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Hannelore Knuts

My teacher @Jack_Kornfield said this at the beginning of my 2 year course and I knew again and again I’d prefer difficult over zombie. I’ll let you read in silence:

… , it’s the mindfulness at the core of all these practices that take our life itself as the focus and brings a presence to it. 

But it’s difficult. There’s a lot of pushback. And the pushback is because of the speed and distraction, especially of modern culture. 

The best adjusted person in modern society is the person who’s dead and not alive, just numb, a zombie. 
If you’re dead, you’re not able to work for the society. But if you’re fully alive, you’re constantly saying no to many of the unhealthy processes of society: the racism, the polluted environment, the rat race, drinking unsafe water, eating carcinogenic foods. 

So it is in the interest of modern society to promote those things that take the edge off, that keep us busy with our fixes, that keep us slightly numbed out and zombie-like. In this way our entire modern consumer society itself functions as an addict. 
Take that in for a moment. 

There is a kind of speed and busyness and so forth that takes us away. And when we stop, we also then face the truth of, on one level the insecurity of things, the unfinished business of the heart. We may have run away from the pains - the fact that we may not be living what really are our own values. Those things will come up, when we take our own life as the focus of mindfulness and presence. 

And yet it also works miracles because awareness is big enough and compassion is big enough to hold all of your humanity - all of our humanity wherever we are, the ocean of tears that we carry, the unbearable beauty of life - and to meet it with a spaciousness and a trust. And this becomes itself the invitation to freedom, and joy, and ease, and care for ourselves and the world. 

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Valeria in Miami 🙋‍♀️

It is incredible how the perspective of the things has changed lately. Before I used to complain about the traffic in Miami, the crowded places where you can not walk, the hard times finding parking in Downtown Miami, but now I even miss those things.

I see the pictures I took in February next to Bayside Mall and I see people walking next to each other without wearing a mask and for a second I think “wow, how is that possible?!” then I realized this was months ago when COVID was not in our daily conversations and we did not know anything about a virus changing our lives.

What is the first thing you will do after everything is back to normal? I read you👇🏻
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🇪🇸 Es increíble como las perspectivas de las cosas ha cambiado últimamente. Antes solía quejarme del trafico de Miami, las calles super llenas donde no se podia ni caminar, lo complicado de conseguir parking en el Downtown de Miami, pero ahora incluso extraño esas cosas.

Veo mis fotos que saque en Febrero cerca del Bayside y veo gente caminando una pegada a la otra sin usar mascarilla y por un segundo pienso: “wow, como es posible?!” Luego me doy cuenta que esto fue meses atrás cuando el COVID no era alguna de nuestra vida cotidiana y que no sabíamos nada acerca de un virus que cambiaria todo.

Qué es lo primero que harías cuando todo vuelva a la normalidad? Los leo 👇🏻
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