One of my spiritual masters once said that we all face our life according to three different attitudes.
There is the Tourist. A tourist usually works and travels only to go on a well deserved holiday, at least once a year. Uncomplicated but with clear ideas, a Tourist leaves the routine for another routine, just in a different place. A Tourist appreciates comfort and chooses ready-to-use solutions. For this reason, Tourists are often to be seen in the ClubMed kind of environment, maybe on a tropical beach, a must-see UNESCO site behind a well-mannered guide provided by their hotel or on a cruise with little or no excursions.
There is the Traveller. The main quest of a Traveller is knowledge. Curious and excited about the world, a Traveller does not refrain from taking some risks to see the unseen, to explore, provided that it’s worth seeing. It’s the kind of guy who “if the Lonely Planet guide mentions this, it must be good so let’s go.” A Traveller is ambitious and goes off the beaten tracks and checks the return ticket in the backpack every now and the, safety wise.
And then there is the Pilgrim. We don’t know much about this category of people because of a lack of evidence: when a Pilgrim sets off the destination might be known but there might be no coming back as well. What a Pilgrim is after is the higher Self.
I’ve never been a Tourist, as far as I remember. Comfort was never an option. I’ve mostly been a Traveller. I definitely want to be a Pilgrim, when time is right. I stopped searching. So I might be on the right track. Because if there is one thing all my travels revealed to me, here it is: the path unfolds as you step on it. But you have to take the first step.
I fulfil my calling as a Mindfulness instructor, language mediator and cross-cultural trainer between East and West. I do this by sharing with all my fellow humans what I have learnt on my way: foreign languages and cultures, the timeless wisdom and benefits of Eastern philosophies, a different view on health, a liberating connectedness with Creation.
I was born In Italy and grew up in Europe. Yet Asia is the land of my awakening.
In 2015 I was in Borobudur, Indonesia, where I first met the dharma, the Buddhist teachings about the real nature of all things. That was the start of my awakening. I dived into Mindfulness meditation, first as a personal therapeutical practice, attending the MBSR protocol by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and nowadays as part of my spiritual practice on the Noble Eight-fold Path of Buddhism.
I have followed trainings and retreats on Buddhist psychology and philosophy, emotional intelligence and neurosciences in Europe and Asia. In 2016, I had the privilege of attending the Mind and Life dialogue with His Holiness the XVI Dalai Lamain Brussels as well as the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference organised by the Tenzin Gyatso Institute in Oslo.
In February 2018 I graduated from the Advanced Master in Mindfulness Therapy and Neuroscience at the University La Sapienza of Rome, thus gaining the privilege to be a certified Mindfulness Instructor under the supervision of qualified trainers from the Italian CISM – Centro Italiano Studi Mindfulness and the University of San Diego, California.
And the path continues to unfold as I step on it, with trust.
Mark Twain once said:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
I will be happy to help you grow enough to celebrate the second most important day in your life, too. Just like I did. We are all interconnected. My path is yours.
Mirko Dharmakirti Coleschi
The Mind Square