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happy#209 – changing the system CONVO

simplicity of happiness · happy#209 – changing the system CONVO

This wonderful discussion was one of these conversations that occur unexpected. Every once in a while I look into my twitter feed and find something I like. Some time late in 2020 I found this piece: https://twitter.com/oetting/status/1314571435504021504?s=21.

A small cartoon by Martin Oetting who is quite a remarkable personality and has changed further and further to a political active person. Currently he is working on a political documentary and with everything going on in the world I thought it might be a good idea to talk about changing the (political) system.

You can find out more about Martins projects at:

http://omnipolis.com

https://kaffeeundkapital.de

https://vollehalle.de

https://wellbeingeconomies.film

A little overview about Martin and his work:

Past: Dr. Martin Oetting has helped build the Word-of-Mouth Marketing firm trnd for over a decade, and also wrote his doctoral dissertation about Word of Mouth. He used to give speeches on the subject, too – sometimes they were even entertaining (DE|EN). His blog ConnectedMarketing was one of the leading marketing blogs in the early days of Social Media in Germany.

Martin left trnd and the marketing field in early 2016.

Present: Today he’s building Omnipolis Media, a political media company:

  • Kaffee & Kapital: His first big project was Kaffee & Kapital, a one-year public discussion (2017, continued until the end of 2019, in German) about the state of our democracies and the future of capitalism and democracy.
  • vollehalle: The second project is “vollehalle”, a political entertainment project that looks at the state of the world and what to do about it, against the backdrop of climate change. It was conceived and developed jointly with Kai Schächtele, and premiered in 2017. In 2019, an expanded team has started working on the show, and went on a 15-show tour of Germany over the summer and autumn of 2019. A completely new version was developed and produced for 2020, it premiered in collaboration with Igor Levit at Futurium on March 6th, just before the Corona lockdown. The team then created a revised and shortened version for the digital only version of the re:publica conference 2020. Martin and Omnipolis Media were in charge of all audio-visual production for these projects.
  • Wellbeing Economies Film (working title): Thirdly, he has begun writing, filming and producing a documentary feature film about political pioneers who will help lead our world economy away from its self-destructive growth course.

Further projects are currently in development.

Miscellaneous: He sometimes likes to draw, or publish random ramblings on the Internet — on Twitter, for instance (mostly in German, sometimes in English, very rarely in French or Italian). jon tufty is his alter ego for all things music. In 2016, Martin released a hobby film project — “Smartphone Zombies”, his first hand-drawn animated film.

I hope you enjoy the episode and l’ll talk to you in a week.

Until then, take care my friend.

Best, Floh

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happy#208 – freedom of the mountain

simplicity of happiness · happy#208 – freedom of the mountain

For todays episode I decided to go with a solo episode and with a citation again. A person I value a lot for almost 10 year now is Leo Babauta. He is a minimalist and founder of the super successful blog Zen Habits.

I read most of his blog posts and get inspired by a lot of his thoughts.

What I find especially interesting about Leo is that he lives in a family of 8. His wife, their 6 children and himself.

Minimizing your own stuff and focusing on the essentials is one thing but involving a huge family is something else all together.

Some time ago he posted an article on his famous blog about two separate men fantasizing about leaving everything behind and living on a mountain.

In case you want to read to whole article head over to https://zenhabits.net/freeing/

Leo was writing about that incident because he could very well relate to that  fantasy himself and I am quoting Leo because I can as well. He is right that neither me nor the men who told him are in fact searching the mountain, but the freedom they hope to find in the simplicity.

How would it be then, to find the freedom in everything you do?

Until then, take care my friend.

Best, Floh

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happy#207 – zen habits CONVO

simplicity of happiness · happy#207 – zen habits CONVO

What feels like ages ago, I was preparing for my first big adventure. A solo Sahara tour by foot. During that time many people around my simply declared me for nuts and only a very very few were encouraging. One of the people always uplifting was my friend Tony. Apart from being a mentor and person to talk to he invited me several times to his Podcast: Guerilla FM. I liked it so much, that I wanted to start my own show and this became only true because Tony pushed me to, helped me with the technical part and became my Co-Host.
It lasted for some hundred episodes and as I had started an English show as well, it came the time that I focused purely on the English version.Ever since Tony has not been on the show again.
I am proud to have Tony back on the show and opening an interview series that I am am currently recording. In contrast to the former interviews, I am not going with a set of questions but rather having a meaningful conversation with a friend.
Although he wouldn’t put it that way, Tony is a adventurer as well and from Karate champion to Marketing Master he has some stories to tell.
One reason for him being so calm about personal achievements, might be his decades lasting meditation practice which he acquired as a young person and then deepened while living in a Japanese Zen monastery.
And this is what I want to talk to him about. What are the zen habits you can learn from living in a Zen monastery?
But before you jump into the show… the following CONVOs will take a bit longer then my normal 10-15 minutes.

Until then, take care my friend.

Best, Floh

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happy#206 – insides into coaching

simplicity of happiness · happy#206 – insides into coaching

These years lockdowns turn out to have something quite positive for me. I don‘t think that I have stayed for so long at the same place in the last 10 years.
That meant for me not going on any adventures, not traveling and not starting anything new. Well, at least not except for my tiny farm project in the Swiss mountains.

