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Out now! Happinez - 'Go with the flow'

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What gives you energy? What can you easily do for hours on end? This issue of Happinez challenges you to ask yourself these very questions. Discover what makes you flow and forget about the rest of the world.

Because the more you discover about those moments when you lose all sense of time and where everything just melts together, the lighter your life will be.


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Travel: Amsterdam hotspot 'De Ceuvel'

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De Ceuvel is an extraordinary place close to the bustling city center of Amsterdam. It was built with little money but plenty of goodwill and creative collaboration. Here’s how practical idealism combined with innovative energy magically created a new way of living together.

De Ceuvel consists of 17 boats – 17 studios offering work spaces – and a café. One of the boats is for rent for businesses or meetings, one is used for dance classes, yoga sessions and movie nights. The Ceuvel Association has about 40 permanent members; together they are responsible for running the place and maintaining it. The official opening was on June 21, 2014. De Ceuvel has been regularly featured in the media, both at home and abroad. For instance with this article in The New York Times. They won numerous awards since opening, such as the Dare Devil Award, a prestigious award in the hotel and restaurant industry as well as a Dutch Design Award. Architects and students from all over the world come visit for the tour and for lectures.

De Ceuvel
Korte Papaverweg 2-6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


For more pictures and the full story behind 'De Ceuvel' read Happinez 'Go with the flow' 

Photography Mirjam Bleeker

Start working with the focus of a monk

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Monks – derived from the Greek word 'μοναχος' which means lonely – sometimes work with immense focus and for months on end, on a sand mandala. Then, when this complicated drawing is done, they wipe it all away again. Where can one find this focus the monks work with? And how could you apply it to your daily life, where Facebook, Instagram, datingapps and Netlix are always there to tempt you?

find focus in a world of temptation:

1. Clean up your desk.

2. Shut down your email and your browser before you start working. When you need to work with your browser, don’t open more tabs than you need.

3. Turn off notifications: from your phone, your smartwatch, really anything that bleeps, rings or makes any noise.

4. If you don’t need internet to work with, find a spot where there’s isn’t any. Yes, they exist! For instance here, or herehere and here.

5. Put your headphones on before you start.

6. Make sure you have a special assignment to perfect. Tell yourself to write a chapter of your book, create a fantastic bit of code or work out a creative proposal. There is a big difference between small tasks that require little thinking capacity but will tire you – like answering you email, updating your to-do list, organizing your documents or tagging your messages – and the focus you need for bigger tasks like writing a bestseller. All the little things can wait, it’s about the big, sweeping things that are so monumental that you’d rather do a thousand little things than start on one major thing.

Procrastination

Here’s how to prepare yourself to begin your task with attention and focus. This doesn’t mean you should use all day to perfect your work playlist, clean and tidy your desk and unravel your phone settings to make sure not only the sound but also the data, brightness and group notifications in WhatsApp are switched off. This would be considered procrastinating. A random Spotiy playlist, a quick tidy and the mute button on your phone will suffice.

What’s your secret to working with focus? Share your story with us on Facebook.

Are you afraid of rejection? This is how to conquer your fear

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Fear of rejection is universal. But with fear as your guide you will never reach beyond the ‘safe scenario’. The best antidote according to writer Jia Jiang? Get rejected, not once, but a hundred times.

Do you break a sweat at the thought of rejection? This is normal. In the end, every person is looking for acceptance and love. We’d rather avoid rejection in any way. Very effective… as a survival mechanism. But when it comes to fulfilling your dreams, you’d rather need a more ‘living on the edge’ mentality.

How do you get yourself to leave your comfort zone more often? Jia Jiang advises you to look for rejection. When we repeatedly experience certain things, our trust will build. Why wouldn’t the same happen with rejection?

One hundred days of rejection

Writer, blogger and entrepreneur Jia Jiang turned himself into a guinea pig to voluntarily get rejected for a hundred days on end. Why? His own fear prevented him from realizing his biggest dream: starting his own company.

Now you might be thinking: is rejection even a thing to get accustomed to? The pain we feel when we’re rejected by a lover, or when you miss out on your dream job seems unavoidable. According to Jia Jing, in the end it isn’t about eliminating the pain, but about your resilience.

Five lessons to learn from Jia Jiang’s rejection tour:

1. Be surprised

The most bizarre proposals sometimes result in pure magic. Let yourself be surprised and ask a question you, for sure, expect the answer to be ‘no’ to.

