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”…
Did people from the past know more about happiness than we do today? Despite all the technology and progress of our time, we still don't know little about happiness.
Did they know the secrets? The elite of philosophers realized what the essence of happiness is. That's why their extraordinary knowledge and advice have survived over 2.000 years until today.
We have Eckhart Tolle, and the Romans had Marcus Aurelius, guiding them towards a purposeful and mindful life.
Marcus Aurelius’ book the Meditations reads like an ancient version of Eckhart Tolle’s book New Earth. …
You finally know what your dream job is?
It took you ages to figure out what your passion is and how you want to spend the next years of your life. But how to get there?
Are you as far away from your dream job as from becoming a millionaire? I know how you feel. I have been there myself. It took me 5 years working in corporate finance until I knew how I want to spend my life.
After taking a year to travel the world, I knew I could not go back to my old job I want…
You start speaking and your voice is shaking. Your hands are sweaty, you are anxious and there is nothing you can do about it.
It scares you. Now, they think you are incompetent and a beginner. But actually, you know exactly what you are talking about. You are well prepared.
Why are we still so nervous when we have to speak in front of important people like CEOs?
I have been working with CEOs my entire career and the post covid nervousness hit me unprepared.
After getting Covid-19, I had to deal with heavy brain fog and the difficulty of…
I have studied the habits of plenty of successful people and all of them, if male or female, offline or online success, mention journaling as one of their habits. Is this the secret of their success?
I always thought journaling is a waste of time and had no clue what I should write about. Having an open mindset made me try it because there must be something to it if the top performers of our time do it.
Right before work, with a freshly brewed coffee in my hand, I was ready to tap into the power of journaling. …
For a long time, I thought, it’s all the politician's fault.
They don't do what is right because it is inconvenient or they don't believe in scientific evidence. And for some, this is clearly the case.
But look what happens when politicians actually do the inconvenient and protect the people. They act out. They protest. Conspiracy theories are on the rise.
If politicians would do what is necessary to stop climate change, what do you think would happen?
People would be outraged. They can’t accept to compromise for the greater good. The consequence is politicians cannot do what is needed…
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…