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Virtual Sangha: Weekly Guided Mindfulness Meditation
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We meet for an hour via Zoom.
The first 5 - 10 minutes are a quick introduction to the meditation, followed by 30 min of guided meditation. The remaining time we'll have an open sharing and reflection circle.
We will do mindfulness meditations used in MBSR. For example:
Attention of thoughts and emotions
Body scan
Mountain meditation
When you sign up here for the meditation I will send you a zoom li...
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Visit the Shambhala meditation centre every Friday at 19:30 for a mindfulness/awareness group meditation session.
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Bacteria in soil makes us happy?
What does soil and Prozac have in common??
Apparently they both have similar effects on the brain! Except with soil there'd probably be no side effects. 😆
I've been hearing and reading more and more about the benefits of getting your hands dirty by doing a bit of gardening or digging or just spending more time outdoors in the dirt; for adults and children alike.
Apparently there's a natural antidepressant in soil called mycobacterium vaccae which releases seratonin and can improve mood and Read more…brain function. Does that mean that any contact with soil is beneficial?
In a study conducted by a London-based oncologist, cancer patients were inoculated with strains of m. vaccae and it was revealed that the patients showed fewer cancer symptoms and improved health and vitality.
Any gardeners who can confirm this? I've started a small "urban garden" on my terrace, but I must admit I don't like getting my hands dirty when mixing my compost with soil 🙊
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Tips on living a (more) simple life.

Haha I'm guilty of this too! Especially glass jars that I can reuse as I get rid of the plastic containers in my kitchen.
@neuguru Thank you for your input. I think what I need to learn is to let go of my attachment to the material things and realise that everything I already have is enough, while slowly getting rid of things I no longer use.

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Fabian's classes are a special occasion. Immerse yourself in a serene yet powerful practice, adaptable to all levels. Fabian's experience will help you align your body to reach new possibilities. The class is fun yet profound!
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Fabian's classes are a special occasion. Immerse yourself in a serene yet powerful practice, adaptable to all levels. Fabian's experience will help you align your body to reach new possibilities. The class is fun yet profound!
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Tips on living a (more) simple life.
I think it’s safe to say that acquiring material things aren’t making us any happier. In fact, stress and depression are more common now than ever before.
We live in a world where consumption has become an addiction. It’s all about the getting the newest, latest or biggest, which distracts us from what really brings satisfaction and joy.
I sometimes look around my apartment and think, “how did I accumulate so much crap?!”. I also often dream about being in place and when I have to leave, I Read more…struggle with packing my luggage because I just have SO. MUCH. STUFF!
I remember a happiness.com article from a while ago, stating the benefits of living a simple life, and earlier today, I saw someone reading the book Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter. Has anyone here read that book?
Now, I’d like to know HOW to live a more simple life and where does one actually begin? I suppose making small manageable changes in the beginning is a good start.
What are some of the ways we could all live simpler lives and focus on what really matters, such as our health and well-being, our mental health, and family and friend relationships?
All and any tips on simple living and relevant books and other content welcome 😊
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Candy Candy quote Tine:"A simpler life - that's a hard one. As I started buying less, I am repairing more, and there's always a pile of stuff that needs to be mended, fixed, repared, reused, upcycled. Cleaned yoghurt jars and glasses are sitting around to be used; kitchen scraps are collected for the compost, seeds are saved, and so on.
So in my experience, the less I buy, the more I have on my todo list, and more messy old stuff sits around Read more… waiting to be used and transformed.
I might be missing the subject as I am talking about more sustainable life and that's not necessarily simpler - definitely not tidier and in my case comes with more stuff. 😉
I like the rule "If it's not used regularly or brings you joy it can go" but now I let lots of those things sit around as I'd rather keep the stuff I have and reuse it than rebuying it when I need it.
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Haha I'm guilty of this too! Especially glass jars that I can reuse as I get rid of the plastic containers in my kitchen.
@neuguru Thank you for your input. I think what I need to learn is to let go of my attachment to the material things and realise that everything I already have is enough, while slowly getting rid of things I no longer use.
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Tine
Tine Tine quote neuguru:"That made my life so much simpler. No expectations. No attachments. Not so many desires."
Thank you @neuguru
After adding my reply to this topic, I kept pondering the words "simple life" as my life didn't become simpler, but there's a certain quality of contentment, ease and happiness to it that I didn't know before and having fewer expectations, attachments and desires are areas were things became Read more… simpler.
I'd add: piece by piece replacing self-doubt and anxiety with self-compassion and kindness.
Likeneuguru · 24.01.2020 10:12:41
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neuguru Yes I started living a simple or I would call it a Neutral life some 8 years ago. I started by first getting rid of my addictions. Being a geek that I am, I had this urge always to get the latest gadget out there. And I let go off this addiction in 2012. Now, if I buy a gadget it is more for utilitarian application then for peer pressure.
The other addition that I had was eating and I simply could not resist what I LOVED. Be it creamy pastries or street food. I decided that I need to eat to Read more… live and not live to eat and certainly not waste food. I had long given up meat and fish and plants are also alive so I started eating on as much as I need to live and be healthy and never waste food.
The third thing that I loved was fast cars and at one time I had 2 and if I had continued down this path would have had many more. But as I awakened and decided to follow a neutral life, Uber came along and many other share riding services so getting a car that will only add to the environmental mess was not something part of neutral lifestyle. I sold both my cars and started walking as much as I can and taking to public transportation for longer distances and if I need to go somewhere in a huff hike on a bike.
The final thing that made my life simpler was stop thinking just about myself and think about the rest of the people around me. Do I need to have all these things when others are barely able to survive. My soul which had already woke up and buzzing me all day with directions on a neutral lifestyle made sure I gave more to others then take from them.
That made my life so much simpler. No expectations. No attachments. Not so many desires. Yes some do remain such as using the computer, using a cellphone and my love for travel. But living a simple neutral life does not mean giving away everything. It is about living with loving your own self and others including nature and all that is part of it.
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Qi Gong - has anyone tried?

