“The ancient Icelandic word for intuition is “innsæi,” but in Iceland it has multiple meanings. It can mean “the sea within” which is the borderless nature of our inner world, a constantly moving world of vision, feelings and imagination beyond words. It can mean “to see within” which means to know yourself, and to know yourself well enough to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes. And it can mean “to see from the inside out” which is to have a strong inner compass to navigate your way in our ever-changing world.” Zeitgeist Films

I watched the documentary Innsæi this week and it contents a lot of questions I am asking myself in my everyday life. Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir and Kristín Ólafsdóttir two women from Iceland documented their soul-searching global journey after Hrund had a burn-out and had to quit her job at the United Nations. She started to question herself and people who influenced her about the art of connecting within in today’s world of distraction, disconnection and stress.

In the movie we see a lot of different people and ways to connect with yourself and others. Hrund and Kristín met with world-renowned scientists like Marti Spiegelman, an expert in neuroscience and indigenous consciousness who believes that we are only using a fraction of our capacity as human beings, with devastating consequences for the planet; performance artist Marina Abramović, the “grandmother of performance art” who teaches that “in order to create something new human beings need to go into the unknown”; and spiritual leader the captivating Malidoma Patrice Somé, a West African elder and author who reasons that “intuition binds us together.Without it we lose our sense of purpose and belonging.”  Really interesting for me was the schoolproject called MindUp. Hrund and Kristín present us an extraordinary group of British schoolchildren who are learning how to better cope in today’s world by unlocking the power of nature and mindfulness.

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