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    Can you spare any change?

    “Travel light; arrive quickly.” ~ Sathya Sai Baba The only constant is change, nothing lasts forever, and this, too, shall pass. We have all heard these and similar phrases our whole life, yet we rarely take them to heart. We still cling to who and what we love, and can’t bear to let them go. Change is difficult. To avoid too much suffering, we must constantly remind ourselves to keep our relationship to material and earthly things as real as possible, meaning we genuinely realise they are all borrowed from the near or distant future, and sooner or later must be given back. Change is easy. But only if we…

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    You say you want a Revolution? Alright!

    You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, We’d all love to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know, We’d all love to change the world But when you talk about destruction Don’t you know that you can count me out Don’t you know it’s gonna be All right, all right, all right You say you got a real solution Well, you know, We’d all love to see the plan You ask me for a contribution Well, you know, We’re all doing what we can But if you want money for people with minds that hate Well all I can tell you is brother…

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    Plum Village Sangha

    Are you a student of Thich Nhat Hanh? Join us on Sunday 27 May from 19:30 to 21:00 for an informal practice session with the Brussels English Speaking Sangha. Open to anyone who has been to Plum Village, follows the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh or has participated in the Mindful Living Course with Susan. Contact Susan to confirm your attendance and for more details.

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    Calm your mind quickly

    3 Steps to Calm your Mind Fast – it’s all in your hands! Most of us are so hyper-stimulated these days it’s hard to stop the compulsive thinking stirred up by the hectic pace of modern life. At times, over-thinking might simply create a minor distraction from what we should be doing, so it’s not such a big deal. But there are other times when the thoughts are endlessly racing and it just feels overwhelming, even leading to anxiety or panic attacks. The thing is, we become less intelligent when we’re stressed – an anxious mind can’t process thoughts clearly and this can lead to making poor choices, or else…

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    What if we only ever had one problem?

    “[…]tout le malheur des hommes vient d’une seule chose, qui est de ne pas savoir demeurer en repos dans une chambre.” “All of humanity’s misfortune comes from one thing: not knowing how to sit quietly in a room.” ~ Blaise Pascal How many problems do you feel you have at the moment? A Course in Miracles tells us “The temptation to regard problems as many is the temptation to keep the problem of separation unsolved…. All this complexity is but a desperate attempt not to recognize the problem, and therefore not to let it be resolved…. Perceiving the underlying constancy in all the problems that seem to confront you, you…

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    When retreating is the best way forward

    Mercifully, a strong spiritual practice in crazy times offers a lot of clarity and a sense of purpose. I love the French expression “reculer pour mieux sauter” (step back to jump better), which nicely sums up the idea that we function best with a bit of perspective. When we step back, retreat and unplug for a while (minutes, hours, days…) we can reconnect with our essential self, our deepest desires, and aspirations for life. Retreating consciously allows us to find the inner calm that gets drowned out by the constant impulses of contemporary life. We are undoubtedly responsible for our perception of reality and so need to take care to know…

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    Spiritual Awakening and Non-Duality

    Friday 9th December 2016 from 19-21:00 (Participation by donation to Ajatananda Ashram) Join us for an in-depth look at Spiritual Awakening in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta. It is neither an experience, nor a state of being: it is simply a spontaneous and instant awareness of our True Nature (the Self). There is no “awakened being”, only pure Awakening… Swami Atmananda nous propose d’approfondir le thème de l’Éveil spirituel à partir de la tradition de l’Advaita. L’Éveil est Pure Présence. Il n’est ni une expérience, ni un état, mais simplement la Reconnaissance spontanée et immédiate de notre Nature véritable (le Soi). Il n’y a pas d’éveillé, mais seulement l’Eveil… Swami…

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    Turning the corner

    Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace. ~Bhagavad Gita, 12:12 Non-attachment is one of the principal teachings of all ancient wisdom traditions, and allows us to remain in the flow of life where the only constant is change. Called aparigraha in Sanskrit, it is the fifth of the five Yama, or observances, in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. It’s a profound concept, but essentially it means taking only what we need, keeping only what is necessary in the moment, and – most importantly – letting go when the time is right! This is…

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    Peace is an inside job.

    Happy International Day of Peace! Given our current global situation, it’s hard not to raise an eyebrow at this ill-fated UN Day of Peace, celebrated each year on the 21st of September since 1981. Let’s leave aside the sad truth that the world is considerably less peaceful now than it was in 1981, and take this opportunity to remember that cultivating the peace we so strongly crave is unquestionably an inside job. This is no conspiracy theory! This is time-tested wisdom that shows us clearly the most direct path to peace. Many of you will have joined me in chanting the shanti mantra “Om Shantisshantisshantihi” at the end of our…

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    Sound Healing Workshops

    Join Ram Vakkalanka to learn about the profound practice of Nāda Yoga, which he describes as: “A combination of philosophy, medicine, metaphysics, and physical yoga, the premise of Nada Yoga is that all things in the Universe, including living beings, are made of sound vibrations, called Nada. It is believed that Nada is the building block of the cosmos and that this energy brings everything together. This connection with sound means that Nada Yoga is often associated with music, harmony, chanting, and how these things can bring beings closer to oneness with the cosmos. Nada is also often used to bring focus to ones energy centers, or Chakra. The use…