Comments: 84
  • #84

    Verena (Friday, 14 June 2019 11:58)

    Dear Michael,

    we received your message yesterday on a very busy day, and it was as always very touching and inspiring to hear from you.
    Thank you so much for all the time, authenticity, vulnerability, and love that you put into your comments in the group!
    This was something very special, and we are sure that you have inspired and encouraged so many others on their healing journey with your truthful sharing of your own story.

    Thank you for expressing your appreciation in such a beautiful way. We have chosen a fitting quote by Jeff Foster for today as a way to express our gratitude for this.

    Yes, this separation between being human and being divine is so very destructive and damaging. We realize more and more that this is exactly our message and our purpose: the two parts of this earthly existence belong together!
    We both wouldn't have been able to start and advance on our own healing journey from trauma without the balance between both aspects. In other words: radical and loving acceptance of ALL feelings and our inner child on the human level and the remembering of our divinity/soul and the mystery of life on the spiritual level.
    We always try to find quotes that support everyone who is on the same challenging journey or finally wants to start it and resonates.

    With the new update of the Insight Timer-App, we are even more glad that we closed the unfiltered comment-function in our group with more than 40.000 members because all these bugs that mainly occur in the group-section, especially regarding the notifications, would surely drive us crazy. Unfortunately, the app developers don't seem to realize the importance and potentiality of the groups and the connectedness and safe sharing between the members.
    Anyway, we will continue sharing our daily quote there, and we are sure there will be new and maybe even better ways of connecting and sharing what we have learned so far on our journey.

    Thank you again for staying in touch, and we will always be happy to hear from you here if a specific quote resonates in a particular way with you or whenever you want to share something…

    Much love from us both

    Verena & Alex

  • #83

    Michael Cooper (Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:26)

    After a long break I took the time to get caught up and figured out what happened. While I am so sad it came to this, I understand that you both are "only human" and not invincible to the toxicity and violence of the shamers, blames, and holders of bypassing. I feel sickened at the thought of how these suffering souls have harassed and stalked you and tried to poison the well of life and truth that you have provided for us. I have been so impressed with your tenderness and generosity in responding to me and acknowledging me. I felt I had found friends and home, but in an empowering way. Your guidance through these quotes resonated with the voice of others like Jeff Foster, and my own inner Child who has been trying to guide me all along by making me feel vaguely uncomfortable around that which sounds true but only distances us from our truth, the truth that cannot be inactivated by pretending it doesn't exist. You both have been mentors and guides to me, and I credit you with awakening me to the truth, which serves as the "drum head over my chakras", discerning, filtering, attenuating the distortions from the underlying wisdom. This has kept me from going under in a sea of guilt and repression, and from throwing the spiritual baby out with dirty bath water in a giant "fuck you" to spirituality altogether. Your message of authenticity is my north star and my gratitude and love toward you would be impossible to overstate. I hope somehow to keep in touch, if it is meant to be and, at the same time, I have deepest respect for your need for privacy and safety, and your courage to live your life together in integrity. Know that you have my love and desire for your fullest healing. Thank you so much for being the voice of sanity calling us to come home to ourselves.

  • #82

    Verena (Tuesday, 04 June 2019 21:24)

    Dear Adrian,

    wow, what a wonderful and authentic feedback!
    Thank you so much, it means a lot to us.
    That's exactly why we have created the group on Insight Timer, to support people on their healing journey from all kinds of trauma with quotes that have helped ourselves while going through the challenges of this adventure of being human.
    Thank you for sharing something about your own story!
    We love your last sentence: You surely are an elder soul with a unique and important story to tell, which will help other souls on their journey.
    Thank you for being a part of our group and for traveling with us!
    Much love from us both

    Verena & Alex

  • #81

    Adrian (Tuesday, 04 June 2019 12:33)

    Dear Verena & Alex,

    I wish to thank you with all my heart for the service and time you give in helping others on their healing journeys and mine included, the time you give to putting up quotes on Insight Timer have helped me more than you can possibly now right now, some mornings when it has literally been an internal train wreck with pain, hurt, fear, desire, anger amongst so much more than can go on within my internal world on any given moment/day, your posts have been there and given me the strength and courage to continue getting on out of bed and showing up for myself or on some days to stay in bed and to comfort and nurture myself and in all of that to continue on the healing path from past trauma, childhood abuse, drug addiction, suicide attempts, the list of trauma is long and the magical thing is i'm healing from it all bit by bit and moment by moment & learning to be real and authentic in it "To be a real person" as you quoted yesterday.

    I have remembered who I am in this also and that I am an elder soul who has a story to tell soon with the hope that others can learn and benefit from what they read or hear.

