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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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“To be in relationship to what you are going through, to hold it, and, in some sense to befriend it – that is where the healing or transformative power of the practice of mindfulness lies. When we can actually be where we are, not trying to find another state of mind, we discover deep internal resources we can make use of. Coming to terms with things as they are is my definition of healing.

Jon Kabat- Zinn (Shambhala magazine)

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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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Poem:

by Atisha Dipamkara

In the language of India: Bodhisattvamaṇyāvalī
In the language of Tibet:
byang chub sems dpa’i nor bu’i phreng ba
In the English language: The Jewel Rosary of the Bodhisattvas

 

Homage to great compassion!
Homage to the masters!
Homage to the deities who inspire devotion!

 

Put aside all doubt and hesitation,
And take delight in earnest practice,
Abandon entirely lethargy, dullness and laziness,
And exert yourself constantly with enthusiasm.

 

With mindfulness, vigilance and carefulness,
Guard the doors of your senses at all times.
Again and again, thrice by day and by night,
Examine the continuum of your mind.   (to be continued)

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