Interesting! Thank you for sharing. My acupuncturist I think told me to either do tai chi or qi gong, but I was really curious to know if anyone actually does it on a regular basis ☺️

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Qi Gong - has anyone tried?
My understanding of Qi Gong (chee gong) is that it's a Chinese medicinal therapy based on breathing control, and it helps eliminate tension, stress, and brings health and vitality.
I suppose they could be categorised into the same healing therapies like tai chi or reiki? They all come from Eastern traditions and support the importance of properly channelling the qi - or vital energy - through the body's meridians. According to these principles, the good state of one's health will depend on our Read more…ability to achieve the correct balance between body and mind; thus achieving wellbeing, mainly through meditation and breathing control.
Has anyone tried? What are the benefits and how often would one have to practice? Please comment and share your experiences :)
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Amanaki I have tried Tai chi many years ago and yes it does make the Health better I have tried Tai chi many years ago and yes it does make the Health better
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Candy Interesting! Thank you for sharing. My acupuncturist I think told me to either do tai chi or qi gong, but I was really curious to know if anyone actually does it on a regular basis ☺️ Interesting! Thank you for sharing. My acupuncturist I think told me to either do tai chi or qi gong, but I was really curious to know if anyone actually does it on a regular basis ☺️
LikeLizzie · 21.01.2020 16:11:37
Amanaki Qi Gong are today seen as a healing or Fitness practice With some spiritual aspects. But what they do not know is that Qi gong from old times was what is called Cultivation practice. Yes the energy will rise within the body, but only if there is a true master you learining from. In todays society there are a lot that is called Qi gong but trully is something false and actually harm you more then it it does good. Qi energy is for self cultivation of mind and body. As a Falun Gong practitioner we Read more… also cultivate energy, but instead of Chi energy we cultivate Gong energy, and it is a high energy cultivation path. I stay away from Qi gong since it is so much negative if one does not have a true teacher. But if you only are after Chi energy for healing purposes i would say tai chi would be ok for you to try, but do Your Research before you start, because it may be that the teacher does not him/her self hold the energy needed to benefit you
LikeCandy, Lizzie · 21.01.2020 16:08:32
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Virtual Sangha: Weekly Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Live & Online
We meet for an hour via Zoom.
The first 5 - 10 minutes are a quick introduction to the meditation, followed by 30 min of guided meditation. The remaining time we'll have an open sharing and reflection circle.
We will do mindfulness meditations used in MBSR. For example:
Attention of thoughts and emotions
Body scan
Mountain meditation
When you sign up here for the meditation I will send you a zoom li...
Candy
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Visit the Shambhala meditation centre every Friday at 19:30 for a mindfulness/awareness group meditation session.
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Fabian's classes are a special occasion. Immerse yourself in a serene yet powerful practice, adaptable to all levels. Fabian's experience will help you align your body to reach new possibilities. The class is fun yet profound!
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Poetry: Add your favourite poem!

