“Get ready. They’re waiting for us,” Heidi brusquely called me. I grumpily began to respond by quickly ending a sentence I was typing, making a trip to the bathroom, and changing into appropriate clothes. She had already exited when I left the house so I took a shortcut through the parking lot. Dashing through an empty space, a van with two men in it rushed into that space, pinning me between their bumper and a cement wall with not more than an inch of wiggle room for my legs. Frozen, I glanced to the driver who held up both palms to me as if to reassure me that he was as surprised as I was. After a few seconds I began to inch my way forward out of the way while he continued to stand on the brakes with his hands up, never backing away nor even touching the gear shift lever. Exiting the tight space I [...]
Racism - sexism -- AGEISM!? You recognize it when it comes to you, with 40 (when people tell you you should better buy expensive cosmetics for not getting wrinkles), with 50 (when we women go into menopause: no fertility - does it mean we are useless?), with 60 when people consider you to be old and with 70 when you yourself begin to think that you are old and and and..... What is the problem about getting older? Mainly probably the fear of old age and suffering which poisons our time when we are younger and hinders us to be fully alive. It is not really the age which creates us problems, but our expectations about our life and the expressed expectations of younger generations about what we should be. All that combined with an insufficient support which, if ever, is concerned only about our bodies and they try to keep it alive by all means - [...]
Technology is advancing quickly, solving many problems, creating new ones - and allowing us humans to get to know each other across our national and even continental borders. After Skype and Google Hangouts there is a new technology available which has the potential to make friends between complete strangers by direct interaction. It is ancient wisdom that fear is nurtured by ignorance, by telling ourselves stories about people and things which lack a reality check. Humans can kill other humans only when they don’t see them as equal to themselves, when they believe them to be in a certain way which seems to give them permission to treat them however they want. The very best antidote is getting to know your enemy - so they can become humans like yourself and even friends. Countries like France and Germany introduced an exchange project for students after WWII to bridge the gap and make sure that they wouldn’t go [...]
More than 50 % of the Western population as divorced or never married. The good old relationship which lasted “until death do us part” hardly exists any more in the Western world - and if a couple succeeds to live the whole life together than they have or done a lot of work to grow together or they leed a relationship which doesn’t really merit this name. I believe that everyone who has reached a certain age, let’s say 40, has lived one or more periods of “relationshiT”, periods of anger, disappointment, insatisfaction or worse. Some people sort of accept that life is like this and go on as a victim with no hope for a better future by tolerating what is done to them - or what they themselves do to others. Some people chose to separate or divorce and to find a different mate with whom the same game most probably goes on again. [...]
Why the world doesn’t really change – until women step massively into leadership and why this is so difficult to happen.
It is not only because women want babies, grow them up and feel to have to take care of the household, the family relationships, the psychological well being of everyone concerned. There is more lying underneath which makes it really difficult for women to go out into the public and claim their place in important leadership settings. Yes, there is the male dominance. Men feel great when they graciously “allow” women to take over some role in their society - and they, the men, get all the benefit by women feeling recognized and inspired to do even more for their male fellows, beginning with cleaning up their mess and organizing celebrations, food, whatever. And they, the women, make sure that the relationships go well, they are doing what they feel inspired to do: scoop everybody into a state of feeling good (the green mantra) - and more often than not they - the women - don’t realise [...]
I remember when I was 13 years old and my aunt was 40 - and I thought to myself: she is REALLY old. I will NEVER be as old as she is. And I remember well when I turned 40 and all the prejudices of our society kicked in about ageing and I had a time where I believed that I was old then and that my life was practically over. Now, more than 20 years later things have changed dramatically. I feel younger than ever, I am more active - maybe not physically, but all together - and I don't get stopped any more by what others or society as a whole think about me or what I am doing. Yes, many people I meet thin that I am a little crazy, I should play with grandchildren instead of studying computer programs, social media, marketing and other weird stuff which young people are supposed [...]
What does VEGETARIANISM have to do with the PRESERVATION of abundant LIFE on our planet? (by Heidi Hornlein)
Somehow this TED Talk featuring Allan Savory just now landed on my desktop. Though it was published two years ago, I have finally got to see and to love it: Watch it - and you will never think the same about Nature, Animals, Vegetarianism and how to create a “better world”. And this is what I (Heidi) think about the topic: Yes, vegetarianism has a lot to do with the health of the planet - but not necessarily in the sense we are used to looking at it. It is a fashion today - at least in our Western countries, to become a vegetarian, maybe even a vegan. No animals should die for our nutrition, for our clothing and for all the other things for which animal products are still used. The individual reasons for not consuming animal products, especially as food, are sometimes well thought through and reasonable, sometimes a fantasy or a wishful belief [...]
Dr.Alan Chong and his HOA show: Healthier, Happier YOU. Heidi was invited to share her thoughts and insights about the importance of alignment. Physical alignment was first possible by the manipulation of a chiropractor which made it possible for her - the first time in her life - to stay really UPRIGHT. Then she experienced that the body regulated itself to be upright in the moment of stepping into her full and authentic voice while singing, when the breathing and the emanation were aligned with the body and the intention to send out the musical message. Personal growth is also the result of the alignment with our highest visions of ourselves, what we want to become and what our soul's purpose is.
A journey through belief systems and their impact on life and death. I am in a age where deaths begin to occur, parents, schoolmates, lovers, even children. My father died 30 years ago of cancer in age 59. Everybody agreed that he was “too young” to die, but he didn’t make it in face of the ultimate failure of his life’s goal: to be elected as the first mayor of our city. Life seemed not to give him any more a stimulus to go on and so he died with in a few months. He died at home, my mother was the main caretaker, assisted by myself or my sister. It was an intense time which took me 20 years to finally integrate. I had dared to look into his eyes, to create a deep heart connection with him, be there for him – while everybody else was only concerned about the outward care, the morphine [...]
It is practically inevitable that something will come up and disturb the couplehood of your intimate relationship. More often than not this will be a child which turns upside down the relationship – we will talk about this in a special episode. Another “third party” is work, the career, a passion which one of the partners is following while the other might not have similar ambitions and feels abandoned, neglected and alone. Another strong intrusion into the couple might be the need to take care of family members. How to deal with all these difficulties and how to maintain the relationship alive and even bring it to a higher level? Listen to one of the episodes of PARADISE TALKS - our BlogTalk RadioShow (it takes a little to come up, sorry!) Online Relationships Radio at Blog Talk Radio with Paradise Talks on BlogTalkRadio