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MY WAY

Life does not always go 'my way'.
But I never get in the way
Of life not going 'my way'.
So life always goes my way.

I am the way of life.
Whichever way life goes, I go.

There is no way
That I can be separate from life's way.
Life IS the way.
So there is no 'way'.

I am life.

Life does not always go 'my way'.
But I never get in the way.
So life always goes my way.

Even when it doesn't.

- Jeff Foster
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"It's very simple, child. You are vast, like the sky. You have light and dark in you. If you fight the dark within, you tear yourself asunder, split yourself in two. Don't begin a holy war within, my precious one. Love the dark in yourself! Honour it. Hold it gently. Flood it with the light of love. Illuminate those wounded parts, those sore and tender regions of your ancient heart. The darkness within you only longs for the light, and the light within you longs to touch the darkness. Fulfil an ancient promise to illuminate an entire cosmos..."

- Jeff Foster
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A PATH OF RADICAL INCLUSION

Everything you push away in yourself pushes back against you; pushing for your love, like a baby in the womb, pushing, pushing, ready to be born, ready to come into the light of consciousness, wanting to be seen. So if you feel something pushing, kicking, aching, a tension, a fear, a moment of profound doubt, a sorrow, a pain, see it not as a mistake, or an enemy, or a punishment, something 'against' your body, a sign that you're far from healing; but see it as your own child, your own flesh and blood, your own body, in fact, an actual movement of you, itself longing for acceptance, love, inclusion, kind attention. "Include me", every thought and sensation whispers, every joy and every sorrow, "Include me in your vastness, I am worthy. Stop pushing against me, and I will push myself into your loving arms, and you will see, you will know, I am your beloved, I was always your beloved One..."

- Jeff Foster
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“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” - Rumi
SPECIAL EVENT! APRIL 4-9, 2018 in Loveland, Colorado.
A 5-Day Journey of Deep Rest, Radical Self-Compassion, and Returning Home
With nondual author JEFF FOSTER and psychotherapist MATT LICATA, PhD. Plus special guest mindfulness and Yoga Nidra trainer KELLY BOYS.

On this retreat, we will turn the entire search upside down, dissolve the trance of shame and unworthiness, and embrace ourselves as we are.

Rather than abandoning our lives, our hearts, and our bodies, we will travel directly inside the core wound of separation and infuse it with presence, with holding, and with love.

We will discover the light that's blazing at our center, allowing the search of a lifetime to unravel.

And return Home together.
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The Place the Light Enters: Jeff Foster & Matt Licata Retreat

April 4, 2018, 12:00pm - April 9, 2018, 4:00pm

Come join Matt and Jeff at beautiful Sunrise Ranch... THE PLACE THE LIGHT ENTERS A 5-Day Journey of Deep Rest, Radical Self-Compassion, and Returning Home With nondual author JEFF FOSTER and psychotherapist MATT LICATA, PhD *Plus special guest mindfulness and Yoga Nidra trainer KELLY BOYS* APRIL 4-9, 2018 in LOVELAND, COLORADO “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” - Rumi MORE INFO AND TO BOOK: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-place-the-light-enters-a-5-day-retreat-with-jeff-foster-matt-licata-tick... --- Are you on a path of psychological growth, emotional healing, or spiritual transformation? Despite the many insights and realizations, do you find yourself longing for something more? Does it still feel as if something is missing? On this retreat, we will turn the entire search upside down, dissolve the trance of shame and unworthiness, and embrace ourselves as we are. Rather than abandoning our lives, our hearts, and our bodies, we will travel directly inside the core wound of separation and infuse it with presence, with holding, and with love. We will discover the light that's blazing at our center, allowing the search of a lifetime to unravel. And return Home together. COME JOIN US IN LOVELAND, COLORADO, AND LET MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT UNWIND, UNRAVEL AND REST IN A WARM, EMPATHIC HOLDING FIELD OF PRESENCE. These days, it’s clear that a full-spectrum path of spirituality and healing must address multiple dimensions of what it means to be an open, awake, and compassionate human being. Meditation, emotional healing, psychological work, relational maturity, and being grounded in the body are all required to live lives of freedom, connectedness, and presence. Even if we have a profound spiritual realization, but the fruits of that realization do not infuse the relative world of our body, emotions, relationships, and work in the world, we sense something is missing. From April 4-9, we will gather in beautiful Loveland, Colorado, where we will engage an in-depth journey of nondual spirituality and meditation; guidance and support in shadow work, emotional healing, and discovering the tantra of everyday life; plus gentle movement and embodied mindfulness practices, all in the context of a grounded awareness which does not seek to "fix" us, but celebrates the mystery and sacredness that we already are. Together we will exlore the mysteries of both being and becoming, acceptance and change, deep rest and a full embrace of life. During the course of the retreat, each morning you will rest in nondual spaciousness and presence with international author and spiritual teacher Jeff Foster; in the afternoon you will explore the alchemy of psychological and emotional integration with psychotherapist and author Matt Licata, PhD; and prior to the evening session, you will enjoy somatic-based mindfulness practices with author and mindfuless trainer, Kelly Boys. At the conclusion of each day, in the evening there will be a dialogue between Matt and Jeff, where they will explore the ground of a loving, embodied, nondual presence – the place where spirituality and therapy meet, the Home we never leave - and how the divine expresses itself in the chaotic, sweet, glorious mess of our ordinary lives. With humour, playfulness, insight, and compassion, Jeff and Matt will make spirituality simple, reachable, and human again, questioning and exposing outdated myths of enlightenment and healing along the way! Through the provocative and compassionate guidance of three experienced authors and teachers, you will be invited to a place of deep inner stillness and a full-spectrum embrace of your humanness. In the space between meetings, you can walk and rest in the holding field of the Rocky Mountains, and enjoy delicious and nourishing food prepared by expert chefs, using ingredients grown locally using sustainable methods, served with love. With over five hours of teaching, support, and guidance each day, this retreat is open to anyone who is ready to discover their true nature and explore how this realization might infuse their daily life. From beginners to advanced meditators, from therapists to artists, businesspeople, healers and everyone in-between, if you have an interest in spirituality and healing, mindfulness, meditation, self-compassion, or you just long to live a life of rest, presence, grace, and creativity, we would love to meet you, here in the Heart. “‎Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." ― Rainer Maria Rilke

