Ein paar Fotos aus Frankreich

Letzte Woche bin ich wieder durch das Land gefahren und das Bild oben symbolisiert den Zustand ganz gut! Es gibt unglaublich viel Weite und Natur in Frankreich. Wälder, Holz Endlose Felder interessante Umwege Atomkraftwerke überraschend viele Elektroautos bluehende Bäume Insgesamt machen das Land und seine Bewohner aber einen erschöpften Eindruck. Viele Läden sind geschlossen, viele Dörfer wie …

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On isms and belief systems

I never gave religion much thought until I spent a few years living in a predominantly Muslim country and realised how much of one's belief system permeates daily life and drives the choices we make and actions we take.

Not having been raised religiously at all, I started wondering what I actually believe in. What are the elements that make up my moral compass? Which values do I live by, where do my demons come from, how do I shake off bad days/weeks/months and refocus?

What doesn't resonate with me

I figured out pretty quickly that abrahamic religions don't do it for me; neither does any system that requires unquestioning belief in supreme beings, supernatural phenomena or preordained laws. I don't feel ethics and personal growth should be mandatorily intertwined with ceremony, monastic hierarchies and guru devotion.

In a nutshell: I don't see why one would need dogma, unquestioning faith, or arbitrary ceremony to be (or become) a good person.

I admit to always having been attracted to Eastern philosophy, so it's not altogether surprising that after a journey along Hinduism, Confusionism and Taoism, I arrived at Buddhism. Which uniquely resonated with me, and still very, very much does so.

Hello Buddhist World

Whether Buddhism is a religion or a philosophy is a discussion people smarter than myself probably get a kick out of.

To me, the Buddhism represents a framework that focuses my thoughts and guides my actions. It's both a set of moral guidelines and a no-bullshit way of critically thinking about myself and the interactions I have with others.

I don't pretend to be a scholar, nor an expert on Buddhism. The only intention I have is to capture and explain how I experience Buddhism and which place it takes in modern life, as I perceive it.

I want to strip down Buddhism to its bare essentials, and this series of articles will be meant as much for myself as for anyone else who's interested in who this Buddha fellow was and what the fuss is all about.

Coming up: Minimum Viable Buddhism. Stay tuned.

Summary of the week from 10.04.2017

True Iron Bloggers:

David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) :
Manfred Gosch (@1aolivenoel) :
Christine Graf (@christinegraf) in Christine Graf – Blog :
Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) :
Osbert Mwijukye (@osbertmwijukye) :
Dick Olsson (@dickolsson) :
Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) :
Isa Schulz (@murgeys) :
Harry Tilley (@tilleyharry) in Harry Tilley’s Blog :

The lazy ones:

Eliminated because of excessive debt:

no one 🙂

Not yet registered:

Cash register:

this week: 10 €
total: 115 €
payed: 0 €
spend: 0 €

The PayPal account contains 25 Euro! 

Debts:

  • Osbert Mwijukye (@osbertmwijukye) – 30 € or 6 good deeds
  • David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) -25€ or 5 good deeds
  • Daniel Roohnikan (@roohnikan) – 25 € or 5 good deeds
  • Manfred Gosch (@1aolivenoel) – 10 € or 2 good deeds
  • Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) – 10 € or 2 good deed
  • Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) – 5 € or 1 good deed
  • Christine Graf (@christinegraf) – 5 € or 1 good deed
  • Juergen Rinck (@irgendlink) – 5 € or 1 good deed

Previously retired (must pay 30 € for the re-entry):

  • Adedayo Adeniyi (since 03.04.2017)
  • Martin Gosch (since 16.01.2017)
  • David M.Wampamba (since 03.04.2017)
  • Jonathan Rukundo (since 13.03.2017)
  • Shedy Serem (since 16.01.2017)

You are your own limitation

The biggest secret that achievers have learn is to always set out foot and look up to God to provide a bridge for them.. There is always a way.. Break out of the fear. Just start..

