zondag 14 april 2019

Calm

When I was a young woman, thinking of my next step after secondary (high) school, anxienty hit me like a brick.

Letter to my 16-24 yo self

Fear of the Future


I did not even call it fear. This undefined feeling of unwellness emerged in tenth/eleventh grade. As young girls we were told to 'study hard, study even more, then go to uni, get a job, then work work work, and maybe, at the end of the line, you can become a mother.'

Ofcourse it wasn't said in these exact words. However, this does describe the general feeling my best friends and I experienced the rest of our lives: the fear of not being good enough. The fear of not being the woman I should be.

The restlessness of never being perfect or let alone just being good enough... this fear was here to stay. That little voice nagging I was indeed a failure... It took me until I was in my forties (!) to finally realise it wasn't society holding me back, it was ME.

I listened to that little voice. I listened to, and valued, general opinion over my own. I listened. Now listen to this:

Dear me,

where you are today, is exactly the place where you should be. The way you look today is the most beautiful you will ever be. The decisions you make today are the best you will ever make, as long as these are made with a pure heart.

My sweet self, you are perfect. Whenever you are unsure, take a deep breath. Inhale: receive oxygen and energy. Exhale: release bad thoughts and anxiety. Repeat.

Perfection is being kind. Kind to self, kind to others. The only person who knows what's best for you is ... YOU. Follow your energy, follow your effort. If you feel it's worthwile to do so, IT IS. Truly ask yourself: 
is this good for me?

Lots of (Self)Love, yours truly,
Melanie, 47.

© Eyespiration.com 2019


dinsdag 26 februari 2019

Wet San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge reflection
The Beauty of Rain - Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Bridge and Seaguls
50 Shades of Grey in San Francisco


Weather alert in SF

Every year in February I attend the San Francisco Writers Conference. Never before it was this wet. An occasional shower or one wet day of the week I am in SF, that's all. Not this year. This year the weather forecast show rain, more rain and ... rain.

 Daily temp below average and even on Thursday it rained all day. Tho temps weren't as cold as the forecast predicted (14C and up) it still was cooler than previous years, where I often could warm myself in the sun during the day.

In San Francisco evening and night can be cooler always, when the fog comes in. During rainy days tho it's not that cold at night, al least it wasn't in 2019 ;) 

On the news a Microclimate Weather Alert: floods caused by the rain and it even snowed in Las Vegas.

Right. Climate change anyone?


Inspiring


Lucky for me wet streets are also very inspiring. I like to walk down the street early morning. It took me 30 mins to walk to the conference hotel, and Market St. truly was a beauty in the rain.

Check my Instagram for more pics.
Search for #Eyespiration :)
Market St. stroll in the rain - blue hour

Market St. stroll in the rain - blue hour
Day and night, in the wet it's all beautiful
Market St. stroll in the rain

Rainy day in SF

EAT CRAB Fisherman's Wharf
Reflection ... Zen moment at Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco - EAT CRAB
Do you ever take photos when it rains? I just love reflections. 

© 2019 MelanieRijkers.com 

zondag 3 februari 2019

Free Fall with Eyespiration

The life of Buddha expo. Fine art installation by Tony Feher ‘Free Fall’ (2013) Seen in Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, 31 January 2019. This is what I call Seeing Pure: looking at life with Pure, Fresh Eyes: Eyespiration Dao. Using the objects of art to see the beauty of life. Zoom in and out, focus on details and wonderful compositions.

www.PuurZien.nl voor meer inspiratie, onderdeel van Artstudio23 Breda

www.PuurZien.nl voor meer inspiratie, onderdeel van Artstudio23 Breda

www.PuurZien.nl voor meer inspiratie, onderdeel van Artstudio23 Breda

www.PuurZien.nl voor meer inspiratie, onderdeel van Artstudio23 Breda

www.PuurZien.nl voor meer inspiratie, onderdeel van Artstudio23 Breda

www.PuurZien.nl voor meer inspiratie, onderdeel van Artstudio23 Breda

www.PuurZien.nl voor meer inspiratie, onderdeel van Artstudio23 Breda
www.PuurZien.nl voor meer inspiratie, onderdeel van Artstudio23 Breda

www.PuurZien.nl voor meer inspiratie, onderdeel van Artstudio23 Breda
Free Fall - Tony Feher in Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam

© MelanieRijkers.com
www.PuurZien.nl

If you wish to know more about mindfulness and Eyespiration photography, shoot me an e-mail via my website. Thank you. Namaste.

zaterdag 2 februari 2019

Cruise with Eyespiration

Puur Zien coaching en fotografie inspiratiereis www.PuurZien.nl
Leaving San Pedro port, Los Angeles
Since my first cruise to Alaska I am hooked on cruising. How I love this way of travel! To have a fabulous holiday and attend a seminar at sea at the same time is the ultimate way to travel onboard a cruise ship: you can write it off.

