Lifted by kindness

It’s a long, hot summer on Mallorca. Last Saturday it finally rained after many dry months. The usual three raindrops were this time more serious and clouds started to burst and thunder accompanied the dark skies. I love it when it’s like that after so many months of scorching heat. It is as if we all can breathe again. A release, a liberation. As clouds bursted and rain fell down heavily, we were just cycling. In the morning I received very sad news about my aunt. I only wanted to be home, cry and drink lots of tea. But I couldn’t. I had to go, and somehow cycling in this pouring rain, our clothes soaking wet, shoes as swimming pools was just what I needed (we brought some extra clothes with us).

We learned that heavily rainfall is often local on Mallorca, so when we cycled through the countryside half an hour from our village, the streets and roads were dry, no rain at all. We stopped in a town to have a cup of coffee and our clothes were almost dry again. When we arrived in Selva, a beautiful old village, the sun was burning full power. We were invited to a gathering of people from the island who are educators or otherwise involved with permaculture. I had promised to help in the kitchen, so I did. 

The house of the couple where the gathering took place is an old rustic home and finca. I just love it. In the garden they have raised beds with plants and vegetables. The couple is American and they are the spill of the permaculture community here on the island, living here for many years. Such sweet, warm and welcoming people. Especially in times when you see and read about so much sadness and problems in the world, we need such people. People who lift each other up, encourage and support each other. It was just what I needed. There was an abundance of food and the man of the couple had made a delicious vegan paella for 40 people — you can imagine how big the pan was!

This summer I have had a few problems with my bike. A flat tire, a broken bike chain. Both times I was positively surprised by people offering help. A group of cyclists wanted to help change my tire, but it was okay, I could do it myself. When I had to walk , because the tire was flat again (I thought, but in the end it was alright), I could get a lift from a super friendly couple. The bicycle could go in the back of their car if I wanted. Yet, I thanked them, positively surprised by their friendly gesture. I was almost home anyway. And more people like that on the way — mostly men I have to say 😉

Some weeks ago I wanted to go to the beach and had planned a long cycle. I was looking forward to it like a kid, totally excited, also because I was on my new racing bike. When I almost arrived the next town 10 km further, the bike chain broke. I felt to curse and be angry, but I just turned around and started to walk home in the scorching heat. With this summer heat, you always have to remain calm. To become agitated or angry, when you know it doesn’t make any difference, you must prevent at all times. So I did. Then a friendly black guy on a bicycle asked if he could help me, but when he saw the broken chain he apologised that he unfortunately couldn’t. No problem, it was all fine. I would go to the beach another time soon, and I kept on walking.

Those small gestures of kindness had lifted me up. Just like a sudden smile of a stranger on the streets can do that.  

Some visitors of the gathering last Saturday we have met before, good people who all do a tiny part to make the world a bit better. We won’t save the world, or Mallorca in this case, it’s too late for humanity to survive, but we can inspire each other, bring some positive change — no matter how small — and brighten up our lives which know the shadows of it too.

Con Amor,


13 Quotes to Stir Up the Wild Woman Within {article on Elephant Journal}.

“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Nervous breakdown

Aged 30, Dr. Sharon Blackie, psychologist and mythologist, found herself weeping in the car park of the multinational corporation where she worked, wondering if this was what a nervous breakdown felt like. Somewhere along the line, she realised, she had lost herself and so began her long journey back to authenticity, rootedness in place and belonging, says the description of her book “If women rose rooted.”

It happens every now and then; you’re reading a book and right from the first page it speaks to you. From the beginning to the end and beyond, you and this book are best friends. It’s comforting and it’s impossible to put away.

Deep wisdom

If women rose rooted” by Dr. Sharon Blackie is such a book. It’s a deep mythological book, like the classic “Women who run with the wolves” by Jungian analyst Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. I read it last year and I will read it again this year. The wisdom she shares in this book is mind-blowing. Sometimes it reads like poetry; it wants to tell you something, something that lies deep down and we never took the time to listen until now.

Every woman, with or without a corporate job, being a mother or childless, in a relationship, married or single and regardless where she is on her path, this book helps to find back which was lost along the way. It’s about female strength, about heroines in cultures and history who have been forgotten in our Western society and whose stories are lost.

There are times I feel the urge to nourish my soul with profound wisdom, rather than eating cake, crisps, and chocolate, to find peace and consolation. This book gives me both comfort and the courage to look deeply into my life and the state of Mother Earth.

By this book I started to think about my journey, a “Heroine’s Journey,” as Blackie calls it. I started this journey some years ago when I left my legal profession behind and moved to a Mediterranean island with my love, because we wanted to live simply, with the values that were more aligned with whom we were.

On the way, I took some turns to find out I still wasn’t doing the work that truly meant something to me. I started to write, we moved to an ecological tiny home that my partner constructed for us, and I learned about plant-based food—these were the few things that changed my perspectives. I’m still on my way.

