Plukrijp Newsletter – 2022 week 20 vzw – Zetel: Trommelstraat 24 – B 2223 Schriek
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2022 – week 20

Upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Building communities of trust is fundamental
to healing our collective wound.
At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity.
The community allows people to encounter each other
in truth and so develop trust.
We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :
This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

We celebrated Frank’s rich life on Sunday. Many thanks to all those who accompanied us in this beautiful ceremony.

Plant cabbage between the potatoes in the closed tunnels.

Plant corn at the Hei to accompany the pumpkins.

Put straw in the open tunnels, the long low beds, and the short low beds at the Hei

Weed all of the closed tunnels and open tunnel 4 and 5.

Plant aubergines in closed tunnel 3

Guiding the tomatoes, melons, cucumbers and peas.

Scratch the Hei in between the pumpkins on insistence of Niels.

Fixed the lawnmower. Thank you Antonio for helping us out.

Replace some of the cabbages that died either because of the heat or the slugs.

Seeded salad, spinach, red beet, carrots at the Hei.

Clean out the veranda.

Cut the grass at the Hei.

Transplant warmoes into the short low beds.

Cut away all the celery in the closed tunnels.

Brush out the leaves from the plastic house roof.

Weeded open tunnel 1 in between the leek.

Seeded beans at the Hei together with Nore, Frank and Martine’s granddaughter.

Say goodbye to our friend, Carlos. Thank you for making valuable memories together. See you soon

Made a give away book shelf/reading corner near the magic hat. Now, aside from harvesting, you can find literature and also plukrijp-crates to bring home with you.

Interesting Movies

Ram Dass, Going Home (2017)


A profound and poetic encounter with cultural and spiritual icon Ram Dass, at his home on Maui toward the end of his life.

An Ecology Of Mind

A Daughter’s portrait of Gregory Bateson Directed by Nora Bateson

‘An Ecology of Mind’ is a filmic portrait of anthropologist, biologist, and psychotherapist Gregory Bateson. Bateson believed that, ‘The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way people think.’ Seen through the relationship between father and daughter, this documentary is an invitation into ‘systems thinking’ and interrelationships in the natural world. ‘Looking at what holds systems together is a radical step toward sewing the world back together, from the inside.’

Bateson warned that a narrow human consciousness that was focused on achieving its own purposes, without full awareness of complex interconnected relationships between systems, would lead to a loss of balance in those systems. A consciousness which is driven by purpose does not act with ‘wisdom’, he said.

Interesting Documentaries

Death to Life and Life to Death

By Charles Eisenstein

Life and death are not the opposites the modern mind has made them to be. In this presentation I’ll explore how death enlivens life, through means compatible with established scientific reality, and in ways outrageous to established scientific reality.

Letting Go – And Remembering That Life Is Good

“Some people believe that holding on and hanging in are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more courage to know when to let go.”―Ann Landers

Inspiring Links

Notes Part 1:

  • The core wound of not feeling “good enough”

  • Toxic shame and shadow projection

  • The difference between healthy and toxic shame

  • The difference between guilt and shame

  • The interrelationship between healthy guilt/shame, conscience, and self-worth

  • Self-importance and self-pity are two sides of the same coin rooted in narcissism

  • Most toxic shame is unconscious in people

  • The matrix supports and feeds off the shame-based “I’m not good enough” program

  • Healthy shame is part of humility and our spiritual self

  • The two phases of shame: Shamelessness and Self-Righteousness

  • People sexualizing themselves and “sexual openness” is oftentimes based on unconscious toxic shame

  • The trap of identification, self-righteousness, and unconscious shame

  • The false-self formation based on unconscious shame

  • Multi-generational shame

  • Shame-based relationships

  • Inner child work is imperative

  • The different stages of healing shame

  • The importance of seeking out help

  • Unfulfilled childhood needs and adult relationships

  • Society’s view of success and toxic shame

Inspiring Books

Death is the threshold from which our encased consciousness pouring through the confines of Ego to the Ground of Being. This is the foundational theme of Singh’s Grace of Dying. It is a spiritual guide based on Eastern religions and Sufi and Christian mysticism. Theological symbols and doctrines are treated lightly and respectfully.

In this brilliantly conceived and beautifully written book, Kathleen Dowling Singh illuminates the profound psychological and spiritual transformations experiences by the dying as the natural process of death reconnects them with the source of their being.

Frankl quotes a short verse by the great Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore — the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize:

I slept and dreamt

that life was joy.

I awoke and saw

that life was duty.

I worked — and behold,

duty was joy.

In consonance with Camus’s view of happiness as a moral obligation — an outcome to be attained not through direct pursuit but as a byproduct of living with authenticity and integrity — Frankl reflects on Tagore’s poetic point:

   So, life is somehow duty, a single, huge obligation. And there is certainly joy in life too, but it cannot be pursued, cannot be “willed into being” as joy; rather, it must arise spontaneously, and in fact, it does arise spontaneously, just as an outcome may arise: Happiness should not, must not, and can never be a goal, but only an outcome; the outcome of the fulfillment of that which in Tagore’s poem is called duty… All human striving for happiness, in this sense, is doomed to failure as luck can only fall into one’s lap but can never be hunted down.

At this point it would be helpful [to perform] a conceptual turn through 180 degrees, after which the question can no longer be “What can I expect from life?” but can now only be

“What does life expect of me?”
What task in life is waiting for me?

Now we also understand how, in the final analysis, the question of the meaning of life is not asked in the right way, if asked in the way it is generally asked:

“it is not we who are permitted to ask
about the meaning of life
it is life that asks the questions, directs questions at us…
We are the ones who must answer,
must give answers to the constant,
hourly question of life,
to the essential “life questions.”

Living itself means nothing other than being questioned;

our whole act of being
is nothing more than responding to
of being responsible toward — life.

With this mental standpoint nothing can scare us anymore, no future, no apparent lack of a future. Because now the present is everything as it holds the eternally new question of life for us.


The Unbroken

There is a brokenness

out of which comes the unbroken,

a shatteredness

out of which blooms the unshatterable.

There is a sorrow

beyond all grief which leads to joy

and a fragility

out of whose depths emerges strength.

There is a hollow space

too vast for words

through which we pass with each loss,

out of whose darkness

we are sanctioned into being.

There is a cry deeper than all sound

whose serrated edges cut the heart

as we break open to the place inside

which is unbreakable and whole…

~by Rashani~

Inspiring Poetry

When I Die – Rumi (Powerful Life Poetry)

Inspiring Text

How to Reset written by Frank Ruymen in 2016

I wake up when the sun shines

I do what needs to be done, day after day

I avoid (over)filling my agenda, or better still: I do not have any

I rely on the people around me openly, knowing “I am another you”

I perceive from my 5 senses

I share what I feel or think freely with people I trust, knowing that they see me more clearly than I can see myself = I learn about myself from the many mirrors they reflect me in

I look critically at desires, anxiety, moral judgments etc sprouting from my head

I see people I meet neither as “below” me, neither as “above” me, but as companions on a shared road

I trust the offerings of life more than any plan my brain (& smartphone) can concoct

I do not expect, neither hope for or fear miraculous turn-abouts in my life

I know that my actions bring me where I really need to be, even if I do not “know” where that is

I know that acts offering “magical” change are to be avoided at all cost

I live from union

Inspiring Music

The three pieces of music chosen by Frank for the celebration of his life:

Inspiring Image
Humor (?)
Laughter is the ultimate expression of rebellion!
A rebellion against guilt,
against shame and self-doubt.
A rebellion against fear itself.”
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