24 oktober 2017 Caroline van de Ven

Government sets hope on ambitious government program…

Roth’s 5Rhythms and Tolle’s Teachings

Last week the Arubian newspaper proclaimed:
Roth’s 5Rhythms and Tolle’s Teachings – Government sets hope on ambitious government program…

That would be something… imagine… if these two news items next to each other, would be one… how would that change our daily world?

We are on Aruba for two weekend workshops and in between we taste some of the Arubian culture… Aruba is called One Happy Island; I see some of it, the beautiful colours of the ocean, the humming bird coming every morning to greet us, flying just 2 feet away from us, really in front of our face, every day… Yes, that makes me feel HAPPY!

We meet loving people showing us parts of the island, telling us background stories, making things possible for us, like letting me participate in their 60+ Zumba class. The teacher is 78 and still got his samba moves… even the eldest participant… 97… is still a real pro in the way he does a walking meditation… hips, knees, feet … all Arubian style how we imagine Arubian style to be… Yes, that makes me feel HAPPY TOO!

On the other hand I see neglect, waste, slighting and power play… A four-lane highway has been constructed, totally out of proportion in relation to this island, expanded with an even more expensive useless bridge (built by a team of Dutch experts), while elderly care, schools and healthcare system are cut short … I notice that people paint their entire house in the colour of the political party ‘of their choice’ and hear that the paint is paid by these parties…

I can’t find any bio-shops or bio-food and when I ask, the answer is that would be too expensive. Fast food chains are built literally next to each other, all over the island … MacDonalds, Subway, Tacobell, KFC, Burgerking, you name it, they’re here …

At the Westcoast Aruba receives massive cruise ships, huge luxurious hotels are rapidly built to host crowds of rich tourists who come to buy duty free expensive brand clothing and precious jewelry, unpayable for residents.

Residents struggle for their money. It’s amazing how many incomplete families there are here, an absent father or mother … one parent coping with tough daily life; combining hard work with little money, fullfilling the needs of the children.

There’s a lot of people here on drugs, alcohol and medication like antidepressants; we meet people with sleeping problems and anxiety attacks really leading to agression and even murder … we met this all in the few days that we’re here; drowned refugees from Venezuela drifting ashore… people here are worried and compassionate, but can’t offer any help as Aruba is full …

Roth’s 5Rhythms and Tolle’s Teachings – Government sets hope on ambitious government program…

That would be really something…
Let’s keep on dancing and see how it ripples…

So great that there will be people from this happy island coming to the dance workshop this weekend!
That really makes me feel SOOOOO HAPPY!

About the Author

Caroline van de Ven Caroline van de Ven is 5Ritmes® docent en lid van de 5Rhythms Teachers Association (5RTA). Zij werd opgeleid door Jonathan Horan, zoon van Gabrielle Roth, de moeder van de 5 Ritmes®. Voorheen werkte Caroline als fysiotherapeut, klassiek homeopaat en beeldend kunstenaar. Tevens is zij geschoold in Gestalttherapie, lichaamsgerichte therapie, wetenschappelijk medisch onderzoek en diverse dansvormen (klassiek, beat- & jazzballet). Ook deed zij een opleiding Rouwverwerking om mensen in de dans te kunnen begeleiden bij verlies (verlies van een geliefde door overlijden, maar ook verlies van gezondheid, werk, relatie, etc.). Momenteel geeft en organiseert zij 5 Ritmes® lessen, workshops en lezingen. Daarnaast assisteert zij collega’s bij hun workshops in binnen- en buitenland. Haar thuisbasis is in Beek-Ubbergen, vlakbij Nijmegen; van daaruit reist zij graag, ze geeft ook les in Zuid-Limburg en incidenteel in Keulen en Düsseldorf in Duitsland en in Linz in Oostenrijk. Het dansen van de 5 Ritmes®, bewegend mediteren, is haar leefstijl geworden.