After being a Buddhist monk for 12 years, Gelong Thubten became depressed. It was a shock for him. And for me, too, when he shared his story. I thought monks have it all figured out.
When we think we have arrived, we are stuck. We can always learn something new about ourselves wherever we are on our journey.
Gelong joined a 4-year retreat on a Scottish island, cut off from the outside world. No news, no internet, no meetings with people outside the retreat location.
He describes the first two years as “falling through space with nothing to hold him”…
Mindfulness is like fitness. If you don't move your body and only eat junk food, your health and fitness will decrease. It’s the same with mindfulness. If you don't nurture consciousness and presence in your life, you will slide back into the grab of the ego.
I wasn't aware of that. I thought once you have reached a certain level of awareness, there is only one way which is up the mindfulness ladder.
I was wrong.
When deadlines took over my life, I had no time to go for a walk or follow my morning routine. And it showed immediately…
My niece is like a little sister to me, and I always try to be a good example and teach her how to develop a growth mindset. Since writing on Medium, I update her regularly on how it goes for me. During our last call, I told her proudly with consistency and hard work I gained over 1.000 followers.
I thought that must be pretty impressive for an 11-year-old. But she wasn't impressed. I asked her if she is still on Tik Tok and she told me about her new account. …
Hot water hits my skin. I am feeling grateful for everything in my life. It’s just a normal Saturday morning. A cozy breakfast with the person I love just passed. Enjoying a hot shower, my thoughts wander. I think about myself and all the problems I developed in my life. And just like that, I figured out the root cause of all the self-created troubles in my life.
Fear. Overwhelming fear. It was never more clear to me than in this moment. I have spent years being mad at my parents for not supporting me during my studies, for not…
Have you been avoiding the news about climate change and how bad it is? Do you feel you cannot do much and it is painful to change? The world is on fire and we know we need to level up if we want to keep living comfortably in the future.
All the measures taken by governments and businesses are leading in the right direction if we would have started 20 years ago. Then it would have been fine. But now, we are running out of time. We need every improvement towards a zero-emission society we can get.
What you do…
Waving goodbye to my team on Zoom, I take a deep breath to handle the frustration. Another meeting where I couldn’t make my point. Everybody expressed their opinions, repeating the same thing over and over again. Then the time was up, and I got one minute when everybody was already leaving — and of course, nobody was listening.
Sometimes they let me speak, but they don’t listen. I often wonder if I talk non-sense or if they just don’t care. …
Megan is a nutrition coach who got divorced, became a mom, and built a 7-figure business all at the same time. It sounds crazy to go through the emotional rollercoaster of a divorce and having a baby while building a profitable online business. How did she do it?
She believes the financial pressure of not having a Plan B and needing to support herself and her daughter gave her the strength to push through to build Metabolism Makeover. Failure was just not an option.
It is tough to be a leader. I acknowledge it but for the sake of all of us; we need more leaders, which are at least a tiny bit inspiring to stay motivated in the chaos.
When I graduated, I was keen on bringing my best potential to the world, excited and motivated. But then, I noticed engagement and drive are not rewarded. What’s up with this, dear C-suite executives? Isn't that what you always advertise you want?
You feel something is going on. You don't know exactly what, but the management is hiding something. They are always working on confidential projects, but this time it feels different?
Noticing you are the last one to understand what is going on feels baffling. But if you can read the signs, you can take immediate action to influence your situation.
Being acquired is nerve-racking. The uncertainty during the interim period will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. I just went through it. On some days you feel optimistic, on other days you think you will get fired. …
I couldn't have been more average. I went to an average university, lived in an average town, and my grades were good but not top-notch.
After finishing university, I was working as a consultant in a Corporate Finance advisory company. No, not one of the big 4.
First, I was super excited to get into the work-life and do important things. But after 2 years, I was so bored with this routine life. I couldn't bear the thought that this was it. This is my life. Really? It freaked me out, but I had no exit plan. …