This is (y)our story
Hi, I’m Sanne van der Ploeg,
founder of The Art of Connected Living.
This my story (and it might be yours, too)
Feeling misunderstood, alone and stuck at times as you're finding your way to spiritual depth?
I know I did, many times.
Transformation happened when I finally called BS.
A lot of spiritual ideas are being sold by countless teachers and coaches. And boy, did my naive younger self buy into that! I spend over €10.000 investing in coaches, courses, seminars and what not. I was hungry for personal and spiritual development, but it seemed as though those teachings and people only drove me further away from my essence. It was so frustrating! Until one point, when I finally realized that most of those teachings are just pretty for the ears, and not so much practical nor profound. When I finally called BS on the material-centered and ego-driven teachings, the course of my journey shifted in a beautiful way.
When I called BS, my intuition came through with this guidance: never again trust anybody else more than you trust yourself.
I started doing things my way - just how I like it.
Because you know what, a lot of ideas are being presented as: this is the way, this is how it’s done. Well, a lot of it didn’t work for me! I tried to implement so many tools and practices that were supposed to be THE keys… but none of it felt effortless and like me. I had to force myself to do it and I could never stay consistent with it. I blamed myself for that. I started to believe that I wasn’t disciplined enough and that my willpower wasn’t strong enough. I later learned that spirituality is all about individuality. That means: you can’t reach the depths of you by copying someone else’s spiritual practices and expecting them to work for you. The only way to finding your way is by doing things your way.
It was like I spoke a language that no one understood.
Learning to rely fully on the inner knower within was the best decision I made. Many transformations happened and I had so much fun. I got a taste of what it means to live from a place of effortless flow and unconditional joy. Yet, as I grew in self awareness and spiritual understanding, I often felt misunderstood by the world. It was like I spoke a foreign language and lived in a different world than those around me. When deep realizations or miraculous experiences would happen, there was no one to share it with. At least no one that would truly understand. Though I have the best times when I’m by myself, I did feel alone in the beginning of my journey and I didn’t realize how much that sucked until I met my people.
Who to ask for guidance when feeling stuck or overwhelmed?
And besides that, finding your own way isn’t always easy. There were many times that I would feel stuck or overwhelmed by new spiritual realizations. In those moments I deeply longed for guidance from someone who was further along the way than I was, someone to bounce questions off of. Not another coach, but a person who speaks from true spiritual understanding and who is just genuinely happy to help out of love for serving. But, where to find such a person? It’s not easy to find trustworthy voices speaking on authentic wisdom in a loud online space. I didn’t go out there looking for someone, I just held course and prayed for a solution. Miraculously, a monk came into my life and in him I found my person to call upon for guidance.
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THE ART OF CONNECTED LIVING
The art where one moves through life in a genuine positive state of being as a result of inner awareness and alignment
Our purpose is to help you evolve, by bringing timeless wisdom to you in a way that’s practical and easy to apply in modern day life. We make authentic guidance accessible and affordable for all who are dedicated to their personal and spiritual growth.
Everything we do, we do with genuine love and care. We aim to be your safe space for learning and growing, especially in an online world where you’re being bombarded with offers and teachings from so called gurus and experts who’s integrity and intentions are somewhat questionable.
So you should know that here, the wisdom comes from authentic teachers and sources, who teach from experience. All that we offer is designed for no other reason than to add great value to your life and help you evolve. There’s no hidden agenda’s, no false promises and no cheap talk on our part. We value keeping things real, simple and transparent. So if that’s your jam, too, we’re sure that you’ll love learning and evolving with us!
Hi, I’m Sanne van der Ploeg, the creator of The Art of Connected Living.
Lost in the world of personal development
The Art of Connected Living gradually grew into being as I was working my way out of the maze of conditioned living, trying to find myself. I often found myself feeling lost, lonely or misunderstood along that way. The thousands of euros I’d spend on personal development coaches, courses and seminars that were supposed to help me, only seemed to drive me further away from myself. I was confused and frustrated, yet still motivated to find my way to what I was longing for: ultimate freedom, joy, ease, love, abundance and peace. Learning to trust my inner knowing
I knew it was real and available to me, I just had to find my way to it. The course of my journey changed when I decided to distance myself from all books, teachers and sources of information that I had relied on before. I released it all, now continuing the path by myself. In every step that I took, I relied fully on myself and my own inner knowing. After a while I realized I was on the right track. I felt lighter, more like myself, less in a rush and full of trust. Authentic guidance appeared
I was in a much better place within myself, but sometimes I still longed for guidance from someone with deeper spiritual understanding. I was very skeptical of most teachers and coaches, because of my previous experiences. But then, Mohan, my monk friend, appeared in my life. He was the authentic mentor I’d been praying for. My conversations with him transformed me and my life rapidly and I knew: I want to bring authentic teachers like Mohan to other truth-seekers like me. People need guidance from teachers who truly care, who speak from experience, who share with love and who find joy in serving selflessly.
My hope is that you’ll find a mentor in The Art of Connected Living and her teachers like I found a mentor in Mohan. Let’s evolve, together!