Over the last years meditation gained popularity quickly in the Western world. There is probably not a more effective way to come to relaxation and mental balance. An Asian master once said though; ‘Using meditation just to relax the mind, is like using a diamond to stabilise an uneven leg of a table’.
Meditation trains the mind and has a wide range of positive effects, physically as well as mentally. It leads to a better functioning of the immune system and decreases the aging process of the brain and other body cells and brings and increases concentration, clarity, creativity, productivity and personal growth. This all is not only seen in the century long experiences in daily life, also modern research supports that these and other positive effects occur by meditating. Effects that, like changes in the functioning and actual structure of the brain, can be seen after a few weeks of meditation already.
It is for that reason that Apple, Google and Twitter have meditation trainers in their company for their employees. Especially because nowadays mental problems are responsible for a bigger part of sick leave and inability to work, than physical problems and the demand for mental achievements is probably higher than ever before. That it doesn’t make you soft but sharper and more productive, is shown by people like Steve Jobs, who meditated daily.
Also top athletes like Novak Djokovic and elite units of the (among others American) army have meditation as an important part of their training regime because it increases the performance under pressure. Next to that it is widely prescribed doctors nowadays, mostly under the name mindfulness.
What can I do for you?
With my company Meditatie.Amsterdam I arrange meditation training for individuals and groups, also within companies. This can be workshops, courses, weekly meditation sessions and retreats. Also I am author of the book ‘Meditation, your daily mini holiday’ (only available in Dutch) and have my own podcast about meditation (with also English episodes).
My approach is concrete, down-to-earth and to-the-point. I use practical and accessible methods that are fully aligned with the modern person and corporate world. All my trainings are thereby accessible for beginners as well as more experienced meditators. Only people that suffer from mental diseases like psychosis, bipolar disease or schizophrenia, my trainings are not suitable and them I recommend a more specialised meditation offer.
How does it work?
If you want to learn how to meditate, it is important to find a form that suits you. Meditation is just like physical sports, there are a lot of different ways and methods out there. My approach is contemporary and resonates for a wide audience, although it won’t be a 100% match for everybody. Do you want to find out what I do? Go to my website and experience if my method of meditation suits you. You will find there a lot of information, blogs, a podcast and free meditation audios. Also you can of course visit a training, which I give every week.
If my approach suits you, take a look at the training I offer and send me an email where I can help you.
Why can I help you?
There is no such thing like a university or quality mark for meditation trainers (yet). To my opinion the qualifications are met by amount of actual meditation experience and having didactical skills to bring that across. On my website you will find a complete blogpost about where to look for if you choose a meditation trainer.
As well as a trainer as in my own practice, I built a lot of experience the last few years. By now I welcomed hundreds of people at my training and spend more than four thousand hours on a meditation pillow myself. Next to the many books and (scientific) articles I read about the subject and the many courses I attended, I also did practical research in many different techniques and methods and attended several retreats. Do you want to get an impression about my background, click on the About page in the menu of my website. There you will find my story, several events I led and many testimonials of the people that attended my meditation training. Below you will find a few of those already.