Weak moments & baked potatoes

Somehow this book opened my eyes to find more truth and meaning in my life. It’s certainly not the path society carved out for me. There are weak moments I heavily doubt our minimalist lifestyle, which feels uncomfortable at times. (not in the article: This last week I was overwhelmed by doubts and the negative feelings about myself, that I’m not enough and that kind of bullshit. I know I can reach out to some dear and wise friends, my family and my sweet man, but somehow I can’t even explain it to myself, so I rather go through it and find consolation in books and warm hugs and baked potatoes on the woodfire by Dorus (instead of the bag of crisps ;-). I’m lucky that I have so much love around me.

Such blue days are followed by days when I find myself in utter happiness and gratefulness for the choices we’ve made together so far.

Let me share some of Blackie’s wisdom by means of these thought-provoking quotes from her book and let it be of benefit for those women who are looking for authenticity and belonging in their lives.

“To change the world, we women need first to change ourselves — and then we need to change the stories we tell about who we are. The stories we’ve been living by for the past few centuries — the stories of male superiority, of progress and growth and domination — don’t serve women and they certainly don’t serve the planet.”

Would you like to read the rest of the breath-taking quotes? Click here !

Con Amor desde Mallorca,


16 Nature Quotes That Will Leave You Breathless.

Let’s go outside, feel the sunshine and breathe the wild air! My 16 favourite quotes on nature which are my reminder of her power and wisdom.

A walk in the forest, a ride with your bicycle through the countryside, a dip in the ocean, the lush garden where you enjoy the late afternoon sunshine after work… these priceless moments give us joy and we need them to survive in a chaotic world. Go outside and when the weather is dark and gloomy, get yourself some plants for in the house. Green plants incite feelings of happiness.

We need time in nature every now and then to charge our levels of happiness, to release stress and to heal of trauma and grief. I’m grateful to live on this small island surrounded by the waves of the Mediterranean Sea where the possibilities to spend time in nature are countless. Strangely, I often find myself behind my laptop, spending too much time there..

So let’s go outside, feel the sunshine and breathe the wild air!

My 16 favourite quotes on nature which are my reminder of her power and wisdom.

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
~ Anne Frank

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
~ John Muir

Things don’t just happen in this world of arising and passing away. We don’t live in some kind of crazy, accidental universe. Things happen according to certain laws, laws of nature. Laws such as the law of karma, which teaches us that as a certain seed gets planted, so will that fruit be.
~ Sharon Salzberg

Nature doesn’t need people – people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature.
~ Harrison Ford

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
~ Albert Einstein

Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack. Yet both have been hounded, harassed and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors.
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.
~ Leo Tolstoy

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
~ Edward Abbey

Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills.
~ Radhanath Swami

All the lessons are in nature. You look at the way rocks are formed – the wind and the water hitting them, shaping them, making them what they are. Things take time, you know?
~ Diane Lane

The key to nature’s therapy is feeling like a tiny part of it, not a master over it. There’s amazing pride in seeing a bee land on a flower you planted – but that’s not your act of creation, it’s your act of joining in.
~ Victoria Coren Mitchell

If we could establish a deep abiding relationship with nature, we would never kill an animal for our appetite; we would never harm, vivisect, a monkey, a dog, a guinea pig for our benefit. We would find other ways to heal our wounds, heal our bodies.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe.
~ Alice Walker

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus

Nature is our eldest mother; she will do no harm.
~ Emily Dickinson

The fire in the sky
the moments before darkness arrives
with all her fury,
this pallet of exploding colors
it’s a message of hope.
It says I have lived another day
and so have you.

Con Amor,


Love Liberates, It Doesn’t Just Hold, That’s Ego.

Stories inspire. Find stories that heal, surprise or put a smile on your face. Listen to Maya Angelou’s wonderful tale about love.

Stories are a source of inspiration. Stories give consolation in times of grief. Stories uplift in times of doubt. Stories move us when there’s understanding.

Some days when the world’s narrative makes it challenging to be optimistic, it’s a good exercise to find stories that heal, surprise or put a smile on our face. Sometimes these stories are close to home, sometimes they are further away. We find stories by reading a book, watching a movie, by meeting someone or we just have our own story.

Stories don’t always speak to us, but when they do they remind us who we are. A good story represents an inner truth and it empowers and inspires us to move forward from within. A good story reinvents and renews our beliefs. It connects us.

I stumbled upon a story that spoke powerfully to me: a video “Love Liberates” with the beautiful Maya Angelou (1928 -2014). It’s impossible not to adore this woman.

As from today I’ll carry these encouraging words with me.

Who said tears and smiles can’t be friends in a good story? Sometimes they are the closest.

Listen to Maya Angelou here (5.30 min). Her story leaves you with love in your heart and peace in your soul.

Con Amor,


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”~ Maya Angelou

Photo by Somin Khanna/Unsplash.

Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul.

‘The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace.’

‘The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace.’

Source: Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul

I’m totally in love with this. I have watched this short powerful movie countless times the past months. It lifts me up so high that I almost fly away with the seagulls I see from my window.

This is for the women.

Today we start offering the world the wisdom of our hearts.

Please watch (click on the link above) & enjoy!


Con Amor,




Roday I Rise Poem blog Films for Action
Still from the short movie “Today I Rise”

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