Hi there, I’m Jaap.
I’m the person you’d meet at a diner and next thing you know we’re in a profound conversation about reincarnation while scarfing down cherry pie and coffee.
Though you’re reading this to find out more about me, I’m curious about you! We all have a unique story that’s brought us to this place in time. If you’re up for it, tell me a bit about yourself Click Here.
I’ve always been a very curious person determined to find answers to life’s basic questions:
Why are we here?
Where are we going?
Where do we come from?
What should we do while we’re here?
How do we do it?
After graduating college in the performing arts, I formally started seeking answers to life's greatest questions and was determined to do whatever it took to get the answers. I quickly found myself practicing a variety of schools of yoga, experimenting with different meditation techniques, and relishing tons of books on spirituality and religion. I’ve deeply enjoyed studying mystical stories about Guru’s and the unfoldment of their paths. After participating in a lot different kinds of spiritual communities, I settled into Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga community for over 17 years where I managed the yoga events for his non profit company. I finished my time there as the CEO until I resigned to follow my own creative endeavors. While seeking truth I can’t say that I have ever found one specific path, religion, or school of thought that I resonated with at 100%. That’s when I embraced the teaching of Individual Dharma.
There are a few different definitions of Dharma. A simple definition of Dharma is: Right Action (Click Here for more on Dharma). It’s a culmination of what resonates as truth for you while following Universal Laws. If you’re living your Dharma, your consciously putting into practice your set of truths on a daily basis. It’s a daily practice that you make a priority.
After twenty six years of studying the evolution of integral human consciousness and yogic sciences (with a keen interest in individual spiritual enlightenment “Self Realization”). I have an intellectual and experiential understanding of the different forms of meditation, schools of yoga, and ancient yogic scriptures. It’s your birth-right to know the truth. Well, actually deep within, you already know the truth, it’s a matter of remembering it! Perhaps you’ll find some truths you’d like to add to your Dharmic collection. At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter how much you know. What matters is how consistently you’re implementing what you know and allowing it to transform you. So, I created Dharma Diner with one goal in mind and that is to support your daily spiritual practice towards Self Realization (Enlightenment, Satori, Full Realization, Samadhi, etc).
Under the Stay Connected Tab, I regularly post blogs, podcast, videos and courses with timeless truth principles. They’ll help you navigate daily life and obstacles in order to be successful with your daily spiritual (Dharmic) practice . There’s also a membership section that offers in depth coaching and support for your daily spiritual practice (Click Here for More Info). If you’d like one on one coaching that’ll support and strengthen your daily practice Click Here.
In celebrating creative expression I also write and perform monologues based on truth principles as characters inspired by people that I’ve met (I'm a theater major after all). I perform these characters as customers who work or frequently eat at the virtual Dharma Diner. Each video comes with a write up on detailed information on the truth principle written into the monologue and the story behind the person performed as a character. If you’d like to see a sample of a Spiritual Monologue Click Here.
It’s my prayer that we all keep up with our daily spiritual (Dharmic) practice, continue our love of learning and allow ourselves to merge into the oneness that we are!
I’m glad to meet you and I hope you enjoy the many articles, videos, and resources here at the Dharma Diner.
I’d also like to remind you to laugh. It’s really ok to enjoy your journey. In fact, it’s essential!
With all humility,
P.S. Feed your daily practice by staying connected.
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