A morning ritual helps you to be already in the morning full of life and to consciously align yourself for the day.
When you get up, you set your intention for your day. Take some time for yourself. How much you need depends on you. Be kind to yourself and don’t take on too much. But it should also not be too little. With giving your time, you show your being appreciation, and you support it so that it can slowly recognize itself and unfold powerfully throughout the day.
Listen to your body, your feelings and your thoughts
Be with yourself and listen to your breath. Become aware that you exist and that you are alive. Become awake.
Feel yourself and your body. How does it feel today? Does anything hurt? Does your body wants movement? What does it need from you today? Give your body the space it needs right now.
Keep feeling. What feelings are inside you today? Take your time to notice them. Give them space and feel into them. Try not to judge, observe and feel into their meanings.
What are your thoughts today? Observe them for a while without judging or following them.
Activate your senses and listen to your soul
Now become aware of yourself once again. Become aware of yourself and activate your senses. What are you seeing right now? What is the taste in your mouth? What smell are you noticing right now? What sounds are around you? Gently touch your body and notice how it feels today. You are with yourself.
Go a little further and also become aware of your awareness of yourself. It is you who perceives all this, who experiences all this. Now bring this awareness of yourself into your attention and let it expand.
Your attention has now become more subtle. You feel and sense. Connect with your soul. Listen and dive into your realms.
Get in touch with this new day
Today you have been given another day of life. A new day that you can live awake in harmony with your truth saying Yes to life.
Breathe this day and welcome it.
The day will welcome you too…
The art of inner silence
In moments of deep silence we touch the core of our existence and learn to go beyond time and space.
Inner silence is essential in my life. I trust this mystical emptiness, which is nevertheless so full of abundance. In it I know my being is safe, in it I can listen to my soul and touch my innermost truth. I have always appreciated silence for its quality, as it has always been a safe haven for me to go to when the world around me has become too loud. In silence, I can breathe and - when I have lost my way in the hustle and bustle of everyday life - find my way back to myself.
Silence has many facets. It is quiet and loud, gentle and unpredictable. To fathom it, I have been to the primal mountains of the Himalayas, meditated in dark caves and swam in the crystal clear mountain lakes. I meditated in the living, never-sleeping rainforest of Brazil by day and by night. I was just by myself and I was with many people, listening to my silence and theirs. At some point, a silent knowing burst upon me that I was not prepared for, despite all my preparations. It fundamentally changed the way I live my life. Since then, I know the silence in me and I know myself in it.
Cultivating inner silence in everyday life is an art that requires a lot of dedication to learn. After all, we move from a world that is shaped by the outside into a world that is shaped by the inside. Crossing such thresholds requires a lot of sensitivity and gentleness with our being and thus also skills to deal with them, which we often have to learn first. In the silence you will meet undoubtably yourself. Such a tender encounter is too precious to not celebrate it accordingly.
There are many difficulties that can arise on the path to stillness. In addition to dealing lovingly with the obstacles that arise, I consider a personal preparation as essential before you go into stillness. Through a gentle preparation you create an inner space within yourself where stillness can feel at home. You then prepare your body and your emotional and cognitive experience for the silence and invite your whole being to be awake and present.
By taking time to prepare for silence, you give silence a value that goes beyond just spending time with silence. With each preparation, you cultivate a space within yourself where silence can feel at home as a guest. This creates a space in you that is still present in you even in the absence of stillness and can be nurtured by yourself continuously. So no matter which technique of going into stillness you prefer, with an appreciative preparation you give the subtlety of inner stillness a space in which it can create its home.
Learning from nature
Meditation leads us into a state in where our cells vibrate full of life. Our mind is awake and clear. We feel truly connected to all life and experience ourselves as part of something much greater than ourselves. In this being, silence blossoms in its full beauty. Everything is an expression of creative beauty and diversity. We enter a mystery in which pure being is the highest good and our existence is part of a great dance.
Meditation techniques are to be understood as signs along the way, which one can follow. Nevertheless, in the end everyone has to take their steps and make their experiences. We should not disregard the fact that we are on a path whose destination we do not know exactly. It is often described to us by others and the resonance of our longing serves as our only compass on this path.