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PERMISSION TO BE AVERAGE

It's okay to be average! To do your best and know that it's good enough. To fail. To try and fall flat on your face. To be imperfect. To be adequate, unspecial, and not the greatest.

In all cases, you are loveable, and miraculous as you are. Your human limitations and imperfections are beautiful and perfect in the eyes of the Universe. Take the pressure off yourself to be the biggest and the best, the most successful and the most loved, and bless yourself for being exactly what you are.

Realise that this radical self-love has nothing to do with 'giving up' or 'settling for less'; it's actually the basis of a joyful, liberated and abundant life.

Be average,
and dance into the miracle.

- Jeff Foster
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When you are crying, friend,
Forget why you are crying,
And just let tears flow.

When you are laughing,
Forget the reason for laughter,
And laugh anyway.

When you are angry,
Just for a moment
Forget what made you angry,
And honour - even celebrate -
the raw, burning, throbbing sensations in your body.

Come closer.
Be present.
Honour what is alive in you.

Let powerful energies move without a story, without blame, without judgement, without resistance.

(Yet allow resistance too if that is what's alive in you.)

Know yourself as life -
The unconditional space for it all.

- Jeff Foster
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There is no fixed path to healing.
There is no set way to happiness,
no road to awakening.

There are only the days.
The breaths. The steps.

The moments of excruciating pain.
The disappointments. The victories.
The times of ecstasy, the joys,
and everything in-between.

The path leads not to a destination,
but more deeply into presence,
gratitude, and unknowing.

- Jeff Foster
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My dear friend Jeannine is offering a retreat in Belgium and it’s very highly recommended by me! A week of friendship, relaxation and mindfulness including being-gentle-with-your-body fusion yoga, mindful walking, mantra singing with live piano music, voice liberation and inquiries... plus lovely vegetarian food, a sauna and a private lake.... all with Jeannine’s gentle loving guidance... ❤️ ...