Onboard we will have a daily coaching and photography session. You will learn to See the world with Fresh, Pure Eyes. Visual consultancy is a new way of coaching, providing a hands-on method in which visual thinking and the visualization of complex issues play an important role. 

Eyespiration coaching trip


Eyespiration is a combination of positive psychology and pure (straight) photography. You can take pictures with any camera or smartphone. You can even take a mind picture. My mission is to help people and organizations flourish; using narrative coaching and creative imagination to See your brand story.

You can pick any cruise destination. The Eyespiration trip will take 7-10 days, prices start from €3500. This is a solo trip, having your spouse, collegues or children around isn't helping. Therefor I suggest to extend the trip with a stay with them if you wish to do so.

For more information go to MelanieRijkers.com and shoot me an e-mail. You can also send a whatsapp text message. Nederlands? Ga naar PuurZien.nl en klik op inspiratiereis.

Puur Zien coaching en fotografie inspiratiereis www.PuurZien.nl

Puur Zien coaching en fotografie inspiratiereis www.PuurZien.nl

With or without a camera, Eyespiration will inspire you to:
Clarify life goals.
Find inner peace and happiness.
Feel more relaxed.
Focus.


Puur Zien coaching en fotografie inspiratiereis www.PuurZien.nl

Puur Zien coaching en fotografie inspiratiereis www.PuurZien.nl

Puur Zien coaching en fotografie inspiratiereis www.PuurZien.nl

Puur Zien coaching en fotografie inspiratiereis www.PuurZien.nl

Puur Zien coaching en fotografie inspiratiereis www.PuurZien.nl

Puur Zien coaching en fotografie inspiratiereis www.PuurZien.nl
Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean cruise 2017
In 2019 and 2020 I will be a presenter at the Bereavement Cruise. I will also attend the SpiritHeartCruise in 2019 and I will lead an Eyespiration photography cruise to the Dutch Caribbean (Nederlandse Antillen) in 2020 with the isles Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. 

~ Join me and come back new! Eyespiration is The Way (Dao) ~

vrijdag 25 januari 2019

Antwerp Eyespiration

Fotoclub Nieuw Ginneken in Antwer, Belgium
Antwerp, Belgium - Eyespiration photo walk with Fotoclub Nieuw Ginneken

Next to Eyespiration photo walks in our own country, we also teach how to look at Life with Pure, Fresh Eyes abroad.  Artstudio23 Photographers Hans van Nunen and Melanie E. Rijkers guide you through the process of being in the moment with the use of photography.

Mindfulness without the woowoo, down to earth photo walks show you how to See with a different view. When you look at the world through the eyes of a child the world will never be dull, ugly or weird. Taking a photo tour with Artstudio23 will relief stress and prevend burnout. 

You can use your camera or smartphone, or even take 'mind pictures'. The photos in this blog were taken during the Antwerp ZIEN Anders Kijken photo walk in Belgium with the Fotoclub Nieuw Ginneken from Breda.

Eyespiration shows life as it is, subjects seen as they are. 


Struck by its beauty or remarkable appearance, in detail often, life is seen and photographed.



Fotoclub Nieuw Ginneken in Antwer, Belgium

Fotoclub Nieuw Ginneken in Antwer, Belgium

Fotoclub Nieuw Ginneken in Antwer, Belgium

Fotoclub Nieuw Ginneken in Antwer, Belgium
Fotoclub Nieuw Ginneken in Antwer, Belgium
Fotoclub Nieuw Ginneken in Antwerp, Belgium


vrijdag 4 januari 2019

Eyespiration in Hawaii

Kaua'i Hawaii adventure with Nathalie Pagie, Dutch thriller writer. #Eyespiration journeys are inspiring journeys for any professional or freelance creator, artist or independant business owner.


Eyespiration will make you See the world with new, fresh eyes. 

Seeing Pure is a mindful way of coaching, using photography as tool. Next to a daily workshop and coaching session there is plenty of free time. Choose any destination in the world, like a weekend in Paris France or a week in Bali. Your own, private retreat!

Feel revived with new, creative energy. Book yourself an Eyespiration trip and learn how to look at the world with pure, fresh eyes. Taosim and Buddhist mindfulness philosophy without being wooly, pure perception with your camera or smartphone.

Ask for a quote with:

Life Coach and Visual Consultant Melanie E. Rijkers
www.MelanieRijkers.com


Did you see Melanie is a presenter at the Bereavement Cruise 3-10 March 2019?

#Eyespiration Life Coach & Visual Consultant in travel and coaching
Bereavement Cruise 


Dutch info: www.PuurZien.nl Alle inspiratiereizen zijn 1-op-1, worden gegeven als privétraject. Deze zijn zakelijk in te boeken. De coaching is mogelijk in het Nederlands en Engels. Praktijk: Speelhuislaan 173 unit 137A Breda, geopend op afspraak.