Aww that's a sweet poem

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Healing Schizophrenia through diet and gut microbiome?
I just read this comment on a youtube video on the mircobiome and wanted to share it here, because it is a story of hope and good medical insight. The user called Abhinav Srivastava wrote how he cured his mother's Schizophrenia by fixing her gut. After she was on medication for 32 years:
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xenspirit Thank you for changing the tone of the comment to debate. I agree that the pharmaceutical corporations have an unfair and more than probably unethical government lobby. And I have seen the people in the old folks home medicated into a stupor so I am on the same page there.
I remember the other side of that with the pschizophrenic illness in particular where there was so little medication and info and people were just put away for life or they became homeless at alarming rates when unmedicated Read more… when that practice of long term mental health hospitalization became obsolete and instead people were encouraged to live independently.
And most certainly my Generalized Anxiety Disorder and panic attacks might be treated as ”hysteria” or a product of those with female chromosomes in another age. I am grateful for a more enlightened amount of info about mental health. And at least I am grateful for medication. I remember when I was very resistant to using them with an attitude much like the man in the comment. And I think if you've never lived through a psychosis or bouts of irrational fear when you are sure your most nightmarish imagined possibilities are absolutely true that a person might insist that no person with paranoia should be medicated because it is not natural. But I remember being homeless. I remember being alone with my anxiety. I don't wish that on anyone and I absolutely believe that there is a reason for doctors, therapists and medication.
I guess I don't want to go back to the hell which I would call my particular version of a nightmare when my attitude was just like this gentlemen's that I could cure my anxiety if I found the right combo of diet and natural products. Some wisdom came with years of therapy. I learned some skills. I still have the same issues, though. And if either the healthcare system or the social system failed me due to the political currents, I think I could possibly end up being maybe if not in the same boat at least in a untenable position where life could be nearly impossible for me. For that reason I become really nervous when I hear people talking like the gentleman above that he doesn't trust traditional medicine at all.
Although I practice a form of energy medicine and I appreciate that traditional medicine is imperfect and does not always have the best answers, I also have been the happy patient of some procedures that have saved my life on multiple occasions. My most recent save was after my reiki practitioner detected that there was something vibrationally wrong in my chest area my doctor listened and had me tested and they found an aortic aneurysm. Which goes to prove the reiki principle to not rely on reiki alone for a persons medical issues. After a very long surgery and an afterwards lavage procedure to remove blood clots, I am still around to tell the tale. I am very thankful. Having a brush like that with mortality and then the resulting brain fog and also loss of use of my vocal chords (temporarily), I feel fortunate for what life I have and for the vocation of traditional medicine as well as grateful to the intuition and reiki insight of my reiki practitioner.
I guess I am a person who would advocate for both types of medicine. I am very leary of those folks who say they have absolutely no use for doctors. I happen to live near Harvard and I have met and been treated by some of the brilliant folks who teach there. I kind of feel like those who want to rely solely on their own advice have that right, but I think it pays to be open to both views.
LikeTine · 08.01.2020 15:50:53
Julius
Julius Thank you for your input and caution. You are totally right, everyone needs to make their own opinion. This is not medical advice, but just an interesting youtube comment I found... I added a question mark to the title, to make it more of a discussion than a statement
Having said that, I am not a big fan of the whole pharmaceutical industry, they are not in the business of healing people. Personally I encounter more and more cases where medication is actually doing more harm than good and I Read more… think they are completely over prescribed in our society. The pharmaceutical industry has some of the strongest lobbies and do not only influence laws, but also determine what is being taught to doctors. People are manipulated through tv-shows and other media into perceiving doctors as uber-smart life savers, where in nearly all cases I encountered they blindly prescribe medication to treat symptoms without even questioning what circumstances lead to their existence in the first place. Many, if not most doctors do not stay up to date with the latest research, but simply follow the industry sponsored journals and therefore deepen their narrow view points and frankly ignorance to a more holistic picture.
Obviously this does not count for all doctors, there are exceptions who dare to question what they have been taught and continue learning and broadening their perspectives. Personally I doubt every recommendation any doctor gives me, do my own research and develop my own opinion.
Part of that bigger picture which is forming for me is that maybe we need very little external medicine. Nature itself has tremendous healing potential. Fasting and/or well chosen foods/diets seem to be capable of healing a lot of mental and physical diseases. Or as Socrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
LikeTine · 07.01.2020 17:38:53
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Tine I agree with @xenspirit The headline makes a very bold and for some ppl maybe even dangerous claim. When treating schizophrenia, there should be a professional involved. One size doesn't fit all. That goes for the new treatments or ideas as it goes with the established ones.
There are so many connections in body and mind, so many unknown or newly discovered factors, mysteries and very personal influences that I think it's important to stay open, curious yet critical. Why not try changing your Read more… diet to something healthier, cutting down on meat and then with every step seeing how it affects you. "Healthier diet -> healthier body -> positive effects on the mind" these connections seem more than plausible. Healthy, regular eating, fresh air and exercise are important parts of effective and lasting therapy for depression as well yet I wouldn't call them the cure based on a comment in a youtube video.
Maybe something like: Could the gut bacteria's health influence our mental health?
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How to forgive someone