Reconnection with Life As It Is: Mindful Treat Yourself Retreat

April 27, 2018, 6:30pm - May 4, 2018, 3:00am

RECONNECTING WITH LIFE AS IT IS: A 'TREAT YOURSELF' RETREAT WITH JEANNINE April 27 -May 4 Chateau Frandeux, Belgium I feel very exited to announce this retreat! The language will be simple English, easy to understand and since I am Dutch, a little translation when needed is easily given. WHAT IS THIS RETREAT ABOUT? A week to help you slow down. To take a break from your busy work and family life. To rest in not knowing. To deepen the relationship with your body and mind exactly as they are. To taste freedom and rest in a safe and nurturing environment. To relax and strengthen your connection with your true Home, beyond the stories of your mind. Activities include being-gentle-with-your-body fusion yoga, mindful walking, mantra singing, voice liberation and inquiries. There will also be a masseuse with loving hands (extra cost). Other activities might be added to the program spontaneously, because I like to move with the flow and feel what is needed! For example: Dancing, movement meditations, connected breathing exercise, creative activities. See ‘Program’ below for more detailed information. Chateau Frandeux is itself already an invitation to slow down! Its great vegetarian food, private lake, sauna and trees are ready to hug you with their presence. PHILOSOPHY The philosophy of this retreat is based on the message of Jeff Foster, who I have been assisting for the past 10 years. His words about self-acceptance, presence and deep rest resonate so strongly within me. This retreat invites us to welcome ALL feelings, to be the space for everything which is visiting us - not forcing the ‘happy’ feelings to stay or pushing the ‘bad’ feelings away. We are invited to stay rooted in present moment awareness, and be available for all thoughts, feelings and sensations. That’s true self-love. That’s where the inner war can relax. That’s where we can find the rest we long for. During the week there will be plenty of opportunities to strengthen the attention muscle and cultivate a mindful attitude. All of my activities are born out of my being present at Jeff Foster’s meetings and retreats. I feel deeply grateful that our paths crossed! And through the activities I offer, I will share this message in my own unique way. PROGRAM Yoga & Guided Meditation Each yoga class involves a guided meditation followed by accessible yoga mixed with exercises from Eastern disciplines, all weaved together to invite you to relax deeper into Presence. ALL bodies are welcome here! Whether you are experienced or new to yoga, have a stiff or very flexible body, these classes are about befriending your body just as it is. To see your body as your partner instead of your slave, or even enemy. Alterations are offered so all can participate. VOICE LIBERATION Voice liberation is a beautiful way to connect deeply with yourself, beyond the stories of the mind. This is not about singing, it is about using the voice to discover more about yourself. To feel connected with yourself and with the other participants, a connection often much deeper than with spoken words. The voice is such an intimate and vulnerable instrument, really close to you. Every note contains music, your music. Exploring with your voice from the heart is always beautiful… including the so called false notes. Because they reveal you! Therefore yours, or anyone else’s opinion about your singing are not relevant. Step by step you will be invited to jump in deeper. But you will be the director of what you do or don’t want to do. Sweaty hands and bouncing hearts are very welcome! INQUIRIES Inquiries are very helpful to sink deeper into yourself. Mostly done in groups of 2 or 3, you give words to your experience in the present moment, while the other person is listening to you with his or her full attention. Tasting the words as they leave your mouth, waiting for new words to surface. No story telling, but the live experience of every new moment. MANTRA SINGING We will regularly sing mantras, accompanied by live music. On a deeper level we all are vibration. Singing enhances that vibration, makes the energy move in us. Dense areas in our bodies can melt through singing. Joy, frustration, anger and sadness may surface, and mantras can help us get in touch with that ever present Holding in which all these feelings can flow freely. Like with voice liberation, it doesn’t matter if you think you can sing or not. It’s my opinion that everyone can sing. We all sang at some point in our lives, until someone told us it was wrong. Well at this retreat your singing is always RIGHT, in each and every way. Bring your instruments, from guitar and flute to rhythmic instruments. Let’s play! MASSAGE There will be a masseuse available for gentle massages which you can book seperately. SILENCE All meals will be silent, to invite you to stay at Home. A typical day might look like the schedule below. Although it might be susceptible to changes as I feel what is needed in the moment. Additional activities might occur, like dancing from within, movement meditations, connected breathing, etc. Saturday 7.15 small breakfast snack 7.45 – 9.30 yoga 9.30 – 10.15 breakfast 11.00 – 12.00 mindful walk 12.00 – 13.00 free time 13.00 – 14.00 lunch 14.30 – 16.00 voice liberation and inquiries 17.00 snacks 16.30 – 18.00 sauna (optional) 18.30 – 19.30 dinner 20.00 – 21.30 mantra singing or bedtime yoga COSTS Including program, full board, 3 mjamy vegetarian meals a day Regular prices are mentioned below. As an introductory discount you will receive € 100 reduction! Please note that there is a wide variety in the available rooms. From small and basic to very luxurious. The rooms will be distrituted in order of registration. * twin room (2 single beds), shared shower and toilet : € 795, with discount now: €695 * Twin room (2 single beds) with private shower and toilet: € 895 with discount now € 795 * Double room (1 big bed for 2 persons) with shared bathroom and toilet: € 795 p.p. with discount now € 695 * Double room (1 big bed for 2 persons with private bath and toilet: € 895 with discount € 795 * Single room, shared shower and toilet: € 1095 with discount now € 995 * Single room with private shower and toilet: € 1295 with discount now € 1195 * Single room with private toilet and shared shower: € 1195 with discount now € 1095 Because the amount of participants is limited, it’s advisable to let me know as soon as possible if you would like to attend this event. Please contact me through e-mail: esensya@gmail.com. ABOUT JEANNINE DE KLERK (1964) My path has been an adventurous one: I lived in Bali, France and the US and I have worked as a teacher, stewardess and project manager at KLM. From my early twenties a seeker, going to many different workshops, trainings and inspirational speakers. Through my 10 years of assisting Jeff Foster at his retreats and meetings, the seeking has been able to relax. Allowing myself to feel sad and happy, calm and restless. A sense of realization that all the waves in the ocean of life are deeply welcome. Out of my participation at the retreats, in a very organic way, my company was born: teaching yoga, voice liberation and mindful coaching. It’s my hearts desire to share this path of freedom and offer a space where all feel welcome to be exactly as you are. Training: Teacher Training College Teacher Training College, Essence & Source training at Essence training Amsterdam, Shiatsu therapist, Touch for Health therapist, Silva Mind training, several trainings in the area of energetic healing such as Reiki, Trance Dance Presenter (Open Circles, Amsterdam), Mindfulness, Youth- and Family coach (BGL Partners, Zeist), Feng Shui consultant, Focussing, Teacher Training Yoga for Children, several training programs in yoga, Education of Voice Liberation (Jan Kortie), of Yoga of Sound training with Russill Paul. This year I will finish an almost 2 year Tantra training at Centrum for Tantra in Amsterdam. Looking forward to meeting you! Love, Jeannine esensya@gmail.com +31 (0) 6 44 62 08 70

