Anna Hoffmann

Stockholm, Sweden

About Anna

Bio

I want to share love and understanding through writing. When I was young I studied creative writing and drama, courses that did not get me any degree. Then I became so involved with the local meditation center that the volunteering I did there, became more important than pursuing a career. For many years I was doing different projects with my meditation friends, like running a restaurant with a discotheque, while having other part time jobs outside. Those jobs were for example cleaning, substituting as a teacher, being a janitor in a school, an art model and a caretaker of disabled persons. I traveled to India, USA and in Europe participating in meditation practice. I learned massage, oriental dance and other body awareness techniques. Later I started and ran a small cleaning business. During the years I ran that business I became interested in Voicing, a technique for using the singing voice for self exploration and as a path to meditation, created by Pratibha de Stoppani. I trained with her. Then I decided I wanted a proper academic degree and started studying Physical Therapy. It took me ten years, with a five year long break, to get my BS, because I was split between my own more holistic approach and the bio-mechanical approach I confronted when I first started at Karolinska Institutet. But time was on my side. After my five year break the global medical science community had developed enough for those two approaches to meet half way. I noticed it in the students as well. This time many fellow PT-students were massage therapists, singers, dancers and yoga practioners, not just ski athletes and soccer players. After graduating I have worked as physical therapist; with elderly patients in geriatric care, with disabled adults and young persons, in home rehabiltation and with neurological patients. I am also trained as facilitator of mindfulness.

Languages

English, Swedish

Areas of Expertise

Jack of all Trades - Master of None, Anyone can put expert as a title. Intelligent people do not beli

An idea worth spreading

The neuro-matrix.

I'm passionate about

Transforming passion into compassion.

Talk to me about

Something you really care about!

