What is Meditation

Meditation Techniques

Spiritual Inspirators


Western  Mystics

Simple beginner meditations
Mantra meditation
Who am I
Breathing techniques

Open-eye meditations
Meditative pixelation
Healing hands
Music meditation

For people who do
not believe in god:
Replace the word 'god'
with 'consciousness' or
any other word that
could describe a sense
of the mysterious.

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."

Albert Einstein



Meditation Tecniques - Under Constrution

He who seeks God in some way (read meditation technique or ritual),
grasps the way and loses God, who dwells in the way. But he who seeks God without a way, grasps God and lives with the Son.

Meister Eckhart

Man has to seek God in error, forgetfulness and foolishness
Meister Eckhart - Doctor Ecstaticus

Meditation is a Lifelong Project
Meditation takes your entire life and gives it back to you in a new form.

Of all the things I have done in my life, I consider the moment I discovered meditation as a young man the most fortunate event in my life. It was indeed a journey marked by error, forgetfulness, and foolishness, but nevertheless, it has led me to a life in old age where I can now sum it all up in one simple word:


How do we arrive in that promised land of thank you? What is the best meditation technique in this respect? I would say all techniques and none of them. I tried most of them but essentially, I arrived in that state by sitting alertly with closed eyes and doing nothing.

Listen here to what Franz Kafka has to say:

"You need not do anything. Just remain at your table and listen.
You don't even need to listen, just wait. You don't even need to wait,
just learn to be quiet, still, and alone. And existence will come to you by itself
and offer itself to you. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

Here in that potent passiveness, I realized that the repetititon of mantras are like running in circles, not much different from the societal alienation described in Kafkas books. However, a long as you enjoy your routines while doing them, you should not call it a waste of time.
For the one who sits with what is, without doing anything, not even using a meditation technique, everything will be given in the form of fine-tuned intuitions from within. These tiny blessed 'innerstandings' will light up the next step on the path.
However, I've often experienced impatience in myself and others. This impatience does nothing but put the cart before the horse. In this context, I think of Napoleon's famous words:

"Dress me slowly, for I am in a hurry!"

This impatience stems from our mind. However, the thinking-based ego-mind cannot become spiritual in the same way that a caterpillar cannot become a butterfly. The point is, the caterpillar dies on a cellular level in the process where the butterfly unfolds. Not a single caterpillar cell gets the honor and joy of becoming part of a butterfly. It is not the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly. It is something that has transcended the cellular life of a caterpillar. At the point of metamorphosis, both the caterpillar and the butterfly produce poison to kill each other. The caterpillar-mind lives in the world of meditation techniques and therefore, at a certain point, these techniques become poison for the unfoldment of your spiritual life.

The mind in search of gurus, retreats, and more advanced meditation techniques is like a caterpillar-person putting on fake butterfly wings and convincing itself and the world that it is the butterfly of the soul.

Therefore, at some point, we have to give up spiritualizing ourselves. As ego-driven humans, we are caterpillars—nothing more. One day, a butterfly will be born in us, but we will not witness the birth. For the birth itself is our death:

"You must be willing to burn yourself in your own flame;
how could you rise again, if you have not first become ashes?"

— Friedrich Nietzsche

I know such statements do not sell tickets. But I'm not interested in selling meditation techniques anyhow because they are created by an ego-mind that wants to spiritualize itself through understanding and control.

The Business of Spirituality
The restless 'Californicated' Western mind loves ideas like self-improvement. In this sense, meditation techniques have become a kind of commodification of spirit. The more techniques are seen as important, the more there is to sell in the form of courses, retreats, mantras, and self-development.

What is the essence of life? It is peace and love. Can you buy love from a prostitute? No, you cannot. Can you buy true peace on a meditation course with a famous guru? No, you cannot. As long as we are all clear about the conditions, there is, as far as I am concerned, nothing wrong with prostitution or paid retreats. We must, however, realize that these gratifications are for our caterpillar life only. And at some stage, we are all caterpillars.

That is why Meister Eckhart says:

"Merchants go when the truth appears,
for the truth needs no merchanting.
Behold thy temple cleared of merchants."

My friend Johannes from Zurich, who is a practicing Buddhist and fluent in Tibetan, says: 'Om mani padme hum' has turned into 'Om money give me soon.'

