Meditation Coaching (Engl.)
Coaching in meditation and central Dharma concepts
The tradition I am trained in is called Samatha-Vipassana.
Samatha means ‚peaceful abiding‘ and Vipassana means ‚clearly distinguished perceiving‘ or ‚insight‘.
Samatha trains the mind to cultivate joy, serenity and equanimity through focused attention and mindfulness.
These provide a smooth basis for the exploration of deeper layers of phenomena, which, for instance, can bring us the insight that everything is in ongoing and interconnected change, and that there is no such thing as permanence at the level of the sensory experience, which ultimately, including the mind sense, is any experience. This can lead further to the insight that this impermanence cannot be controlled and that really, there is no such thing as a separate self in control of its experience – but that instead, what appears as a distinct entity in the world, is truly an interconnected part of the whole.
If this is not only understood intellectually but also experienced on the intuitive level, it can result in emotions being perceived as less stressful, pain as less solidified, the mind generally being more adaptable and resilient in all kinds of situations, and contented and happy independently of circumstances – just to name a few.
Many other wonderful techniques such as walking meditation or loving-kindness meditation, in addition to training attention, awareness and mindfulness, serve to support the development of deeper satisfaction with the simple things of life and a general equilibrium in regard to all things being human.
The main workbook is TMI / The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa / John Yates; but I am also familiar with and dedicated to Daniel Ingrams MCTB, Fire Kasina, Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness, Loch Kelly’s open-heart awareness, Mahamudra, Advaita Vedanta and more goal-oriented pursuit of deep liberation.
I give individual sessions via Zoom, Google Hangouts or Skype.
Payment: according to income, guide value is € 70, adequately less with lower income and more with higher income.
The practice of meditation, and especially the sole use of deconstructing techniques such as Vipassana can be associated with side effects.
In such cases it is very important to get prompt support from appropriately trained coaches, teachers, doctors and / or psychotherapists.
A balance in the development of
– intellectual understanding (study),
– integrity (ethical principles and their implementation in daily life),
– body awareness,
– concentration, mindfulness and insight
is highly recommended.