My TED story

I watch TED.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Anna Hoffmann
Posted about 2 years ago
Does Technology destroy our relationship with Nature?
Arun, I have thought like you. And also, the more I understand about biology and especially human physiology, I think it will be difficult to create something as complex and wonderful as the human body. which is just one aspect of nature. We learn new things about different parts of the organism and it's systems, yes. But the intricate weave of it all, the big context that any indidividual is, even if you apply all the ways we can diagnose and analyse a living person today - there is no way that we can describe the totality of this person. It will just be a list of parts and even if we put that list together, the sum of those parts will never equal a real encounter with that person. And a human body is just one aspect of nature... I think technology itself is neutral. It's the way we use it, that can either make us more at home with the nature of ourselves- or not.
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Anna Hoffmann
Posted about 2 years ago
What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?
If you view your fellow human beings as pieces needed to keep the wheels turning and yourself ( it seems like, by your arrogance) as someone entitled to more than the majority of the human race, then I can understand your logic. It's just not very intelligent. While running my cleaning business I also volunteered, for free, in a meditationcenter. I did that because it allowed me to work the hours I wanted to work. I come from academic background. My grades have always been far above avarage. I just didn't make the traditional career. Because I refused to take part in the rat race, where everybody is cutting each others throats in order to climb socially and earn more money. I just don't see that it makes anyone happy. Through life I have had friends that have been both rich and poor. I have seen the insides of some places where very rich people move. It has not made me want become one of them. If existence would throw an enormous amount of money my way, I would try to find ways to use it in a creative way. Today the war industry, the drug industry and the trading of humans are a big part of our global economy. Many rich people are not aware of how their money helps destructive forces to stay in power. It is a fine balance, how to use your time and energy wisely, for the benefit both of yourself and others. And that needs more intelligence than creating a career other can be jealous of.
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Anna Hoffmann
Posted about 2 years ago
What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_slavery Just open your eyes, your heart and your ears and take a good look around you. It is good to perceive before doing. Our brains need to dream or we go crazy. So look again: Who takes away your garbage? Who cleans the streets where you live? Who takes care of all those things that are dirty and dangerous and not that glamorous? Many times it is someone who is more or less forced to do so. We could share those chores... I had a very small cleaning business for nearly ten years, just me doing all the work. If all the cleaners of the world quit today, we would be in trouble. And guess what: I dreamed while cleaning!!!
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Anna Hoffmann
Posted about 2 years ago
What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?
Blade Runner- many poor persons pay for others riches, every day, not with money but with their lives. This is also someone else, who pays. That solution, to let them continue with that, might also look simple, because it does not require any change. I am not that poor, but really not that rich either. If my way of using material resources of this planet was more widespread in Europe and the US, a lot of material wealth would be freed for other things. All of us do not have to have children of our own. For example, me, my husband and many of our friends do not. We spend time with our nieces and nephews, with other family members and friends of all ages. I am not perfect, moral or a leader in any way. Just a fellow human being who suffers when I see other suffer. With a dream, that I think many share.
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Anna Hoffmann
Posted about 2 years ago
Truths and Facts. Does Science prove anything?
There is no absolutely proven scientific fact and there is no perfect art. That is why it is fun to be an artist or a scientist. Every new morning there are new things to discover and create. Basic education everywhere need to include basic philosophy, physics and math - as well as physical training, music and arts, so that everyone is given the basic tools to understand science and art. That would probably enhance the global scientific community. It's good that this kind of discussion takes place so that many can think about this subject and try to verbalise their own view.
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Anna Hoffmann
Posted about 2 years ago
What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?
I don't know if it's realistic, but: If the super-rich believed in something else than controlling their econonomic power and priviliges I think it would help a lot. If some of them started sharing their wealth, not taking part of charities, but really sharing their material and social wealth, from their heart. And if the ones who did that were individuals who the other of their group admired and wanted to be friends with. We all want to belong and we all mimic the people closest to us, mirror if you like that word better. There are a number of social theoretical models that talks about change of behaviour, if you want that kind of reinforcement for your argument... So a number of super-rich individuals could start, just enough to ignite that spark and keep a small flame of love and awareness burning... And we could all be transformed by that fire of love. That's my dream and many real things started as dreams...
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Anna Hoffmann
Posted about 2 years ago
There seems to be a conflict between being online and in the body - suggestions to solve that.
We are born, live and die with this beautiful organism called the human body. The wiring and the biochemistry of our bodies are still in many ways unexplored by science. When we move together, see, smell, taste, hear, touch and sense one another, there is so much more information exchange then we ever can hope to achieve through machines or tech devices. Because how ever big data we collect - in the end it's a human that analyses it and uses the results of it. So it moves right back to ourselves in the end. In order to create technology that is helpful for procreation and for all living beings, we need to deeply understand our own body first. OUR own body- maybe also as in our common body, the body of this great planet Earth, with the life that thrives here and - as far as we know - nowhere else...
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Anna Hoffmann
Posted about 2 years ago
A contradiction within itself-New Age Spirituality
New age, what is it? No one I know would say they belong to New age-spirituality, but some of them would probably say that about some others and it would be different persons who got labelled, depending whom I asked. I sometimes use the label and it never has a positive value when I do. So it´s easy and there is no risk involved if you bash New age... About judgement and ego: In meditation- and through teachers of meditation, masters of meditation, poets, sages, mystics - I have seen the possibility to watch the judgement and watch the ego- just watch- and you will see how much more there is to existence, then those two small concepts. No need to stay all caught up and entangled - even if you wanted you can´t because everything is changing... Life is full of contradictions and anyone who gets upset over that will have trouble!
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Anna Hoffmann
Posted about 2 years ago
Lottery vs. "The Lottery"
Real beauty is very close to vulnerability - when we appreciate beauty we open up our hearts and minds. It is creative. And in existence nothing is created without it´s opposite, it seems. The ugliness, the strength, the urge to attack and destroy. When you grow older you might accept this play of opposites and feel more happy, just letting it happen.