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Generating energy


IMG_3074Life isn’t a business to be managed, it is a mystery to be lived

I breathe in

I indulge in the beauty of my view. It is like a big movie screen of nature. Trees, rocks, the hill. A blue sky, full with birds. I haven’t seen this many birds in a long time.

I breathe out

I feel so grateful. That I have this opportunity to sit and watch the trees, the sun, the birds. That I have fingers that can write. That I have friends who support and encourage me. Who see the beauty of my essential Elly-ness. “Humble and excited”, that’s what my friend saw in me as I talked about the small, successful steps I’m taking in expanding my business.

I breathe in

A bird catches a butterfly. The butterfly flies off. The bird catches up with him. It takes him a full minute to succeed eating him.

I breathe out

Such a spaciousness. Such a joy to be alive. No where to go, nothing to do. Just sitting here, and enjoying life, my breath, this moment.

I breathe in

I have finally decided to ask my Sangha if they will accept me as an aspirant member in the Order of Interbeing. I have been contemplating this choice ever since I first saw Thich Nhat Hanh. I have always postponed it. I don’t have enough time, it is too big a commitment, I am not mindful enough.

I breathe out

All of those thoughts might be true, my Sangha might not even accept my application. That is fine with me. It is not about the result, it is about the excitement of making a choice. Of freeing the energy stuck in thinking about a choice, and taking a step.

I breathe in

It might not be the right path. I might get stuck. The path might not lead anywhere. But it still is a path, and I am moving. I am creating an opportunity to learn, and get feedback for the consciousness and choices I make.

I breathe out

My dad told me to get into action. To get away from my desk, designing my business. To call anyone who might have an interest working with me. He is a wise man. It helped so much. To take a step and learn from it.

I breathe in

I am ready to climb a tree. For the fun of it. Life isn’t a business to be managed, it’s a mystery to be lived (Osho, Zen Tarot).

I breathe out


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Author: Elly van Laar

I am a coach. I specialize in helping mission-driven professionals bring their lives into balance. I have a Master's degree in Political Science, Leiden University, the Netherlands. I'm currently in an ICF-coaching certification program. I love meditation, walking, gardening, biking, and hanging out with family and friends.

2 thoughts on “Generating energy

  1. Dear Elly,
    I don’t know Thich Nhat Hanh. I do know you. Reading what you’ve written inspired me to read about him.
    He said, “Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.” Within breaths like those that he described, you made a choice. You took a step.
    Knowing you, I’m confident you’ll take many more! Who can guess where they will lead?
    A delicious mystery. Lead on, dear Elly.
    Lots of love,
    PS: Thich Nhat Hanh also said, “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful,” so I guess he also knows you!

    • Hi Ed,

      Thank you for reading my post, and for commenting on it. I felt amused with your last sentence “I guess he knows you, too”. He gets thousands of people a year to his retreats, and I would be surprised and delighted if he knew me. That would be a big WOW for me!

      By the way, I talked briefly to my Dharma teacher today. She didn’t discourage me to apply! Apparently, I was afraid she wouldn’t want to accept me. She asked me to write an application, and then talk to her again. And the cool thing is: I can chose my own mentor! I am getting more and more ready for this step, and certainly more excited, grateful and committed.

      Love, Elly.

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