Just being around

Social distancing: I have been wondering what it is, exactly, that I miss so much. What is it, that no emails, chats, phone calls, even video conversations, can provide? Why is it important to me to have other people in close proximity?

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Considering Boredom

Someone mentioned to me what Jon Kabat-Zinn said: “When you pay attention to boredom, it gets unbelievably interesting“.

I liked the quote, tried to follow its advice, and before I knew what I was doing, I ended up investigating whatever anyone had said on the topic.

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Senua’s Perspective
Portrait of Senua

Senua, a Celtic warrior, is leading me on a journey into hell. A couple of months ago I started playing the video game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. In this blogpost I would like to share how the game Hellblade offers me a new perspective.

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Prophets and poetry

I have the habit of reading scripture somewhat regularly in the morning, using an old lectionary, and currently also the help of a diary ‘Stille omgang’ by Willem Barnard. Today we read Isaiah 14, and I started wondering about the meaning of it all, and what I am supposed to do with such texts. Does God still speak to us today through these texts? How?

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Living through Grief
My grandmother with my daughter

The recent deaths of some people I loved have brought a sad turmoil in my mind: lots of memories, of these people, of other loved ones who died, worries about the immediate family, existential questions, thoughts about the fleetingness of life and gratitude for love. All these thoughts tumble about in my head, and I … Continue reading Living through Grief

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The name you can say
A loving couple

“The name you can say isn’t the real name”: Old Chinese wisdom from the booklet Tao Te Ching that I discovered recently. It begins with this wonderful expression of the paradoxical nature of things I enjoy pondering. The saying reminds me that there are things in life that really exist, but can never be fully … Continue reading The name you can say

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