April: transcending fear

A diffuse fear has paralyzed the world in recent weeks. Fear of an unknown tiny organic structure. Something the world has never seen before. The insecurity of this unknown prevents us from celebrating parties, coming together, embracing. Our lives to live. Abinivesha - the fear of the unknown Patanjali teaches us already in his second Sutra the goal of the Yoga practice: Yoga citta vritti nirodhah (I.2). A clear mind is one, whose thoughts are put to rest. Negative mental states prevent us from reaching this state. They paralyse the mind to perceive and decide with ...

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March: Resilience

After the devastating fires in Australia, the first new bushes and trees are sprouting from the ground. It is so good to see, that nature manages to regenerate, to recover and to regain strength even after such a terrible trauma. Resilience, this characteristic so essential for nature, also lies within ourselves. And we need it. Resilience comes from Latin and can be translated into "to jump back". It is the "ability of a child, due to protective factors, to deal relatively unscathed with the consequences of stressful living conditions and to develop coping skills".[1] ...

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February: Compassion – Karuna

As we forge ahead in 2020 to February, the month of Love, we are persuaded by its mysticism to devote our monthly theme to “compassion”. But how are love and compassion related?  In his book The compassionate Life, the Dalai Lama explains in simple terms that “compassion and love can be defined as positive thoughts and feelings, that give rise to essential things in life such as hope, courage, determination and inner strength. In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as two aspects of same thing: compassion is the wish for another being to be free ...

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January: Courage

A new year has come! And with it lots of new opportunities, decisions, experiences and growth. So what are your dreams for this new year? What do you want to do and where do you want to go? Moving forward towards your goals requires effort, energy and above all COURAGE. Courage is that strong deep force, the will power, to do, create, move, evolve and grow. Is our own inner strength that guides us in life, which we need to cultivate persistently, if not we might find ourselves paralysed by our own fears, the circumstances, the opinions of others. We need courage to ...

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