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BIRDS OF THE MIND

Thoughts are not the truth, and ultimately they are not even yours. They are only voices, sounds, suggestions, opinions of the mind, coming and going all the time, like a flock of birds singing, every bird singing a different tune; a different opinion, suggestion, perspective. You are not the birds; you are the wide open space in which the birds can sing, the awareness that holds the birds, the silence underneath and inbetween.

Do not try to silence the birds (for that makes them sing even louder) or destroy them (for they are only parts of yourself longing for love) but allow them to sing, and fly, for that is your power, and your freedom. The "I am a failure" bird can sing, and the "I am a waste of space" bird can sing, and the "I am the most wonderful bird" bird can sing, and all their inbetween friends can sing, and you are a giant nest of awareness, a bird sanctuary, never defined by the chorus of opinions, nor at war with it, the great I AM, undefinable.

- Jeff Foster
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A TRUE FRIEND

A true friend stays present with you in times of sorrow.
She listens deeply, feels what you feel,
but never tries to fix or change you.
She knows you are not broken.

Be a true friend to yourself.

- Jeff Foster
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We are the ones with hearts of thunder still, limbs of lighting. We will not settle for easy answers. We will stay close to the throb and pulse of life, the pounding and the shaking of it, the thunder and the light. We will break ourselves daily on the altar of experience, broken to pieces for love, broken and penetrated and broken over and over again relentlessly, ceaselessly, caught up in this erotic union until exhaustion, until the climax of more opening, always opening, non-stop entering and being entered, flooding and being flooded, with such power, with such pleasure, pain, bliss, melancholy, in an ecstatic dance of nearness and separation, love and longing, shadow and sun.

Prior to our clever philosophies, prior to the machines, prior to the Earth itself, let us meet here, in utter bewilderment that we exist, that we exist at all. Yes, my love, they can medicate us, call us uncivilized, lock us up, but they cannot take away our wildness, cannot break our devotion to a burning world!

- Jeff Foster
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THE RUPTURE AND THE REPAIR

First there is the rupture. Old pain resurfaces, erupting from the depths of the unconscious.

The status quo is shattered. You feel disoriented, groundless, not knowing where to turn. An old world has crumbled, a new world has not yet formed.

You encounter the strange space of Now, pure presence, raw, unprotected by old dreams, nothing to cling to. Even your outdated concepts of God crumble.

And then you remember to breathe, and feel your feet on the ground, and observe the spinning mind rather than losing yourself in it.

The world is out of control but you are not.

You feel what you feel. Afraid. Angry. Numb. Sad. Lonely. Unsafe. Whatever. You commit to feeling it fully today, to not dissociating this time. A feeling is just a feeling, not a fact, and presence can hold it.

You wail, you weep, you scream, but you are repairing. You have broken to heal, ruptured to mend. Old energies have emerged only to be blessed with love, acceptance, tenderness.

You can't go back to the way things were. You can't un-see what you have seen. But you can be present, today. And take each step consciously now, not automatically, habitually, but mindfully, with care. Finding gratitude for each extra moment you are alive.

And staying close to yourself now, as you walk this unknown path with courage, and a new conviction.

- Jeff Foster
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