All posts filed under: Spirituality

Re-aligning with Nature and the Self

When I was a kid, I used to spend a lot of time helping my grand-mother in her immense garden; planting seeds, watering flowers, picking up mushrooms. I would also feed the ducks and the hens, gather the laid eggs in the morning, and pretend to clean the barn. In her garden, there was an oak tree. I was often the only kid at her house, so I would sit down in the garden and spend hours talking to that tree, imagining it was a human being. For a long time, that tree was my best friend.  Growing up, I lost touch with nature, and for a long time, I did not even enjoy leaving my busy city to spend time in the countryside. I could feel that something was missing in my life, but I never really took action. I became more and more interested about issues surrounding sustainability but, oddly enough, I did not connect the dots. Bio-empathy is the first course of the Social Innovation Management programme, i.e. 4 days away from …

Rebellion, Freedom and Passion

Friday 13th of November I am quite superstitious. I usually feel weird when there is a Friday 13th around the corner. Not this year. This year, I had planned a date with a wonderful man and that was the only thing that mattered. Nothing could take my mind off this much-awaited rendez-vous. So when my mum told me she was going to the Bataclan to accompany her friend at a hard rock concert, I did not pay much attention. I should have, probably. As much as my mother loves music, hard rock is definitely not her favourite kind.But the only person I was thinking about that day was not my mother. Or anyone else, for that matter. 11pm – I am in a pub. The whole world is in shock. I do not understand what is going on. And then I heard. And then I read. Only two words were reasoning in my head: deaths and Bataclan. My heart skipped a beat, or even two. My throat closed. I tried not to imagine the worst. I …