2. Become familiar with it

The secret is repetition. Dare to be confronted by and become familiar with rejection. You’ll see that the greatest things happen outside of your comfort zone.

3. Do not make assumptions

Sometimes we make the most far-fetched assumptions after a rejection: it was because of how I look, or he/she doesn’t trust me, I should have asked differently. But often the real reason of a rejection is something else. Ask for the why behind the no.

4. Keep making a connection

After a painful rejection, our instincts will likely tell us to flee. But a world of possibilities will open up when we do not shy away from the conversation. Every rejection is a way of receiving feedback: what’s your take-away from it.

5. Embrace rejection

You cannot control whether you'll be confronted with rejection or not.  You can control how you deal with rejection. According to Jia Jiang the most inspirational people have almost always endured adversity. If, despite countless rejections, you keep following your dreams or keep believing in love, you’ll learn to think in possibilities instead of limitations. And this has a positive influence on all aspects of your life.

Jia Jiang's TED Talk:

Illustration Mateja Kovac

Seven lessons on beauty by John O’Donohue

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When you see or hear something beautiful, your soul will open, says philosopher, poet and theologist John O’Donohue. Especially in an age where there is so much screaming ugliness surrounding us, he praises beauty as medicine.  

‘Beauty gives a sense of wholeness and certainty’

The human soul longs for beauty, we look for it everywhere. When you experience beauty, it gives a sense of homecoming. You liven up completely with beauty surrounding you, because your soul is yearning for it.

‘Beauty invites harmony and unity’

In our time, we mistake glamour for beauty. But glamour only shines for a very limited time, while beauty invites harmony and unity. Beauty fulfills the deepest needs of your soul, so that you’ll feel at home in the world.

‘Let beauty surprise you’

If you answer the call of beauty, you’ll live a different life. The miracle of beauty is, that she can surprise you, if you let her. She will not come if you try to trick her, instead she’ll appear at the most unexpected time.

 ‘Beauty is hidden in the ordinary’

The word beauty usually makes us think that something very special, very exhalted is going on. But if you open your eyes and ears, you will see beauty all around you. Often these are the experiences that give you the strength to continue, to survive.

‘The soul gives the face its beauty’

It is scientifically proven: the more symmetric a face, the prettier we find it. But great beauty can lie in a so-called imperfect face, because in the end its the soul that makes your face beautiful.

‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’

Only you decide if you find something beautiful or not, because tastes differ. But if you start looking in a different manner, beauty will surround you.

‘You can’t force beauty’

You can’t call on beauty: she’ll decide for herself if and when she will show up. You need skill and inspiration to create space for beauty. But it is not up to the artist to decide if there will be beauty. In an essay on Rodin, Rilke wrote beautifully about the mystical dymension of beauty: “The other beauty, the great beauty, had to come when everything was prepared, as animals come to a drinking-place in the forest in the late night when nothing foreign is there.”


Rumanian photographer Mihaela Noroc, aged 30, captures the natural beauty of women everywhere she goes. Her project, Atlas of Beauty, is about the diversity of our planet, shown in portraits of women. She photographs women in their own environment, preferably as pure and natural as possible, without too much make-up. 

For the wonderful portraits above Mihaela travelled all over the world. See them all in Happinez 'Go with the flow'

 

 

Healthy colors

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Fruit and vegetables are the best basis for a healthy diet; more than any other type of food, they keep us fit and vital. A convenient detail: their colors show what they're good for. The easiest way to absorb lots of it is by making juice.


Read more about wonderful colorful juices in Happinez 'Go with the flow'

Photography Jeroen van der Spek

Calming, blessing, comforting

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You may be surprised how good your hands are at passing on energy. The laying on of hands is very old, and practically all religions know it. Every mother also knows that a cool hand on a feverish forehead has a calming effect. A hand on a sore spot soothes, a hand on the head blesses, a hand on a hand comforts. Every pat on the back is, in fact, a form of laying on hands. The wholesomeeffect of healing hands can be explained by science: touch and near-touch cause large amount of oxytocin, a hormone that relaxes. But does that make it any less of a miracle?


Find the full story of your hands in Happinez 'Go with the flow'

Photography Jeroen van der Spek

Find your prana

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Chi, prana, divine love. These are all different names for a universal energy of which everything and everybody in the cosmos is a part. You can access it through meditation or yoga – but most of all through love.


Anne Wesseling wrote a beautiful exploration about life energy. Find it in Happinez 'Go with the flow'

Illustration Cécile Vrinten

Discover your own rhythm

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Biorhythms are somewhat out of fashion in the realm of spirituality, but there is still a lot to say about rhythm. For doesn’t everything in nature, including our inner clock, move to the rhythms of the Earth, Moon and Sun?


