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    Guru Purnima eclipsed

    The Lunar (Full Moon) eclipse on July 27th is quite special for a number of reasons. First, it happens to be the annual celebration of one’s most important teachers, known as Guru Purnima. Teachers come in many forms, and though you might feel you don’t have a special teacher, we can think of ourselves as the only student in the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…