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    Come back home.

    I have arrived, I am home In the here, in the now. I am solid, I am free. In the ultimate, I dwell. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Lately, unrelated to my work, I’ve been coming across a lot of people who are feeling overwhelmed by social or personal circumstances, and trying to find a way forward. As my teacher says: They way out is in. We urgently need to come back home to ourselves; to stop running and find our inner peace. We need much less than we imagine, and certainly much less than we want, because what we’re really craving is our own wholeness. Coming home from our delusions…

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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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    Interbeing

    “Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” ~ The Dalai Lama Imagine, or perhaps recall, the most painful experience of your life – a major loss, a traumatic event, some deep physical or emotional suffering. Now imagine experiencing that pain while being compelled to leave your home, your loved ones, your culture, your homeland. What cherished possessions would you bring with you? Would you have time to gather them together? Would you be fleeing alone, or would you also have to look out for your children and your…

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    Mutual Respect, Mutual Learning

    “To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth, falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. You yourself are the one who must decide. You alone – and only you – can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate of the entire World. Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger? Know that you yourself are essential to this world. Understand both the blessing and the burden…

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    Guru Purnima – Honouring our teachers

    Today’s full moon is my favourite moon of the year, because it is Guru Purnima. Purnima means full moon in Sanskrit, and Guru means the remover (ru) of darkness (gu). This special full moon is also known as Buddha Purnima to Buddhists, and Vyasa Purnima in honour of Veda Vyasa, who was both the author and a character in the epic Mahabharata (“the great land of light”). For thousands of years, this has been a time of honouring the teacher and the teachings that lead us to enlightenment. Regardless of the appearance or form or your guru, or whether there have been many or just one very special teacher, the…

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    Untangling from the stickiness of emotions

    As I write this, my neighbour’s house is on fire, on a sunny afternoon, just outside my window, one street away. I saw the dark billows of smoke almost at the same time as I heard the increasingly noisy sirens, and realised I knew this house. Unexpected things happen to us all the time, some tiny, some huge. Just yesterday I was using my teacher’s analogy of our intense emotions being like a house on fire. We need to put out the fire, before it destroys too much. Twenty minutes later; the fire seems to be in control. The emergency services quickly did what was most important, and stopped further…

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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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    Healing and growing through service

    “The underlying sense of uneasiness that we have now is actually a good thing: it is the expression of our sensitivity. Those who go through life without feeling ill at ease are unconscious. The uneasy feeling caused by our awareness holds tremendous potential for transformation. It is a treasure of energy that we can grasp with both hands and use to build something better. Indifference doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~ Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche Dear students and friends in yoga, What a remarkable time we are living in! Information of all kinds seeps in through every crack, even if we try to avoid it. Mental toxins are as disruptive to our well-being…