Silent and guided meditation

Without practice, our minds can drift (up to 50% of the day!) into daydreams, distractions, and reactions to irrelevant stimuli. This often manifests as spontaneous, self-referential thoughts, memories, anticipations, and imaginings, mostly without metacognitive awareness (think constant thinking, self-criticism, or incessant worry about the state of the world). It reduces both your productivity and your well-being (Buckner et al., 2008; Gurnard & Raichle, 2001; Killingsworth & Gilbert, 2010; Smallwood & Schooler, 2006).

Meditation improves your concentration and provides deeper self-insight. It’s like mental kung-fu: maintaining inner stillness by not identifying with attractive thoughts and enticing emotions. The simplicity of “not doing” has a transformative impact: in that inner silence, you learn to control your autonomic nervous system and access increasingly subtle nuances in the experience of yourself and reality, and how you can influence that experience.

The exercises are derived from Mahamudra (Great Seal), Dzogchen (Great Perfection), Zen Buddhism, and Tantric Shaivism.

  • What meditation is and how to practice it
  • Techniques to achieve inner calm and silence
  • How your mind works
  • How to deal with difficult thoughts and emotions
  • How to see through your conceptual stories and conditioning
  • Ways to apply your new experiences and insights to daily life

AS: “Wow, what a transformative experience. The meditation techniques from this training come from a unique lineage and are completely different and much more intense than other ‘meditations’ I know, which often boil down to ‘Do nothing.’ I experienced what it is like to observe sensations, thoughts, and emotions without being distracted or carried away by them. And how it is to see myself and the world from a different, more realistic perspective. In my daily life, I am constantly applying these meditation techniques and I notice that I feel sharper, calmer, and freer, with a new appreciation and contentment with life as it is, without the urge to change things. Only now do I realize how much I was actually driven by unconscious impulses. This was just the very first step and I can’t wait to delve deeper into these techniques under Stijn’s guidance.”

MK: “My first experience with a meditation training at House of the Beloved was incredibly inspiring. I was looking for depth in my practice and found exactly what I needed, thanks in part to the many insights from the Dzogchen and Mahamudra traditions. What made this experience truly unique was the atmosphere that Stijn managed to create: a safe and inviting environment where everyone could open up and share their experiences. The friendliness of the group enhanced this warm experience. Additionally, the food was very well organized. I am really looking forward to the next session and would highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to learn to meditate.”