Follow your own spirit with your being.
Herewith the author and painter Mathias Schneider would like to welcome you to his website with his own collection of texts on the field of Yoga. This writing has been developed over many years. In addition to the texts there are also pictures of his own to be seen, which were produced in Schneider's workshop. He wishes you much pleasure in spending some time here.
Welcome, Welcome, Bienvenue
Dear Sir or Madam,
here in this book in the format of a freely designed wiki, Mathias Schneider, *1975, from Offenburg in the Ortenau, a district in southwest Germany near the French city of Strasbourg, would like to tell you something about the way in which he has dealt with the very extensive field of Yoga so far. He would like to document the approaches he usually uses for his readings and thus show you how he has perceived these things. In part, he still acknowledges this today as it was for him in his youth when he started with it.
Unfortunately, Schneider will not be able to show you or explain any exercises here. This could not be his task in the preparation of this work report. He has not been trained by someone suitable who has conveyed something special about it, something that will really be worth talking about more than it would be necessary. Others have already done this enough. The author would probably not be able to do this better than these.
The small wiki here is in parts a very personal one. It will hardly be able to have the same value for every reader. But if you feel comfortable reading and staying on the site, you should take a look at its contents. Whoever would like to deal with the way of expression of the author's thought processes here, should be allowed to do so. Perhaps he will be able to contrast his own thoughts with what is written down here. That may be good for it, in order to weight something expressed with words in detail with himself. A certain confrontation with the work and word of another person can probably release something very useful and fruitful for one's own understanding of such things as they appear here.
The wiki is still being edited by the author. What is the writer concerned about while writing it? - He thinks that each person has to find and give the actual answers to the questions of his own life. We will hardly be able to influence which ones they are. But it should soon lead us back on the right path, if we deal with the questions of the time and learn something from the corresponding lessons.
If these answers come from us and were neither scientifically founded nor religiously confirmed, nor did they correspond to local customs, then one can confidently speak of a statement from the field of esotericism. Schneider therefore considers his examination of Yoga as such.
Especially for something not yet properly understood, one urgently needs one's own approaches, which do justice to man with his ordinary talents and simple equipment of the mind. Such approaches should have relevance for the advancement of man in his actual life situation. This applies to the author in the same way. To consider a possibility for an improvement of the real occurrences of one's own existence and to consider how to find and follow this path should be one of the main reasons for the creation of the book here. It should be clear from the outset that it is a matter of an acceptance of the given. Such an acceptance conditions us, but also makes possible an acceptance of who we are, what we have and what we do.
Thus, the author has found an opportunity to write texts about Yoga using his own example. There it must be something simple what he represents, if it is to succeed. Schneider is clear about that. From his own strength he creates for himself here such things as he finds feasible. Nevertheless, some of them may seem rather unconventional to you. His life and existence have continually led to such approaches and ways of looking at things that are unusual and unique. These are supposed to be fundamentally practicable ways for him, what has resulted from it. He has been trying to insist on these for quite some time. However, he has had to leave them again and again in order to get along at all.
Here on this Wiki, which was formed over many years as a basic framework of his thoughts and ideas, it is now about the author's self-awareness of how to overlook them. Some hints can be found here to those things, which are connected with a meditation and the practice of a devotion. What he has described of these things has really had a certain influence on his way of life and has thus already given him some support.
Especially that state of contemplation has been profitable for him as a Christian. Schneider likes to compare the term with the Indian word Samadhi. Both are about an internalization of perception in connection with the experience of a deep peace. Taking this as a starting point and maintaining the actual peace in the real situation of everyday life is supposed to give our existence a real beauty.
With this he concludes this introductory letter and wishes you a pleasant reading of this collection of texts on Yoga & Co. Thus remains
with kind regards
the author Mathias Schneider