Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.
-Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
I first got interested in meditation in the year 2000 during a trip to Sri Lanka. Until 2010, I had a very leisurely approach to mindfulness . Five years ago the situation changed and I decided to study the topic more seriously. I was experiencing more and more sadness in my life. There were elements of course that could be identified as the cause of this sadness. The lost of people I loved, insatisfaction at work, not getting the success I was longing for in life, just to mention a few elements. Although, I was convinced that the main reason for this malaise was deeper. It could not be blamed on external conditions. Even though I had nothing to seriously complain about in life. I lived a certain kind of happiness but nothing really relieved me from this persistent discomfort of living. I then decided to explore meditation and have had great teachers along the way. They helped me to investigate the cause of this sorrow. I am extremely grateful to all of them. Thanks to their love, wisdom, patience and living example, I was able to observe the source of this discomfort. At the same time I decided to explore the very rich field of neuroscience of mindfulness. Combining a meditation technique and having some background about the functioning of the brain brought immense benefits to my practice. I could try afterward to apply this knowledge in everyday life. This webpage is about the different aspects that have helped my practice and a desire to share them with other practitioners.