Plukrijp Newsletter – 2022 week 29 vzw – Zetel: Trommelstraat 24 – B 2223 Schriek
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2022 – week 29

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” :

The grapes in the glashouse are nearly ready!

This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

Welcomed our very first volunteers in a long time. An interesting challenge in how we can facilitate volunteers in the post-Frank era.

Niels and Jojo have fulfilled one of Martine’s dreams: to create a beautiful place to sit on the edge of the pond so that she can admire the superb lotus up close.

We collected the leaf cabbage seed used as ground cover on the left and right side of the entrance to the Hei and stamped down on the remaining plants.

We harvested great quantities of beans and many courgettes, and we continue our persistent efforts in spreading our enthusiasm for chard as a delicious addition to the kitchen.

We harvested and dried the many beautiful flowers around Plukrijp for past, present and future beauty and rapture.

Weed the food forest

We scratched parts of the glasshouse and seeded chervil, coriander and parsley

Weeded the closed tunnels, clipped the tomatoes, gerkins and melons and pruned the grapevine

We cleared carrots and seeded lines of kohlrabi and spinach in long low bed number 3

We seeded phacelia in long low bed number 4 and next to the potatoes at Hei.

We cooled off in the pool many times

Martine rewarded our efforts on the hottest day of the year with a delicious Italian gelato

We fixed pallets for our friends at BioFresh

Martine has redesigned the website. We are curious to hear your impressions!

A very nice large sunflower has grown through the tarp covering the compost heap where Frank’s ashes are. A wink from Frank?

Interesting Movies

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. ONE TRACK HEART: THE STORY OF KRISHNA DAS follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy nominated chant master.

Interesting Videos

How to Find Balance in the Age of Indulgence – Dr. Anna Lembke

Anna Lembke is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. A clinician scholar, she has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries. She sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations, has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, keeps an active speaking calendar, and maintains a thriving clinical practice.

In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Dr. Lembke recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives.

« Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence » (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times Bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.

How to Maximize Dopamine & Motivation – Andrew Huberman

Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has made numerous significant contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity, which is the ability of our nervous system to rewire and learn new behaviors, skills and cognitive functioning.

Huberman is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award in 2017, given to the scientist making the most significant discoveries in the study of vision. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. He also works on neural regeneration and directs a clinical trial to promote visual restoration in diseases that cause blindness. Huberman is also actively involved in developing tools now in use by the elite military in the U.S. and Canada, athletes, and technology industries to optimize performance in high stress environments, enhance neural plasticity, mitigate stress, and optimize sleep.

Master Your Mind – David Goggins – Become UNSTOPPABLE

David Goggins (born February 17, 1975) is an American ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, public speaker, and author. He is a retired United States Navy SEAL and former United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party member who served in the Iraq War. His memoir, Can’t Hurt Me, was released in 2018.

Goggins has completed over 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. He once held the Guinness World Record for pull-ups completing 4,030 in 17 hours, and he’s a sought after public speaker.

Over the years, he’s shared his story with hundreds of thousands of students across the country, numerous professional sports teams, and the staff at Fortune 500 companies.

Inspiring Links


Wallis expounds on what a healthy teacher-student relationship might look like in the West anno 2022 in the context of spirituality, in my opinion beautifully avoiding the many pitfalls of corruption by power.


What motive, then, does an authentic teacher have? Even the motive of ‘helping people’ is suspect in a spiritual teacher, because it can imply a subtle stance of superiority and condescension, and connect to a false view that there’s something wrong with people as they are. The purest motive a teacher can have for teaching, I think, is fun. That is, s/he simply enjoys sharing about the spiritual path, and enjoys the company of those walking it. S/he teaches because there’s nothing s/he would rather be doing than talking about the spiritual life, and teaching is literally the only way to get paid for that. This, it seems to me, is the motive least prone to corruption.

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We cannot, I think, simply dispense with the institution of spiritual teachers as some suggest, however problematic it has been in modern times. Finding your way to full awakeness and liberation on your own, as some people seem to think they can do, is about as easy as finding your way to a specific location across the country without GPS or smartphones or maps. A spiritual guide is someone who points out dead ends, pitfalls, and shortcuts in territory s/he knows well — not someone who tells you where to go or what to think.

Inspiring Books

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

by Sam Harris

Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. This book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science.

This book is for the people who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality.

Repeatedly cutting through the illusion of the self, is what is meant by “spirituality” in the context of this book

In the same way that we fall into the arms of a loved one or drop our heads on the pillow before sleep, we can let go into the beauty and truth of who and what we really are. Falling Into Grace presents Adyashanti’s response to anyone looking for a way out of suffering and into the freedom of spiritual awakening.

With his first introductory book, he offers what he considers the fundamental teachings on « seeing life with clear eyes » to transcend the illusions that lead to unhappiness. Readers join this sought-after teacher to explore: – The concept of a separate self as the root of all suffering-and how to stop believing the thoughts that perpetuate our self-image – How to take « the backward step » into the pure potential of the present moment – Giving up the control we only think we have<

The essential invitation of spirituality: wake up from the dream to embrace what is « When we realize that there is grace in every moment, our minds will open, our hearts will expand, and we’ll be able to express the peace And The love that all beings aspire to, » teaches Adyashanti. Here is an opportunity to welcome a revolution in the way that we perceive life through Falling into Grace.

Awakening is actually a process of unlearning
Inspiring Text

Kriya Yoga – A bridge between the inner and the outer world

by Swami Janakananda

« In this context, however, the boundary between subject and object demands special attention. Any simple communication about our state of mind naturally implies a distinction between the content of our consciousness – and that background, which we loosely describe as ‘ourselves’. »

– Niels Bohr

Inspiring Music

J.S. Bach: The Violin Concertos

Brian Finnegan – Fly

Inspiring Image
Humor (?)

I don’t say anymore ‘I’m stressed’. Now I say « I am under divine pressure because I’m birthing something great »

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