To climb the mountain

"If you want to climb a mountain, you start at the bottom" or "Every journey begins with the first step" - nice sayings, certainly also truthful and yet you could always use counter-arguments, such as heliskiing or taking a taxi to the airport. So you can definitely choose abbreviations and accelerations, change location more quickly and overcome distances in a way that saves energy. And yet there are these sayings like: "Only where you have been on foot have you really been" for a specific reason. It contains wisdom that stimulates pause and thought. You question your own attitude and position on certain topics and on life. "Is my life balanced between work and leisure?" Then it goes on - what is "free time"? And why is work something so completely separate and different? In meditation, mindfulness connects to all areas. So it doesn't matter whether I work at my computer and hold video conferences or whether I have to rush to the plane because a meeting lasted longer than planned. The daycare is closed today and the children are at home while the household is screaming for cleaning and a customer actually wanted to pick up the new ring yesterday. When I am online with myself, so to speak, I pay attention to my needs and emotions from them, I act in a concentrated and conscious manner, regardless of whether it is so-called leisure time or job and where I move. But is that always possible? Don't I often just have to react without thinking for a long time or breathing consciously and being mindful of every step? Sure, it is often stressful in everyday life, driving a car and making phone calls, calming down children and having the last personal interview in your head - but what of this stress we can influence through conscious action and clear pauses. Isn't a respite in between as a distance to what is happening just like the meditation time in the morning? If we all smoked, we would have a short break for the length of a cigarette and would stand outside instead of inside in the office in order to come to what appears to be quiet. Apparently to rest, because nicotine has the opposite effect. And we tend to get nervous when the next cigarette fails. So no solution. But what is it about taking real breath? Really take in fresh air?


Taking my time and going out - that's what I would like to do and I often wish I would rather go out on the train on the way to work instead of witnessing disputes between passengers - the tightness of the train, the masks on the face - it's exhausting. Then I meditate. This works out. I don't even need headphones to acoustically shield myself. Then I take the first step like on a mountain and go inside myself with my attention. I breathe in, I breathe out - let go - and go inside. What does that really have to do with me outside of me? What can I do or not do and isn't being the only thing that matters right now? Many of them literally plunge into the flight of the Internet with their smartphones and sit hunched over on the train. But it doesn't really need to be. I sit straight, see and hear but am inside of me. Don't read internet tweets, just listen to my breath. A really good exercise in meditation practice is not to flee into other worlds, but to perceive value-free and mindful - to look carefully and at the same time to stay within yourself. Like climbing a mountain - perceive the environment, look exactly where which stone is in the way and take the next step. So I start a mountain from below and do without the helicopter. I go on foot and leave the car. And so come back in contact with myself, which grounds and calms me. The next round of requirements can come because I've refueled.