    I send love, appreciation & gratitude


  • #80

    Verena (Monday, 27 May 2019 13:53)

    Dear Lawna,
    thank you for your wonderful message!
    I clicked the link to your website and have seen that you are a psychotherapist and have created this holistic sanctuary:
    sounds great and interesting! And your picture radiates a really positive energy... : )
    Thanks for connecting!
    Much love

  • #79

    Lawna Gamble (Monday, 27 May 2019 12:51)

    While I mediated daily, I check group messages randomly. I always smile that the posts here are applicable to the very circumstance in which I find myself at the time. Your heartfelt influence for authentic and unapologetic healing is radiant. I appreciate what you’ve done via Insight for it has influenced my trusting the process of living out loud.

  • #78

    Verena (Monday, 20 May 2019 22:46)

    Thank you for sharing this, Eileen.
    We appreciate receiving messages from members of the group here in this forum.
    It was absolutely the right decision for us to set these healthy boundaries, but of course it's nice to stay connected with members who resonate, because that‘s something that we loved.

    Retiring after working so long in such a field is surely not easy and takes some time to process things and adapt oneself to this new situation.
    We hope you will find wonderful new people and tasks in your life that fill you with inspiration, peace and deep joy!
    Much love from us both

  • #77

    Eileen (Monday, 20 May 2019 18:24)

    Thank you both. I read the response you directed me to and cried. For the authenticity,for the pain and hassle of being stalked and criticized, for the commitment to continued healing. I share these values and sometimes feel very alone on this path. I greatly relate and appreciate you sharing your simple lifestyle when not in the world.
    I recently retired from 36 years as a medical provider, the last 30 in alcohol and drug abuse treatment work. My empathic nature was validated by patients. Now i do not have that source of validation, although the quiet and recovery from caregiver burnout working in a state run system is absolutely necessary for my own healing. I dance and compete in ballroom, also do not involve myself in social media platforms, and do not currently have a partner. I share all of this b/c i have found this group a source of companionship in a very real and meaningful way for me. I do silent meditation retreats with Jac OKeefe, my spiritual teacher/ friend of 10 years. I am renewed at these retreats, but since retiring can afford to go to only one per year.
    Just feels good to be able to express my truth as it is currently, to both of you, and know it will be heard.
    Much much love to you both. I honor our paths in this life and am grateful they have crossed, even if virtually. ���

  • #76

    Verena (Sunday, 19 May 2019 23:50)

    Hi Eileen,

    great to hear that you resonate so much with our daily quotes!
    About four weeks ago, we posted a quote by Brooke Hampton with a statement about the comment function and a direct link to a very detailed explanation.
    You can still read it in the section "Read my texts" here on the website: "Insight Timer", it's the last text.
    Much love from us both

    Verena & Alex

  • #75

    Eileen (Sunday, 19 May 2019 23:13)

    Hi Verena and Alex
    I read the posts in the group on insight timer every day even if i miss meditating that day.
    I wonder if there is a reason the discussion/ ability to respond has been disabled?
    It is perfectly fine either way for me. Just noticed it.
    Much much love and appreciation fir what you share every single day. ���

  • #74

    Verena (Saturday, 11 May 2019 14:56)

    You are welcome, Diane.
    Thank you for your message!
    Wonderful to hear about your transition;
    it's never too late to start this healing journey
    and love yourself...
    Best wishes from Germany

  • #73

    Diane (Saturday, 11 May 2019 14:17)

    Today I searched for the phrase "Remember who you are" and found your website. Thank you for your inspirational words. I am transitioning at 70 to a heart based life. I am learning to love myself.

  • #72

    Verena (Tuesday, 07 May 2019 22:49)

    Welcome back, David!
    It's lovely to hear from you again, many thanks for your nice message!

    And thank you Marguerite! So sorry, but we haven't got a notification about your guestbook entry last week. There have been some technical problems, but now it works fine again.
    If Alex and I will ever visit Australia, we would love to meet you there... : )

    Best wishes and much love to you both!

    Verena & Alex

  • #71

    David (Tuesday, 07 May 2019 19:38)

    Hi Verena,

    I took a long break from Insight Timer and reinstalled it yesterday. I was one of your early members on your Remember Who You Are group as I transitioned with you from the Rumi group. I always looked forward to your quotes.

    What a pleasure to see that you are still offering your wonderful and insightful selection of quotes for the benefit of others

    You are an example to me and I’m sure to others too of how to walk the spiritual path with determination and perseverance.

    I wish you and Alex all the very best in all that you do.

