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Doen is de beste manier van denken

We hebben allemaal geleerd om stil te zitten en in hokjes te denken. Tijd om daar uit te breken, creatief te zijn, buiten de lijntjes te kleuren en te gaan spelen en ontdekken. DOEN!


We nemen het soms zo voor lief, onze gezondheid, het feit dat we kunnen spreken, bewegen, lopen. Na het zien van dit filmpje kun je je hart vullen met diepe dankbaarheid voor wat je hebt.

De wereld stuurt ons afval...

......wij maken er muziek van. In een sloppenwijk worden van straatafval muziekinstrumenten gemaakt waar prachtig op gespeeld word.

Slim idee bespaart benzine...

In Zuid-Korea is brandstof én parkeerplaats schaars. Check dit slimme idee dat tijd & brandstof spaart...

14-jarige komt groots uit de kast en speeched recht uit zijn hart!

Graeme Taylor was 13 toen hij ontdekte dat hij van homeseksueel is. Het duurde even voor hij zichzelf kon accepteren. Toen hij hoorde dat een leraar werd ontslagen om zijn seksuele voorkeur, gaf hij een speech die recht uit zijn hart komt en diep binnenkomt als het gaat om gelijkheid. 

De kracht van 'nee' zeggen

Bahia Shebab leert ons op een geweldloze manier 'nee' zeggen tegen geweld, oorlog, mishandeling en andere misstanden. Met haar guerrilla kunstuitingen herinnert ze ons aan de diepste waarden van mens-zijn. Haar gevleugelde uitspraak: je kunt de bloemen vertrappen, maar je kunt de lente niet uitstellen...

Als je niet kan tuinieren, ben je geen gangster..!

Ron Finley wordt ook wel de guerrilla-tuinier genoemd. Hij zaait leegstaande plantsoenen en borders is met gezonde groenten en zaait zo een gezonde toekomst. Zijn groene werk wordt hem niet door iedereen in dank afgenomen, maar krijgt gelukkig steeds meer bijval...

Als je naar de wereld lacht, lacht de wereld terug naar jou...

Probeer bij het zien van dit filmpje je gezicht maar eens in de plooi te houden. Spiegelneuronen zorgen ervoor dat je de emoties van anderen herkent en hetzelfde gevoel krijgt. Tijd om de wereld met jouw lach te besmetten!

“Your Song”: Lessons from an African Tribe

“Your Song”: Lessons from an African Tribe

When a woman of a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes to the jungle with other women, and together they pray and meditate until you get to “The song of the child.”

When a child is born, the community gets together and they sing their song. Thus, when the child begins his education, people get together and he sings his song.When you become an adult, they get together again and sing.When it comes to your wedding, the person hears his song.
Finally, when your soul is going from this world, family and friends are approaching and, like his birth, sing their song to accompany it in the “journey”.
 In this African tribe, there is another occasion when men sing the song.If at some point the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, take you to the center of town and the people of the community form a circle around her. Then they sing “your song.”

The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment, is the love and memory of his true identity. When we recognize our own song, since we have no desire or need to hurt anyone. Your friends know “your song”. And sing when you forget it. Those who love you can not be fooled by mistakes you have committed, or dark images you show to others. They remember your beauty as you feel ugly, your total when you’re broke, your innocence when you feel guilty and your purpose when you’re confused.


I was really struck by these lines : “The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment, is the love and memory of his true identity”. That a tribe would meditate to find the song of a child which unfolds with his/her souls journey bringing the person back to their true identity is amazing. How special and unique that must make the child feel! I’m not certain how this can be applied to anti-social behavior youngsters are facing in the UK and in a consumerist society which promotes the ‘little me’ with my job, my career, my car, my promotion…  at the expense of a genuine connection to those around us and the Divine. I do however see two possibilities we can take from this African tribe. 1. Seeing the highest potential in a child with the eyes of compassion-  especially when they’ve committed a mistake  2. The possibility of a family to act as ’the tribe’ to bring a child back to their true identity or center.


Both naturally challenge or require us parents to be acting from deeper and centered parts of ourselves. To meet the child with compassion and unconditional love in moments when our buttons can potentially be pushed. My own experience has been when my teachers have honored me by seeing the highest potential in me it has always elevated me. This to me feels very different to praise which leads a person to potentially become complacent or ‘big headed’. Such praise feels like it is at the level of ego. It comes from another ego to the ego. May be the same can be said of criticism. A friend of mine wrote today “one of the hardest things and yet seems the most essential for spiritual development is to let go of people’s praise and criticism.”  It may be what Alfie Kohn writes about in ‘punished by rewards’.


A drop in the ocean can praise the sea not knowing its magnitude. However, when the ocean woos a drop it elevates it. Such praise inspires as a vision of possibility is sewn into the heart of the person without a heavy burden of expectation students often face. Yet, I also realise not praising a student can be detrimental if all one thinks that it can lead to a person becoming big headed. I knew a teacher who strongly believed this. If anything I feel it breeds the needs of approval in the student. Maybe beautiful words from the Islamic tradition such as Mashallah, Alhamdulilah, Subhanallah can be used to encourage what is beautiful and help us and the child remember the Divine in such situations. I was at a talk by Cemal Nur and the energy with she said ‘Mashallah” still resonates within me. This blog has arisen because of a few words of encouragement which took a question I had and turned it into a vision by saying ‘yes’!


As I reflected on how we can return to a center and help children return, I asked what my song is? Do I have one? Can I give my children a song?Maybe the song finds us rather then we find it. May be it takes the form of a prayer, a quote or a poem?  I heard of a transcendental mediation community which have set up a school in the UK- beginning lessons by asking students to measure the pulse for a few minutes as a way of children connecting with their bodies and becoming more calm and centered.


Teaching children to truly pray is a journey I look forward to explore in the coming years. For now, I enjoy family trips to London Central Mosque allowing my children to roam around in the environment there before we walk in the park. Maybe the Fatiha is a good centering prayer to teach children or doing the Huuu as Farah Benhalim so wonderfully wrote about in a post. One that can be used to re-align ourselves when we’re lost, confused, stressed or upset. Fateha – root words fth – open, unlock, reveal, conquer,. Making ourselves receptive to receive – an opening into the what the Infinite may offer us – may be our song comes as a particular Divine Name we need to resonate with as we turn our attention to our Source. May be just speaking from a centered place is enough to bring another back to their center, as discourse with spiritual teachers have repeatedly shown me. They speak and listen with an awareness of the Divine presence.  Each human being is a word spoken by God – Shams of Tabriz.

(Source: Parenting, Spirit, heart & soul)

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