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    Mindful Living Weekend Retreat

    A chance to (re-)discover the profound simplicity of true mindfulness in a beautiful and natural setting at Radhadesh near Durbuy in the Belgian Ardennes, from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September. This retreat is open to anyone wanting to explore a deeper understanding of the nature of the mind, compassion and inner peace. Susan’s approach to mindfulness reflects her years of study with Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, putting compassion and deep understanding at the heart of the practice. We will be meeting on Friday in time to enjoy dinner together, with an introductory session afterwards. Saturday and Sunday will both begin with meditation, breathing and postural practice, followed…

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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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    Mindfulness of Maya

    Brahma Satya Jagat Mithya ~ “pure consciousness is the only reality; the physical world is virtual reality.” On a recent visit to Bruges, it occurred to me that this charming city could be a brilliant metaphor for the ancient Indian concept of Maya. On the surface, it’s a beautiful and vibrant town that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, but, looking deeper, one can see that the main reason it’s a vibrant town is because of its superficial appearance, and its economy is based on this attraction to such an extent that the city itself feels more like a theme park than a real town. The illusion both…