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You aren't small.
You're fucking fearless.
Remember when the scent of gardenias
ripped your heart open.

- Jeff Foster
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IN LOVING ARMS

If you feel sad for no reason,
embrace the reasonless spontaneity of your sadness!

In the first light of morning,
when you hear a bird singing her spontanous song,
you're not pushing for reasons.

Sadness does not arise to be healed.
It arises to be heard.
It arises to be held,
here, in the loving arms of awareness.

- Jeff Foster
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Trying to fall in love is like trying to make your heart beat backwards. It can't be done.

We don't fall in love; we simply notice that we are already in love, and have always been.

We don't fall in love; it is the 'we' - the 'me' and the 'you' and the appearance of the 'inbetween' - that falls away, in love, revealing the intimacy of our own absence (presence).

The illusion falls.

We are all so deeply, fundamentally in love that we just don't realise it.

- Jeff Foster
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My dear father has passed away. ❤️

Or rather, father's body has ceased to function and he has become free. Or rather, he has returned Home, to Source, to Presence, which he always was, which I've always been, which you've always been.

Dad died but he came home to us. He shed his prison. He got closer. To the ground, the Earth, the sunrise, the ocean tides, his beloved chocolate cakes. He is now nearer than ever, more intimate than breathing. He sees through my eyes now, his eyes, my eyes, I don't know.

Here he is, part of the fabric of things, absent yet present, gone but more perfectly here and I surrender to this damn Mystery, I surrender to it all, completely and forever.

Through warm cleansing tears, through precious memories, thank you, Dad, for everything.

Only Love ❤️
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7 Day Belgium Retreat with Jeff Foster - The Way of Rest

May 26, 2017, 7:00pm - June 2, 2017, 3:00am

"Do not seek joy; let it find you, let it creep up on you in your private moments, unexpected; let it reach you in the depths of your brokenness and despair and your exhaustion from seeking it in time. Love the place where you are, love the ground upon which you stand, for it is this very ground that joy is heading toward, the ground from which your new life will grow, even if now upon the ground, you find your own inability to wait..." - Jeff Foster THE WAY OF REST FINDING THE COURAGE TO HOLD EVERYTHING IN LOVE A 7-day retreat with Jeff Foster in the beautiful Belgian Ardennes More info and booking: www.lifewithoutacentre.com/meeting-schedule/7-day-retreat-6/ This retreat is a profound way to rest from the busyness of daily life, to slow down, relax and experience what is truly within. It’s a great chance to dive deeply into Jeff’s message of deep acceptance and fearless living, supported by peaceful natural surroundings, in a safe and nurturing environment. Through talks, guided meditations, intimate dialogues, laughter, tears, and silence, Jeff will invite us to take a fresh look at our present experience and discover the ocean of who we really are: a non-dual awareness that has already allowed every wave of thought and emotion to arrive… We look forward to seeing you in Château Frandeux!

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WHEN SITTING WITH A FRIEND IN PAIN...

Sometimes our hearts need to break wide open so they are able to hold more life.

Let your warm presence remind your friend of their own warm presence, so stable, so fearless, so free, so deeply rooted, grounded, here. Know that who they truly are cannot be broken, not by even the most intense energies, and cannot be fixed, and life never makes mistakes even when life seems like a mistake.

Love is all that matters here. The rain falls, stars explode in silence somewhere out in the vastness of space, and here on this tiny planet someone called Earth, sometimes we meet and hold each other.

- Jeff Foster
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HOW TO BREATHE WHEN YOU CANNOT BREATHE

And then there are the days
where you cannot breathe
because
everything has turned to beauty
and iridescence.

Because
you are a witness to this ordinary world.
This ordinary burning world
that lays itself out for you effortlessly,
in all its absurdity and sanctity,
in its sorrow and its light,
in its compassion and its terror.
All One. All Art.

And you are a Doorway today.
You are a Magic Theatre
where the heart plays
its paupers and its princesses
and pretends to fluff its lines.

Do you remember.
Do you remember.
His first day at school?
How he slipped through your fingers then?
So eager to leave, and did he know?

