10 days meditation. 10 leadership lessons.

Erikjan Lantink
5 min readJun 21, 2024

There’s this Indian folk tale about five blind people who get introduced to an elephant for the first time in their lives. Since they can’t see, they’re asked to touch the elephant to get a good feel. The first blind person feels the legs and states: “It feels like a big lamp post.” The second person gets to feel the tail and states: “It feels like a broom,” The third person while touching the trunk, comments that it feels like a water hose. And so on. You get the point:

Reality may look different to each of us.

There is no single version of the truth. There’s our truth, but that’s not necessarily the same truth for someone else. We have our truth, and when we decide to always stick to our version of the truth, we won’t get very far in life.

My truth has recently gained a significantly new dimension.

I spent ten days in the last two weeks, and it was a life-changing event.

  • Ten days of meditation, ten hours per day.
  • Ten days of waking up at 4 am and sleeping at 9.30 pm.
  • Ten days in silence. Participants were not allowed to speak to each other. Men and women lived separately, and all types of contact, even eye contact, were to be prevented.



Erikjan Lantink

Business & Leadership coach. Interim Leader. Writer. Speaker. Former Retail Executive (general management; operations; HR)