Mindfulness means to be present in the Here and Now.
It is not a method and nor is it a mere concept. It is an essential element of the wisdom teachings on our planet and therefore not just some fad at the beginning of the 21st century. To be conscious now and to be present here is completely natural and yet at the same time quite exceptional. Our habitual patterns and our reactivity take us everywhere, always away from the present moment. To awaken from reactivity is the starting point of creative action and the emergence of insight and compassion.
Compassion, both for ourselves and for others, is a quality that arises from the practice of mindfulness and one that is realized by it. Through immediate and ever deepening experience of the interdependence of everything there is, the clear-seeing of mindfulness is complemented by the warmth of the compassionate heart.
In the last two decades there have been countless clinical studies conducted in regard to mindfulness and meditation and as a result this scientific research has been able to clearly demonstrate the positive effects of a regular practice of mindfulness. It has been successfully applied in stress management, pain therapy and also in the prophylaxis and treatment of mental disorders such as depression. And here, next to the acquisition of positive abilities such as improved self-awareness and self-regulation, the foundation for the development for equanimity, compassion and kindness is strengthened on a neurobiological level.
In the framework of general preventative health care, and also in regard to specific topics such as stress, burn-out, depression or other mental illnesses, I offer lectures and workshops on an introduction to the practice of mindfulness. My particular interest lies in the implementation of mindfulness in hospitals, corporations and public organizations. Furthermore, I am also available for interview requests relating to the topics of mindfulness, compassion and health care.
As part of his collaboration with the magazine moment by moment Marc is regularly conducting dialogues and interviews with renowned teachers and experts in the field of mindfulness and meditation.
Since twelve years of age I have been intensely involved with existential questions such as ‘Who am I or what am I?’.
At the age of eighteen, this search led me to begin practicing Vipassana meditation as developed by S.N. Goenka. Shortly thereafter I traveled to the Buddhist monasteries of Sri Lanka and Nepal where I was deeply inspired by my encounters with Nyanaponika Mahathera and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
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