Location: The Netherlands
Current Practice: Metta / Vipassana
Meditation Experience: I’ve been practicing meditation and yoga since November 2021. It was recommended to me when I went through a very dark period in my life. And while it didn’t take away all the pain right away, it slowly guided me to a more peaceful mind. Since then I’ve been exploring different practices, mostly in Buddhist traditions.
Reason for Volunteering: People often resort to meditation and mindfulness when they are suffering. So a lot of people are joining our community when they are in (dire) need of help, answers and guidance. I feel grateful to be able to help those people, together with our long standing members who have been key as well.
Favorite Thing About Our Community: The intrinsic motivation of people to help each other out, regardless of their race, religion, opinions, or whatsoever.
Favorite Quote: "There is a river of feelings within us, and every drop of water in that river is a feeling. To observe our feelings, we sit on the bank of the river and identify each feeling as it flows by. It may be pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. One feeling lasts for a while, and then another comes. Meditation is to be aware of each feeling. Recognize it, smile to it, look deeply into it, and embrace it with all our heart. If we continue to look deeply, we discover the true nature of that feeling, and we are no longer afraid, even of a painful feeling. We know we are more than our feelings, and we are able to embrace each feeling and take good care of it."