Acknowledgments & About me
At this point I would like to thank my grandmother for the formative key experience on the ferris wheel. I want to thank her a second time for giving birth to my mother. Because without my mother, I and this book would not exist. Thank you mother for giving me the affection I needed in my childhood and, together with my father, for raising me to be independent at an early age. That made a lot of things easier for me in life - especially to go my own way.
Thank you to my great wife, the greatest happiness in my life, who inspires me in her very special way and who "endured" all those months of my mindfulness (writing) with equanimity and joy. But I would not end here without mentioning our two funny dogs who can be true masters of mindfulness and have given me further impulses for my mindfulness book.
I would also like to thank my friend and colleague Andreas Graziadei, who chose the path of mindfulness many years before me and thereby brought me, although I do not reach his level of knowledge, closer to the topic of mindfulness.
I was born and raised in Germany near Frankfurt am Main. I still live there today with my wife and my two great puppies (who also made for one or the other funny example in this book).
In my childhood I spent many years, always longer times a year, in Southeast Asia. The prevailing Buddhism there with all its facets fascinated me and had a lasting impact on me, which is probably the reason why I am on the German streets with a TukTuk today.
My architecture studies gave me interesting insights into the ways of life of different cultures, which are also reflected in the buildings and architecture, so that points of contact with the book topic were created here again and again.
Putting oneself in the shoes of others and dealing with the outside and inside is an integral part of my life to this day, which has laid the foundation for this book.