Morning Altar

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My altar this morning.

That’s my great grandfather Willem de Haan looking back at you from the right hand corner, accompanied by pictures of me with my parents, a Thai spirit house, a painting by an artist friend and various other objects I have collected over the years.

Each candle is lit with a different intention, one simply welcoming in magical conversations today, another for my ancestors and yet others for a variety of ideas, from projects in need of energy and support to wishing my future partner well, wherever he may be.

I do this every day, along with writing my morning pages and drinking a very strong coffee. And it works for me. Helps me centre, clear out the cobwebs and align myself with the point on the horizon calling me forward, step by step.

It’s my morning ritual and I get a lot from it, every single day. It’s like checking my inner compass, giving it a polish, checking the wind direction and letting all the fog of last night’s dreams be lifted from my gaze.

If you want to learn more about creating your own rituals for empowerment and wellbeing, do sign up for the online course starting in June, come to my event with NOW Live Events and Psychologies Magazine on May 16th in London, or, best of all, come to me for a one to one session and we will embark on your very own bespoke creative adventure into the creation of more moments of magic and meaning to fill the rest of your days (and nights) with memories that feed your heart and nourish your soul.

Facebook Live with Psychologies Magazine

Facebook Live with Psychologies Magazine

I just did a Facebook live all about ritual with Psychologies Magazine and NOW Live Events and you can watch it here ... 

So if you feel like joining me on my boat in the golden evening light for a half hour chat about moments of meaning, creating rituals and honouring that which is universal to us all, have a look and feel free to share!

Creativity Exercise - Take Yourself on a Mini Adventure

Creativity Exercise - Take Yourself on a Mini Adventure

What is creativity and why is it important? It's how we spark our best ideas, turn work into play and stay present, playful and curious. In this video, learn how to transform your next walk into a bite sized blast of inspiration and find all the ideas you need - right outside your front door.

My post-heroic journey

My post-heroic journey

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After starting out in the music business, Tiu de Haan has forged her own unique path. From starting a non-profit to connect children and their parents to playing in nature, she now creates rituals to help people connect to themselves and each other (her TEDx talk explains more about this). We met on her beautifully white boat in London to hear about her post-heroic journey.

A post-heroic journey begins with responding to a call. Did you ever hear “the call”?

"I’ve had three major lives – the singer songwriter popstar wannabe life, the setting up a not-for-profit that connected families through play in nature life, and now I teach creative thinking and ways into wonder, and design secular rituals. What is common with all of them is the call to be fully alive, fully creative and engaging in a life which has less structure and more freedom. I feel like I have created a life where my first priority it to attune to that call. "

To read the rest of the article you can read it here.