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We were working on Mindfulness. Exploring different topics to help us be more alert and aware in our everyday life.

1) Accept responsibilities for our own actions, even the most insignificant ones. We have the habit of not assuming our mistakes, but we are always very conscient of our victories, especially when they don´t belong to us.

2) Availability: It is usless to be accessible all the time for the others, as it is usless to be hiden when everybody knows where we are. Alternating these two states, we don´t get tired  senseless and we don´t make the others feel tired of our presence.

3) We don´t need to look for approval in the eyes of the others. We have to be coherent with our own actions, attitudes, and values. It is necessary to look inside for approval not outside, we need to feel confident and trust ourselves.

4) It is essential to be fully conscious of who we are and how we act. It is useless to complain and be sad, saying that somebody else is making us feel that way. Nobody is doing anything to anybody, and least of all, if we are in deep contact with our inner strength.

5) There´s always a tiny bit centimetre of luck at our reach. The real art consits in letting us flow and use it.

All of us possess and inherent power to get some things. The real secret would be in deviating the energy wich we put into our weaknesses and employ it in our real life goals.

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Sometimes I found it quite difficult to explain or understand words or expressions used every day in different sorts of walk… for example: “Mindfulness” . The key word of the moment, seminars, conferences, books, videos, coaching and so on… but even so, it never came out clearly and simply to me. Now having read one very interesting article on the  “Shambhala Sun Magazine”, a little more light has come on it:

” Mindfulness is the key to the present moment. Without it we cannot see the world clearly, and we simply stay lost in the wanderings of our minds. It is the quality and power of mind that is deeply aware of what’s happening – without commentary and without interference. It is the basis for wise action. It’s the essence of the contemplative path and the key to transforming our lives.”

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Deep Listening involves listening, from a deep, receptive, and caring place in oneself, to deeper and often subtler levels of meaning and intention in the other person. It is listening that is generous, empathic, supportive, accurate, and trusting.

Deep Listening is an ongoing practice of suspending self-oriented, reactive thinking and opening one’s awareness to the unknown and unexpected.

Deep listening is a way of being in the world that is sensitive to all facets of our experience – external, internal, and contextual. It involves listening to parts we frequently are deaf to, attending to subtleties of the three realms of experience: “body, speech and mind.”

(from: “Deep Listening” , by Davis Rome and Hope Martin in the Shambhala magazine.)

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If a person regards sickness as an enemy, then his body has no working basis to be well. He thinks his body is invaded by enemies and he goes to the doctor to get rid of these foreigners occupying his castle. And once that’s taken care of , it’s all over. So no relationship is established. There has to be more emphasis on creating an atmosphere of help. Sickness is a message, and it can be cured if the right situation is created.

(The sanity we are born with by Chogyam Trungpa)

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 When we start out on a spiritual path we often have ideals we think we’re supposed to live up to. We feel we’re supposed to be better than we are in some way. But with this practice you take yourself completely as you are. Then ironically, taking in pain – breathing it in for yourself and all others in the same boat as you are – heightens your awareness of exactly where you’re stuck.

                                                               Pema Chödrön

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Reading “The Book”

The author says in the excellent chapter “So What?”:

“We are gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in – because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable?”

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