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Interested in Meditation? Maybe you might like to stop by at Headspace

Sitting on this meditation cushion for about 400 days so far has taught me a lot about saying yes to situations, emotions, things which are not always easy to accept.

Sitting on this meditation cushion for about 400 days so far has taught me a lot about saying yes to situations, emotions, things which are not always easy to accept.

What is Headspace?                                

“Headspace is a project designed to demystify meditation. Using the wonders of science and technology, we make it easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to your everyday life.” (taken from the website, see link below)

Sounds interesting?

Then feel invited to go this interesting Website . If you are on Facebook and you follow “Headspace” there, you may see that Andy, one of the makers of Headspace, often posts questions or facts about meditations which only take half a minute to read but motivate you to keep up or build your own meditation practice.

I personally do not need the support of any Website to appreciate the benefits of meditation and Keep the practice up,  but I find it really wonderful that people who might usually not come across this Topic might find it through media and the Internet.

 

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Meditation flash mob and Calligraphic meditation in New York – I’ll be there in spirit.

1239288_10151577745120759_1016271964_oTomorrow in New York: an Event I would so love to be part of. I mean, both physically and mentally there: In New York City. As this is not possible I am grateful for the time difference and will make sure to do my one-person-meditation-“Breathing-room”-Flash mob at home (accompanied by one of my rabbits maybe who loves to keep me quiet company during Meditation here and there. 🙂 )

Also: Today the Plum Village Website announced that there will be a calligraphy exhibit in New York, showing about 80 of the original calligraphy works by Thich Nhat Hanh. I have seen prints and also purchased a small postcard and print of this calligraphy at the EIAB in Waldbroel this year, and the grace and simplicity of these calligraphic meditations keep touching me deeply.

If this is something you find interesting, here you can find more detailed Information:

http://plumvillage.org/events/calligraphic-meditation/

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Interested in picking up meditation practice? Feel invited to listen to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – a very authentic meditation teacher..

While starting Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s wonderful book “Joyful Wisdom..” after having enjoyed his “Joy of Living” last year during my stay in Greece, I was so eager to share his unique insights with everyone who is interested in meditation.

As somebody who has usually a hard time sticking with new habits but having meditated each and every day since May 5 2012 I am by far not anything Close to enlightened…:) ..but I would go so far and call me a witness of how much sense meditation can make.

 

Cover of "The Joy of Living: Unlocking th...

Cover via Amazon

 

I am always curious about other people’s meditation habits – so, if you feel like sharing your ways to meditate and your experiences: you are welcome to comment.

Namasté,

Nic

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Thoughts on the book ‘Buddhistische Lebenskunst’ [~Buddhistic Art of Living] by Matthias Ennenbach

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This post is written with a good handful of enthusiasm, thankfulness and ..hopefully…also mindfulness. It’s about a book to which I have been looking forward for quite a while, which has made me curious and very certain that it will be as amazing as all the other publications by Matthias Ennenbach.

The new book was released at the end of May, so just a few weeks ago. It’s about applying buddhistic teachings for your inner liberation in everyday life, as the subtitle of the book says.

So now, what is meant by inner liberation?

What it is not:

-it’s not a denial of all material aspects in the modern world.

-it’s not about shaking off all emotions

-it’s not about letting go of everything, because, well, does it matter at all?

This book introduces the basic buddhistic teachings, such as the Four Noble Truths and manages to put them into the context of our modern, western, everyday life and the challenges arising out of this. The first part of the book explains, why people in our western society are able to ‘make profit’ of buddhism – for example by getting to know the origins of our thoughts. Knowing about our inner mechanisms, such as attaching (not accepting impermanence), resistance or ‘confusion’ you can start to observe your mind mindfully.

How does this work? Matthias Ennenbach explains how developing a stable Meditation practice will help to “examine” your mind and to become aware of your inner patterns much sooner. He says, very clearly, that it isn’t about liberating yourself of emotions but amidst your emotions. Quite unlike other publications which stop by explaining why meditation makes sense, the author stresses how important it is to apply the insights of your meditation practice to your social- and work-life.

The book offers a sort of reframing of the way you look at problems but also to the way you look at positive life events. Positive life events can turn into something painful and stressful as well, when you take them for granted, if you do not accept the impermanence of them or by wanting more and more and more of it. Problems in our lifes are often caused by the way we judge a situation. Or rather, by adding a judgement to everything we perceive, for example ‘The water is cold – it sucks I can’t go Swimming. How bad’ instead of just thinking “Today the water is cold’.

In ‘Buddhistische Lebenskunst’ you find a very effective, very harmonic and structured way to reflect on your personal inner patterns (which lead to behavioral Patterns and finally form your character. The good new is: a change of direction IS possible!).  How does it work? Matthias Ennenbach introduces exercises and questions to ask yourself throughout the book to invite you to a more mindful life. He also stresses that everything he says about Buddhism (just like the Buddha said to his students) can be experienced by trying. It is not about just blindly following a dogma, it’s about acting and experiencing.

Just like the other 5 books the author released so far, this one is a real gem, a treasure of sorts and you can tell how much professional experience and how much of a deeply felt philantrophy made this book come to life.

And just like the other books this one, I mean, my copy, is a young, yet a proud carrier of sticky-notes already – and very likely to be read repeated times!

