Journey # 95 Albania

I went to organize a series of mindfulness and meditation for psychologists in Albania. The program is called the inner life, which is organized by an acclaimed psychologist Fleura Shkembi, endorsed by the Albanian Order of Psychologists in Tirana. The training went for 2 days with 4 meditation sessions.

I shared how changing the perspective of life will help us to let go better. Meditation also helps control the mind so that it is not under the control of the mental viruses. The participants felt light, spacious, peaceful and comfortable. Some felt that their body disappeared.
Some saw the inner light within their body. In some sessions, there were participants who could visualize the inner brightness or inner sphere clearly … allowing them to feel peace and contentment when they closed their eyes. Some also had different experiences such as feeling the heaviness of the body, feeling the movement of the body, feeling body disappearance or falling from the sky.

In a longer session, which lasted 40 minutes in total, there were people who saw the sun shining from within their bodies. A pregnant psychologist, who couldn’t meditate on the first session because her baby kicked her all the time, said that once she used the baby as her meditation object she could meditate the whole time and the baby didn’t kick her anymore. She could see inner brightness and felt extreme contentment during the meditation.

In Albania, I had a chance to visit the Mesdhetar University located at the capital city Tirana and guided a meditation session for students. Most of them come from the department of psychology and this was their first time doing meditation.

I shared that normally the mind of human beings will keep thinking in a loop about the problems in the past and expectations in the future. As a result, we were rarely able to finish our thoughts without proper concentration. But when we could, we put too much force and became stressed later on. Meditation allows us to stay with one single thought and increases both awareness relaxation at the same time. This improves the quality of the mind, boosts creativity and enables us to feel happy even though many problems still persist.

Then I guided a 25-minute meditation session. The students and professors had good meditation experience alike. They didn’t feel their body, they didn’t breathe at some point but they felt content during that moment. Some saw a bright shining sun at the center of the body. 

Even though the sun was hot but they didn’t feel bad at all. A professor also shared that she had meditated for a long time but the sessions were not really as deep as today. She felt really happy and thankful for that.

Even though the sun was hot but they didn’t feel bad at all. A professor also shared that she had meditated for a long time but the sessions were not really as deep as today. She felt really happy and thankful for that.

The final mission abroad of 2019, I went to guide a meditation in a retreat at Dajti mountain in Albania for a group of Albanians who were interested in mindfulness and meditation practice. Most of them had meditated before.

 I started the weekend by giving a new definition of happiness that true happiness did not come from searching but happiness was about overcoming unhappiness from the mind. But in order to remove the causes of unhappiness permanently, we needed to begin by changing ourselves. Then I explained the nature of the mind that the mind refused to change because of the mental viruses (sometimes we call them defilements). Thus changing ourselves is difficult.

Meditation will strengthen the mind and let it develop a higher discipline that will lead to permanent and sustainable changes finally. Then I guided over 5 sessions of meditation practice. People enjoyed the sessions and had good experiences from their practices. Some felt that the time went very fast. The inner voice slowly subsided and the body was very light. Some felt that the body was shrunk and became like a dot there was an expansion at the same time. 


Eventually, she felt she was falling from the sky. She didn’t feel the awareness of the breath at the same time. Some saw inner brightness that became brighter and brighter and got excited because it was the first time seeing something like that. Some saw the bright sun at the center of the body (see the attached photo) together with the warmness that she could transmit to the people of the world. The participants all wanted to apply meditation in their life to find true everlasting happiness from within.

LP John Paramai visited Albania in 2019

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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