This week used to be the first week of the year. Until the 5th century before Christ the month of March was the first month of the year. In 452 bc the Roman ruler Pompilius decided to add January and February to our calendar. Setting us up for the rest of time with 12 months a year.

Time itself is not such an old concept. And man made entirely. The measurement of time began with the invention of sundials in ancient Egypt. Basically a stick rising up like a bit of a crooked pole. The angle is important! Which throws a shadow on the ground surrounding the pole. Where the line draws a pointer, there’s an indication of time. Passing by along with the turning of the earth and the sun. We figured this out somewhere prior to 1500 BC.

Clocks in a gravitational field run slower than clocks further away from the center of the field. The stronger the gravity, the slower time itself proceeds. Did you ever wonder if, when you elongate the pointers of a clock with several meters, whether you would be able to ‘see’ time moving? I did.

Which lead me to an intriguing question. Can time be stopped? No of course not, you’d say. Although trying to stop the marks of time constantly, by erasing wrinkles, preparing to jog a marathon at the age of 60 or by taking a break from daily life. But the surprising real answer to the question as to if time can be stopped, is: Yes, time can be stopped! It ain’t easy though.

But if you’d travel at the speed of light, time stops.

Time and what we do with this man made concept. Currently I am busy writing and testing recipes. It’s recipes to cleanse, detox and rejuvenate. Because? It is that time of year, really. Spring is in the air. Once the 1st week of March was the beginning of a new year. New beginnings, new chances. But what’s the recipe?

Corona is ringing the bell. We’re fed up. We want to shed it off like we shed off thick layers of wintery clothes, warm fat and other heavy stuff. Also I am 52. I am aging. Defining the process of aging we like to postpone to a time beyond 65 or maybe even to a time and place beyond as much as 80 years of life. But not this year. At least not in my case. Somehow this year, it feels like the aging process accelerated. I dare say exponentially. Did it really? And if so, can we stop it now then? Please. Let’s say, I suggest, just a simple re-take of the past Corona year and then another re-take, you know like how they do at the film set, over and over again, until the year is perfect or at least brought back to the status ‘okay’.

Sure enough, time doesn’t work like that.

So I’ve been writing a lot of recipes the past 2 weeks. In need of change. And I think I am not the only one feeling change happening.

Change the menu

Change politics

Change the economy

Change the workplace

Change who’s looking after who

We don’t even want all these changes. But they happen right now and here. So maybe better to accept the changes and adapt ourselves. Which calls for a last change:

Change ourself

Really? Is that really the answer? Well darling, it is. And you know it.

I find myself in a fantastic group of people setting up a 30 day detox program. The program takes off in a week’s time. It’s an online course involving supplements from doTerra essentials. There’s another group of driven and committed people opening up a Health Bar when the Corona measures ease. They approached me to assist with creating a rejuvenating menu. The place is called The Innersense Centre for Well being and is located in a naturopath therapy centre slash health food and appliances store in the centre of Amsterdam.

All of it together, the old new year, the fleeting of time, the enormeous changes we have all been exposed to and the trajectories I am working on inspire me to design my own program. It’s called CHANGE.

And it’s about change.

CHANGE is getting back in control. CHANGE is the safeguard for being overwhelmed. CHANGE alters the fed up. CHANGE releases stress. And CHANGE replenishes the depleted.

Real change is not often obvious though and sometimes even only remarkable in hindsight. Changing a thing called life is not about buying new shoes to look different. Real change is not about learning a new language to feel good about yourself. Nor is real change about subscribing to a fitness centre to re-assure physical health for yourself, or to follow an online exercise program for that matter. Change is just not about merely loosing weight or going on a holiday to de-stress and distract.

CHANGE is about something else.

CHANGE is about re-setting the pattern. The pattern that grew on you in times where it’s been the most perfect answer to what happened around you, designed to meet your goals in life and fulfill all your desires. This involved creating habits and rituals to guarantee entry into the comfort zone we all seek, for shelter and security. I compare the forming of our patterns with learning how to drive. The skill has set you up for a life long full of magic journeys. But then at some point or the next turn, the high way becomes an unpaved road, the path gets steep and you realize that changing gears into overdrive was not part of your instruction course, your default pattern simply doesn’t allow for it.

So what to do?

Wait till I tell you? (what to do)

Actually no. And you know yourself that the answer to the question ‘what to do’ is not given to you by anyone. Anyone but yourself.

I will tell you a little more about my program before I move on to a simple recipe, keeping the secrets of the really important stuff a little longer for you to crave for 😉

CHANGE is a slow and gradual process. Surprisingly it doesn’t take a lot of effort nor time. The only thing it asks is persistence. A journey of a thousand miles, not only begins with a single step, it continues with the same systematic impulses that form step after step, creating a thread which we call a voyage or a journey. That sturdy head up, gaze ahead demeanor through life. Sometimes leisurely walking and sometimes a bit hurried to seek shelter for the rain, step after step. The only thing you need to do is to keep on walking.

I’ll tell you more about CHANGE in due course. First I need to share a ludicrous recipe with you. It’s a smoothie that will be available at The Health Bar of The Innersense, soon for take-out, later to enjoy at the spot. And let me add to the equation a nice piece of old school marketing: ‘Drink this smoothie every day during 33 days and you will re-juvenate’. Believe it or not.

Anti-aging Collageen smoothie – all ingredients except for the fresh products available online or in store at The Innersense Centre for Well Being in Amsterdam

10 gram Irish Moss (an Atlantic algae, rich source of Vitamine B2, B12 and many minerals) which also makes it a perfect superfood for people on a plant based diet

1/2 banana (preferably frozen)

1/2 a portion of Collaloc (a commercial powdered collageen derived from fish bones)

1 teaspoon Collageen booster (from Orangefit)

20 grams dried mulberries

1 tablespoon bee pollen

300 ml oat milk

1/4 peeled zuchinni

Blend on high speed several minutes to make a very smooth smoothie.

Advise: prepare yourself this smoothie everyday for a period of 33 days.

Your skin, hair, nails and mucus lining of the intestines will love it.

Author: Reina Hoctin Boes

I rely on e-motion. It's not about the smileys. And yet we live in a digital era where our emotions seem to be annoying attributes to life. Restrained, carefully chosen events to move our senses, are okay. We like to buy our emotions: food, dating sites, concert tickets. The fair exchange for money gives a sense of control over our emotions. Because what if, we freely open up, expose our senses on a daily basis to all that comes around? It means vulnerability. Do we really want to go there? Or do we rather read or fantasize about it? The second part of my life I wish to dedicate to the senses. And as such I'll be re-exploring reality. We say this moment is our life. What is it that this moment beholds? I reckon we haven't got a clue to find out what this moment beholds other then our five senses.

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