Answer the following five questions and learn something about your natural biorhythm or chronotype.

1. When you have a day off, what time do you usually go to bed?

a. between 8 and 10 p.m.

b. between 10 and midnight

c. between midnight and 2 a.m.

d. after 2 a.m.

 

2. What time do you usually get up when you have a day off?

a. between 5 and 6 a.m.

b. between 6 and 8 a.m.

c. between 8 and 10 a.m.

d. between 10 a.m. and noon

 

3. How is your appetite for the first 30 minutes after getting up?

a. not hungry

b. low appetite

c. reasonable appetite

d. huge appetite

 

4. Suppose you had to take part in a quiz. When are you at your brightest?

a. between 8 and 10 a.m.

b. between noon and 1 p.m.

c. between 3 and 5 p.m.

d. between 7 and 9 p.m.

 

5. When do you prefer to do sports? When are you at your best physically?

a. between 8 and 10 a.m.

b. between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

c. between 3 and 5 p.m.

d. between 7 and 9 p.m.

 

Score
a = 0, b = 4, c = 8, d = 12 points.

Results:
0-15: you are an extreme morning person.

16-30: you are mainly a morning person.

31-45: you are mainly an night person.

46-60: you are an extreme night person.


Find the full article on rhythm in Happinez 'Go with the flow'

Attention, acceptance and ... action!

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Self-compassion is not the same thing as self-pity, nor is it the same as pampering yourself. No one is born with it, but you can learn it, says Kristin Neff, Buddhist and professor of psychology.

‘Embracing yourself is a really good idea. Just wrap your own arms around you’


Exercise

Think of a past situation with someone that gave you an unpleasant sensation. Feel the stress it caused in your body.

Now say to yourself:
* This is a moment when I’m suffering
* Suffering is part of being human

Put your hands on your heart, feel the warmth of your hands and their soft pressure, and be aware of your breathing.

Now say to yourself:
* Let me be gentle with myself
* I accept myself just the way I am


Read the full interview with Kristin Neff in our special Happi.body

Recipe: Oat milk with raw chocolate and oats

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No milk today...

Discovering plant based milk options

They don’t taste of milk, but they are at least as delicious. You can also use them for shaking, baking and cooking ... Discover a world of white drinks and food.


Oat milk with raw chocolate and oats
Breakfast, serves 4

Mix 200 g oat flakes with 5 dl oat milk, 5 dl orange juice, and 100 g goji berries in a bowl. Cover it and put in the fridge; stir the mixture after about 4 hours. Leave to soak in the fridge for 1 night.
Finely chop 1 bar of raw chocolate and cut 2 (blood) oranges into skinless sections. Stir the oat porridge once more and distribute on some big plates. Sprinkle with the chocolate and put the orange sections on top.


Find more plant based recipes in Happi.body

Photography by Marcel van Driel

Blissful Running

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Being one with your body, your breathing and the surroundings for miles and miles... More and more runners discover that running can be more than purely physical exercise, and that it can give almost as much enlightenment as regular meditation.

More on mindful running, plus inspiring advice from experienced runners in our new special

Photography by Jeroen van der Spek

Mirror meditation

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Be kind to yourself

Love and attention to yourself help you flourish. Be who you are and be happy. A half hour mirror meditation will help you to get to know yourself.

Soul searching

Look yourself in the eyes. See yourself without distractions, pure and honest. Try not to blink too much and discover what happens. Can you simply look at yourself?
Breathe easily. Let your thoughts glide past and look at your reflection.
What does this do to you? Does it feel nice or uncomfortable?
Be conscious of the discomfort and judgement about yourself that might pop up.
In the end you'll accept what you see.

According to Osho, after three weeks of daily mirror gazing there is nothing left to see. You'll have accepted yourself the way you are.

Decorate your screen

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How often do you use your mobile phone? When was the last time you left home without it? We stare at screens more and more these days, that's why it's nice to use a happy background to cheer you up whenever you look at it.

Feel free to download these beautiful illustrations by Ingrid Bockting below, they will instantly brighten up your phone, and day.

Have a look at leendertmeetsingrid.com to find more of Ingrids lovely work.

Out now! Happi.body - A special issue by Happinez

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'Living stories: What we do, what we see, what we experience and know is reflected in skin and hair. In eyes, hands, feet and gestures. And so our wondrous bodies tell the stories of our lives.'

