Why this site?
I love to write and share, and I already blog in Dutch since 2004. Since a few years through this site: katjalinders.nl
English always felt like a natural language for me too, and a few months into my adventure in Ireland, I decided to make an English site as well. I am not fluent in English, so there might be some wrong use of words or grammatical faults.
I decided to follow my heart and combine a few dormant desires. The plan: quit my rent, get rid of loads of stuff, leave The Netherlands for a while and go to Ireland to do some voluntary projects for room and board. My adventure started at the beginning of August 2016.
I started as a volunteer at the beautiful and serene Dzogchen Beara, a Buddhist meditation center in the middle of nowhere, with a hostel (where I lived), cottages, a care centre, meditation rooms, a nice cafe/bookshop and lovely cats. The plan was to be there for at least two months, maybe three. I really enjoyed it and they liked me being there too, so I ended up staying there until halfway January 2017.
After a short visit to The Netherlands I went back to Ireland again to do voluntary work at another place. Then I was drawn back to Dzogchen Beara and ended up having a paid position there. Until the beginning of 2018, then my adventure called ‘life’ continued back in the Netherlands.
It was a great and life-changing-experience. The beautiful scenery, hours and hours of meditation and retreats, working and living together with other volunteers and guests, learning more about myself, people and life, feeling room to expand myself as a human all the time. I felt connected from the start and probably will until the end of time.
But for a few reasons it did feel better to go back to the Netherlands, so I did. Luckily I had a change to visit a few times already, and probably more visits will happen in the future too.
Why is this site called ‘Happy without reason’?
Because I experience time after time that enjoying life can be a choice. And if I’m really tapping into the energy of life, there are plenty of moments where I can by happy, sometimes without an obvious reason.
My view of life
The world is an even nicer and better place if people take the time to listen better to their heart, take their interests and talents seriously and will do what which feels good. With care for themselves, others and the world. With at least a touch of humor, self-knowledge, openness and willingness to learn.
If you know what you are (not) good at, where your heart will (not) beat faster from and how to make choices that are based on that, it will lead to greater life enjoyment, satisfaction, peace and productivity. By my way of living and working I want to contribute to this view as much as possible.
Questions? Remarks? Something to share?