Audible Peace

A Sound-Guided Choice Awareness Meditation

Audible Peace offers a sanctuary for deep reflection in a world obsessed with quick fixes. You are invited to explore the intricate complexities of life and embrace a more authentic existence. Transcending the superficial, Markus guides you on a profound journey into the depths of interconnectedness and genuine understanding. Through immersive soundscapes and collective introspection, we foster fairness through awareness, encouraging personal growth and a deeper appreciation of our shared reality in the present moment as the foundation for a peaceful, sustainable future.

 

  • In-Person Audible Peace Ceremonies: Each second Tuesday and last Friday of the month, I'm offering an in-person Audible Peace Ceremony at the Bodhi Tree Dharma Center in Honolulu. An immersive audio recording of the sound-guided meditation part of the ceremony is available to Patreon members and available on Bandcamp and Substack.

 

  • Weekly Choice Awareness Zoom Sessions: Our weekly Choice Awareness Zoom Sessions begin with a brief meditation, followed by a sharing and deep listening segment. We then reflect on each other's contributions, aiming to co-create greater choice awareness in our daily lives. Through exchanging diverse viewpoints, we nourish fairness through awareness and understanding of the interconnectedness of various areas, enhancing our sense of interbeing.

Next In-Person Events

Audible Peace Ceremony

Monthly: 2nd Tuesdays + Last Fridays

6:30 PM — 8:00 PM (HST, UTC-10)

Bodhi Tree Dharma Center, 654A N Judd St, Honolulu

Enjoy a relaxing flow through multidimensional soundscapes created with electric violin, didgeridoo, percussion, and flute.

Bring a yoga mat, pen and paper, pillow, blanket, or whatever helps you get cozy and creative. Engage in what inspires you: meditation, writing, drawing, stretching, or simply chilling out, painting visions with your mind as the canvas. Allow Audible Peace to dissolve mental or physical blockages, reduce stress, and replace prejudice with curiosity to raise awareness for a more mindful coexistence.

The audio recording of this event will be available for purchase on Bandcamp, Patreon, and Substack. Alternatively, for just $5 a month, you can join our Patreon community at https://patreon.com/markusmars and gain unlimited access to all Audible Peace recordings, past and coming.

Admission Information

Thank you for supporting independent art!

Donations Are Encouraged

  • Suggested donation: $25
  • 30% supports Bodhi Tree Dharma Center
  • 70% supports the artist

How to Donate

The Philosophy

Replacing Prejudice With Curiosity

In our quest for simplicity, we often overlook the intricate complexities of life. Audible Peace is an invitation to embrace these complexities, fostering a deeper understanding and genuine respect for our shared experiences. We live in a world where the allure of easy answers often overshadows the truth, leading to disconnection and indifference. Audible Peace serves as a vehicle to bridge this gap, encouraging an honest reflection on the present moment.

We aspire to feel well, heard, happy, and respected. However, the foundation of feeling is being. This subtle shift from a desire for mere perception to a quest for authentic reality opens a path to truly being well, heard, happy, and respected. As much as we tend to shy away from the fact that nothing is permanent and sometimes even admire going back in history, it can be very uplifting to find out how our daily actions, conversations, and supporting each other's accountability contribute to complex, internal, and external problem-solving as the interbeings we are.

Interdependency sometimes gets mixed up with codependency in our modern-day age of hyperindividualism. The tale of absolute independence seems inevitable in a capitalistic worldview. However, while it is important not to become dependent on those who exploit us, we must understand the nature of interbeing and how we interdepend on our choices and actions. The outdated idea of “I do me" and "you do you” still seems all too omnipresent. However, remaining open-minded to providing and receiving truthful outside perspectives helps us avoid the pitfalls of tunnel vision, allowing us to improve our shared reality collectively.

Markus encourages looking beyond the surface and engaging with the truth in its raw form. This approach is not about fostering discomfort but looking deeply at our shared reality to co-create a solid foundation by building a more authentic and equitable world. Embracing the slight discomfort of expanding the mind is like embracing the slight discomfort when learning a new yoga pose, stretching sore muscles, receiving a deep tissue massage, or learning a new skill.

Asking and being asked questions often trigger suspicion and judgment instead of curiosity. Today's hyperindividualism and the growing McMindfulness movement often distort our perception, teaching us to be individually okay with the status quo, even though unhappiness is often rooted in complex socioeconomic circumstances. Participating in cultivating fairness through awareness beyond the individual becomes increasingly important.

The foundation of Audible Peace is to meditate on replacing discomfort with curiosity. It is not an escape into personalized alternate realities but a shared journey of discovery, reflection, and transformation that sparks mindfulness in our daily choice-making process.

General Housekeeping

  • Make sure to give yourself enough time to find parking.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes earlier at the space to give yourself enough time to settle in.
  • Feel free to bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow, tissues, water, and whatever you need to make yourself comfortable.
  • Important: Please switch your smartphone and smartwatch off entirely. Blinking notifications, ringing, and even silent setting vibrations disturb the flow of our shared experience. Allow yourself some time away from your devices.
  • Doors will be closed at the start time stated in the calendar. Unfortunately, joining after that time is logistically not possible. We appreciate your understanding.

The Sequence

1. Opening Sequence

A brief introduction to Audible Peace and the reflection of the day.

2. Sharing

Randomly picked reflection submissions will be shared. Unspoken truths and hidden thoughts will be brought to light in a safe, non-judgmental space, setting the tone for introspection and collective understanding.

3. Start of Noble Silence

Indicated by the sound of the bell, we start the noble silence.

4. Sound-Guided Meditation

As the gentle sounds fill the space, you are invited to reflect in sitting or lying down meditation. Allow yourself to resonate deeply with the subtleties of our daily interactions and the broader implications of our choices. The harmonies and rhythms serve as a mirror of the complexities in the world, inviting you to transform judgment into curiosity about how to co-create an environment of fairness through awareness as a commitment to a more thoughtful, sustainable future.

5. Return to Shared Reality

As the music slowly fades, we transition into a few minutes of silence, gently returning to our shared reality.

6. End of Noble Silence

Indicated by the sound of the bell, we end the noble silence.

7. Closing Sequence

The closing sequence is a space to express your thoughts, feedback, or ask questions.