From the time I was 8 years old until about 19, I was beaten by my father on a near-weekly basis. It was the worst part of growing up, and it affected me in very many ways. I blamed my mother for continuing to take him back after beating us to a pulp over and over again, and hated her too. As I got older, I began to see my parents as human beings who have pasts, and I realised that they too must have been brought up in horrendous conditions. It was then that forgiveness came to me. I realised Read more… that my father was raised in that way, which made it the only way he knew how to raise his own children. I also realised that he was often provoked by my mother.
Although I don't think what they did was ok, I do know that if they had known better, things would've been different. Today, my father is the one man I look up to the most. He's changed into a loving, calm and open-minded individual, and I don't think it would be this way if I had continued to hate him and shut him out. By not forgiving my dad, I wasn't only making my family suffer, but I was the one suffering the most. Now I'm a lot happier and my family dynamic has changed for the better. In fact, we get along really really well and I have an amazing relationship with my parents. Most of the time 😆
I don't think it is ever any human being's intention to purposefully hurt another unless they are really hurt and wounded themselves. There's this little saying that goes "Hurt people hurt people". Maybe your guy is also just very unconsciously living through past hurt. As @xenspirit so nicely said, forgiveness allows you to move away from the anger and suffering it's causing you, without condoning his behaviour.
I don't really have advice to give, but I will say follow and listen to your heart. In the most quiet moments, when the mind ceases its chatter and control, all the answers are there. We just have to tune in and listen. Really listen. ✨

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