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7 ways of going inside

This season's theme is going inside. And that's a theme entirely related to nature. Just as nature blossoms in spring and summer, it retreats again in fall and winter. Follow the rhythm, turn inward and be inspired by the tips from A Beautiful Story founder, Cathelijne.

1 Drawing cards

Not a day goes by without my cards. I often draw three cards: one for the head, heart, and belly. They give me ideas. Or give me insights when I'm stuck. My favorites are my tarot cards and our own insight cards.

2 Being quiet in nature 

Sit still and watch. I experienced magical moments by being completely still in nature. Watching a field of swaying poppies. The ideas I needed came to me.

3 Walking 

A walk in silence slowly gives you peace of mind. I try to be very aware of everything around me. My feet touching the ground, the air surrounding me, all the sounds I hear.

4 Doing constellations 

Every few months, I do constellations (with my coach Eva Kapitany, see page x). You work with a group and everyone shares their themes. I have been doing this for 15 years now. For me it is like a periodic checkup.

5 Taking short breaks during the day 

I used to go on and on. Work, work, work. I always kept going. Now, I try to add 'whites' into my day. Short breaks to reset. Just staring aimlessly while drinking a cup of tea.

6 Writing 

Writing without preconceived notions helps me to connect with what’s going on inside my head. I write one word in a notebook. Draw a circle around it. The theme I'm dealing with. Then I see what the pen brings me.

7 Reading books 

Reading enriches me. I usually read three books at a time. A certain kind of book takes me inside. Touches me. Books that make you think. Paolo Coelho and Irvin Yalom are my favorite writers. A bookmark makes it an extra special experience.

Need more inspiration to turn inward?

In our lookbook you will find a Unalome. Print that out, lay a paper over it and trace the line. Repeat that motion. Practice until it comes naturally.

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