Dharana Blog

Welcome to our Little Meditation Blog. Here you can find our latest posts. It's regularly updated and filled with interesting articles about the practice of Meditation in everyday life. I hope it serves as a source of inspiration and valuable ideas that help you bring your meditation practice to the next level.
28/08/2016
Receiving Meditation Teachings Properly

Receiving Meditation Teachings Properly

Have you ever wondered how to receive meditation teachings from your spiritual teacher properly? It often appears as if simply listening to teachings, attending classes or reading about a specific subject means that we have “received a teaching”. There’s a subconscious belief that the accumulation of one’s intellectual knowledge and […]
29/05/2016
Life Can Be a Kind Teacher

Life can be a Kind Teacher

When life doesn’t go according to your plan (and it does happen to everyone) you will surely feel some form of stress. You have probably been looking forward to something or you had hopes and now it doesn’t work out. In other words: Life has other plans. But life can […]
28/04/2016
Meditation and Yoga Retreats in Thailand

Meditation and Yoga Retreats in Thailand

We recommend the following Meditation and Yoga Retreats in Thailand. The Retreats listed here are offering all kinds of experiences, from very strict to very relaxed, with or without Yoga, Qigong or Taiji. Are you looking for a relaxing health and wellness experience or rather for a hardcore temple retreat? […]
07/04/2016
Basic Meditation Practice for Beginners

Basic Meditation Practice for Beginners

I’ve spent many years on the spiritual path being quite overwhelmed concerning the huge offer of meditation techniques, books, teachers and systems. For a long time I did not know where to start and what to do. I have received many teachings and studied a lot but I never came […]
22/01/2016
When My Mother Held Me For The First Time

When My Mother Held Me For The First Time

One of the most important questions I have ever asked myself seriously was this one: “When my mother held me for the first time… how might she have felt?” Please just hold on for a minute and allow your heart to be touched a little bit by this… just a […]
16/01/2016
Why Are You So Ugly

Why Are You So Ugly

“Tell me one thing… why are you so ugly?” – This question hit me hard while I was standing there having an innocent cup of coffee in the dining hall of the monastery. One of the monks who was standing close to me started this very odd conversation with me. […]
06/01/2016
Beginning Stages of Meditation

Beginning Stages of Meditation

When we practice meditation it is often helpful to have a step-by-step outline of the path. Today I’m going to provide you with an outline of beginning meditation practice. It can help you with your sessions and hopefully inspires some decent progress. The steps I’m showing you below are onward […]
31/12/2015
Singing at the Traffic Light

Singing at the Traffic Light

Question:   “I try to practice daily since the retreat, so about a month (walking meditation, sitting, eating, awareness ..) and though there is definitely a global feeling of well being, I have sometime this feeling that it is getting a bit “obsessive/compulsive”. I was trying to let go control by […]
16/12/2015
It Is Like This

It is like this

One of the most powerful sentences I have come across ever is as simple as it gets. My grandfather used to tell me that “it is just the way it is” or “it is like this”. We used to make fun of this type of saying when he was still […]
10/12/2015
Like water in the Desert

Like Water in the Desert

I simply ddThe key to good practice of meditation and to getting deeper lies in practicing the right path consistently with proper attention. Once your teacher has shown you the right path and given you all the instructions you should start putting it into practice diligently. Practice everyday without worrying […]
06/12/2015
This Too Shall Pass

This too shall pass

“This too shall pass” is an ancient phrase that has helped many of us to keep their sanity in difficult situations. The simplicity and power of this little statement goes far beyond just contemplating that a problem will turn into a solution eventually. It also reminds us that it works […]
04/12/2015
Our Recommended Books

Our Recommended Books

As I am so often asked what reading material is best for the time after the retreat. I thought that it would probably be a good idea to list all our recommended books on here. All of these books are highly relevant if you have joined one of our retreats […]