It is always worth pausing and asking yourself where you are, where you have come from and where you want to go.
My greatest teacher is nature. Nature, with its essence of the natural, reminds us of essential qualities of life that are all too easily lost in everyday life. You have to know that most meditation techniques were developed at a time when we humans lived more within nature. Spiritual seekers usually lived for several years with their masters, surrounded by wild nature simple lifes. Today, the orderly, fast-paced structures of our modern civilisations make it difficult for us to enter the simple and original soul spaces that are within us. In the wilderness of nature, on the other hand, we can get in touch with them much more easily. The purity, beauty and originality of wild nature causes a sense of wonder all by itself, which can bring us almost magically into contact with our inner silence. Without words, we can humbly experience that we too are nature and let ourselves be reminded again of what life is.
In order to understand this a little bit more, I suggest that you take a look at the Canticle of the Sun by Francis of Assisi or read a beautiful nature poem once at home and once after a day spent in nature. You will be surprised by the difference in inner sensations. When the mind becomes quiet and simple, the language of the heart develops its own wisdom and teaches us what our soul are longing for.
An everyday approach to a fulfilled silence
So above all we need time, preferably in nature, to be able to touch a fulfilled inner stillness. Unfortunately, in our everyday life, a longer, unintentional stay in nature is usually not so easily possible in terms of space and time. Therefore, for us modern people, a different approach to stillness is also necessary. We cannot simply do the same as people with completely different life circumstances and then expect the same effect. Certainly, we will not achieve the same depth in everyday life as with longer time-outs, but with good preparation we can significantly increase the quality of inner silence.
What might this look like? First of all, let us be aware that every method of “going into silence” can only work with what is currently in our awareness. If there are only everyday thoughts, then even the best technique in the world cannot distil much more than these everyday thoughts in a highly concentrated form. This can then become a surprisingly loud experience for us and not exactly what we are actually looking for. If you create an appropriate space within yourself, then the techniques will help you to refine it further.
Spiritual traditions sow very fine seeds that want to be nourished and need to be strengthened again and again with a lot of patience and devotion. They are very pure vibrations that need time to expand within you. Every moment of pause contributes to this. The many small moments when you become still, breathe consciously and become aware of yourself will give these seeds sun and water to grow. The many small moments in which you connect with it allow your inner silence to grow.
So, in principle, we should prepare ourselves for stillness in every breath in order to nourish what we really want to live. That sounds a lot, of course. But it is quite simple. Just close your eyes for a moment and breathe a little while - just for you. And then? Just do it again… It is time that shows us the path we have walked step by step.
Every moment of contemplation is very precious. We cannot become self-aware often enough and remember our existence: you have a body, you can think, you can feel and you can act. When you are aware of yourself, you can truly live your own life in harmony with yourself. Every single moment we spend consciously with ourselves plants a seed of awareness that can germinate and grow in our lives. Also take the time to activate your body with all its cells. Give yourself time to feel and deepen your feeling. What do you feel? How do you feel? Become aware of yourself.
I would advise you to make time for it regularly at the beginning. You will then find it easier to develop a good foundation. For example, the
morning is a good time to align yourself for that day, or the evening is a good time to feel the day you have lived. Stay with yourself and listen.
Now comes something very important, something that nature reminds us of. Cleanse your mind with the highest and purest qualities that are available to you right now. Connect with joy, gratitude, compassion, love, connection and beauty. Remember that you have everything within you that you need right now. Everything is within you. Feel these qualities in your heart and breathe. Give yourself time. Have faith and allow these qualities to expand within you. With each time you weave a fine ribbon of contemplation that weaves more and more through your cells and will continue to accompany you through your life.
The more awake, purified and aligned you go into the silence, the deeper you will be able to dive into yourself and your truth. In this way, you can leave everyday life in a gentle way at any time, enter a filled space of deep silence, and return to everyday life deeply connected to yourself and your being. The frequency of silence will expand more and more within you and become your inner source for a true, creative expression of life.