Hoe word een vingerafdrukjuweel gemaakt

Een vingerafdrukjuweel is heel persoonlijk, daarom spenderen wij veel aandacht aan alle detail om het juweel en het gevoel van de vingerafdruk zo echt mogelijk te maken.
Katrien Cambré is een specialiste in het maken van echte vingerafdrukjuwelen. Zo gebruikt ze wasbolletjes in plaats van vingerstempelafdruk om de vingerafdruk bij wijze van spreken in relief te brengen. Het verschil is als je een vingerafdrukjuweel in relief voelt het meer echt voelt en je geliefde zo meer bij je hebt. Op bijgaande foto's zie je hoe zij te werk gaat et het wasbolletje om zo tot een mooi juweel te komen.
Op de foto's kan je zien hoe zij de was maakt voor het vervaardigen van een vingerafdruk juweel met initiaal. Hieronder zie je hoe zo een juweel er na de afwerking uit ziet.
Voor meer informatie nee een kijkje in onze webwinkel met tal van voorbeelden en mogelijkheden!> hier meer

Childhood memories I


Spending the easter holidays with my husband and my parents in Hamburg, Germany, we had a lot of time to chat and share memories, both shared memories and memories from our different childhoods or other stages in life.
So I thought, whenever I came across a specific memory, I could share it on my blog and maybe someone wants to share something similar or totally different aswell, as I find it really interesting to hear different stories and backgrounds.

Last night, we talked about books and reading in general and my parents and I remembered, that when me and my sisters were younger, we regularly spent time as a family at the local library, where each of us had a member card and was allowed to play games, read or just look at all the books we could find and at the end, borrow some books and take them home. There were different sections for difefernt types of books, there were big, colorfoul books for smaller children, childrens and youth books, fictional and non-fictional books, travel books and so on.
At the library, I think, it wasn't allowed to shout or be very noisy, so I could imagine, this was some well deserved peace for my parents, who could be sure that all of us were within reach and could also spend some quiet time reading.

For me as a child, I remember being the best part of it was, that we could pick everything we wanted and it felt like we were gifted the books. There was no price to pay or asking my parents if I could have this or if the books were too expensive. You just had to return the books from the last visit and could take new ones with you. And when you came home, there was this pile of books, you haven't read yet and there were a lot of stories waiting for you.

This memory gave me the motivation to spend some time in a library again and just read whats there, instead of buying new books and filling our book cases more and more. Maybe this way,  I will find and read books, I have never heard of or which normally I wouldn't pay attention to.

I'm also planning on writing little book essays after finishing some books, so there are a lot of blogposts waiting to be written in the future :)

Ziel fast erreicht

Liebe Blogleser von 1aOlivenoel,

vergangene Woche durfte ich an einer professionellen Körperanalyse teilnehmen. Und das Ergebnis hat mich wahrlich stolz gemacht. Die vergangenen 2 Jahre intensiver Trainingseinheiten waren erfolgreich. Ein biologisches Alter von 12 Jahren war das Ergebnis. Klingt komisch. Dieses Alter wird ermittelt aufgrund der Werte und Verhältnisse von Muskelmasse und Wassergehalt. Es hat sich für mich gelohnt. Und es motiviert weiter dran zu bleiben.

Nun heute ist Familientag und ich wünsche allen schöne und friedliche Ostertage.

#ibcoco #1aOlivenoel

 

Ziel fast erreicht

Liebe Blogleser von 1aOlivenoel,

vergangene Woche durfte ich an einer professionellen Körperanalyse teilnehmen. Und das Ergebnis hat mich wahrlich stolz gemacht. Die vergangenen 2 Jahre intensiver Trainingseinheiten waren erfolgreich. Ein biologisches Alter von 12 Jahren war das Ergebnis. Klingt komisch. Dieses Alter wird ermittelt aufgrund der Werte und Verhältnisse von Muskelmasse und Wassergehalt. Es hat sich für mich gelohnt. Und es motiviert weiter dran zu bleiben.

Nun heute ist Familientag und ich wünsche allen schöne und friedliche Ostertage.

#ibcoco #1aOlivenoel

 

Getting back to racing

As I mentioned in my cycling season review 2016 my winter training did not go as planned. Life got in the way, as it does. But since the end of February I put in a decent block of training and averaged about 8.5 hours of riding per week. It’s still too little to really be […]