The frosted spider webs
clinging to the office bins
when you went out for a quick cigarette
and how they cracked you open
without warning and how they broke you open
without warning and how you couldn't
tell a soul.
You had a secret with the spiders.

And then mother's courage.
Her snow white hair tumbling out in your hands.
Her translucence in the last light.
Where you held her.
She had become see-through.

Some days.
Some days.
You try to form words but none will come.
You try to write but the pen won't move.
You try to speak but the silence silences.
Some days are see-through too.

It matters not how much money you have.
Your status in this world.
The strength of your immune system.
The number of weeks you have left.

It matters how completely you inhabit this life.
How deeply you let the days penetrate.
And crack you.
And make you beg
for more
for less
for more
for less
for more.

Don't be ashamed to break down today!
To weep. To laugh. To snort. To dribble.
To not know. To admit all your mistakes.
All your damn mistakes.
To begin again.
To be a puddle of nothing on the ground.
To be translucent and soft.

Awakening is not a hobby, friend.
It's a radical reframing of your entire existence.
It's the devastation of the dreamer.

And in the rubble,
such intensity.
Such ferocity.
Such light.

In the devastation
we can truly meet.
And knit with the spiders at dawn.
Giggle with the afternoon crows.
Play hide-and-seek
with the grown ups;
make them forget their melancholy,
if only for a moment.
Sing star-mantras with the wolves.

And live the days.
Somehow live through the days.
Where the beauty is just too relentless.
Where we haven't got the strength to stand.
Where we cannot breathe ourselves.

And so Love breathes us instead.
And warms us from the inside.
And fills us with new hope
under an iridescent sky.

- Jeff Foster

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A MINDFUL MOMENT OF CALM

Stop. Just for a moment.

Feel the magic of the in-breath, the out-breath. Feel the belly rising and falling in its own sweet time, like an ocean wave.

Notice what's alive in your body right now. Come out of the story of past and future, of regret and anticipation, of 'what's not here' and 'what should be here', and give some kind attention to the dance of physical sensation happening here, where you are. A fluttery feeling in the stomach, now. A tension in the shoulders, a pressure in the forehead, now. A light, excited feeling in the chest, now.

If you find an area of discomfort, that's okay - be present with it. Don't try to get rid of it, make it go away. Don't label it, or judge it as 'bad' or 'negative'. Right now, don't even try to 'heal' it. (Sometimes even 'healing' can be a subtle form of resistance.) And if you notice any resistance, any non-acceptance, allow that to be here too. Remain curious, fascinated. Be curious even about your lack of curiosity.

Allow all thoughts to come and go. Thoughts are clouds, you are the sky, the space for all thoughts, not their enemy. Don't try to delete thoughts or even quiet them down. Embrace their glorious noise, and know they are not who you truly are.

Don't try to make anything happen. You're not seeking a different experience. Become curious about this experience! This day. This hour. This moment. This immediacy. Where you are. What's it like, here? Meet this moment in its freshness.

You cannot be truly curious about your immediate, embodied present experience and be stuck in a story of fear and regret at the same time. If premature conclusions are the dis-ease, if fear and stress are the symptoms, open-hearted curiosity is the only true medicine. This moment is your anchor, your cosmic home in a chaotic ever-changing world, your calm in the midst of the storm.

- Jeff Foster
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THE WAY OF REST: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF PRESENCE
5 Days of Mindfulness, Courage and Presence at the beautiful Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado
with JEFF FOSTER and MATT LICATA
Come join us! :)
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The Way of Rest: A 5-day Retreat with Jeff Foster and Matt Licata