Take some more time for yourself, close your eyes and give yourself a simple, inner smile.
Listen to your being and let yourself be touched by it.
Be with yourself
The kind of relationship we build with our fellow human beings has a decisive influence on its quality and what we can experience in this relationship. We can also build a good relationship with ourselves and nurture it throughout our lives. A good relationship with oneself is an important key to an authentic and fulfilled life.
Therefore, spend time consciously with yourself to really get to know yourself and to create and live a good relationship. To see what a great effect this will have on you and your self-perception, I would like to invite you to spend some time with yourself just 10 minutes every day to give time for just that. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer to take time in the morning, during the day or in the evening. It is time for you with you.
It is important that you consciously take time for yourself - just for you. During this time you are undisturbed. You can arrive in your time at yourself, feel and sense yourself and listen to your inner realms.
If you do this the first time you will probably feel strange. It will probably also take a little while until you can really calm down. Maybe you will feel uncomfortable at first. All this is fine, accept it as it is. All these feelings and thoughts are in you right now, they belong to you. But you are more, be aware of yourself and move on.
These 10 minutes with you will be easier if you start by simply observing your breath. Observe how you breathe in and out. Follow your breath through your body. Observe how it comes and goes. Observe how your body moves. Perhaps you can also observe what thoughts make you travelling away from your breath. Observe yourself lovingly and return to the breath again and again. The breath is what keeps you alive.
Listen to your inner voice
Also speak to your being again and again. Tell it that you are spending time with it now and that you have the desire to really get to know yourself. Give yourself the space for your Self to tell you about itself. Create an inner space of silence to hear the powerful voice of your soul. Listen with all your senses – as intensely as you can.
If you take this time for yourself, you will be amazed at what 10 minutes a day can change in a week.
Just give it a try and experience your being.
Growing with life
When we believe that we can evolve with life and have the necessary resources to do so, we can handle challenges in more powerful and creative ways. We can reach out to our true abilities and possibilities.
Psychologist Carol Dweck1 has spent many years researching how our self-image influences our lives. She discovered that we are essentially influenced by two basic inner attitudes. Depending on this basic attitude, we deal with change and challenges in our lives very differently.
Living with a fixed mindset
If we consider our talent, intelligence and abilities as something fixed, we usually give up quickly when faced with difficulties or even avoid challenges completely. The fear of failure inhibits us from developing our true potential. With this unchanging attitude, we are not willing to learn from mistakes because we are afraid to make a mistake at all.
Unfortunately, when we face life with this attitude, we cannot face many opportunities and possibilities that would support us to create a better life. If you discover this attitude in yourself - or perhaps you know someone else - then you will learn in the next section which attitude allows us to go through life with open eyes.
Living with a growth mindset
If we have a growth mindset and believe that we can always develop further, then we see defeats as personal challenges that we can grow from. With this attitude, we are willing to practise and make mistakes. We have the confidence that with enough time we can overcome anything. This attitude allows us to recognise new opportunities all by ourselves and to solve problems more creatively.
Science tells you that just believing in it is already enough to have a different experience of life. You have all the necessary resources within you to grow and develop. In addition, you have many resources available within your environment that will support you in your life. Difficulties in life give you the opportunity to understand yourself better, to learn something and to grow beyond yourself. Look at what you have already learned - you were once a baby that couldn’t even walk. Now you can do much more than just walk…
To experience the difference between the two mindsets, I suggest the following experiment. Choose two different places in a room, each place representing one of the mindsets. Then go to that place and switch once to the mindset of limited resources and once to the mindset of unlimited, growing resources. See what effect this has on your perception.
Believe that you can grow
Your inner attitude is one of the most important foundations for personal growth and development. Carol Dweck has explored two polarities and shown that with a growth mindset we have experiences in life that support our growth.
Believe that you can always evolve and that you have unlimited resources to do so. Now observe how your experience and actions change. Remember this when you encounter difficulties in life.
I have everything within me that I need for my development.
Dweck, C. (2007). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Ballantine Books. ↩︎