With Sukhacitto Bikkhu, 3 – 6 January 2013: Insight Dialogue (ID) is an interpersonal meditation practice. Based in Vipassana meditation, it brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interactions with others through dialogue.
Things can get a little heavy when you are working out the troubles in your life on a daily basis. Its important that we stay focused to work through such difficult issues, but its also important to stay relaxed. Whether you are in recovery from addiction or working through depression or anxiety, the residents’ program can be emotionally intense. So where does one blow off some steam around here?
Last Sunday, a dozen residents and volunteers visited Agape Children’s Home. Some children are orphans, some have HIV/AIDS, some have been abandoned or abused, and others have parents to prison. Something they all share, however, is the care and love they receive at Agape. The home has a warm, safe atmosphere with lots of colour, a vegetable garden and pets.
Yoga, like the enneagram is about life in general. The question is – how can we take our yoga practice outside the mat into the world? How to keep the awareness and preserve the energy in state of ( inner) conflicts?- There are may techniques and I have tried a lot of them, from psycho therapy, different yoga styles, meditation techniques, cleaning processes etc.
Two of our hard working volunteers Laia and Aitor talk about their New Life experience: ‘The best thing is the people here, we get to learn so much from everybody. It’s an amazing opportunity to meet people in a different way’
I came to New Life to find some direction in my life. My favorite part was learning about the enneagram and understanding my personality type better, what makes me tick and my traits. I had never heard about the enneagram before, just the Meyers Briggs system. The enneagram went into more detail about childhood behavior and gave more insight into a career path.
On 28th May 2012 we left a hot, sunny Istanbul at 6am to begin our epic journey across Europe by bicycle. We were full of enthusiasm and confidence, excited at what lay ahead and motivated by the fact that we’d also be raising vital funds for New Life.
Mary’s workshop was based firmly in the understanding that it is not what arises in us that determines whether we are okay or not, but how we respond to it. She introduced concepts and exercises that encouraged us to call on our inherent qualities of compassion, spaciousness and clarity in getting to know, and welcome our feeling nature, including, towards the end of the workshop, some of our stronger emotions.
I came to New Life because I was tired. I had traveled 7 months nonstop, without stay in one place for a while.
My father passed away one year ago and I was running away my feelings. I didn’t want to face the truth. Also I quit my anti-depressants after I had used them for 11 years. New Life helped me a lot. I finally deal with some of my feelings about my father and I let go some of my shames.