viernes, 20 de julio de 2018

Thrive in turbulence. Use pain, sadness, chaos for growth . Leo Babauta

How to Thrive in the Midst of Personal Turbulence

Two people wrote to me recently (a stranger and a good friend) who are going through some pretty turbulent times in their lives.
The stranger is going through family chaos and health issues, just barely keeping their head above water, just trying to survive.
The good friend is going through a time of feeling down, tightness around their head, a feeling of overall sadness, despite making a lot of positive changes in their life.
It’s tough when you’re going through difficulty, struggle, turbulence … it can feel like your world is falling apart, or you can feel hopeless. My heart is with you if you’re feeling this way.
But I firmly believe two things:
  1. It will pass!
  2. It is also your path to spiritual transformation.
The second part is the key. If you see your turbulence as an opportunity for incredible growth, you are about to experience some amazing things.
Many of us just want to get out of the turbulence and pain, want to be free of it, want to find a place of peace. That’s natural, but that’s a rejection of your experience right now, and it’s a huge missed opportunity.
Let’s dive in and find out more.

Use Pain, Sadness, Chaos for Growth

In Zen, there’s a saying, “Let everything be your teacher.” It sounds trite, but if you practice it, it’s quite profound.
Imagine if every single person you met were your teacher — you could see each of them as an opportunity to practice, each as an opportunity to connect your open hearts, each as a way to see your interconnectedness. Each person becomes an opportunity to practice compassion, presence, consciousness.
Imagine if everything around you were teaching you about the preciousness and overwhelming beauty of life.
Imagine if every turbulent, painful time in your life were your teacher — showing you how to stay present in the midst of fear and pain, how to open your heart to the experience, how to be fearless in the midst of wanting to shut down.
In this way, pain and fear become your path to transformation — if you can find the courage to touch them, to feel them fully, to open to them with love.
Here’s a practice, if you want to use your turbulent time as a teacher and path to transformation:
  1. Notice what you’re experiencing right now. Not the story about it in your head, but the sensations in your body. Just be curious about what it feels like to be alive right now, inclusive of any pain, sadness, fear or groundlessness in you. Just explore, and stay with it.
  2. Allow yourself to fully feel it. Touch the pain or fear. That means allow your awareness to land gently on the sensation of pain or fear, to feel it. Now open your heart to feeling it fully, with its full power, letting go of fears that you can’t handle it. You can. This might be allowing yourself to yell in rage, to cry in anguish, to run around in a tizzy, to shake with fear. Fully feel it, instead of hiding from it.
  3. Let your tender heart feel the pain, joy, sadness … and let yourself feel the heartbreak of it all. This is what it’s like to be fully alive — you’re open to the heartbreak of the world, not afraid to feel the joy and sadness at the same time.
  4. Let yourself fall in love with this experience. This moment, filled with pain and sadness and beauty, is heartbreakingly gorgeous. It is filled with life, energy, light and joyful sweetness. Fall in love with it, opening your heart to the experience, no matter how much sadness or pain the moment contains. It’s all worthy of your love, just as it is, without needing to change.
Imagine practicing this throughout your time of chaos and sadness, turbulence and pain. Fully feeling, fully opening, fully falling in love with each moment.
It would change your life.
You would thrive.
I would love this for you.

Some Additional Practices

If you want more (and we all want more), here are a few other things you can do:
  • Tell yourself it’s not a problem, it’s an experience (read more)
  • Practice seeing your basic goodness, and resting in it (read more)
  • Let go of what is keeping you from resting in peace (read more)
  • Practice resting in stillness in the middle of chaos (read more)
  • Practice seeing everything as sacred (read more)
And then come practice with me in my Fearless Training Program. We’re going to train in this together.

domingo, 8 de julio de 2018

A career of evil. JK Rowling y Blue Oyster Cult

En España HBO presenta esta serie de la BBC que adapta los tres libros que JK Rowling escribió con seudónimo como forma de disfrutar de un nuevo género, el policiaco sin las restricciones que supone ser una escritora de éxito.
Los últimos capítulos se centran en el libro El oficio del mal en el que la escritora afirma haber disfrutado como en el patio del colegio. El detective Cormoran Strike y su socia Robin Ellacott se enfrentan a un misógino asesino en serie que parece tener cuentas pendientes muy personales con el protagonista.
Las canciones de un grupo americano de hardrock, Blue Oyster Cult se citan al principio de cada capítulo del libro ya que Leda , la madre de Strike que falleció por sobredosis en circunstancias nunca aclaradas, era seguidora de dicho grupo y se había tatuado el título de una de sus canciones famosas en los años 70, "The Mistress of the salmon salt"

viernes, 15 de junio de 2018

Una pérdida no la cura el tiempo sino la comprensión. Aitor Barrenetxea

Una entrevista al psicoterapeuta Aitor Barrenetxea acerca de las pérdidas vitales (la muerte, el envejecimiento, el dolor, el apego... ) que son el tema central de su último libro publicado en la editorial Carena.

