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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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Participant N° 4:

Trying to connect with our deep and dormant wishes is never easy…

I should have done this before, many, many years ago. My dormant wishes had been fighting with my super-ego. My super-ego won the battle. I had been meeting people who blocked my wishes and I allowed it.

Now in my brand-new sixties, I can afford fighting back. I’m working on that. Developing my dormant wishes, little by little, going and coming, absolutely convinced that this is the path. The path to freedom, peace, health, happiness and beauty throughout old age.

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Participant N° 2

Trying to cope with the vulnerabilities taht affect our daily routine is never easy:

This vulnerability is calling my attention these days. Why do I feel so sensitive? I´ve been asking myself: Is  my problem really so terrible? Or is it my way to see the reality?

I think  it is time to take notice,  to find a balance and not to feel so vulnerable in the every day routine.


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In our last meeting we went on connecting with our creative growth, as well as improving our writing, reading and speaking skills. The activity planned was to write about one of the following topics and then comment on them:

1) Dealing effectively with mistakes is never easy…

2) Developing self-compassion and self-acceptance is never easy…

3) Communicating effectively is never easy…

4) Living in contact with our own reality is never easy…

5) Trying to change negative thoughts, patterns and attitudes is never      easy…

6) Trying to cope with the vulnerabilities that affect our daily routine is never easy…

7) Trying to connect with our deep and dormant wishes is never easy…

 

Participant N°1:

Trying to connect with our deep and dormant wishes is never easy… how many times have I said those words in my life? And the fact is, that I kept telling myself that this is so… and if it is not easy why should I bother to waste my so “valuable” time?

Do I have any clue about what a wish is? Or at least, have I ever challenged myself to connect with something deep and dormant, that if existed, should be buried and full of dust in some old and rusty compartment, which would make it almost impossible to find?

To be faithful to whom I believe I am, first of all, I have to stop complaining and making excuses for not been able to write. Yes, that’s it “to write”, as since  the beginning of this essay, that has been the only wish which has been resounding in my heart. “Writing” and “Reading” are the strongest wishes I have ever had.

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FIRST POEM

SPEED AND THOUGHT
FEELING OF LOSS
THE BURDEN OF AGE
THE AGE OF OUR SOUL

HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL
WHEN PAIN KNOCKS AT YOUR DOOR?
HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL
WHEN HEALTH IS RESTORED?

YOUR MIND KNOWS THE WAY
TO CONQUER YOUR SOUL
BEWARE!!!
DON´T LET IT FORCE YOU TO TRAVEL SO

SECOND POEM

LET´S OPEN OUR HEARTS
THE BURDEN OF AGE
SHOULDN´T CHOOSE
CRYING AS A PATH

HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL
WHEN PAIN KNOCKS AT YOUR DOOR?
STOP AND SEE
BE OPEN AN ALERT, JUST FEEL

SPEED AND THOUGHT
ENERGY SURROUNDING US
YOUR SOUL WILL SURE
TAKE YOU ASHORE

Marta

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“There are hidden dimensions which are potentially available to us, and will gradually reveal themselves to us as we continue to cultivate and dwell in our capacity for conscious awareness by attending intentionally with both awe and tenderness to the flux of the universe which is continually changing, whether we know it or not, whether we like it or not, and thereby providing us with countless unexpected challenges and opportunities to grow, and to see clearly, to move toward greater wisdom in our actions, toward pacifying the tortured suffering of our tumultuous minds, habitually so far from quiet and rest”.

(from the book “Coming to our senses” by Jon Kabat-Zinn)

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Our next “Necklaces & Ties” meeting will be held June 26th at 10.30 a.m. We are already working on our birthday anniversary, early July, when we will celebrate our third year of monthly meetings!

“To live purposefully, we need to pay attention to outcomes. We need to notice whether our actions are producing the results we expected, whether they are bringing us closer to our goal.”

                           Nathaniel Branden

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