Having said that, I now have to contradict myself. For every viewpoint sees only half the truth. In this sense, meditation is soul surfing. Spiritual growth is not linear and is often full of paradoxes. It is each soul's task to surf the balance between them.
That we are not able to meditate is however, not contradictory to meditation. In the realization that we cannot meditate, we can allow ourselves to be meditated. This is an effortless process. In Sunyata's words, it is happening in 'joyous ease.' We could also say that to sit in joyous meditation is to sit with grace.

"The bird of paradise lands only on the hand that does not grasp."
— Zen Proverb

"God is in all things, urging us to give up our will."
— Meister Eckhart

Make as little effort as possible in meditation. In my experience, this sentence contains the most important meditation teaching.
Let me repeat like  mantra: Let yourself be meditated. Allow meditation to come to you; let it be a spontaneous, natural process that the mind engages in simply because it enjoys it. Let yourself be meditated!

Meditation becomes stiff when driven by conscious willpower. When you actively chase the butterfly of the soul, you cannot catch it. Only when you sit completely still, perhaps after giving up the chase, might you be lucky enough for it to land on your hand.

The "I," understood as the outer person, is as bad at meditating as a cart is at pulling a horse.

What can be done, however, is to be meditated.

We are so accustomed to combining insight with action. Meditation, by contrast, is about being aware and then conscious without striving to do anything.

In a way, both awareness and consciousness must be cleansed of intentions.

This will not lead to passivity! Action happens spontaneously and effortlessly in awareness and consciousness without you feeling the need to do anything.

For this to occur, it is important that any insight or meta-insight into your behavior is NOT followed by guilt or sharp divisions of what is good or bad.

You perceive and realize yourself supported by trust and non-judgment.
Meditative meta-insight occurs in the clear light of love, where there is nothing to change. Everything happens on its own in a transformation process beyond your control.

Something for Something

We are used to the idea that we must do something to get something.

Our entire external survival apparatus has been trained from childhood to obey 'the necessary.' It’s about doing something, becoming something, ideally becoming number one!

By doing things, we transform the world into tools. By using tools, we achieve 'something.'

The Valueless Soul

One of the problems with turning meditation into a tool is that the soul is entirely valueless, understood as value-less. It has no value in the sense that it is the source that gives all other things meaning.
An effortless Effort
To be meditated, however, I must do something. This is a paradox I leave open. For the dynamically fragile truth lies in the cracks between theses and antitheses:
"The Highest can only be reached through an effortless effort."
— Manav Dayal

So let me conclude by contradicting the first section: You must make an effort if you want to proceed further in the text. You will not get far in meditation without self-discipline.

Find where the balance between these statements lies in your life.

You come with your own small light that can only show you your next small step, often to step beside the narrow path leading down to the primordial ocean.

Mistakes are, however, the most important thing to make.

Meister Eckhart even says that God prefers great mistakes over small ones.

For good advice makes the head wiser, while mistakes make the body wiser. Correcting the course after a mistake is also a result of feedback.

The Knot in the Stomach

When I teach meditation, I often encounter people who report feeling a knot or tension in their stomach or other parts of their body during meditation. Their question is now how to more effectively make the unpleasant knot disappear. Meditation is seen here as a form of spiritual surgery, where the unwanted is cut away as if it were a tumor.

In my view, however, there is nothing you should do with this knot. There is likely a good reason for the knot being there; it might prevent some intense feelings you are not ready to face from surfacing.

I Am Too Dumb to Meditate

For this reason alone, it is important to do nothing in meditation. The outer person's reasonable control apparatus is too dumb to meditate. It is like trying to repair your computer with a hammer. Trying to control your inner self in meditation can also be risky. No one would dream of performing surgery on themselves without medical training. We might as well give up our attempts to constantly remove the irritating speck of dust from our eye. The more we rub, the more irritated the eye becomes.
"You are irritated by every rub,
how will your mirror be polished?"
— Rumi

The only thing the meditative tool-thinking does is get in the way of the body's wonderful self-healing system. Only our innate psychological immune system can uncover the different traumatic layers of the psyche at the right pace and with the right timing. This intelligence works best when you give up control over yourself.

An English proverb says: "God takes care of the ignorant." By being a fool inside yourself, God, understood here as the body's own self-healing intelligence, is activated.

Everything is Already Perfect - Life's Perfect Imperfection

In effortless meditation, everything must necessarily be perfect as it is. If everything were not perfect as it was, something should be done about it.