sábado, 2 de junio de 2018

Leiro. Un escultor con algo que contar

Un artista gallego que se inició en la talla en piedra, más tarde trabajó la  madera y cuya obra muestra tanto influencias surrealistas,  expresionistas como de las tallas medievales policromadas,  con una intención narrativa y a veces reflejando la violencia de nuestra sociedad y otras una visión personal llena de misterio y de magia.

En la exposición reciente  en una galería de arte  madrileña podían verse también los bocetos y dibujos que realizó previamente al trabajo de talla de las obras en madera.

domingo, 20 de mayo de 2018

A practice for developing kindness toward yourself by Valerie Mason-John

A Practice for Developing Kindness toward Yourself


Valerie Mason-John

Valerie Mason-John, author of Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Emotional Healing, shares a meditation for cultivating a positive relationship with yourself, and, by extension, the world.

Hand over heart.
When we take positive action and respond creatively to our anger, we are taking good care of ourselves. Taking care of our hearts, minds, and bodies is taking positive action. Learning to be kind and loving toward ourselves is a challenge. It is also part of the lifelong practice of working with our anger.
There is a meditation called the metta bhavana, which has its origins in the Buddhist tradition. Metta means loving-kindness, and bhavana means to develop. This meditation teaches us to be kind and gentle by cultivating a positive relationship with ourselves and the rest of the world. Loving-kindness can be the beginning of compassion for ourselves and the way to end anger in our hearts and minds. It is what I have used to begin releasing the toxins of anger, hatred, and fear from my heart. It has been the alchemy in my life.
The first stage of this meditation turned my life around. It was here that I faced the question, “If I can’t feel love for myself, how can I feel healthy love for others?
Below are instructions for this first stage of the meditation. I hope you find it as revolutionary, over time, as I did.

Developing Kindness toward Yourself — A Metta Practice

  • Close your eyes, grounding yourself on your seat. Make sure you are fully supported and your feet are placed firmly on the ground.
  • Become aware of the breath permeating your body. Imagine it to be a spray clearing the toxins from your heart.
  • After a minute try to visualize looking back at yourself, or see yourself in a beautiful place that you enjoy. Or just silently call your name. Remember to breathe.
  • After another minute say to yourself, “May I be happy,” then breathe and acknowledge how this feels. Then say, “May I be well,” then breathe and acknowledge how this feels. Then say, “May I be kind toward my suffering,” then breathe.
  • Allow yourself to sit in stillness with whatever arises. After a few minutes say, “May I cultivate more kindness within my heart. May I cultivate more peace within my heart. May I continue to develop and grow.”
  • Continue to recite these phrases, leaving a minute or two between each, staying connected with yourself all the time.
  • After ten minutes bring the practice to an end.
If you practice this weekly it will begin to transform your heart. If you  do it daily it will bring about positive change in your life.
If our hearts are full of love and kindness for ourselves, there is little room for anger. Such mental states might arise, but love is the cleansing water that puts out the flames of anger.
Reproduced from Valerie Mason-John's book, Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Emotional Healing, with permission of Wisdom Publications.

jueves, 17 de mayo de 2018

Paseo de primavera en la laguna de Rivas


En el parque del Sureste la laguna del Campillo permite hacer un recorrido circular observando la vegetación y la fauna de la zona. Vimos cigüeñas, patos, milanos, una grulla, una pareja de fochas con sus crías detrás...

Muy cerca un puente sobre el río Jarama que gracias a las recientes lluvias bajaba muy crecido.

lunes, 14 de mayo de 2018

Macbeth The Royal Opera House by Antonio Pappano

Las retransmisiones de óperas para que un público más amplio pueda acceder a ellas en la pantalla de un cine nos han permitido contemplar el montaje de la directora Phyllida Lloyd y la dirección Musial de Antonio Pappano. Las tres brujas del original de Shakespeare se convierten en la opera de Verdi en un coro completo y la puesta en escena es brillante y original.