AT THE MOMENT
Since Eric Mijnster (1988) returned to the Netherlands after living in a van for more than a year, he has been on countless stages - at theaters, schools, congresses, festivals and organizations - to share his stories and insights through lectures and theater performances.
At school and university Eric learned what he was taught, but not what he wanted to know. He felt as though there was something essential that went unacknowledged. However, he didn't know what that essential piece was. Due to his situation at home being rather intense, he dedicated his life to investigating what vital piece was missing. He took a leap into the deep.
Eric started to follow his intrinsic motivation and discovered flow. A magical experience of ‘being in the moment’ that he in particular experienced on his bike in the mountains. Eric wanted to find out the depth of the flow experience. It brought him to La Route des Grandes Alpes. On June 24th 2015, he cycled 650 kilometers over 14 mountains, in one go, without sleeping.
IN THE NOW
Eric sold all his things, bought a van and drove away. He asked himself: ‘If everything is possible in the moment of flow, what would happen when I am always in the now? What happens if I give intrinsic motivation free rein?’ Eric rode into the void. For more than a year, he let himself move by nothing. It completely changed his world of experience.
After living in a van for a little more than a year, Eric drove back to the Netherlands to share his discoveries. First with lectures. In October 2017 his life story was published as the book The Feeling of Happiness (for now only available in Dutch). In September 2019 the theater performance An Incredibly Important and True Story About Happiness and Such (for now only in Dutch) premiered.
At the start of 2017, Eric shared his lecture at DOE040, a school where children are given the time and space to develop from intrinsic motivation. The following question came from one of the founders: ‘Would you like to stay here?’ Eric answered with a big smile: ‘Yes!’ Since then he has been involved in democratic education.