A Problem with ZEN

Nearing the end of WW-II, Zen was a substantial driving force behind the kamikaze: suicide pilots who in droves rammed into the US Army. (There is of course not one kind of ‘meditation’. There are many, which are very different from each other.) 7500 kamikaze pilots flying towards death and destruction Doesn’t sound very ‘Zen’? Read the full article…

Goal of Meditation

Mostly said: meditation has no goal. What is meant: no conceptual one. Then why meditate? The goal is non-conceptual ethics. (This is not an easy text.) Spiraling inwards Morality: the relief of suffering. [see: ‘Morality Is the Relief of Suffering’] Which is related to why people do what they do, their motivation. Which is related Read the full article…

Listening to Music… with Ears of Soul

Any music will do, but I think this goes better with gentle sounds. At least that is true for me. Ears of soul, that is to say: from inside. Ears of soul, that is to say: from within the music. Ears of soul, that is to say: from within your deeper self. Do you feel Read the full article…

Simply Beautiful

Eventually, what is beautiful is simple. Also when this beauty is surrounded by complexity. Simplicity in beauty Beauty doesn’t necessarily mean ‘not much’. It always means ‘not too much’. At least, no superfluous complexity is standing in the way. So as much as possible, beauty can flow where it wants. According to me, beauty is Read the full article…

36. Meditation, a World of Difference

In serious meditation you will also find the sharpening of the own instrument to empathy. Meditation has many faces. It makes no sense to list many forms of meditation that differ greatly among themselves. Here below I prefer to enumerate some elements of what meditation is and is not, according to me. What meditation is Read the full article…

‘Here and Now’: the Fourth Time

This is the so called ‘here and now’ that takes place neither in the past, nor in the future, nor in the present. Three common times if you want: past, present, future. The fourth time hovers over the other three, as it were. At first sight it seems to be only about ‘now’ of course, Read the full article…

Depth is Formless Meaning

Forms are meaningless. Meaning is formless. You may like money or status But what really motivates you, is the liking. Money doesn’t mean anything by itself. Status doesn’t mean anything without your liking it. And eventually, you cannot consciously decide to be motivated. You cannot consciously decide to ‘like’. Try it if you, well… like Read the full article…

What’s New in Meditation

I would say: everything. Meditation IS about the new. Even ‘always the same’ is always new. People have been meditating for ages. Way before for instance the start of Christianity, or even Judaism. Meditation is ancient. Still, new (to many) in meditation is that meditation IS the new itself. At every moment again: the new. Read the full article…

Beginner’s Mind, Forever

DISCLAIMER: read this only if you know what it says. ‘Beginner’s mind’ … Beginner in what? I would say, without thinking: beginner in love. With a special clarification: there where love is new , where it – you might say if you know what I mean with this – is ‘romantic love’, being in love Read the full article…

Nirvana and Depression: Same Emptiness?

Concepts of Nirvana and Mental Depression are not usually brought together. Yet they do share important commonalities, to say the least. Of course, deep suffering is not bliss. Depression and nirvana Major depression is described by many sufferers as the worst experience one can get. It is the darkest emptiness, devoid of any meaning or Read the full article…

How to Meditate and Not Get Bored

Are you willing to meditate but afraid to get bored of ‘doing nothing’? With good reason. You want to do something – anything – and you’re just sitting there. You may wonder why, doing nothing. You’re bored. Then in your mind you fill in things you could be doing. Or you just wander around in Read the full article…

Spirituality

In all times, spirituality has been about how people consciously deal with their own non-conscious mind. Has the endeavor been worthwhile and may it lead to a new dawn? Spirit = internal: the way of using one’s mind without immediate crystallizations of ‘thinking’ into ‘thoughts’ – thus: what happens in the mind before conceptualization. Scientifically, Read the full article…

The Present Moment Is Meditation

The ‘power of now’ is about a state of mind, not about any specific place or time. To live in the ‘here and now’ is looked upon as positive to meditation. Focusing on the ‘here and now’ helps towards not letting the mind go astray in the wherever, whenever – not letting the mind wander Read the full article…

What About Mindfulness?

Open attention may be open in two ways: where it goes to and where it comes from. The difference is very important. Many people go to a 9-sessions Mindfulness course and find the experience agreeable. After the end of the course, many don’t find it worthwhile. They had higher expectations. Some expected to get rid Read the full article…

How Can Guided Meditation Sessions Help You?

Making connection with deeper layers of yourself in an ethically sound way, you can invite yourself… and ‘grow’ – in mind and body. The AURELIS project contains lots of guided meditation sessions in a number of domains, including many psychosomatic ones. Most symptoms are indeed psycho-somatic: mind and body are together relevant for health and Read the full article…

Leadership IS Meditation

Giving attention to the broader picture without losing the value of the concrete: meditation and leadership have much in common. Management is about getting one’s own thoughts as well as those of others clearly and efficiently together. Leadership is about letting these thoughts not get in the way of discerning the ‘broad picture.’ The main Read the full article…

Can Meditation Be Used as Therapy?

Yes… but with caution. Western medical therapies are designed to fight symptoms or disease. Some recommend the use of meditation as another element in this fight – as another kind of therapy. Yet there is a deep mismatch. The goal of meditation ultimately lies at the unconscious level. Some call it ‘enlightenment’, or ‘human growth.’ Read the full article…

True Meditation is Warm and Friendly

To-the-core friendliness is what meditation amounts to. It is the reason for and also the practice of meditation. It is a warm and friendly invitation towards slowing down your thinking. So your thoughts themselves can get more ‘space.’ They can follow their course without being disrupted by the ‘next thought.’ Meditation is about being friendly Read the full article…

Is Meditation Dangerous?

Meditation can perfectly go hand in hand with warm and alive feelings. This may require some caution. Many things have been called ‘meditation.’ If you are sitting on a cushion with eyes closed, nobody knows what you are doing. It’s also difficult to talk about. Are you meditating in the way your Zen teacher intends Read the full article…

30. Meditation is NOT a therapy

Laughing as therapy. Crying as therapy. Moving as therapy. Not moving as therapy. It seems as if people are looking for ‘therapy’ everywhere. We live in a therapy-based society. Probably because society itself makes therapy so much needed. ◊◊◊ Many people in the West look at meditation as a therapy. This is not quite right. Read the full article…

19. Your medication or your life

One of the shocks of my professional life came rather late: after 7 years of study, 8 years of medical practice and several years of working on a medical decision support system. It came while reading about how many categories of medication act more than purely symptomatically. Or better said: how many don’t. ◊◊◊ Actually Read the full article…

18. Meditate and win!

Some people in the East (OK, not the average shopkeeper in a tourist resort) practice meditation for years, daily meditating many hours. They make progress towards ‘something’ over this time. Apparently they find it worthwhile … ◊◊◊ In the West, what is called ‘meditation’ is promulgated by many as a good method to cope with Read the full article…

How to start meditating?

Some idea about meditation may stop you even before starting. Therefore you better see it as what is always present in your mind, like the blue sky even above the clouds. To meditate is actually very easy. You don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to try to meditate. You don’t have to try Read the full article…

Tango is Meditation With Two

One definition of meditation is to not let distinct thoughts obstruct an underlying current of thinking without thoughts. Many tango dancers may recognize this in their dancing now and then. If you are not a complete beginner, you probably do so too. It may realize itself in different ways. The feeling of unity as a Read the full article…