JORIS VINCKEN

Musician, writer, programmer & inspirator

JORIS VINCKEN

Musician, writer, programmer & inspirator

JORIS VINCKEN

He used to think he was a musician, who would find the answer of life in the world around him. Learned that making hit records, as much as he loved it and as amazing as life was, also made him feel lonely. So he went looking for God, spirituality, to seek enlightenment. He found a guru and became a devotee. He gave up all interest in the world around him and devoted most of his life to the search within. But the guru turned out to be just as plastic than the chart successes and he became depressed.

So he stopped and sat down. No more meditation, no more bliss, no more running. He sat down with himself and for the first time started feeling life. Not the polished version of life he thought he was seeking, but life in its raw and pure expression. For the first time he experienced 'to be'. No perfect dreamed up version of myself, but the me as I was created in the image of God. No answers, only the questions of this moment.

JORIS VINCKEN

From the moment he stopped looking outside himself for better circumstances, he started to live his life. Words started flowing, in songs and poems. For the first time he could truly feel friendship. His pain had awakened compassion. No longer the need to help anyone, just the joy of being a fellow traveller, a friend, when we meet. Sometimes for a little while, sometimes a bit longer.

He experienced that what he was first seeking in the world, and later inside himself, was what he had always been. There was no key, the door had always been unlocked, in fact there had never been any door. Or as Saint Francis of Assisi so beautifully said: "What we are looking for is what is looking".

No longer does he experience himself in a specific way. He is still passionate about music and people. Even passionate about a journey that does not need to lead anywhere but this very moment.

And tomorrow? He has no idea about tomorrow, but does know that he is in love with today.

What's love? Meeting Joris Vincken. Enjoy his writings, his music and beautiful website creations, such as this website! Thank you Joris, for who you are!

Ivo Valkenburg

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