'Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth;
I did not come to bring peace, but a sword .....
He who has found his life will lose it,
and he who has lost his life for my sake will find it.' (Mathew 10:34/39)
Don't try to find peace through mindfulness - you will fail.
Instead, embrace reality and truth playfully,
with passion and creativity.
You will lose a lot, eventually everything;
but through that, you will gain everything that is of importance.    

The Mindfulness Lectures presents:


Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
3:00pm - 5:00pm

People routinely approach mindfulness with the left brain's subtlety of an elephant in the china shop. A beginner student experienced significant shifts in his outlook on life and his sense of wellbeing and calmness. These shifts manifested subtly as the hallmark of profound brain rewiring in progress. However, he was disappointed at first, because in his own words: "I expected fireworks and the heavens to split open, which blinded me to seeing the transformations that are really going on." He was reminded that he does not see the grass grow when he watches it, even though it does.

Although this lecture is fully accessible even if you didn't attend the last one, it picks up where the last lecture left off. Faced with the complexity of who we are, what are simple, practical steps we can take to embody mindfulness both formally through meditation and informally in our busy daily lives, and meet the challenge of living a meaningful life?

As a novice, where do you start? As someone with experience who lost touch with mindfulness, how do you come back? As an experienced practitioner of mindfulness, how do you remain fresh? What are the simple and beautiful baby steps that remind us we are eternal beginners and that never fail to bring us back to what matters? How can we tap into the simplicity of this transformative path and remain curious, fresh, patient and tenacious on our one-thousand-year-long journey called life?

Throughout the lecture we will practice what we preach ...


Healing yourself is like unraveling a tangle of knots. You soon realize you gain nothing from forcefully pulling on threads from the snarl. Instead, you are far better off patiently observing one section of thread in relation to another, and trace their twists and turns all the way to discovering the uniqueness of each knot. Noticing the effect throughout the whole knot, you then gently pull the thread that gives easily, ready to stop at any moment should greater entanglements ensue, ready to let go and try another thread, another direction, mindful of the changing configuration.

We are raised to value quantity in the form of struggle, forcefulness, competition and marks on a scale. To this end we have perfected the drill of strictly following mechanical instructions, dutifully practicing each day the precepts given to us from above, trying hard to do our best to carry out directions to the letter. We latch on to authorities we chose, follow their directions and own their expectations. Our minds oriented outwards, we are willing to pay any price to satisfy a perceived sense of accomplishment, including most tragically the loss of connection with what lies beneath, with our true nature.

We come to falsely believe that our desires and natural inclinations are in conflict. The way we learned to relate to the organism that we are became manipulative, manifested by self-discipline, self -control and fear of losing gains we made through practice. Each time we meet resistance, greater willpower and effort is required to keep going - a heavy interest we have to pay on the loan we have taken on life.

Creative exploration is what is called for. Disturbing the established order is the core healing process. We need to learn to value quality over quantity, sensitivity over accomplishment, and loyalty to the faint whispers of our organism over obedience. Following instructions shows the way only when they give us tools to explore ourselves freely, creatively and unpredictably. We need graceful and harmonious patience, desire for refinement and sensitivity to the minute movements of energy. Work that goes against these principles of inner listening leads to short-term results, unstable achievements and hollow victories.

Most of what happens in our organism is out of our control. As if we were on a train in motion, we cannot change the train's destination. All we can do while on the journey to meet our needs is move from our seat to the dining car and back. This sounds like not very much, yet is enormously powerful in making the journey worthwhile, alive and meaningful.

What we can consciously to some extent control is the triad of  movement, breath and awareness (attentional regulation). If we want to move towards wholeness and heal, the three have to be inextricably intertwined in our approach to mindful living. Mindfulness can be said to be the living manifestation of movement, breath and awareness in unison. Remove one element and there is no mindfulness.

In meeting our organism, what counts is not the actions we have performed, but our organism's response to those actions. What counts is to what extent the organism is willing to accept your directions. Wisdom then, is not what you may have achieved through your actions, but what emerges from the organism of its own autonomous conclusions in response to your actions. The organism is way more complex than you can ever imagine, its inherent knowledge unfathomable and beyond comprehension, and its reactions therefore often contrary to your intended actions.

If you understand this complex organismic dynamic, you may start to seek and discover a style of attending, breathing and moving which your organism will be enthusiastic to repeat in the future of its own accord. This playful and compelling style, which never forces, always listens and deeply resonates with the complexities of Being, is your birthright, deeply encoded in the fibers of every cell, having guided your growth since conception at least - even though sadly you lost touch with it as you matured to adulthood.

Remember the playful experimentation with which you learned to crawl and walk - this is the path to discovering the great liberation of Being: Not because you work hard and strive for achievement, not because you practice to exhaustion and attend challenging retreats; but because you attentively move and breathe for the sheer pleasure of it, with no need of a reason, just for the attraction of being free and easy in the market place, for the joy of knowing that we were born to be aware, to move, to breathe and to love.

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With kind regards,

Dr. T.

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