I started meditating at the end of 2016 without instructions, no knowledge about what meditation was, no preparation, no nothing! I simply sat down (in an uncomfortable cross-legged position), closed my eyes and let my curiosity guide me. I did this because I was awestruck with my thought process and my identification with it. I … Continue reading Altered states of consciousness and the eight Jhanas
The word "ego" is in my experience a very misunderstood word. People generally have a very different, and very surface level, understanding of this word when they use it in everyday language. Take for instance the phrase: "That guy has a big ego", which is commonly said of someone who puts a lot of emphasize … Continue reading The Ego Explained
We are all gathered here in this world to get through this thing called life. As there are no specific instructions on how to do this, we must go by feel a lot of the time, and when we do, we realize that all we really want is to suffer less and be more happy. … Continue reading Vipassana Meditation
I know that what the title says here sounds highly provocative, because you are after all not responsible for most events that may cause you to suffer, like having your wallet stolen, getting bullied or getting struck by lightning. These are all things that are out of your control and no one can blame you if … Continue reading You create your own suffering
Exactly this question, was what initially triggered me to start investigating my mind through daily meditation, philosophizing and contemplating seriously. I had been thinking a bit about it for a few days in a row, which resulted in an all night long discussion with a friend when I came over for dinner during those days. After … Continue reading Do I have free will?