My old colleague and friend whom I regarded as a person with a sharp intellect, and a mind that has been burdened by a lot of cultural conditioned knowledge, causing him a lot of satisfaction as well as dissatisfaction and suffering, started to listen more intensely to the song of a raven. All nature lovers have an increased chance to…Continue reading Life in simplicity and joy
Sing a hymn to life. Sing “Thank you life. Thank you for your beauty, diversity, multiplicity, intelligence, richness, as well as for all your challenges and possibilities”. Sing and see while you sing whether you can begin to feel more of what you praise over time. You want to tell me that there are too many things in life that…Continue reading Make a difference in being here, singing your hymn to Life
Questioning is not an intellectual process that should encourage us to think more. It is also not about asking questions and finding answers with which we can agree or disagree. It is not about finding a pleasing answer, an answer that just suits us best in the current situation, allows us to feel at home in its false security, but…Continue reading We question in order to explore, look and discover the truth for ourselves
To understand anything – not only what I am saying, but to understand anything – what is required? To understand yourself, to understand your husband, your wife, to understand a picture, to understand the scenery, the trees, what is required? Right attention, isn’t it? Because, to understand something, you must give your whole being to it, your undivided, full, deep…Continue reading The Art of Listening
What is it that most of us are seeking? What is it that each one of us wants? Especially in this restless world, where everybody is trying to find some kind of peace, some kind of happiness, a refuge, surely it is important to find out, isn’t it?, what it is that we are trying to seek, what it is…Continue reading We have so committed ourselves in different ways, that we have hardly any time for self-reflection, to observe, to study.
It is actually quite simple. You have already arrived here and now while reading these words. You are already in the state of freedom, in the fulfilled, joyful state of being without adding anything to it. You are life. You are here exactly where you should be and that is your reality here and now. The question is whether you…Continue reading You are here exactly where you should be, and that is your reality here and now.
A wonderful May morning. The whole house, the terrace and the garden are illuminated by the sun. What is important in this life? I sit and watch the play of colors outside and the dance of the leaves in the wind. The coffee is almost cold. I completely forgot about it. I actually forgot where and who I am. Only…Continue reading What is important in this life?
Why write, read about and contemplate life, living and being? Maybe because it brings more beauty, freshness, innocence clarity to our lives? Perhaps because it opens up new perspectives for us, and shows that, where we thought we already know what things are, we don’t really know? And now suddenly start to rediscover life anew? Is it really so much…Continue reading I plunged into this exciting adventure called life
One can imagine a lot under “observation and contemplation of life”. So I want to make it a little clearer what I mean by that. When I observe and describe life, I can do it from many perspectives. I can observe and talk about my own life, that is, my life story, and that of everyone around me. I can…Continue reading Do you really know that, which is closest to you?
Self-centeredness seems to me to be one of the most important issues in this beautiful world. But what is this self-centeredness at all? And is it really necessary? It seems that self-centeredness starts with the main focus on the particular body, that one feels to be. This follows the focus on the particular mindset, meaning – particular thought-set that seems…Continue reading Is it only through this identification with the body and mind that we can look at everything else that is here?
Part of what meditation is, as we are sitting there, just being, literally just being. And when your mind is moving, you see how arbitrary the inner dialog is, how conditioned it is, that it is actually old, old, old. It’s almost automatic. And when you see it, then you see that it has run your life, it has defined…Continue reading You have an option, where do you put attention
During one of his silent meditation days, Adyashanti leads this guided meditation that focuses on stillness, listening, and using your breath as a guide. By sitting down for meditation, you are accepting the commitment to just be still. As you rest into your being and your body rests into stillness, your mind can adjust to this new environment and relax…Continue reading The Art of Listening
Today, on my walk, I once again listened to this wonderful and wise lady and at the same time observed myself. A thought came to me that the fact, that hardly anyone listens to Toni, not even in the pseudo-spiritual circles, is actually an excellent proof for the state of consciousness of our humanity, where everyone assumes to know and…Continue reading A state of consciousness of our humanity, where everyone assumes to know and hardly anyone really looks
Spirituality is not concerned with treating symptoms such as depression, anger, grief, illnesses, addiction, selfishness or trying to alleviate them, for example with breathing exercises and other esoteric practices. Spirituality goes far beyond that and asks for the origin, both the origin of the symptoms and the origin of everything that is here. Spirituality is also not really interested in…Continue reading Spirituality works with the tools of a true scientist
Real spirituality shows us how we can free ourselves internally from all restrictive co-dependencies and the unnecessary neediness in which we think we have to live. Real spirituality shows us how instead of acting reflexively and reactively, we can live responsively and thus take real responsibility for our life. Real spirituality shows us how we can find our inner being…Continue reading What is real spirituality?