“As a child, at the end of the day, I would lay down on the floor and tell my parents I was ‘going to relax a little’. I would breathe in and out and when breathing out I would let myself sink deep into the floor. It gave me a lot of rest.
My first ‘official’ introduction with meditation was during a Reiki course in New Delhi, India when I had just turned 21 years old. We were asked to meditate and chant “Om” and I absolutely loved it. It gave me a start in exploring many different ways of meditation.
When I was 26 years old I entered my first silent retreat. It was was a Vipassana retreat of 10 days during a Christmas and New Years period. It was a cold, dark winter in the Netherlands and that made it a wonderful opportunity to dive deep inside. Just before, I had experienced some serious disillusionment in my life and during that first retreat I was very driven to find out ‘What is real? What is true?’ Also, I wanted to get in better touch with my body and the here-and-now and Vipassana helped me with that.
Since some years I am intensely and more explicitly exploring truth through Advaita-Vedanta, also known as Non-Duality, which has been leading me deeper into the outcome of these questions. Realizing I am not what I think I am, I have come across and still love to retreat or meet with great teachers as Mooji, Eli Jaxon-Bear, Jeff Foster, Gangaji, GangaMira, and others.
Advaita-Vedanta/ Non-Duality has a lot in common with Mindfulness. It focuses on bringing the mind back to its source. It is pointing towards life as it is right now, before any concepts or ideas, before thought. It is an open invitation to find out who you are beyond all (stressful) thoughts about yourself and the world.
I’ve always enjoyed turning towards and resting inside myself. Throughout my life, I’ve practiced many different styles of meditation: Mantra singing, Visualization, Vipassana, Active meditations, Breath meditations and Mindfulness. Thanks to Satsang I have been finding myself ever deepening into the true place of rest. During my meditation classes in Amsterdam I make use of and share That which I’ve found until so far. The classes are open to all, young or old, with little or a lot of meditation experience.
I am organizing the following group meditations/ trainings:
- Regular Relaxation Training & Meditation sessions
- Meet & Meditate: Be Here Now meditation
- Stress Reduction workshops/courses
- Mindfulness workshops/courses
I enjoy sharing meditation with anyone who is open to feel more relaxed and find effortless joy. What that means? Come and find out!