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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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 Our state of confusion makes us turn away from all the things we don’t like or are unwanted. What do we do when we face all those negative emotions and uncontrollable thoughts? When we have to deal with hopes and expectations of how we want things to be and they don´t work out. It seems we don’t know how to relate to the dynamic energy of mind, because it seems like an enemy to us. And we really only have two ways of escaping from all this state of violence and disorder: we can either exaggerate the experinece or we can deny it. When we exaggerate it, we see what  isn’t there. And when we deny it, we don’t see what is. 

So let’s start working deeply on these two aspects of our mind: exggeration and denial.

Come and join us in our next november 26th meeting to expand these interesting topics from the book: “The power of an open question” by Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

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This is another activity in our “Necklaces & Ties” meeting group.
1st Task:
   
When I came here
   I was eager to share moments with the group
   Nervous about decisions
   I love the energy surrounding us
   Laughing and feeling supported
   opening our hearts
2nd Task:
   
When I came here 
I was eager to share moments with the group 
Nervous about decisions
 You conquer your soul
don´t let it force you
I love the energy surrounding us 
shining with the sparks of an adult modern woman
 Laughing, relaxed and connected with ourselves
feeling supported,  opening our hearts
Be alert, our thoughts will give us the direction.
Ana

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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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In one of our last classes we have been working on Chogyam Trungpa’s deep and moving book: “The Sanity We Are Born With” and discussing his excellent teachings:

“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.”

 

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In our last picnic meeting we continued working with a very  interesting topic, such as confusion. We’d like to highlight some ideas we have been exploring, while working  and discussing Chogyam Trungpa’s books. 

“Why do we usually have this feeling of boredom? This necessity to do something else, something different? If we are not doing, buying, listening, practising, working, talking, etc., then, what happens to us?  Why do we try to escape these uncomfortable feelings?”

“Very often we don’t want to experience the feeling of emptiness, which takes us to a bigger openness and vulnerability.” Maybe, a way to get out of this vicious circle, would be to face whatever real situation  rather than cover it up. It is a question of  learning to be. Be there all along: that is the message.”

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Last Saturday our group had a beautiful picnic meeting! We all shared lovely moments sitting on the grass under tall shady trees… We worked hard, as usual, on very deep and moving topics such as: “what to do when we are caught up in emotional distress.” Even though the seriousness of the reading and conversation, we were able to connect with a good sense of humour so important to help us when we are thrown into “cognitive shock”.

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