Week 17 HJ – Change Is Happening

The Hero's JourneyI’ve watched many movies in my life so far, and one thing is for sure, a Hero has courage… The courage to stand out, to stand up, or down if needed. The courage to follow her heart, vision, follow the call of her inner voice, beckoning to take the path less travelled… Surely a hero has also all of the other 12 virtues of Franklin’s Makeover…

We’re working on it.

This week I’ve been focussing on courage. I had the feeling that I couldn’t see much of it in my outer world – and we know what that means – but I guess looking for it has had it’s effect… At first I thought that most people were pretty Continue reading

Week 17 – Time To Shine Those Shoes…

shoes pictureI just read Shelby Nolan’s blog post for this week. I’m definitely been part of the drifting crowd for the past few days or so. Oh, come on, honestly, definitely more than a few days… You know, it’s like getting a pair of new shoes or something, and you’re all happy and excited, you cherish them, take care of them, buy the right polish, find a special spot for them … And then after a while they’re just another pair of shoes…

But no sir, this is not like a simple pair of shoes. This course, these daily rituals, this practice, is way more valuable… Yet, the shapes, the dream board, the written DMP, the many index cards, the recording, Mandino, Haanel, … are becoming all too familiar…

So how do we keep the magic going ? Continue reading

Week 16 – Tuning Into Loving Kindness…

Great Quote - BuddhaI absolutely love the subject of Kindness… What a brilliant idea to take time this week (and forever if you ask me…!) to notice and observe kindness in our Outer and Inner Worlds… Tuning into the substance of Loving Kindness in the Outer World… Observing random acts of kindness as a reflection of our inner being…. The outer kindnesses playing the strings of our inner source, amplifying the outer world’s sweetness… With every turn of my head … more and more wonderful occurrences, at every moment of the day… Continue reading

Week 15 – Opening Up Some Doors…

I marked down “Decisiveness” for this first week’s virtue of Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Week Makeover. I “decided” that this was the one quality that needed the most attention in my ever-changing mind…I would love to do things with trust and confidence, not thinking things over a million times before moving into action… To be connected at all times to that inner voice which “knows” The Truth. And to trust it, to act on it, without the slightest hint of hesitation. I’m remembering The Way Of The Samurai.

With firmness, determination… conclusiveness, purposefulness, will power,… those are some of the synonyms I found online. And some other words related to decisiveness are persistence, perseverance, aim, intention… Now, don’t these words sound very familiar after 15 weeks into Continue reading

Week 14 – Four Tiny Habits That Change Your Life

rudy-1One of this week’s assignments was to view one of the suggested movies, and recognise the four tiny habits that can change one’s life for the better – having a Definite Major Purpose (DMP), a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), a Plan Of Action (POA), and a Master Mind Alliance (MMA). Combine these four, and you have a formula for success.

Whenever somebody invites me to watch a movie, I’m there ! I saw “October Sky”, “Cool Runnings”, and “Rudy”, twice…

Let’s focus on “Rudy” for the time being, which somehow most resonated with me. The whole story is truly highlighting everything we are learning during this amazing MKMMA Experience Course.

Everything around Rudy, his entire family environment, is trying to keep him from realising his childhood dream, playing for the Notre-Dame football team. He doesn’t care what others tell him, that he’s too short, too slow, not smart enough, that the whole idea is stupid and Continue reading

Week 13 – A Slip Of The Tongue. Really ?

Hm… Seems I have nothing major to bring to the foreground this week… Probably that’s quite an achievement already. 🙂 No struggles to complain about, no inner turmoil, just simply enjoying getting settled into these daily master key and other rituals. Love how Earl Nightingale’s Strangest Secret summarises all that we’re doing. Love the jazz music on the recording. Makes everything even more cosy during these cold winter days …

I took a few days off from the outside world. Stayed at home, alone, working on bringing everything into harmony, especially myself. I admit, I was a bit behind with a few things. Tons of emails to answer, some index cards to make, a few video replays to watch… I decided to fast for three days. Been wanting to for a while. Been feeling the need to cleanse my body within, and bring my thoughts into sharper focus. It’s a wonderful experience to notice how the mind becomes clearer, once the body doesn’t have to process all this food. As if adding a luminous Continue reading

Week 12 – Giving The Best

I missed last week’s webinar. I was playing a concert with the Dutch jazz pianist and composer Jeroen Van Vliet who received the prestigious Boy Edgar Prize that night. The whole evening was a huge success. The Bimhuis, the well-know jazz venue in Amsterdam, was completely sold out. The audience was warm and enthusiastic. Radio and TV were recording the event, press all over the place. And yet something didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel right…

I haven’t been performing much since five or six years now. I’m actually hardly playing at all anymore these days. A conscious decision, wanting to live a more balanced, healthy and regular life. I just play a handful of concerts a year, mostly because I have a hard time saying no to my musician friends… Continue reading

Week 11 – I Think I’m Smiling More

Eleven. I feel I’m moving ahead. Slowly improving. Advancing steadily. Like one of these icebreaker ships. Unstoppable. I feel stronger, mentally. Physically also. More energy. I feel more awake. Walking in the streets, my steps are clearer, more decisive, more conscious. More focussed. More powerful. More loving, harmonious and happy ? I sure hope so. I think I’m smiling more.

Probably the greatest improvement that I’m experiencing since the beginning of this amazing MKMMA course is that I notice the old blueprint’s procrastination getting weaker, slowly Continue reading

Week 10 – I’m A Gentle Puma

“I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep”.

It’s tough. It’s hard. I’m struggling. Like many of us I imagine. The days are too short, too many things to do. Maybe it’s the winter arriving ? It’s pretty cold out there. And it’s dark so early, 4pm…

OK now, stop right there. Stop whining. That’s about as far as we’ll go into that alley. I am a lion. A mountain lion. I’m a warrior. I know it’s all in my mind. It’s all my own blurred perception. I want to sharpen my senses and see the Truth. My mind’s windshield gets dirty now and then, from daily travelling. Dusty bumpy roads. I need to wipe it clean, to see clearly again. Chanting “Om” helps. Stretching helps. And I’ve continued to use “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, Continue reading

Week 9 – Swaying To The Music Of The Gods

Swaying to the music of the Gods...

Swaying to the music of the Gods…

Today is such an amazingly beautiful day… I’m in awe of so much beauty. It feels so easy to greet this day with love. The skies are blue, the sun is shining bright, the air feels fresh and crisp, and the golden leaves on the linden tree in front of my home are swaying to the music of the Gods. I met up this morning with a gentle old neighbour – I sensed love in his heart – to get some compost for my garden, to feed it with care, love and good soil…  My world within chuckles when the world without reflects such beauty… It knows. I feel completely re-energised after an intense week of exhausting busy-ness. I’ve been waiting – once more – till the very last minute to Continue reading