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    Contrast and connection

    We don’t live in a peaceful world, not because this is impossible, but because we are not at peace in our minds. Peace stems from true inner silence, which is is the result of training the mind away from its mad theories and assumptions, and towards this moment, where change and connection with life are (instantly and eternally) possible. Understand…

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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:…

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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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    “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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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    Understanding Anger

    One of the most compelling reasons to overcome anger is that it destroys our own peace of mind, while harming others as well. But if there's one thing the ego hates, it's having to sacrifice a good old rant to a noble ideal!