In effortless meditation, the knot is therefore perceived and 'consciousized' as perfect. Why perfect? Perfect because it is there—right under your nose. Some of the greatest wonders in the world were created by people who had difficulties and blockages. It was precisely because of the tensions that they achieved the sublime. Creative people often had difficult childhoods. The resistance itself created creativity as a survival response. Therefore, the world is perfect in its imperfection.

Meditation is what happens, not something you do. For our old ego-operating system, which is used to eating bread by the sweat of its face, the fact that meditation only works without effort is very difficult to relate to. The fact is, however, that you cannot meditate with the old ego as the operating system. Meditation belongs to the brain of the future, a brain that is not controlled by the outdated programs we received as ape-humans during the 500,000 years we lived on the East African savanna.

The brain of the future functions effortlessly. Its operating system facilitates a flow of bodily consciousness in awareness and mindfulness. Everything happens here in a natural process, where a true and honest core-personal 'soul' creatively and intuitively stands in fluid connection with what lies beyond the soul's fluid boundaries. This soul unit's motivation to move out into the world in spontaneous interaction can be summarized with the following keywords: joy, light, desire, love, motivation, unpredictability, and spontaneity.

The day your "I" becomes a living, fluid soul in awareness and mindfulness is the day you no longer strive, no longer over-plan the future, no longer think strategically about friendships or interactions with others.

Here, all work ceases. It is replaced with playful creativity in flow.

Because you are fully yourself here, you will be extremely effective. Other people who still operate from the old operating system will think you work hard. They may envy you for your energy. The secret is simply to be yourself, to have taken 100% responsibility for your inner core personal being, and to have the courage to live it out. It costs an enormous amount of energy to constantly perform the outer person's theater, to be someone other than who you really are.

Only your true self can let itself be meditated, only your innermost hyper-individual atman-core can move out into the world in the flow of awareness.

The day this operating system is in control is also the day you no longer need to set aside time to meditate. Meditation is the natural state for those who have entered this flow.

In the new operating system, simply realizing is enough for change to spontaneously follow the desire that comes in the wake of realization. Again, there is nothing to do, no effort involved. Effort is a byproduct of the old ego-operating system's difficulties in managing the human body.

Should We Then Be Passive and Not Act in Life!?

"The non-existent can penetrate where there is no space.
Therefore, I recognize the value of non-action.
To learn without words and work without accomplishing,
few understand this."
— Tao Teh King, Lao Tzu - 43

I am sure that many readers are now thinking: A life without thoughts and action? Where will that lead in a modern society like ours?

My answer is: Of course, there should be powerful action in life!

However, the motive for action is of utmost importance. It should not stem from the pursuit of pleasure and the fear of pain. This polar action is created by our old ego-operating system, and as long as we are stuck here, we will not be able to upgrade to the brain's next evolutionary operating system, which functions radically differently.

The old ego-based survival programs have long exceeded their expiration date—so it doesn't hurt to give them some resistance. In our modern, highly complex urban life, they are like outdated computer operating systems that do more harm than good. The new operating system functions lightning-fast, intuitively, and in love and heightened conscious awareness. Most importantly: here, actions do not stem from pressure.

"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy."
— Rumi

The new system is not motivated by fear and desire. Under the command of this operating system, we are more like carefree, playful, creative children in the permanent flow that emanates from one's inner, felt self-love in awareness. Here, we act, create, and play in blind but super-awake trust in ourselves, others, and the world in general. Maybe you're now asking: is this even possible? Yes, it is... I take myself as an example for this. I walk the talk. And if I can, so can you!

When we act under pressure, especially permanent stress, we cannot utilize the brain's latest evolutionary survival response. The evolutionarily latest developed is also the most fragile. The super-awake consciousness is humanity's most advanced survival machine to date. It functions lightning-fast and intuitively but is the most fragile as the latest shoot on the brainstem. The prerequisite for the super-awake consciousness to unfold its delicate mirror of consciousness has been isolation, peace, and quiet. This is why people who have chosen to cultivate consciousness have often chosen the easy way out, namely withdrawing from the noisy and tempting life. The super-awake consciousness likely first emerged collectively in Buddha's time. However, it has grown a bit stronger and more robust over the last 2500 years. We now have a new opportunity to cultivate super-awake consciousness amid the battlefield of life.

Here, we are what one might call spiritual warriors, allowing powerful action to happen in awakened flow rather than, to slightly paraphrase biblical words, eating our bread by the sweat of our face.

