Report of 16th “Curious Souls Get Together” meeting!

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Dear Friends,

On the evening of November 30,2016, we met at the beautiful Nola Restaurant, in Galata Istanbul. The weather was cold and gloomy so I did not expect many to show up but contrary to what I expected, we were a nice group of approximately 25 Curious Souls!img_2294

We first had some free time to catch up with friends and meet with the ones who were there for the first time.img_2196

Later we started watching the first TED Talk that I selected for our group. It was a talk of Graham Shaw who asked the question “Why is it that so many people think they can’t draw? Where did we learn to believe that?.”

In this talk Shaw explains that drawing can be very simple and he guides everyone to draw cartoons speedily. While watching the talk, we had paper and pens ready and our group followed Shaw’s guidelines! Outcome was surprising! Almost everybody drew fantastic cartoons and some of them even looked quite professional to me :-)).

At the end of the talk, Shaw explains how a simple act of drawing can have the power to make a positive difference in the world and asks us to consider how many other beliefs we have about our incapabilities can be shattered if we only try.

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Our discussion on this subject was moderated by Ms.Eda Altan, who asked us wonderful and clever questions that spiced up our discussions. I would like to thank her for her contribution! We had a lively discussion! She even brought a beautiful Picasso painting that she drew some while ago, when she was inspired to challenge her belief that she could not draw anything except for stick figures! In fact, she said, it was quite surprising for her to realise that she could draw!

I wonder, whether this talk inspired anybody in our group to challenge their limiting beliefs about their capabilities or not? It inspired me a few!

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The second talk we watched was another interesting talk by a man called Michael Roach, who, while studying at Princeton university, went to a Budist monestry in Tibet and stayed there for 25 years. He was then sent back to New York by the monks, as a test, and was asked to form a diamond business and earn 1 million dollars in one year. He only had 7 dollars in his pocket. The monks wanted to see whether he learned the things they taught. Roach not only made 1 million dollars but also sold his company to Warren Buffet for 250 million dollars a couple of years later. In light of this experience, Roach says that it is possible to realise any wish, if you follow a precise 4 step formula! I suggest that you watch this talk to discover about this formula and share your views with me; do you agree or not?

You can guess easily that our discussion on this subject was also very interesting! Some expressed the view that they believed in his formula and wanted to give it a try, and some said that he was already an exceptionally clever person with the right resources and it was not the formula but his personnality that created the success. In any case, it was interesting to be informed of such a formula that has positive effects on people, and, who knows, that may even be true!


After this second talk, we ended our discussions there; yet we continued the evening with some more chat before leaving! It was nice to note once more that at the end of each Curious Souls’ meeting, everybody connects, even thought they maybe from different countries and different backgrounds!

Thank you, dear participants, for joining me at this event and I wish you all wonderful days, until we meet again!

If you would like to the rest of our photos for this event, click on this link!

With my kindest regards

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

“Curious Souls Get Together” – 16th meeting at NOLA Istanbul!

screenshot-from-2016-11-15-112607Dear Friends,

Are you fascinated with new ideas and new ways of looking at life? Do you have an insatiable desire to learn more? Do you get immense pleasure in listening to inspirational stories of great minds, and are you filled with appreciation for great talents? In short, are you a “Curious Soul”?

If you are, then, let’s get together once again and watch interesting, mind-stretching and entertaining TED talks ( and have an exchange of views after each talk.

nolaIf you are ready to experience the flourishing of diverse ideas, if you would like to express yourself, expand your horizon and grow together, and while doing all these have an enjoyable time, then I invite you to come and join us at our 16th meeting!

The venue of our meeting is the beautiful NOLA Istanbul in Galata Istanbul. I am sure you will like it.

nola-logoI kindly request you to confirm your attendance and while I look forward to seeing you all at our 16th meeting, I wish you all the best!

With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂


STARTS : November 30, 2016 Wednesday 20:00 pm
ENDS : November 30, 2016 Wednesday 23:00 pm
LOCATION : NOLA Istanbul (
ADDRESS : Galata Kulesi Sokak No:10 Beyoğlu İstanbul, Türkiye
TEL: 0 (212) 243 17 17
MEETING POINT : At the venue
FEE : 30 TL (one drink included)


Zhineng Qigong with me!

screenshot-from-2016-09-25-214851Dear Curious Souls,

I would like to invite you to do Zhineng Qigong with me. We can meet at the green picnic area in front of Vakıf Tenis Cafe (next to Zanzibar Cafe) on the Caddebostan shoreway. Please bring something to spread on the grass to sit on. You may need it. After qigong, we can grab some food and drinks at the tennis cafe and catch up.


tenis-cafe-021As you may know by now, Zhineng Qigong is a moving type of meditation, very similar to Tai Chi-but with slower movements. It has incredible, almost miraculous health benefits as well as benefits that provide sharp mental focus. Correct mental state and correct imagination during movements is more important than the movements themselves. So I will be guiding you along on how to have to get the right state of mind and posture

If this sounds appealing to you, please do join.

Have a great time until then and see you on Sunday!

Best regards
Isil the Curious Soul 🙂



STARTS : October 16, 2016, Sunday 10:30
ENDS :    no specific time
LOCATION : Picnic area in front of Vakif Tenis Cafe on Caddebostan shoreway – Istanbul
MEETING POINT : At the picnic area
FEE : Free of charge


Zhineng Qigong at the shoreway:

Dear Curious Souls,

We met this morning at 10:30 a.m. at Caddebostan shoreway. I proposed to teach Zhineng Qigong to anybody who would be interested. Yet it was a last minute announcement so I did not expect a lot of participation. To my surprise, many people showed up. It was fantastic. screenshot-from-2016-09-25-21424514463035_10155314975488840_5345244813643001723_n 14479659_10155314975713840_769852433175727295_n

Zhineng Qigong is a moving type of meditation that has lots of health benefits. I discovered it last year in May while I was researching NLP and hypnosis techniques to help a relative that was diagnosed with cancer. In one report I read about Zhineng Qigong that had almost miraculous results in treating diseases as well as bringing harmony to ones life. I made lots of research on it, read several books, contacted many sources mostly in China, and finaly started practicing it everyday. Now it is a part of my everyday life.

At first, I gave a brief information to our group about Zhineng Qigong and the Qi theory. I then guided them on how to do the movements and what to think while doing them. In fact, in Zhineng Qigong what you think while doing the movements is more important than the movements themselves. That is why it is such an effective meditation method.

I was pleasantly surprised that it drew a lot of interest. Even one of our participants who came to our meeting thinking that I was organising something on “nano technology” (I really do not know how he heard this??) said he enjoyed it very much. I hope he was sincere 🙂


The wheather was beautiful, we were on green grass and had a wonderful sea view. I felt quite lucky indeed. After we finished with qigong, we proceeded to have some food together.14484812_10155315051438840_3234662749383925253_n We even had a second tour of Zhineng Qigong for the one who joined us late.

I hope that this brief introduction on Zhineng Qigong would create desire in our participants to learn more and to use it more in their lives. Because I know, as I have been practicing it regularly since 1,5 years, it really makes a difference.

Have a great day everybody!
Isil the Curious Soul 🙂