From the compulsive torrent of thoughts and the healing pause

Have you ever walked next to an elephant? It can be life-threatening. Why? Because its trunk is constantly in powerful motion. That's why Hindus have the elephant carry a staff during processions, because this brings it to rest.



Our mind is the trunk - the meditation, the mantra, the breathing technique is the staff.

Of course, this wisdom is not mine, Prof. Vera F. Birkenbihl uses this image in her explanations about the value of techniques that allow us to calm down.

Or rather, the power of a brief standstill.

Because, she goes on to explain, our mind leads a never-ending monologue (for some - depending on their disposition - it even develops into a dialog). This is part of our nature and happens completely unconsciously.

If you interrupt this inner flood of thoughts for even just 10 minutes a day, you will notice an effect after a very short time.


How does meditation affect health and well-being?

Those who meditate regularly are not only calmer and more relaxed, but their ability to concentrate and their self-confidence, or rather their awareness of themselves, is automatically increased.

Brain researchers have found that the areas of the brain involved increase after just a few weeks of meditation.

The increased serenity has a positive effect on high blood pressure, pain and increased cholesterol levels.

The breathing techniques, usually newly learned, which send the breath further "into the belly" have been shown to have a similar effect to a massage for the internal organs.

Anyone who has ever tried it will agree that the difference is simply noticeable.


Does meditation always have a religious or esoteric aspect?

We do not find it. It can be used as a tool to calm the mind and body.

However, a feeling of transcendence can arise after a certain amount of practice.


What meditation techniques are there?

We would like to say in advance that even people who have not mastered the lotus position (like me) can start practicing meditation at any time.

You can meditate sitting, standing, lying down or even walking.

There are countless ways to calm the mind.

Breathing techniques come first and are also very effective, but constantly reciting a mantra can also work wonders. Many of these exercises can also be used in everyday life, because meditation is not only effective when you are sitting on a hip meditation cushion in a particularly stylish yoga outfit. For many, a walk in the woods, a mountain hike, gardening, baking bread, jogging or whatever is a tool to stop the chatter of thoughts - and therefore meditation.