Let Go of the Big Experiences

When people come to me and tell me about their enormous spiritual experiences, I see nothing but an ego that has been to a good movie. Truly profound changes are not the result of great spiritual experiences. Great spiritual experiences are merely a sign that you have not really let go. If you truly surrender, lose yourself to find yourself, it will feel more like a gentle summer evening breeze.

So, meditation is about practicing letting go—letting go of great spiritual experiences and the longing for enlightened perfect Masters. These self-proclaimed clairvoyants and enlightened ones are actually Drama Queens and Kings.

Of all the spiritual inspirers I have not met but read, the Sufi mystic Rumi and the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart are my absolute favorites—yes, I actually feel as if they are here on par with my best friends. So let's start with a few good words from these two people who might now become your friends.

"He who seeks God in any way (read: meditation technique or ritual),
grasps the way and loses God, who dwells in the way. But he who seeks God
without way, grasps God and lives with the son."
— Meister Eckhart

(Let's not get hung up on Eckhart using the word God. For Eckhart, God is merely a metaphor for the infinite and the mind's incomprehensible.)

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all
the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
— Rumi

So do not cultivate the great dramas in your meditation. The inner fireworks that can sometimes arise when one begins to meditate should only be regarded as flowers on the roadside. The real path to freedom lies hidden in constantly rediscovering the small joy and freedom in the banal, the boring, and the everyday.

Although it sounds more dramatic than it is, meditation is actually training in dying. This little death of the mind—la petite mort—is the most life-affirming and mentally hygienic service you can do for yourself and others. For out of this death arises new and fresh life. The nature of the mind is to cling to yesterday's experiences.

To die meditatively is to let go of these experiences so that every time we open our eyes after a deep meditation, we can experience the changing seasons with the eyes of spring.

To Be or Not to Be - That Is the Question

You need not fear the little meditative death. As you become familiar with it, you will discover that who you are at the very core, your core personality, your essence, cannot die. When you let go of something, it is not your hand that falls off. What dies in meditation are all the false notions and expectations of yourself that you and those around you have.

The closer you get to who you really are, the more meditation will be a completely natural part of you. Meditation is your resting in yourself, your being. This rest in oneself is constant when you and your core personality are one and the same.

A Blooming, Humming Freedom from Prefabricated Thought Systems

Meditation, if practiced in freedom from organized religions and other political belief systems, will deconstruct all your prefabricated perceptions of what reality is and leave you in a new and fresh world where, in William James' words, you will re-experience everything in a state of blooming, buzzing confusion.

Here, you learn to take the first baby steps into an innocent world where you can figuratively walk without feet and grow without roots. Here, you learn to become your own cause.

How the Body's Muscles React to the Little Meditative Death

Talking about the little meditative death is, however, more than just metaphorical when it comes to the body's reactions. Our heartbeat slows down during meditation; it can even almost stop.

Our breathing also pauses in the exhalation phase for longer periods. Often, the body temperature drops, so you can experience feeling cold after meditation if you haven't wrapped yourself in a blanket.

Meditation puts the body into a state of hibernation that is often much deeper than sleep. Muscle relaxation during meditation is also more pronounced than in the sleep state.

This meditative hibernation can sometimes be misinterpreted by the brain. Our instinctive animal brain can interpret the hibernation as a sign that we are dying. Since large parts of our brain are programmed for a life on the East African savanna, the brain unconsciously retrieves its old survival strategies from the closet: the muscles tense and prepare for attack or flight. So, while we sit and relax more and more, paradoxically, unconscious muscle contractions can occur, causing tension, especially in the neck and throat area.

If you notice that parts of your body's muscle armor have tensed unconsciously during meditation, it is a good idea to direct your attention to these areas. Innocent but awake attention has a healing effect in itself. Stretch both before, during, and after meditation like a cat. Yoga is also an excellent technique that can be used to preempt these unconscious mobilizations of the muscle armor.

The Mind's Reaction - The Ego Counterattacks with Thoughts as Artillery

The "I"—our ego—ceases to exist when there are no thoughts... How does the mind now react to this survival threat? An experience most meditators have is that during meditation, more thoughts often press in. Meditation's "turning inward" disturbs the status quo. When there are more areas of blue sky between the thought clouds, our "thought muscle" (neocortex) reacts by sending swarms of thoughts toward us, well-intentioned to improve our chances of survival. As mentioned elsewhere, thoughts in their deepest Darwinian nature are survival strategies.

