor dygtig er du.” De fleste af os på selvudviklingens vej vil videre, vi vil mere, vi vil vokse, og det vil vi SAMMEN. Med vores lærere, med hinanden, og med al den viden, vi har samlet gennem årene, og som nu skal finpudses, spejles og opgraderes. Vi er vokset fra sid-ved-guruens-fødder tidsalderen. Vi ønsker kvalificeret modspil i øjenhøjde, og dén vare leverer folk som Harmke og Michaël.

Solnedgang hos https://www.mekayogaretreats.com/,  Portugal

Så, ud over at være genuint glade for hinanden – eller hammerglade for hinanden i en grad der gør fingerkys, morgenkram og opmuntrende smil til en naturlig hverdag – så har de sat et fagligt program sammen, som er støvsuget for banale vendinger. Altså; undervisere der taler med deres kursister og ikke “til” dem. Jeg tror alle kender forskellen.

Men … helt i de tos ånd synes jeg, vi skal høre, hvad de selv har at fortælle om Meka Yoga:

-Vi ønskede fra start at skabe et center, hvor kombinationen af selv-erkendelse og yoga smelter sammen, fortæller Harmke. Vi formulerede det ikke så eksplicit, det groede frem af sig selv. Først brugte vi en del år på at kultivere disciplinen i os selv, og så kom der en dag, hvor vi fik lyst til at dele det med andre.

-Derudover er det vigtigt for os, at vores kursister føler sig frie og sikre til at træffe egne valg i løbet af dagen. Ikke kun i yogaklassen, hvor alle opfordres til at lytte til deres egen krops grænser – men også i fritiden mellem timerne. Har man lyst til at surfe, ride, cykle eller sove i en hængekøje – er det lige værdifuldt i vores øjne. Det tager pres og forventninger ud af samværet.

Endelig er det måske ikke uvæsentlig at nævne, at vi begge er vokset op i hjem, fortæller Michaël, hvor taknemmelighed for livets små og store gaver var en integreret del af hverdagen. Tak for maden, for det gode helbred, for muligheden for at rejse, se Verden, hinanden… en livsindstilling, vi ønsker at dele med vores kursister. Fordi vores moderne kultur så ofte handler om det modsatte – om at “komme videre”, “nå/få mere”, “blive bedre”. Så kombinationen af det frie valg og taknemmelighed anser vi for kerneværdien i vores center.

  • Læs mere om Meka Yoga her: https://www.mekayogaretreats.com/
  • For at komme til Meka Yoga i Sagres, flyver du til Faro og tager enten en lejet bil eller bus. Rejsetid fra lufthavnen: 1 time og 15 minutte

 

English version:

THEY WALK THEIR TALK

“You need to put the GPS on 37.085157, -8.922333Bl, then you’ll find the way,” yoga teacher Harmke Gerritsma explains over the phone. That desolate is Meka Yoga, where I have just been. In Portugal’s most south-west corner to the Atlantic Ocean and with a wind so fresh that as we get out of the car, it draws the words out of the mouth: “Wow! Here’s COOL!”

And that’s exactly what you find at Harmke and her husband Michaël Bijker – both educated yoga and meditation teachers from India and most of the world, Dutch, and with a long academic background behind. Now living in the 6th year in Portugal, where they receive weekly students for yoga, salt water, eco food, sweet atmosphere and rest.

But before I praise the place completely, you have to keep in mind that we talk coast-facing nature with a humidity of 90-100 per cent year-round. So; Damp sheets, towels, T-shirts … yes, everything you touch is kind of wet. And the dust flies as invisible particles in a constant wind strength of 9-12 m s.

However, I and 8 other students fell in love with the two Dutch, and that is what I want to share with you here. Because Harmke and Michaël create something that I think is SO important in this self-developing world, where many people travel a long way to find inspiration and inspire each other to live a loving and compassionate life. They walk-their-talk. Every little detail in their workshop is filled with kindness from the food, to the yoga, to the humor around the table, where the two naturally participate, to the baby that grows in Harmke’s belly, and whom they generously share the expectations. A life based on love, professional strength, authenticity and care for each other.

Less, in my eyes, cannot do it when we want to reach each other in a learning environment. Otherwise, the content easily gets a keen tone, which is about “correct behavior”, “rules”, and a banal extension of the school system most of us have grown up with: “Have you done your homework”, “Have you understood the content “,” how good are you. ” Most of us on the path of self-development are further from that; we want more, we will grow, and we will grow TOGETHER. With our teachers, each other, and with all the knowledge we have gathered over the years, which now needs to be refined, mirrored and upgraded. We have, in my eyes, grown out of the sitting-by-the- guru´s-feet age. We are too educated. We want qualified counterplay at eye level, and that product is delivered by people like Harmke and Michaël.

So, besides being really happy for each other – let’s say totally in love to an extent where morning hugs, finger kisses and encouraging smiles are natural elements in a buissy day -they are also able to combine their own thorough background in yoga and meditation in a way, where not one word lands in a banal tone. Formulated so the recipient feels included. Not spoken “to” but “with”. I think everyone knows the difference.

But…in the spirit of the two – let’s hear what they themselves tell about their yoga center:

-We originally wanted to create a center where the combination of life-awareness and yoga melt together, Harmke tells. We did not formulate it so explicitly, it grew out of itself. First, we spent some years cultivating the discipline in ourselves, and then the day came when we wanted to share it with others.

-In addition, it is very important for us that our students feel free and safe to make their own choices during the day. Not only in the yoga class where everybody is encouraged to listen to the limits of their own body – but also in their spare time between the hours. There are no expectations in us that the participants use the area in a particular way. If you want to surf, horse ride or sleep in a hammock – is equal valuable in our eyes. It takes pressure and expectations out of the meeting.

-Finally, it may not be insignificant to mention that we are both grown up in homes where gratefulness for the small and great gifts of life was an integral part of everyday life, Michaël explains. Thank you for the food, for the good health, for the opportunity to travel, see the world, each other … a life setting we want to share with our students. Because modern culture so often is based upon the opposite – to “move on”, “fetch/get more”, “become better”. So for us the the free choice combined with gratitude is the inner core of our center.

* Read more about Meka Yoga here: https://www.mekayogaretreats.com/

* To get to Meka Yoga in Sagres, you fly to Faro and take either a rented car og shuttle bus. Travel time from the airport: 1 hour 15 minutes.

 


 

 

 
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