    Thank you,


  • #70

    Marguerite (Tuesday, 30 April 2019 12:49)

    G'day Verena and Alex
    Thanks for all the IT posts which I find good to reflect on when I get in to bed. I'm slow to post a comment here as when I tried to read your letter the text was too big to fit on the Samsung tablet screen but OK here on the computer monitor and seems to be OK on the smartphone as I just checked. Best wishes to you and Alex and let me know when you come to Australia for a holiday so my German/Australian friend Sylvia and I can show you around!

  • #69

    Verena (Sunday, 28 April 2019 23:37)

    You are welcome, Simon.
    Many thanks for your support!
    Liebe Grüße von uns beiden nach Köln... : )

  • #68

    Simon (Sunday, 28 April 2019 23:22)

    Thanks to you both for all you’re doing. Big support from me regarding disabling the comments and freeing up some time and energy. Lots of love and supportive vibes. Simon.

  • #67

    Verena (Saturday, 27 April 2019 15:55)

    Dear Carolina,

    thank you so much for your beautiful and encouraging message.
    We appreciate this very much.
    Interesting that you teach about the impact of social media. It is such an important and still to be examined theme; it influences our modern world and our relationships with ourselves and others so much...
    Thanks for your wonderful wishes!
    A big hug from us both

    Verena & Alex

  • #66

    Carolina (Thursday, 25 April 2019 17:18)

    Dear Verena and Alex,

    I am so moved this morning reading your message on the website, thank you so much for taking the time to write it. I know that it took time and also energy to come to this conclusion about making the change in the insight timer group. I have been following your group on the app for a few years now, and in fact it is the only group I am part of. I left other groups because it was too much clutter. I have sometimes commented on your posts there, and more often have clicked the like button for the quotes that have really resonated with me. And sometimes I have taken my own breaks from the app, only to find a lovely abundance of wisdom waiting for me in your offerings.

    Thank you so much for your wisdom in this weary world. Thank you so much for your strength. Thank you so much for sharing your journey as human beings with us. It is not unnoticed here in the Midwestern US, where I sit in my living room watching the spring budding trees finally emerge, where I prepare for my day as a university professor. In fact your wisdom infuses my work frequently, and your message today here on your website is one I am so glad I took the time to read because it is having a rippling effect into my own thinking about energetic boundaries with the many people I engage with, in many kinds of settings. And in fact I teach about social media and the impact on our thinking and our being… So your journey and your sharing has touched my thinking about this. Thank you.

    But the main reason I wanted to offer a comment is because I am out here holding a candle to you both with much love (poetically, right at this moment I hear fire engine sirens outside! Such a symbol of our world and the humanity we are all striving to reclaim, remember...) surrounding the both of you with prayers for strength and well-being. I know from much work online myself that it is impossible to know what people are thinking out there unless they tell you. So thank you for this space.

    Be well, and thank you again for your love and care for yourselves, which models this to the rest of the world. Wishing you continued wholeness and heart-filled days of peace.

    Carolina ❤️

  • #65

    Verena (Wednesday, 24 April 2019 19:04)

    Dear Maritza,
    many thanks for your confirming message!
    It's just wonderful to support each other on this path.
    Lots of love and best wishes

  • #64

    Maritza (Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:26)

    I want to thank you so very much for taking the time to share your messages, thoughts and lives. I read your message about the troubles of people sending immature replies. I have just started the group and did not realize the going ons and again thank you for keeping strong. You are doing a wonderful and beautiful thing, after all we are all here to help one another, keep each other standing on our feet, amd spiritually strong. I have also had a toxic childhood and have gone on a journey to healing starting in my twenties. Much older now, not too far from fifty and continue with meditations to bring balance to my soul. We have to keep keeping on and striding forward, so keeping toxic people out of your lives is the most healthiest and wonderful gift you can give to yourself. May you both receive many Blessings in abundance and be surrounded with love, peace and protection, so this shall be.
    Love and Peace to you both

  • #63

    Verena (Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:48)

    Thank you so much for your feedback, Heidi!
    That's wonderful to hear. We simply wanted to create a virtual space that offers people on the healing journey some kind of safety and support. Because in our own darkest hours we would have been so grateful for a bullshit-free place, based on truth and love instead of repression and fear.
    Much love from us both

  • #62

    Heidi (Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:33)

    Hello Verena and Alex,
    Thank you so much for what you do. The energy, the effort behind what’s involved, thank you! I can’t remember how I came across you on the Insight Timer, but I am so grateful that I did. When I am in a dark place, I always find my way to your quotes and they always help me to find my way through. I love the community you have created, these places of connection are vital and I am so grateful that you have found a way to continue with it. Om shanti shanti shanti! Much like love to you both!