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Buddha Garden

 

Photo credit: European Institute of Applied Buddhism

Photo credit: European Institute of Applied Buddhism

Photo credit: European Institute of Applied Buddhism

Photo credit: European Institute of Applied Buddhism

 

As I am not always able to drive the 150 kilometres to sit in this wonderful garden I started to wonder, like always, when returning from an extraordinary place, whether or not I appreciate my immediate surroundings enough and if there is a place, which might become my personal Buddha garden. Besides my breathing room, I mean. I did come up with a spot in a park with very old trees here in my hometown.

Now I am asking you – do you have happy places nearby you really like and which have dropped out of your mind lately?

Maybe you could make a list for yourself of places nearby you might want to visit (with or without camera), being aware of the details you love about this place.

I recommend bringing a thermos with tea, maybe you are like me and enjoying tea slows you down in a healing way, too. ….so you are likely to sit down at your special place, slowly drink your tea, breathing in the scent of the tea…breathing out and living in the very moment.

 

Drink Your Tea

Drink your tea slowly and reverently,

as if it is the axis

on which the world earth revolves –

slowly, evenly, without

rushing toward the future;

Live the actual moment.

Only this moment is life.

-Thich Nhat Hanh-

 

 

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Day of Mindfulness – June 2nd, 2013 – an attempt to describe this day in words (ending up by posting 2 clips)

On Sunday, June 2nd, the European Institute of Applied Buddhism, EIAB, invited for the Day of Mindfulness – with a Dharma Talk and a Walking Meditatio with Thich Nhat Hanh -[ Thay, as he is being called, which is Vietnames for “teacher” or even “precious/beloved teacher” as I was told]  This blog entry is my attempt to convey the impressions of this day in words.  

And it strikes me as a challenge. Despite being a word-gourmet of some sorts..probably everyone knows that there are experiences which lack any expression …maybe because they are made not through the over-hyperactive-analyzing rational mind but are deeply heart-felt.

     The Headline of this Day of Mindfulness was “Healing Through Reconciliation”

     – this starts with your own healing – your own understanding of inner pain and

      sorrows – because, like Thay said, you are only able to love and forgive others,

      when you are able to be kind to yourself.

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Sunday night, after having returned home from the EIAB, especially after these outstanding moments of the Dharma Talk and quite a few sunny hours in the Buddha Garden, I felt like sketching something which was “heart-related” …

 The Plum Village monastery made a clip of a bit more than an hour of this talk which you can see in this post. It will not be the same as being there in this exceptional presence of Thich Nhat Hanh and the wonderful nuns and monks of Plum Village and the EIAB…

Maybe you feel a bit thirsty for inner peace and healing, some Inspiration to remind you of life-essentials…then you are invited to watch this clip…

This is the reciting of Avalokiteshvara’s Name. It was part of the Dharma Talk…you will probably grasp how deep it went even through this YouTube Clip

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365 days of meditation. Some thoughts on this.

IMG_1284 (341x512)    May I introduce to you:

   this is my dear zafu, which accompanies me for a while now. It’s already traveled to places with me, it has seen earliest  morning, deepest night, worries, gratitude, anger, luckily also peace, loving kindness, equanamity. happiness…   non-attachment, balance.

  In June, it will be at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbröl, at the Day of Mindfulness with    Thich Nhat Hanh.

I cannot really say when exactly was the first day ever to meditate in some way. I’ve been doing it the one or other 

   way for quite a while.

What I do know for sure is, that for the past 365 days there has been not a single day without Meditation, even if it

   was only for 20 breaths as the roads were full of snow and I had to get to work ….

 

 

If you come to think that my middle name is “discipline” then please listen closely: It’s so not!!

A person I know, who published wonderful books about Buddhism and Psychotherapy, Matthias Ennenbach, [he works in hospitals and Clients in a private practice applying his own new form of psychotherapy, built by long personal experience, with heart and love,  called “Buddhistische Psychotherapie BPT ®” (=buddhistic psychotherapy)], has found a way to introduce, explain and recommend meditation which was so motivating, so encouraging, so touching, so structured… that I asked myself what I did all the years before getting my zafu….? 🙂 When the Edition of his first book will be released in English, you’ll probably find me posting quotes here.

However: When he said “why not getting up half an hour earlier in the morning and by this spend time meditating?…, I did the maths and got the 05:00 a.m. result. Oh yes. 🙂IMG_1262 (800x534)

about 200 and more of the past 365 days I did just this:

getting up at about 5 a.m., lighting a candle, lighting some incense, sitting down, more or less making sure to know I am breathing in, more or less making sure I am aware of  breathing out, trying not to attach to thoughts, whatever crosses my mind, enjoying inner peace (which comes and goes ^^) …

Besides noticing how really packed work days or emotionally charged situations started to become clearly less stress-loaded (and add this up for a couple of months and find yourself no longer counting down the days til the next Weekend or vacation so badly anymore….!!)  the morning Meditation had another wonderful effect:

 

 

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before starting, the mornings were scheduled for the usual stuff: shower, breakfast, a Cup of coffee Maximum, everything, just everything more or less for the next Phase of the morning to come: going to work. It all had no meaning in itself.

 

 

One important reason why getting up early stopped being hard is that by taking time to slow down even before you go to work or do other things at the Weekend,  you give your Mornings such a calm, friendly, peacful, healthy&healing purpose.No, it’s not always that peaceful, bright and happy in my head all the time but it is possible to shift to healing thoughts when you become aware of what is going on in your mind. Again: nope, not wearing a purple-sparkle unicornshirt over here, what I am writing is from experience which I am happy to make.

For this reason: the next 365 days have just started!

Dear Reader, please share your thoughts on Meditation, your Habits and your happy places with me if you like.

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