Sun 21 Sep 2014, 10:00 - Sun 21 Sep 2014, 17:00
FALLING IN LOVE WITH WHERE YOU ARE – A Weekend of Exploration
This weekend consists of 2 full day meetings on Saturday and Sunday with themes that complement each other and together form a whole. The meetings may also be attended separately as well without any problem. We look forward to welcoming you!
SUNDAY MEETING THEME:
BEYOND AWAKENING – STAYING PRESENT IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY AND CHANGE
“Regret is REWIND – the longing to change the past.
Fear is FAST FORWARD – the desire to control the future.
Depression is PAUSE – the stagnation of trying to keep life at bay.
Freedom is PLAY – a thrilling free-fall into the juicy aliveness of Now.”
– Jeff Foster
How can we rest deeply, even as our hearts break open and our illusions turn to dust?
How can we stop running away from our pain, our grief, our exhaustion, our failures, even our longing for spiritual awakening, and start embracing ourselves exactly as we are?
How can we stay present and truthful even in the midst of the mess, bliss and confusion of intimate relationships?
A new understanding of spiritual awakening is dawning in the West – not as a goal or a fixed destination, a special state or experience of perfection, but a never-ending journey of discovery of the non-dual vastness of our true Being, a pathless path of radically opening up to both the pain and joy of life, both the perfection and the heartache.
Sometimes it’s okay to feel broken! Your sadness, your longing, your frustration, your loneliness, your fear, your anxiety are not mistakes on this journey, for there are no mistakes. They are not obstacles on your path. The freedom you long for is not found in the eradication of these ‘messy’ parts of experience, but held in the intelligence they carry. You need not transcend or ‘go beyond’ anything, but be willing to become deeply intimate with your lived, embodied experience. The present moment is your greatest lover and friend. Your own intimate presence is what you have always sought.
Your heartbreak, your confusion, your not-having-the-answers-right-now, is not pathology, it is path; not a sign of your ‘failure to awaken’, but a confirmation of your exquisitely imperfect humanity. The nature of all feelings, both ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ is wisdom, but you must make a home for them within you, in order to receive their gifts. Even your profound confusion or loneliness has something to reveal to you that certainty and joy could never, ever show you.
Your life cannot go wrong, when you see that everything that happens is an invitation to awaken.
Join Jeff for a day of talks, restful meditative silences, exploring feelings, and intimate dialogues; a day of laughter and tears; a day of seeing your struggles, your fears, your sufferings in a fresh new light; a day of resting deeply, of letting go of the exhausting search for ‘something more’…
You don’t need to have attended one of Jeff’s previous talks to attend this one. All are welcome.
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“Great talk yesterday. Thanks for really driving home the point that there is nothing to wait for, and that freedom is in every experience – it just may look different from what we may expect. Freedom in life, not freedom from experiencing the ‘bad/scary’ parts of it.”
“I had been secretly searching for the ‘perfect moment’ all of my life, the moment I would be happy for good, thinking that something or somebody could give me a magic tool which allow me not to suffer for the rest of my life. After attending Jeff’s meetings and reading his books, I allowed myself the freedom to experience any sort of situation and emotions without having to feel guilty about it or feeling I am going backwards and beating my self up for it. Today being happy, crying or feeling like a failure are all opportunities for me to celbrate this life with open arms…”
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|Contact:||Menno van der Meer - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Info:||The meeting is English spoken without translation.
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|Booking:||Booking is highly recommended. Please mail your reservation to Menno and inform him if you would like to have the lunch mentioned below as well.|
|Location:||Stichtse Vrije School|
|Address:||Socrateslaan 24, Zeist|
|Fee:||Private rate: € 85 per day.
Both days: € 150.
Company rate: € 106 per day.
Both days: € 188 (excl. BTW).
A business invoice will be issued for tax deductibility purposes.
Discounted rate: please contact Menno for a special rate when you are on social welfare.
Vegetarian lunch buffet: € 15 (freshly prepared soup, salads, hot snack, variety of bread rolls, fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee/tea)
|Payment:||By bank transfer in advance or in cash at the door.