July 26, 2017, 7:00pm - July 31, 2017, 1:00pm

THE WAY OF REST: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF PRESENCE 5 Days of Mindfulness, Courage and Presence at the beautiful Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado with JEFF FOSTER and MATT LICATA For more info and to book: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-way-of-rest-a-5-day-retreat-with-jeff-foster-and-matt-licata-tickets-304... “Thank you for such a beautiful and powerful event. I came away with such a deeper understanding of the power of our presence and self-love through this practice. The retreat was lovely, and I felt such rest and relief.” “It was a life game-changer, a beautiful, rich and exquisite line of demarcation in my non-path path, journey without destination.” "A portal of healing was ignited by attending your retreat. A brain detoxing retreat!” * YOU ARE DIVINE, EVEN IN YOUR HUMAN IMPERFECTIONS... Beyond therapy, beyond self-help, beyond the Law of Attraction, beyond ‘Being in the Now’, beyond the exhausting search for spiritual enlightenment, beyond ideology, beyond belief, an invitation to stop trying to fix yourself, and rest instead in a loving embrace of this unique moment, exactly as it is…. What would it be like to live a life that is not based around fixing or improving yourself, transforming into someone else, healing all your childhood wounds, raising your vibration, opening all your chakras or becoming a spiritually awakened being? What would it be like, to awaken from the trance that you are broken, unworthy, unloveable and far from enlightenment? Join authors and speakers Matt Licata and Jeff Foster as they share a radical form of mindfulness, which is also an ultimate act of self-compassion: an invitation to be exactly what you are, and awaken from the trance that you are less than Divine in your beautifully imperfect humanness. On this popular 5 day retreat, we will take time out of our ordinary lives to turn towards the stillness of the heart, and discover the peace, joy, aliveness and, yes, humor, that is always, already here. We will come to realize that freedom is wired into us and is not dependent on whether we first improve ourselves, become worthy, find all the answers, or get “enlightened” by way of some sort of spiritual process. When it comes to the present moment, we are all beginners, all amateurs. There are no teachers and no experts, here in the aliveness of Now. Matt and Jeff do not have pre-prepared answers for you! They are not here to fix you or make you into something second-hand. They are original human beings, just like you, sharing from the depths of their lived experience, inviting you to come closer to yourself and perhaps find your answers there. On retreat, you become your own guru, your own therapist, your own loving parent. Matt and Jeff simply facilitate this Homecoming, inviting us in their gentle yet direct way to a radical self-love in which even our ‘unlovable’ parts are welcome… During the retreat, we’ll rest together in silence, share intimate dialogues and guided meditations, all the while tuning into to the power of the field of loving presence that is always around and within us. We will bathe in a radical yet simple truth: that we have already arrived Home, that we never left Home in the first place, that we are perfect exactly as we are, even in our imperfections… and that we can return to this realization in ANY moment of our lives! We will turn courageously toward our unmet heartbreak, grief, despair, and hopelessness – as well as toward our natural joy, peace, wonder, and bliss – and come into contact with the wisdom, the love, and the wild uniqueness that is always here. As we befriend ourselves and our immediate experience, through curiosity and an uncompromising and unapologetic kindness, we will touch a profound rest that is filled with the revolutionary qualities of love, compassion, and huge creativity. While not formally a silent retreat, we will be returning time and time again to the silence of the Heart, meditating and contemplating reality together and exploring the a life beyond belief. In addition to regular group meetings – facilitated by Matt and Jeff – there will be plenty of time to explore on your own, both the inner landscape of the heart as well as the natural world in the beautiful Colorado mountains. It is important to note that while these retreats often result in deep, therapeutic healing, they are not therapy groups. Rather than engaging in our personal narratives of past and future, we will be diving into a field of presence together in which we can rest in the dimension of the heart that has never been unhealed and is not in need of transformation, healing… or even understanding. ***REGISTRATION DETAILS: Please note that registration here at this EventBrite page is for tuition only. You must still register for food and accommodation directly with Sunrise Ranch (even if you will not be staying at the Ranch). For more information or to register online, please visit this link. If you prefer to register by phone, or speak with someone about accommodations, please call 877-786-0078. Costs for accommodation range from $45/ night (for commuters) and include camping/ staying at Sunrise's sister campus (please speak with them for details) ($75/ night), dormitory ($95/ night), triple rooms ($103/ night), double rooms ($113/ night), and single rooms ($143/ night). There are also accommodations available at a nearby hotel (around $150/ night) where it is possible to arrange pick-up and drop-off each day. These fees include three really good meals per day (plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), snacks and tea, as well as rooms. Please note that single and double rooms are limited. If one of these is important to you, we encouage you to register as early as possible. Please direct any questions about accommodations and Sunrise Ranch directly to the Ranch as niether Matt nor Jeff will be able to answer these questions for you. Again the page here is for tuition registration only, and you must contact and register with Sunrise in order to attend! Attending the retreat involves a two-step registration process. Thank you! A FEW TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS “Thank you for such a beautiful and powerful event. I came away with such a deeper understanding of the power of our presence and self-love through this practice. The retreat was lovely, and I felt such rest and relief.” “It was a life game-changer, a beautiful, rich and exquisite line of demarcation in my non-path path, journey without destination.” “So many meaningful moments from these past few days - thank you.” “A wonder-filled 5 days… I LOVED every minute of it!!! Your talks resonated deep within me, and I bow with sincere respect to your ability to hold this practice while listening to people's stories..” “Many thanks, for a spacious five days, that continue to roll out each new moment of NOW.” “The retreat was one of the best things I have done for myself.” “Over 25 years of jumping from one "next best method" to the next, feels like it's finally over. The lessons are so easily applied in daily life, don't have to burn special incense, ring a bell 33 times or squeeze myself in a vice grip while chanting in a foreign tongue. Loving this!” “Sitting in the many sessions, meeting people I might not normally meet, but hearing their archetypal struggles…. having the time and space to connect to an understanding that goes beyond … and coming away with a resonance from all this that has me gently smiling as I type you this message…” “The retreat with you and all of the other participants changed my life forever, thank you” “The experience was such a beautiful death for me. A death to my identity, as a concrete thing, a death to the old idea of relationship & attachment, a death to my idea of the world as it is/was. What I created was a place of EVER fluxing, riding the wave of the flow, finding my balance in the flux. Letting life breath me. This portal of healing was ignited, again, by attending your retreat. The brain detoxing retreat!” ABOUT JEFF FOSTER Jeff Foster studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University. In his mid-twenties, after a long period of depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of ‘spiritual enlightenment’ and embarked on an intensive spiritual quest for the ultimate truth of existence. The spiritual search came crashing down with the clear recognition of the non-dual nature of everything, and the discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: intimate, open, loving and spontaneous, and Jeff was left with a deep understanding of the root illusion behind all human suffering, and a love of the present moment. Jeff was voted #59 on Watkins Review’s 2014 list of the world’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. Jeff has published five books in over six languages. His latest book Falling in Love With Where You Are is now available from Non-Duality Press. His new book - Way of Rest: Finding the Courage to Hold Everything in Love - was published by Sounds True in 2016. Jeff's website can be found at: www.lifewithoutacentre.com/ ABOUT MATT LICATA Matt Licata, PhD is a psychotherapist, author, and teacher, with clients and students worldwide. For 25 years, he has been on the forefront of the dialogue between therapeutic and contemplative approaches to healing and spiritual transformation. He mentors students seeking graduate degrees in psychology and spirituality, and is editor of A Healing Space, a blog dedicated to the exploration of the journey of embodied spirituality in contemporary life. Matt is author of the The Path is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You, which will be published in April of 2017. He is also author of the forthcoming The Only Way Out is Through, a behind-the-scenes look at the ways spiritual beliefs and practices can serve a defensive function in the avoidance of unresolved emotional wounding. Matt's website can be found at: www.mattlicataphd.com

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HOW TO BE A LOVE WARRIOR

When your heart is broken and you turn away from your heart, you feel lost and powerless, homeless in the present moment, body and spirit divided.

But when you turn to your broken heart, give it kind attention, and you say, "Dear heart, I see you, I feel you. I know you are broken, but I accept you as you are, I embrace you as you are, without conditions. So break, dear heart, break deeper, break harder, break as fully as you need to break, and know that I am here with you, always...", you are a love warrior, powerful and free!

- Jeff Foster
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