We are happy to share 148 pages of inspiration for a healthy life!
 
We all have plenty of energy - the question is how we use it. In this issue of Happi.body you learn how to use energy and recharge your battery at the same time. You can learn about self-compassion in the interview with Kristin Neff, how to make a start with decluttering your home, that running can make you zen, how to integrate mindfulness into your sex life, or about the benefits of green tea…

The more we learn about what gives us energy and what takes it away, the easier it is to set the right priorities. We wish you happiness!

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Crystal clear

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WHITE TOPAZ
This crystal brings friendship to your life and helps you to be honest and loyal. Its vibrations make you do the right thing and support you in making morally correct choices. It's also said to boost the taste buds. Completely in tune with Taurus, it's also valuable to Sagittarius and Leo.

Read more about the power of ancient gems in Happinez 'Moments of Clarity'

Recipe: Raspberry Chia Jam

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Creative food stylist Ajda Mehmet possesses the gift to create something tasteful out of literally anything. With us she shares her knowledge about uncommon but not forgotten vegetables along with the most delicious recipes to prepare them.

Chia seeds are one of those must-have, multi-purpose store cupboard ingredients. Nowadays you find them readily available in most supermarkets, however, up until 5 years ago they were somewhat unknown. Harvested from the flowers of a plant called Salvia Hispanica, part of the mint family, these energy-packed seeds are native to Mexico and Guatemala and have been a staple part of Aztec and Mayan diets for centuries.

As with most food trends, the tiny seeds pack a punch nutritionally, hence being referred to as a ‘superfood’. With five times more calcium than milk and as much omega-3 in two tablespoons as in 150g salmon, they are a great source of calcium and fatty acids for vegans. They are also high in fibre, protein and antioxidants, excellent for skin and digestive health.

They can be consumed whole or ground, but perhaps most interestingly is the way they transform when soaked in liquid. Chia seeds hold up to 10 times their weight when absorbed in liquid, producing a gelatinous coating turning the liquid into a set mixture that resembles a thick gel or custard. You can soak them in anything from water to fruit juice, nut milk and yoghurt. They can be sprinkled on salads and smoothies, eaten as a pudding for breakfast or dessert, added to a multitude of meals and can also act as an egg replacement in baking recipes. I love it when ingredients are this versatile!

My first experience with chia seeds came when I was developing a sugar free jam recipe. To replace the job of the sugar in traditional jam, the preserving effects and the pectin that acts as a gelling agent, I decided to try making a fresh, fruity jam with chia seeds and coconut sugar. The results were delicious, so much so that I don’t buy regular jam any more, I much prefer making my own chia jam, plus, it is literally the quickest and easiest recipe. The texture resembles jam so much but without the sickly sweetness. It might not have as long a shelf life as regular jam but it is a helluva lot healthier and much tastier if you ask me. Here is my recipe:


Raspberry Chia Jam

300g fresh raspberries

1tbsp coconut blossom sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)

3tbsp chia seeds

Place the raspberries in a small sauce pan and mash them with a fork. Add the coconut blossom sugar and vanilla bean paste and heat the mixture until it starts to bubble. Turn off the heat, add the chia seeds and stir well, leave to cool completely before putting it in an airtight container. Keep in the fridge and enjoy for up until two weeks.


Photography by Saskia van Osnabrugge

'Hanami' through rose colored glasses

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Hanami stands for 'flower viewing' at the annual springtime Sakura Matsuri, or cherry blossom festival. People travel from far to take in the stunning cherry blossoms around Japan and to celebrate the start of spring underneath the sakura trees.

Photographer Brigitta de Vos photographed this amazing phenomenon especially for Happinez. Find all her beautiful pictures in Happinez 'Moments of Clarity'.

Photography Brigitta de Vos

Lighter living

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Your body tells you exactly what you need, but are you hearing it? Are you listening to the messages it sends? In our hectic lives, we usually let ourselves be guided by the clock and our busy schedules rather than by our body, our inner compass. We eat because it's lunchtime, or simply because we always do. Try to feel, truly feel, if your stomach needs food - and not just filling. We often eat out of boredom or because we actually need something else like love, happiness, understanding, warmth or inspiration. Comfort food and snacks can be delicious once in a while, but obviously they don't solve anything. Try this: sit down, relax, close your eyes and try to figure out what you really need.

In Happinez 'Moments of Clarity' you can read more valuable insights that can help you live a healthy and energetic life. 

Photography Jeroen van der Spek