I was frustrated about that at times, but after accepting the fact it forced me to acknowledge reality and live in the moment. 
What could I do right now and right here?
What do I want to do right now and right here?

Among other things I focused on bringing my business online. I worked on my online presence and I finally took my time and started editing videos, mostly because I want to start publishing the recorded videos of the last years. As a result I decided to also publish the Podcast as a Videoblog as well.

This is the first episode that will be available on both and you can have a look at my Simplicity Of Happiness channel at youtube.com/flohjoe

In the episode I talk about a principle that I have in mind while coaching. It is strongly related and almost identical to the logical levels of Robert Dilts. His work influenced and shaped NLP and his model and the intervention based on Dilts logical levels is fundamental to NLP to this day.

The 6 levels are: top to bottom:
– Spiritual
– Identity
– Beliefs
– Capabilities
– Behavior
– Environment

Until then, take care my friend.

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happy#205 – someone to save me

simplicity of happiness · happy#205 – someone to save me

I am a huge fan of a coach of mine. Rich Litvin is a phenomenal coach and often giving me inspiration through his writing. I could especially relate with one of his latest newsletters: looking for batman.

I am going to share large parts of his newsletter with you hoping that you can relate with it as well.

You can find out more about Rich at richlitvin.com and you can find the entire posting here: richlitvin.com/robin-looking-for-batman/ 
Until then, take care my friend.

Take care my friend.

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happy#204 – living now

simplicity of happiness · happy#204 – living now

Worry fear and being scared is often routed in the past or the future. Most often the worst a moment right now can be, is unpleasant.

Worry and grief often comes from the past, from something that already happened.Fear and anxiety on the other hand comes from thoughts about the future. As the future is never present it is only the thoughts that create the anxiety. The thoughts are created by your mind. Therefor you can change the thoughts and the fear that comes with it.

Being in the present moment and embracing what is right now is the best way to get rid of the bad feelings. Being truly present and living now is how to overcome fear and grief.

Take care my friend.

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happy#203 – what scares you most

simplicity of happiness · happy#203 – what scares you most

What scares you most may be, what you secretly desire.I am convinced that every one knows the feeling of fear.

  • fear of being hurt
  • fear of failure
  • fear of not being liked
  • fear of being left alone
  • fear of being unimportant
  • fear of being forgotten

There are a ton of different reasons to be scared. Only very few deal with physical harm though. While it makes sense to fear pain and stay alert, a lot of other fears mean being scared of the unknown and want to keep us in a safe place.
Inside your comfort zone is where you feel the safest, you know the rules, you know how to behave and how to deal with situations that may occur.
As soon as you leave your comfort zone, your body and mind will tell you be cautions of getting hurt.
While most things that could possibly be done or happen to you don‘t scare you because they are either not obvious or very unlikely, it is interesting to give those a closer look, that do scare you.
Maybe because you secretly desire them.


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happy#202 – reduce your mental clutter

simplicity of happiness · happy#201 – symptom or cause?


It has been a while that I moved from Berlin and it has even been a few years more that I started my journey to minimalism and reduce my clutter.
There was a time when I could not let go of excess stuff. While my income was increasing I purchased new stuff every once in a while but I did not let go of the old.
I used to have closets full of clothes, most of them I never wore.
After I found out that less could actually mean more, I reduced and got rid of most things I didn‘t use.
But still…when we started our 8 month journey with our old school camper-van Emma a lot of stuff didn‘t fit and stayed in Berlin. Some in friends basements, some stayed in the apartment with the friends who live there now.
A lot of the stuff were books and it is a serious discussion, wheather it is really worth keeping books that you are not reading. After all, could you look up the information elsewhere once you need it.
What has been a huge relief to me though was clearing out these friends place. Decluttering is not only important for physical stuff but also mentally.
By getting these things done, I reduced mental clutter because I don’t need to worry about when and how we’ll take care of it. Freeing up your unconscious mind creates potential to deal with… e.g. creativity.
What is it that you could reduce to free up your mind?
Take care my friend, Floh

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happy#201 – symptom or cause?

simplicity of happiness · happy#201 – symptom or cause?

Don’t we often mistake the symptoms for the cause?
Somehow this seems to be a a very humanly behavior because we don’t only do it for ourselves.
I have recently been on a road trip through Germany and I was shocked to see how many forests all over the country where dying.

A result of the heat I thought and a research showed that they actually die because of some bugs. 
But the bugs have been there as long as the trees. So this does not have only one cause. Multiple factors of stress add up until they reach a level where the trees can’t cope with it anymore. 
Isn’t that the same in your life? 
Where do you confuse symptom and cause and what can you do to work on the cause so the symptoms disappear?

All the best, Floh

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happy#200 – tiny steps add up

simplicity of happiness · happy#200 – tiny steps add up

In preparation for this episode I wanted to look for something special at first. 
Then I realized, that it doesn‘t matter if it was episode 200, 300, 1000 or any random number in between. It is always the most important episode that I am recording at the moment. Life is a progress and always now.
Therefor it also doesn‘t make sense to feel grief about the past or anxiety about the future.

I found out how difficult it is to acknowledge what you have achieved in the past, especially when you are a high achiever.

What I am asking you to do is step back and see your full life in front of you. Acknowledge what you have done, see who you want to have been and draw the right conclusions from the two to act now.

What is the tiniest step towards your biggest dream that you can do today?

All the best, Floh