Tag Archives: inner peace

Non-conceptual happiness

Our brain is constantly making sense of the world around us through looking for familiar concepts, recognizing familiar objects and shapes and putting them all into an inner map telling us whether we are doing fine, how do we fit in, how do we compare, how should we feel, whether “our life” is good and […]

The mind and “I”

Question: “What is the difference between “the mind” and “I”? You can find a lot of definitions of “mind” in spiritual literature, ranging from all-positive to an “evil one”. But, really, if we look at the mind – that thing that processes everything in our head – is only a tool, it is like a […]

The refuge of Now

An uncertain world and uncertain times. But when was it different? We can drive ourselves nuts with thoughts about the future – “what will become of me?”, “what if things never change?”, “what if I never find my place?”, “what if I will be forever alone?”. And the emotional pain that follows that kind of […]

Meditation and inquiry – two wings of self-realisation

People come to the realisation of their true nature by many different ways, there is no one single “right” way or method, because what we call Absolute, God, Buddha Nature, our true nature, the Being, etc.- is unlimited, it includes the whole spectrum of form manifestations, and can realise itself through any form or method […]

True confidence

Talking to a friend recently I mentioned that I was extremely shy and had very low confidence in my younger years. She looked surprised and said with a look of disbelief “you are one of the most confident people I ever met”. In my childhood, I faced a lot of criticism and non-acceptance, which was […]

Hermit in winter Kyoto

Everybody loves Kyoto, but most tourists give it a miss during winter. But I would never forget the pure magic of its moody, dark weather, crystal clear, fresh air and occasional wet and sticky snowfall. There was this amazing and essential bareness in everything, like the world was stripped clean of anything non-essential and there […]

Love flowing into now

After searching and meditating for years, I’ve started to see how endless chewing on abstract “me”-thoughts was pulling me away from simply being here and enjoying now. I tried different mindfulness techniques, struggling in vain to pin my unruly mind to here and now…but it didn’t work. For my Ego, there wasn’t simply anything interesting […]