  • #61

    Verena (Wednesday, 24 April 2019 08:48)

    Thank you for the love and appreciation in your words, Jae!
    See you!

  • #60

    Jae (Wednesday, 24 April 2019 04:35)

    Thank you for both your authenticity and your hearts in what you do through your writings and posts and sharing of your journeys. I deeply respect and understand your views in your Insight Timer message. Thank you for being here and BEING YOU.

  • #59

    Verena (Tuesday, 23 April 2019 22:55)

    You are welcome, Kimo!
    Thank you for your nice comment and support!
    Much love

  • #58

    Kimo (Tuesday, 23 April 2019 21:28)

    Hi Guys
    Just read your posted letter.
    You are both awesome and thank you for everything.
    Blessings and Good Thoughts

  • #57

    Verena (Tuesday, 23 April 2019 14:51)

    Dear Tom,
    many thanks for your support and understanding.
    It feels definitely like the right decision.
    We were able to keep it going so long in the App because of members like you, who used the comment function in a constructive and thoughtful way.
    Thank you very much for this!
    We are glad to stay connected here.
    Much love from us both
    Verena & Alex

  • #56

    Tom (Tuesday, 23 April 2019 14:40)

    Verena and Alex,
    I just finished reading your posted letter referenced from IT. While dealing with a worldwide readership lends itself to 24/7 attention, the extent of the “problem people” you two also had to address is not acceptable. I am amazed you were able to keep it going so long! The path you are implementing will hopefully be more manageable for you two and still allowing for exposure to a larger forum that can demonstrate there is another way and yet provide direction to searching for more. This is really a testament to your dedication and love, I hope I could be this open and giving faced with such an issue. Thank you.

  • #55

    Clif (Thursday, 24 January 2019 14:09)

    I’m going through a process of enhancing my own self love and appreciate your site and your stories. Thank you.

  • #54

    Laurie (Saturday, 20 October 2018 15:59)

    Verena, I’ve been exploring your site.. it’s utterly beautiful. I treasure all you have written and the videos are so enlightening✨ I feel so honored to be at least in this realm of knowing you . (Still wish I could meet you and Alex in person)�. Maybe one day, to thank you in person, for continued, illumination to this path of finding me.. �. Much love.

  • #53 (Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:03)

    WOW! I finally discovered my 'emotional'doppelganger' in virtual reality. So much challenge in trying to relate to a largely unrelateable species. Having been infected with the disease of co-dependency (people-pleasing), there's been a lifetime of conflicted, confusing interaction with others. Now, I've been committed to the path of exploring and discovering the 'authentic' self for the past 3 yrs. So, you might imagine the thrill of finding someone who speaks a very rare language that, I believe we share . Much gratitude.

  • #52

    Jc (Wednesday, 03 October 2018 14:11)

    Have been on your IT group and it's the one group I try to read every day. Thanks for sharing all of this - I really connected with the toxic parents - I have also had to cut ties with my father. Thanks Verena for being such an inspiration for so many people!

  • #51

    Chance (Tuesday, 02 October 2018 18:37)

    Thank you for your thoughts, words and feelings. I resonate and concur.

    Here is my current favorite music: Peter Kater - Dancing on Water

  • #50

    김윤이 (Sunday, 30 September 2018 16:52)


    지구에 존재해 주어서 감사합니다.

  • #49

    Michael (Saturday, 22 September 2018 08:55)

    I’ve somehow stumbled to your site from who I now know to be your husband’s reaction to my response to one of your posts on the Insight Timer community you host (breathe-in-that-was-a-helluva-long-string). I’m so happy! I’m also a trauma survivor and your daily quotes introduced me to Jeff Foster and the discovery of authenticity as an alternative to dissociative spirituality. Yay!

  • #48

    Carter (Friday, 17 August 2018 04:24)

    Hello Verena,

    I finally got to your website. Wow! Your texts are so profound and full of meaning. Please know that you make a difference to me and to so many many people. Each writing from you that I share with friends is received with deep appreciation. Thank you for all you do for us.

