how to separate from separation

Chances are I am not making myself very loved with the things I am about to say. Because of that I will start by pressing it is exactly because I love everything and everyone equally that I am stating this. For I believe it is separation that keeps separating us. What exactly do I mean by this? These days a whole lot of people have the means to speak up about anything and everything, everywhere.…

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how I recognized compassion fatigue and am now trying to heal from it

When I first read about compassion fatigue it was like a veil lifted for me. I recognised so much! There were periods of time when I did not even knew myself and the people around me sometimes suffered for it. Usually, when I had taken some time off it got a little better. For a while. I work as an animal caretaker in a Dutch no-kill shelter. It has been a life long dream to…

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why and how to break with social convention

So we have just started the new year. In those first few days, you wish everyone a Happy New Year, naturally. But apparently once we’re passed the “Hey, I just met you”-stage, we should be kissing. And this is crazy. This is just one example where social convention seems to trump personal boundaries. Birthdays are another. My sister said to me the other day she dreaded going to work the next day, because “everyone wants…

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how to survive: andalucia

It is not easy being vegan when visiting the meat-lovers of Southern Spain. Apart from the many stray animals I wish I could help, supermarkets are lined with entire pig legs, “fresh” fish lay openly on ice and there is an abundant choice of cheeses. But there is light at the end of the tunnel! Some supermarkets have a tiny assortment of vegan options, the egg-less tortilla at the Lidl being my absolute favourite! Plant-based…

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what are we doing?

Yesterday when I was walking through a shop-lined street, I noticed a HUGE advertisement on a shoe-shop window screaming about genuine leather for small prices. And all I could think was “Is that what the animals, who had to die to give their skin, are worth to us?” In today’s society there is a detachment from the origin of our daily products. We are all in some massive form of denial about what we are…

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