The meditative journey is a paradox. While it is deeply shaped by others, it is always a personal journey.
The most passionate meditators are driven by curiosity. Their paths can take many forms, it will be different for each of us. Mine started while I was living in Asia, the birthplace of many meditative traditions.
It has expressed itself as practice and research into early meditative traditions, some of them lost. It was shaped by the guidance of meditation masters in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, and was deepened with personal practice and exploration, in daily life and silent retreats.
From struggle to flow
My meditation story
From the neuroscience lab to the monastery
During a typical week I was buried in scientific articles and was running neuroscience experiments so I could write my Ph.D. thesis. On weekends I was waking up early and was heading to a temple to learn meditation.
It wasn’t easy. I was flooded in thoughts, tensing up under the onslaught, barely able to follow basic instructions like following the breath. I am deeply non-religious, but I remember praying in desperation for my mind to stop the noise. It didn’t work.
I do not know why, but I kept at it. My teacher saw my struggle and started giving me personalized advice. My meditation practice was transformed. I learned what worked and what didn’t work for me. Instead of following templates, I started to own my practice and adjusted it to focus on what worked for me.
Creativity and freedom entered my practice and things started to shift. The thoughts were still there, but I could connect with a sense flow and ease that led to deeper experiences. Gradually, I rediscovered meditation.
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