Tag: Buddhism

Mental Health, Mindfulness and the Workplace

Since finishing my Mindfulness Trainer course and preparing my first deliveries for January, I often get asked if I can solve Mental Health issues. The answer is ‘no’, as I am not a therapist. When you get asked what mental health is, I bet you say something like ‘it’s a disease or illness of the mind’. But is it? For me that sounds really bad. An illness, a disease. Wow. But, you aren’t wrong, and often we put it down to stress, or someone not being able to cope. But mental health, and I need to stress again that I am not a health professional, can be anything from a mood disorder like depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality and psychotic disorder. It can result in eating disorders, trauma related disorders and lead to substance abuse. I looked that up, admittedly, as I didn’t want to miss out on anything. This is huge. Let’s just take a moment and reflect on the extend of those disorders, and what it means to you and people around you. I openly admit having had anxiety. Yes, that is very common, but up until a few years ago, people didn’t talk about it. Most

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Sunday Column (486)

Isn’t it just fabulous when the sun comes out? It feels like summer, and the mood is just great. It feels like everyone is out and about to make things happen, to push forward, spring is in the air or summer almost. I sent out an email to a few of my LinkedIn contacts this week, as I am determined to find my next position soon. It is time to roll up my sleeves and get stuck into the daily sales grind, strategically positioning and growing propositions in market. That is what I do, that is what I am good at. But I also look at alternatives to adtech, more focused on bringing the best to clients direct or working for clients direct maybe? Let’s see what life holds. I am excited about the opportunities. About what life has to offer us. I published a podcast this week with Katie Ledger who is an amazing woman and a great coach and guest. Speaking to her makes you think about life, about what you cherish and what is really important to you. People like her I find inspiring and motivating. I am hopeful my listeners feel the same listening to our

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Sunday Column (405)

I feel tired. Maybe the weather change, maybe the wine, maybe just being on the edge of winter? The fire is on, I am finalising my blog on Sunday morning. Not that it is that cold, but why not. However, I also feel full of energy. I am bursting to put more hours and effort in to get things done. Make this my world, my day, my minute. Make time work. Make this my life. Somewhat, over the last few months, I feel more in charge of what is happening than I have ever done before. This is a new but amazing feeling. As my American friends would say, I am pumped! Beer. Football. Fun on a Saturday afternoon. Fish and chips, take away pizza and a curry. Am I turning into a Brit? No doubt I still have my German accent, yet I feel, after 15 years, things are coming together, and I am more settled than ever in this society. I love this country. Passport or not, am I turning my back on Germany? Slowly but surely I am I think. Whilst I still have my roots there, no travel is required to the fatherland at the moment,

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Seeing is Believing

I wanted to write a blog post for a while about my belief system. Why I am a Buddhist and so close to that “religion” or philosophy. Instead I thought I share some more pictures to not bore you with the same text and reasoning. The first one is about Karma. Karma is important for me. I like to treat others with respect and this note clearly points out that how you are treated by others is not your problem. It is theirs. It reminds me of how I have been treated by some over the past few months. I don’t worry about it. It is how I react to any treatment that affects my own Karma. This is what is important to me. The second picture suggests Buddhism being a science of mind rather than a religion. For me religion doesn’t mean anything. For me Buddhism is a philosophy, a way of life with a lot of tools to make your life more pleasant for you and others. Maybe I oversimplify Buddhism. I understand that there is more to it. But for the time being I like to see it as a science not a religion. Really! This nicely

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Buddhist Thoughts: Tigers

I came across the below in a newsletter the other day. It is an excerpt of Pema Chodron’s latest book, The Wisdom of No Escape. I thought it would be worth sharing! Tigers Above, Tigers Below There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs, and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life, it might be the only

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Buddhist Thought: Act Upon

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? Buddha This is with anything you do. If you don’t act on what you want to achieve, there will be no outcome. You can read, think and discuss Buddhism forever, but until you meditate, go inside yourself and calm your mind; until you experience inner peace; until you experience Buddhism… you will not find out what it is like. Start practising today! Love and Kindness, Volker

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Buddhist Thought: Death once again

You can confront the prospect of your own death and try to analyze it and, in so doing, try to minimize some of the inevitable sufferings it causes. Neither way can you actually overcome it. However, as a Buddhist, I view death as a normal process of life? Knowing that I cannot escape it, I see no point in worrying about it. – His Holiness the Dalai Lama This is a very true quote. If nothing else is certain, death is and always will be. It is part of life. The beginning and the end. Alpha and Omega. Stop worrying about it. I may die today. It will create suffering to my family and friends but not to me. In the endless quest to escape samsara, I end up on this earth again. For the second time, or third, or hundreds. Who would know? Have a safe week, stay alive. Live every moment. Volker

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Buddhist Thought: Do the work!

You should do the work yourself, for buddhas only teach the way. – Dhammapada Buddhism, and I often forget, is not only a theoretical philosophy or way of life. Particularly for the later this is associated with practice. The work you put in for being a better human being, helping others, putting others above yourself, being detached from possessions, and being a good human. And of course there are more things to it. From my point of view the personal development, calm, and meditation. There is something for everyone in Buddhism. But Buddha only guides the way. You have tout it into practice. Have a great week. Volker

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Buddhist Thoughts: Trust your ability

Do not underestimate your ability. – Geshe Chekawa, “In Advice From a Spiritual Friend” We all question our abilities at some point or another. We all on the other hand have seen people surviving extreme situations. Often, when the human body is pushed to the limits, one realises how much more one is capable of doing. Now, don’t underestimate this. Be aware of what you can do and take on the challenge. Be bold and brave. Embrace what you thought was impossible. Buddha bless, Volker

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Sunday Column (167)

This week started with a bank holiday. I really could get used to 3 days weekends. Also, I finally bought what I was going on for for the last few months: an iPad. Yes, after converting to an iPhone, reading Steve Jobs’ Biography, then “Inside Apple” and now the biography of Joan Baez, I am so taken with Apple (and subsequently with the 60ies/Hippie attitude) that the next purchase will be an iMac. That has to wait until we have moved though. The iPad is aiming to replace my netbook which my MIL (mother in law) will appreciate. Also when I start commuting longer from the new place there will be plenty of use for an iPad from reading the paper to writing this blog. By the way the new place. We really annoy our solicitors and mortgage advisor. After some mistakes on their end, it has now all been verbally sorted. Once things are confirmed in writing we are going to exchange contracts (hopefully next week) and then move early June. Fingers, toes and legs crossed. We cannot wait. Life is on hold until we can settle. No new purchases, no BBQs, no new paint on the wall. We

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