From an early age, I was taught to be an achiever, to overcome obstacles and to know that I can do whatever I decide if I choose to pursue it. With this inner attitude of mine, I encompassed many things at once, overcame one obstacle after another, obtained one degree after another, completed many courses, read hundreds and hundreds of books. I was not accustomed to just rest and do nothing for a while, because only in activity lay my strength, my value and basically the meaning of my life. During my fifteen-year academic career, I wrote ten books, lectured at a number of universities and conferences in the Czech Republic and abroad, including the USA, India, Iceland, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Fiji. I have lectured for thousands of hours on the topics of International Relations, Global Terrorism and Conflict Resolution, and I received many teaching awards. It was all very fulfilling but there was always this question: what is the meaning of it all?
I realized that when I have accomplished what I had set out to do, I was happy with myself, I felt fulfilled and there was a feeling of inner satisfaction. On the other hand, I noticed that this feeling lasted only for a fleeing moment and it wasquickly replaced by a new itching to achieve yet another goal. It was like a vicious circle of news desires to achieve new goals. Over and over again. One fleeting situation succeeded another and in the meantime, so much of my energy, effortas well as my inner will and tenacity were being exhausted.
Even though I have been reading books on inner development since I was about fifteen years old, it wasn’t until much later that I understood that there was no permanent inner happiness in such intense activities. This realization came especially with the birth of my three children, when feelings of fulfillment and love came so naturally and by themselves even in rare moments of rest. And so I said to myself that that was enough. From then on, I would try to be still for a while and immerse myself in the fulfilling silence that we all have the potential to find within ourselves beyond our restless mind.
And so, in the midst of controlled and thoughtless mind, liberating calm and peace appeared. I realized that it is precisely the quiet mind that, on the one hand, brings inner fulfillment and, on the other, helps to intuitively perceive our particular direction in life that we want to live to the fullest.
It will be my utmost pleasure to share with you what I have learnt as part of my life-long practice with mental techniques. It would be selfish to keep this knowledge all to myself.