Gretha

My thoughts on life

Breathe through your fears

Early this morning I swam in the icy cold Camps Bay waters again for the first time since lockdown 5. I still remember the last time I was at that Tidal pool. I wanted to go and swim for “old time sake” before we were prohibited to go onto the beaches again. But that...

Becoming

To become is to surrender into the flow of life. When you become, life draws to you what you always yearned for. It is not about first getting what you want and then becoming. You first need to go through the transition phase. You have to allow yourself to experience...

How open are you to the edges of life that is flirting with you?

All the lockdown laws that are trying to construct our lives within safely defined zones got me to reflect on edges and the impact of this on my felt sense of aliveness. The more the period of confinement was prolonged, the more I became aware of certain edges within...

What is touch?

What is touch? What are the various ways that I can experience touch? These are the questions I’m reflecting on in this period of social distancing and being in lock-down on my own. What I’m missing the most is being able to touch another human body and being touched...

Love is space

At the end of 2016 I wrote a blog to focus on the space. In the current context of social distancing I was reminded again of the importance of space. That space in itself is a gift. Even if it feels like distancing or disconnecting from the people we love. The...

You don’t need eyes to see

Have you ever experienced life with closed eyes?I recently undergone surgery on my right eye which meant that I had to keep the eye closed with an eye patch for 48-hours. This resulted in two-days of experiencing life with minimal vision as my left eye only has 20%...

Create space for life to surprise you in 2020

The past few months I learned that the real work is not about trying to control life or creating a “perfect” plan or clear vision for your future. The real work is about apprenticing yourself to create spaces for life to surprise you. Whatever shape or form the space...

Set yourself free

Do you have an ideal picture of your life, partner, job, children or even how you want your body to look like? It is exactly these ideal images that can create suffering if it blinds other ways of looking and experiencing the world for us.  I recently learned the...

Touched by a gorilla

I can’t remember when my fascination with Gorillas started but the movie “Gorillas in the Mist” definitely contributed to that.  I only recently read the book (with the same name) by Dian Fossey on which the move was based. In the book she shares 13 years of...

Connecting to your inner wildness

We all have an inner wild woman or man living inside of us. That part of us that wants to be free, spend time in nature and connect with animals. Yet, in the busyness of life we tend to neglect that aspect of ourselves. Instead of running or meandering freely in the...
Create space for life to surprise you in 2020

Create space for life to surprise you in 2020

The past few months I learned that the real work is not about trying to control life or creating a “perfect” plan or clear vision for your future. The real work is about apprenticing yourself to create spaces for life to surprise you. Whatever shape or form the space...

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Set yourself free

Set yourself free

Do you have an ideal picture of your life, partner, job, children or even how you want your body to look like? It is exactly these ideal images that can create suffering if it blinds other ways of looking and experiencing the world for us.  I recently learned the...

read more
Touched by a gorilla

Touched by a gorilla

I can’t remember when my fascination with Gorillas started but the movie “Gorillas in the Mist” definitely contributed to that.  I only recently read the book (with the same name) by Dian Fossey on which the move was based. In the book she shares 13 years of...

read more
Connecting to your inner wildness

Connecting to your inner wildness

We all have an inner wild woman or man living inside of us. That part of us that wants to be free, spend time in nature and connect with animals. Yet, in the busyness of life we tend to neglect that aspect of ourselves. Instead of running or meandering freely in the...

read more
Trusting your truth

Trusting your truth

Where does your truth live in your body? This may sound like a weird question but it is not. In our everyday language we regularly refer to our “gut feeling” when we sense that we need to do something.  There is an increasing number of research that shows how various...

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Make it easy

Make it easy

“Don’t let it be a struggle. Make it easy. Let go of the story.” These were the words that a wise man told me in India when I shared my struggles with him. In these three simple short sentences he captured the essence of what I needed to hear.  He was speaking...

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