    Blessings & Light,

  • #47

    Laurie (Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:09)

    Sweet Verena,

    I cannot get over how FAST you responded!! You must have thousands of emails, messages a day!!! I feel so special.. thank you.. and your response helps me so much... I’m keeping it for always.. I know you’re told this every day... yet.. I’m so honored to have had your your personal light shine on me through your words to me and each day with your quotes... I sooooo wish I knew you in person!!!!! �✨��

  • #46

    Laurie Alsberg (Thursday, 26 July 2018 05:44)

    Hi Verena, thank you for your poignant quotes each day. Several of them have helped me feel stronger in my search to find my voice... and self..
    I was wondering is there anyway to ask you a question about Love? What it is and isn’t? I posted on Insight T. In relationships group... “Love Flys” re: my 22 year marriage. I’d so appreciate any insight, thoughts you may have. Thank you.. thank you for inspiring me to live authentically ✨

  • #45

    Jacob (Monday, 09 July 2018 04:12)

    Hi Verena,
    I just read Real Man and I Love You. Real man describes who I have been all along but in the last year have begun to fully realize again. I’m so sick of stupid cliches that insanity expects of men such as “real men don’t cry.” Any idea why that particular cliche has been put on us? Anyway, I am on my way to becoming real once again. I cry, I love passionately, I own my yes and my no. If you don’t like it that’s too bad! It has had a negative impact on my wife’s estimation of me but I’m not going back to insanity. If she doesn’t come around and learn to love and respect the real me then she will continue to miss out on truly seeing my beauty.

    Thanks for all you do. You are needed and beautiful.
    I love you too!

  • #44

    Dan (Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:08)

    Just read your text titled Real Man, and instantly burst into tears... Men get so many signals & messages to be like that cliche and I wonder how many of us actually want to act that way. For me, the tough guy cliche never resonated with me so I never followed that path, but I watched how time & time again my guy friends would be rewarded by women for having that kind of persona. It’s all very confusing balancing our desire to be wanted & validated versus our desire to be true to ourselves. It’s nice to hear this message from a woman who seems to truly mean it. Thank you, this has urged me to find the courage to be more authenticity me, as the man that I am. �

  • #43

    Nana (Saturday, 09 June 2018 00:49)

    I knew you through IT App and then I visited your webpage. Thanks Verena for your daily words and for share your path. Your wisdom, your thoughts and words are blessing in my life. Greetings from Central America.

  • #42

    Roger (Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:54)

    Namasté Verena

    deine Homepage hab ich entdeckt durch das Meditations-App "Insight Timer".

    Sowie auch deine Seite dort. Danke dir für dein göttliches Sein, das Erinnern wer ich in Wirklichkeit bin, durch deine Einträge auf der Seite, wie auch auf deiner Homepage. Du bist eine Inspiration und eine gute Begleiterin für mich in dieser Phase. Ich erinnere mich immer mehr, wer ich in Wirklichkeit eigentlich bin. Alles löst sich auf. Wärme und Liebe strahlt aus mir aus. Es ist schön, alles verfliesst, wenn ich die Weisheiten, die Wahrheit, welche du postest in mein Herz aufnehme, und mein Verstand schaltet ab.

    Danke einfach für dein Sein. Danke für deine Begleitung.

    Grüsse aus Zürich


  • #41

    Antonio Ramírez (Sunday, 27 May 2018 12:37)


  • #40

    Danie K (Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:54)

    Verena, thank you for expressing the reality of impersonal changing phenomenon that is the broad range of human emotion. My story sounds similar to yours and each day as I practice my meditation - sitted and whilst interacting with the others, I wake up more from the amnesia that was an inauthentic upbringing. The masses have been duped but we are all m, however painful, waking up together.

    Thank you for spreading true, holistic awareness.


  • #39

    Kimo (Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:42)

    Hi Verena,
    I came across what you submit on Insight Timer, which brought me to your website.
    You are an incredible old soul. Thank you for your writings and takes on why we are in this life.
    With gratitude and blessings,

  • #38

    Jae (Friday, 04 May 2018 04:27)

    Thank you for giving a clear illuminating voice to much of my thoughts in all that you share, Verena. Very very grateful to you for shining a light in the many shadowy areas tucked deeply within, areas which need to see the light of day in order to be set free and on the path to healing. Thank you Verena from the soul.

  • #37

    Gordon (Sunday, 08 April 2018 00:11)

    Hi Verena
    I'm amazed by your perspective on the purpose of life. It's inspiring and has opened up a whole new world of possibility and hope for me to explore.

    You write beautifully and from the heart. I wish you were in my life so that I could experience your positive energy every day. Thank you.

  • #36

    Donna D (Sunday, 01 April 2018 23:21)

    Thank you, Verena. Thank you for sharing beautiful writing and beautiful images from your beautiful heart mind soul being. Big love from me to you and all there is. �❤️���

  • #35

    Sarah (Sunday, 01 April 2018 00:10)

    Thank you for writing Beloved Inner Child. You have articulated something I’ve done and didn’t realise. I couldn’t figure out if I was forcing her to stay, or if she was refusing to leave me to be a woman. She has been so strong in me and is to this day. Your piece has helped me understand how to move forward. A very emotional read and just what I needed today. Thank you x