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is to be the change we want to see in the world.
is to spread cutting edge information, knowledge and experiences to support those interested to lead a sustainable life style. our intention is to stimulate the use of our sense of self-responsibility to quit the auto-pilot mode and mindfully mobilise our potential to find our own responses to life challenges as individuals, in our families and friendship, at work, in the society and in the world at large.
Our objectives are to
Develop our ability to find a form of personal and collective balance in the midst of the stress of daily life and society self-imposed challenges;
Stimulate self-reflection in the mind and heart of those we meet to enable them to become aware of their freedom of choice and enable them to make use of it in a sustainable fashion for themselves and others; and
Contribute to be the change we want to see in the world.
Our strategic intent are to:
- Create and maintain a platform to raise awareness;
- Organise classes and events to practice mindfulness;
- Spread information on alternative approaches to life challenges;
- Train people interested in facilitating mindfulness activities;
The values we promote are expressed through the seven pillars of mindfulness as reflected in Jon Kabat-Zinn's book Full Catastrophe Living:
- Non-judging: consists in taking the position of an impartial witness to our own experience. it requires that we become aware of the stream of judging and reacting to inner and outer experiences and step back from it. The habit of categorising situations into good and bad or positive and negative locks us into mechanical reactions that we are not even aware of and that often have no objective basis at all;
- Patience: it demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things unfold in their own time. Practicing mindfulness gives us a chance to give time and space to our own unfolding. Why rushing to the next 'better' moment when after all each moment we go through is our life in that moment;
- Beginner's mind: practicing mindfulness means to take the chance to see everything as if it was for the first time and not allow our illusion of knowing prevent us from being present to our experiences;
- Trust: developing a basic trust in ourselves and our feelings is an integral part of meditation practice. Do not get caught up in the reputation and authority of teachers. It is impossible to become like somebody else. Our only hope is to become more fully ourselves.
- Non-striving: almost everything we do is for a purpose. meditation not! Actually this attitude can be a real obstacle in meditation. Although meditation takes a lot of work and energy, ultimately it is about non-doing. It has no goal otehr than for us to be ourselves. The irony is that we already are! Do not sit to get relaxed, enlighten or sleep better. Sit to learn to carefully see what is happening and accept it.
- Acceptance: often acceptance comes after we have gone through intense period of emotional turmoil and anger. Doing that uses up our energy in the struggle instead of using it for healing and change. We are much more likely to know what to do and have the inner conviction to act when our vision is not clouded by our mind's self-serving judgments and desires or its fears and prejudices; and
- Letting go: when we pay attention to our inner experience, we discover that there are certain thoughts, feelings and situations that the mind seems to want to hold on to. We try and prolong what we classify as pleasant and reject what we perceive unpleasant. In meditation, we try to intentionally put aside the tendency to elevate some aspects of our experience and reject others.
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