Never Fight Thoughts in Meditation

"I could be confined in a nutshell,
and count myself a king of infinite space,
were it not that I have bad dreams."
— Hamlet, Shakespeare

When thoughts arise during meditation, it is very important not to fight them. In an open confrontation with thoughts, you will always be the loser in the sense that any attempt to push an annoying thought away will result in it bringing reinforcements from a swarm of new thoughts. So... If you can't beat them—join them!

It Takes Energy to Think

It requires mental energy for the brain to produce thoughts. This energy will be taken from the same energy source that your consciousness draws power from. Imagine your consciousness as a light bulb connected by a power cord. When thoughts draw power from this cord, the light in the bulb dims. Because of this "thought theft" of power, consciousness loses its clarity. When there are many thoughts, we usually slip into a semi-awake, daydream-like state, where the first thing to disappear is our meta-ability to realize we are thinking. When thoughts grip us in meditation, we are actually on a slippery slope into the realm of sleep.

How to Relate to Thoughts in Your Meditation - The Secret

There is, however, a very effective secret weapon against thoughts. This weapon is, moreover, itself a thought, a thought that in its "meta-direction" actually betrays its own kind.

This thought is the meta-thought: "I am thinking."

The simple and ingenious thing about this little thought insight is that the power of thoughts over you is significantly reduced the moment you are aware that you are thinking. The moment this clarity is present, the power returns to the light bulb of consciousness, and you will be able to perform your next ingenious move—namely, to see your thoughts as:

"clouds in the sky."

Without the light of your consciousness, you will instinctively chase your thoughts like a dog runs after a bone. And in this chase, you quickly get lost in the thicket of thoughts. The good news is that the moment you are aware that you are thinking again—the battle is almost won!

However, there is a small pitfall even after you become aware that you are thinking. This typical pitfall is that you begin to create a drama with yourself in the lead role as the one always plagued by thoughts in your meditation. My advice here is: Do not spend energy or time on this drama. Every time you realize you have fallen into the thought ditch, just climb back onto the path again. Do not spend time sitting and lamenting in the thought ditch. Just climb back onto the path again. And when you fall into the ditch again, just climb back onto the path again. And after you have fallen in the first million times, which you surely will if you make meditation a part of your life—just climb back onto the path again. Look between the thoughts instead of at them.

"The mind can make a Heaven
out of Hell or a Hell out of Heaven."
— Milton

Avoid Routine in Any Form of Meditation!

Many meditation teachers and meditation traditions emphasize that meditation should be a daily routine in one's life. I completely disagree on this point.

A successful routine life can become a sleeping pill, and a difficult, chaotic life can be a blessing.
Zen Buddhists say: To lose is to win - to win is to lose.

Most meditation techniques develop a tolerance over time that makes the mind immune to them. Habit and conscious awareness are opposites. I have seen people who dutifully sit 20 minutes every morning and evening and sleep. If meditation becomes a habit, awareness will disappear from it. Where the technique initially made one more awake, it ends up making one fall asleep.

Even if our lives run smoothly, there is reason to sound the alarm and try to dance out of the treadmill. A creative life in flow is the best recipe for keeping awareness young and awake. The Armenian mystic Gurdjieff took his spiritual students into war zones to break the dulling power of habits over consciousness through shock. But much less can do it. If your life, for reasons you cannot change right now, is routine, try to make small creative variations in, for example, the way you brush your teeth or walk to work.

Meditation routine resembles military drill and can be used in the same way. Religious organizations share a secret with the military: through physical drill, one can control the mind. Once you get people to march or meditate in unison, you can also get them to commit actions they would never dream of doing under normal circumstances. A religious organization, a monastery, or an ashram would have more difficulty exerting power over their disciples if they only meditated when called to do so from within.

So avoid habit in any form of meditation! Enter meditation in a new and unexpected way each time it comes to you. Practice meditation at different times and in different contexts. Let yourself be surprised—especially by yourself. Make meditating as creative and spontaneous as playing an improvisation on a guitar. Practice a meditation technique in the same way one plays a blues: The fixed 12-bar structure is given, the scales and chords are given, but the good blues musician's solo never repeats itself.

