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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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In our coming meeting August 13th, we’ll continue working as deeply as we usually do, with the power of resilience:

(from the book: “The Power of Resilience” by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein)

Answer the following questions:

(Those members who love writing or need to improve their writing skills could bring them written down!)

1) What are two or three things that give meaning and purpose to your life?

2) What energizes you?

3) Do the main activities you engage in give meaning to your life?

4) Do you derive satisfaction from each of these activities?

5) Why did you go into your profession?

6) Why did you get married or why didn’t you?

7) What satisfactions do each of these activities or roles provide you?

8) What frustrations have been associated with these acitivities?

9) How do you cope with the frustrations?

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Self-acceptance is a cornerstone of attaining a resilient lifestyle. In the absence of self-acceptance, it is difficult to accept others. Self-acceptance is associaterd with self-steem and dignity. The achievement of self-acceptance is a lifelong process involving an ongoing, honest evaluation of our strengths and vulnerabilities; of our goals and expectations; of whether we are involved in activities that bring us satisfaction, contentment, and joy, and of whether we are living our life in accord with our basic values. (From the Book: “The Power of Resilience” by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein)

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Simple and  fresh and fair from winter’s close emerging,

As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, had ever been,

Forth  from its sunny nook of shelter’d grass- innoncent

golden calm as the dawn,

The spring’s  first dandelion shows its trustful face.

                                                                                                                       Walt Whitman

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In our last picnic meeting of the year,  December 18th at 10.30, we’ll be working on: “Confusion, being confused”
Just to start  thinking about this interesting topic:
 
We live within a particular version of reality. We are fascinated with maintining familiar surroundings, familiar desires, and longings, so as not to give in to a spacious state of mind. We cling to our habitual patterns because confusion provides a tremendously familiar ground to sink intoas well as a wayof occupying ourselves. We are afraid to give up this security and entertainment, afraid to step into open space, into a meditaive sate of mind. The prospect of the awakened state is very irritating because we are uncertain how to handle it. Confusion and suffering become an occupation, often quite secure and delightful.
(from: “The Sanity We Are Born With” bychogyam Trungpa)
 
  
If anything of this sounds familiar to you, go on to the next step and answer these questions for yourself.
1- Do you usually feel confused in your every day life?
2- How does it manifest?
3- Are you aware of it?
4- What’s the advantage you get out of being confused?
5- Where do you think confusion has its roots?
6- Would you like to know about the different kinds of confusion human beings dwell with?
 

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Thanks to all the hard work we have been doing for the last three years, our creative growth has led us to create our Spanish version: Collares y Corbatas. The first meeting will take place on Saturday 13th November at 10.00 a.m. in our studio. New members will be welcomed.

Http://collaresycorbatas.wordpress.com

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The solidier’s force is not based on the energy he employs to intimidate the other, sending him a big amount of signals, but the force he is able to concentrate on himself, remaining self-centered.

(“L’élégance du hérisson”, by Muriel Barberry.)

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