MINDFULNESS AND INNER GROWTH
4-6 March 2021
Wongsanit Ashram, Bangkok
Mindfulness is an indispensable tool for any inner growth approach without which any lofty ideal will not be sustainable. This 3-day practical learning will make this timeless art a living reality in our daily life. We will study, observe, explore and practice the 7 factors for Awakening and the 4 Foundations for Mindfulness. This is not an abstract calculation. Rather it is the practice of not taking anything personally and taking full responsibility for our impact on society and the planet at the same time. Participants will learn to master skillful means of: grounding in the body; embracing our feelings & emotions; dis-identifying with thoughts and memories; loving kindness meditation; meditation on death and dying. These will help us be less self-centred, more unconditionally confident and content.
To put oneself together to be stable and whole in the chaotic modern world with empathy and less self-centeredness.
The main objectives of mindfulness practice, in general, are to
calm the mind: less distraction and ‘monkey mind’, easier to focus
empower the mind: lots of energy: ready for work
be happy and joyful without external stimulants
see things as they are; more understanding
be less self-centred; more compassionate
The main objectives for change workers are to
develop sensitivity to other’s feelings and thoughts/ base for non-exploitative/ non-competitive /cooperative relationship
transform ego-self to eco-self; not to take things personally but engage actively
make us a healthy worker for social change; prevent burn-out, depression, allowing us to commit seriously to the work with a sense of acceptance/equanimity, humour and joy.
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