Meditation Is Not Spiritual Bodybuilding

The performance-oriented Western mind tells us that it takes hard work to reach the goal. "No pain, no gain," says an American workout slogan. In the USA, yoga beats all other sports when it comes to physical injuries. When yoga is transplanted from a culture resting in the moment to a restless, performance-oriented "no pain, no gain" culture, it is clear that it must go wrong. Our culture has difficulty understanding that you can achieve more by doing less.

Do not meditate to achieve a result. The notion that one becomes enlightened after many years of meditation is simply the most harmful idea ever associated with meditation.

Expectations in Meditation

Routine also arises because we always have a desire to repeat a good experience. Our Stone Age brain is geared to go to the same place where we had a good hunt last time. There was food here yesterday—so there must be food here today.

The Danish poet Schack Staffeldt had a spontaneous experience of merging with the cosmos as a young man:
"A heart beat warmly and kindly in everything,
In everything, my own form beckoned me."

After this experience, the only thing Staffeldt thought about was how to get back to this state:
"I know no peace
until I bring down the heavens!"

Staffeldt never returned to this precious state.

The paradox here is that the better a meditation we have experienced, the more the memory of it will block a new, fresh meditation. The same applies if we have experienced for a longer period what the Indians call sat chit ananda, which means silence, being, and bliss.

Meditation, however, is not like prey we must capture. Meditation is more like an infinite, unpredictable, and creative artistic process. Only the artist—the spiritual hunter—who is also willing to look up at the sky for elephants will succeed.

But in fact, we cannot find meditation. It is actually us who are the prey, and meditation is the hunter. This hunter's preferred food is fat egos.

Meditation finds us and meditates us when we least expect it. And where the prey animal always looks in the direction from which the attack came last, the cosmic hunter always comes unexpectedly and from a completely different direction.

So if you have had a wonderful experience in meditation, you must be prepared to say goodbye to it. It is as Sting sings: "If you love someone, set them free."

The Simple Is the Most Difficult

Meditation is primarily difficult to practice because it is simply too simple for a mind schooled to complicate things.

Meditation is like a diamond hidden and forgotten in what we do not notice because it is too familiar.

The great mystic Kabir said that people are like fish in the sea who thirst for water.

In meditation, we are like the hare in Alice in Wonderland who couldn't find its glasses because it was wearing them.

A story from ancient India tells of a beggar sitting on a treasure of gold.

The mind loves to invent a God who can only be found at the end of a complicated equation or as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Be innocent as a child when you meditate.

Practice Meditation with as Little Effort as Possible

Falling into Meditation Instead of Meditating
Meditation is a natural, organic, and innate bodily reflex. In the same way one "falls into a reverie," one falls into meditation. It is, in a way, more accurate to use the formulation "to be meditated" rather than to say "I meditate."

In spontaneous meditation, you do not wait for it to happen; you do not even wish for it to happen.

I could write much about TM (Transcendental Meditation). Here, the organization should be praised for instructing meditators in a crucially important thing: Avoid any form of effort in meditation.

Meditation should be a creative, joyful play from the first moment in your life you sit down with closed eyes. Meditate without effort—because it feels good—because it feels right—because your mind gets a taste for doing it.

Let yourself be meditated rather than meditate.

You are not the one at the helm when meditation happens. It happens within you, and you simply allow it to occur. Meditation is a natural, innate ability to fall into a reverie:
"A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare."
— W. H. Davies

Meditation Is a Spiritual Feast

Forget about working to become enlightened like Buddha. Such dreams of greatness actually maintain our own hidden suffering. Instead, feel the tiny freedom inside your inner dark space. Blow on the small ember and warm yourself by it. Your brain will quickly regain its dopamine and serotonin reserves depleted by consumer culture.

Meditate as a kind of inner feast, focusing with gratitude on the inner freedom that is within you and always has been. The reason you didn't see it was always there is that you were so busy with other things. You are not busy now, as you sit with closed eyes and feel yourself. Our soul cannot be trained like a bodybuilder's muscle. It is already perfect, but we left it when we went out to find it.

In the past, food was not an everyday certainty. Consequently, feasting meant eating in abundance. Today—where we have had enough food every day for several generations—we still hold on to old habits and eat ourselves into constipation when we celebrate.

It is time for some new, updated celebration rituals. Group meditation is my suggestion for a new way to celebrate. Sitting quietly together with closed eyes is a very intense experience and can create deep bonds between people.

Enjoy and flow!

Best regards,
Gunnar Mühlmann