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With this simple app you have access to all the guided meditations and teachings of former Buddhist monk Stephan Pende. [...] »

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Feeding your Demons and Mindful Dreaming

“It’s a horrible dream and I have it ever so often,” said the dreamer. “I am in my childhood home and I go to bed when then the trouble starts. I hear sounds from outside and I realize there are no walls in my room. The house is wide open and I know a man will enter and harm [...] »

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You have the right to be here

Ella appeared last Monday in our self-compassion group. Stephan had read Rumi’s poem “What was said to the rose” and paused to ask us: “What do you think was said to the rose that made it open? And to the inhabitants of the town of Chigil that makes them so handsome?”  Then Ella appeared. In my mind that is. Ella [...] »

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Mindfulness is a process of relationship

We crossed paths by the elevator on platform 2. And in 2  minutes he taught us a lesson in embodied mindfulness and how to relate to the world whole heartedly. Stephan and I were fresh out of the forest, with our bikes, and I was well into a gloomy speech about the smell of pee and the horrors of the [...] »

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Dream Ballon

Dream Yourself Awake

"So how do they fly in their dreams?" she asked and smiled slyly. "Well that depends", I replied, "some use their arms like birds flapping their wings. Others depend on flying aids such as broom sticks and carpets. I once met a girl who flew on a chair. And recently I myself flew on 5 milk boxes with a group of [...] »

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The joy of retreat

  The Mighty Silence I especially enjoy the silence. For some people it’s difficult to get used to. But I have never met anyone who kept suffering from the silence. Most come to appreciate not having to do the social positioning. My name, my job, my back ground, how much I make a month and the social networking.  As much as [...] »

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Mindfulness Bell

Natural Mindfulness Bells

Holger is my Natural Mindfulness Bell. He is also my neighbor. A short, blond, blue eyed and very loud person. Every morning somewhere between 7.00 and 9.00 he slams the door to his flat open and enters the world. Instead of seeing him as a disturbance I stop whatever I am doing and focus my awareness on him. Sometimes [...] »

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We are in this together

The trees on the banks of the Hudson river were warm and yellow red, the day I met the founding father of modern dream group work - and through him myself. I had left Brooklyn in the morning too late. The inner judge was having a blast with the fearful child as his hostage. But the inner conversation ended [...] »

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Quotes for your Meditation

Here you find some quotes which can inspire you in your meditation practice. Go slowly through them and reflect. What feelings, thoughts and images come up? Is there any quote which speaks to you and which you want to take with you into your day? You can also download the picture and put it onto your device as a reminder.   [gallery [...] »

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Summer retreat

Sky Gazing and Death

My father died last week. I will live a little longer and then die as well. He died without much struggle; for some hours I was breathing with him, then the breathing just stopped and there was space and peace. How can I prepare to let go the same way at the time of death? And how can I [...] »

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