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Session Topics

It can be confusing to see attachment as unhealthy. After all, isn't it just an expression of love?

Or could it grow from something else?

What if much of suffering came from attachment and the threads of bondage that come along with it?

Attachment is related to greed, but it is more subtle than that. We can be attached to a relationship, an identity, or a viewpoint.

Letting go is not abandonment. It is the practice of allowing life to happen according to its own natural way. We let go of the illusion that we are in control.

Unattached:

the practice of letting go

Hearing a great musician is a true lesson in mindfulness. Somehow they seem to have sublimated themselves to the composer's intention while being fully present to  infinite possibilities.

Music is the art of being in the "now" - a perfect balance of intention and discovery. Mindfulness training increases the musicians' concentration, helps calm the mind, quiets the inner judges and embraces the act of giving fully.

 

In the quiet of practice we can see our self-created barriers to creativity, replace routine with curiosity and exchange stage fright for growing confidence.

Mindfulness for Musicians:

the art of the present moment

Whether you're in traffic, at the office or in your home is there just too much stress, dysfunction, and disappointment? Where can you find relief?

As life unfolds around us it can impact us in unexpected ways. We can feel powerless to change our circumstances, unable to make another person change according to our wishes for them, and disconnected from that love we once felt for those closest to us.

The suffering that feels like it is coming from outside ourselves  is actually created within - and the peace we seek is also there. Explore how you might apply a mindful approach to the challenges of life, work and relationships.

Finding a Moment of Peace:

living mindfully in work and relationships

Habits allow us to do things without thinking. When we drive a car or sign our name we're using habitual behavior in a positive way.

So what is it about habit that can be so limiting? Why is it so hard to quit smoking, or get off the internet, or leave a failing relationship? It seems like the same force that helps us drive also makes us unable to address our unwanted habits and addictions..

Reclaiming Freedom explores the roots of habitual behavior. It can patiently offer a way out of the prison of habit back to freedom.

Reclaiming Freedom:

beyond habitual behavior

Emotions are our constantly changing companions. They enrich our world, connect us to others and lend meaning to life. They also lay traps that ensnare us, destroy friendships, and pull us off-center with little warning.

How do we relate to these companions?

Mindfulness allows us to observe emotions without having to act on them. It cuts through the identification with every emotion as being innately "me".

 

Through mindfulness we can watch emotions arise and pass away, gain patience and equilibrium, and find insights into impermanence - seeing reality as it actually is.

Mindfulness and Emotions:

finding equilibrium

You might look at your adult life situation as the accumulation of viewpoints, life-experiences, and lessons passed on to you from those who came before. As children we often imitated those unconscious patterns thinking they were our own. What appeared to be making a personal choice can reveal itself to have been the playing out of generations of life patterns we didn't even notice we had inherited.

 

There is great power in seeing the context of your life in light of those who came before. Freedom isn't rejection of the past. It's awareness of what is possible right here, right now.

Hidden Plans:

keeping secrets from myself