Journey #94 – Latvia

In Tele2, Latvia which is a branch of one of a large telecommunication provider in Europe invited me to guide meditation and talked about Digital Detoxification, Mindfulness in Daily Life and Enhanced Creativity.

This was a full day training with 3 sessions in Riga, Latvia. There were in total 77 people joining the program. In brief, I talked about the nature of the mind and problems that might occur when the mind had to face different circumstances in our daily life, which are caused by how the lifestyle of people in the modern era has changed so much. 


If we don’t practice mindfulness, clean the mind through meditation, fix our bad habits and develop good habits, our mind will never be able to find peace and happiness and the overall working performance will decline.


But if we keep developing the quality of the mind by practicing mindfulness and meditation, we will also acquire wisdom from a still and peaceful mind that will lead to creativity, ability to make proper and effective decisions, confidence and no fear in any consequences. Participants felt peace and happiness when their mind stopped thinking for a moment. Many felt surprised that the meditation time was much shorter than the actual mind.


They felt relaxed, weightless, refined breathing as if they were not breathing, movements of the mind when it was still and inexpressible amount of love during loving kindness part of the meditation.


This is my forth time to be invited to BITE, which is also a telecommunication company in Latvia to speak about mindfulness and mental fitness.


I shared that the mind of everybody still has some impure elements, which can be called with different names: defilements, kilesas or viruses of the mind. If we don’t clean the mind, the mind can be controlled by these viruses and become weaker finally. To improve the mental fitness, we need to do something the opposite like practicing generosity, self-discipline and also meditation.

 I guided a short meditation session to the employees for 35 minutes. Many of them felt peace, relaxed, light, spacious and warm from within. They said the session felt like 5-10 minutes although the actual time was 35. Some had the feeling of floating. Although they were unable to move their body, that didn’t feel bad because their mind felt inner bliss.

Those who came on the previous years are still practicing until now. Some also recommend family members to meditate. The company also will provide a meditation room for their employees to relax and release tension during their intense working hours.

LP John a.k.a Monk John, who once a pianist, a photographer, and a computer programmer, has become a Theravada Buddhist Monk for 12 years after finished his PhD in Telematics. With the knowledge from his tech background, he has pioneered in developing the biggest free online self-development and meditation platform that has users from over 200 countries and territories. He travels the world and gives his insights on mindfulness, meditation and Buddhist philosophy for detoxing, balancing and enriching life of the modern world to individuals, NGOs, government agencies, universities, and companies (such as Google, Orange, Ogilvy, Teamwork, etc.) in 65 countries.

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