Water

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Picture: Glass Of Water by Evelina Dillon

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Pour a glass of water,

Witness the miracle of

Life hydrating all deserts.

Breathing bodies

Sliding boats

Dancing fish

Blissful rain…

Remember, toast with the trees on a rainy day.

Pour a glass of water,

Witness the fluidity of water

On your lips,

In your mouth,

Down your throat,

In your belly.

Pour a glass of water,

For a friend,

For an enemy,

For the people,

For yourself,

It doesn’t really matter…

Pour a glass of water,

As words fall away in the one river.

 

Herons

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Active Meditation Workshop – Outdoors IBE and Mindfulness Practice – Edinburgh Edition

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Picture by Giorgio Gosti

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Let me introduce to you my new Meditation Workshop based in Edinburgh, Scotland. This session is aimed to introduce you to a new daily life approach and therefore enhance your overall mental, emotional and physical well-being.

As soon as you’ve read the title of this Workshop there must have been something that you couldn’t figure out well: what’s an IBE?

Some of you might have heard of O.B.E. – Out of Body Experience. Well, in my opinion, we have OBEs all the time. What takes us away from our bodies on a daily basis is the chattering mind. We are addicted to our thoughts – negative and positive ones – which in turn elicit emotions of all kinds. I.B.E. stands for Inner Body Experience. That’s it. And the means through which we are gaining access to the IBE is our natural ability to be aware of anything we focus on. Awareness is the key. By observing neutrally our body and it’s movements we are able to experience it without the filter of our thoughts. It might seem unthinkable, but that’s rather the point: our limits go beyond the rigid schemes of the thinking mind. Alongside with IBE – our very anchor – we’ll tap into the five senses following the same mechanism. Thus we become able to observe everything in a pure and non-judgmental way, in other words we meditate.

The techniques I introduce and teach in this Workshop alone will give you some tools experience your day to day life  in a whole new way. You will gain access to a dimension of peace and stillness that lies beyond outer circumstances – and the possibility to do so has always been there. These techniques come from my personal experience and studies in the field of yoga and meditation. The myth that I’m going to debunk is that you need to sit cross-legged on a mat or in the middle of a pristine natural spot to enjoy the benefits of meditation. So, in this precise Workshop I won’t take you in the woods or by the sea – as much as I love nature and its wonders. But, starting from the Meadows, I will take you right in the middle of the crowd of Edinburgh City Center and show you how to find more peace right there. We will be walking, stopping at the traffic lights, sitting around, observe things, and maybe have some food or a coffee together. Pretty common activities, isn’t it? It’s HOW we’ll do it that changes everything.

 

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First and foremost, we will talk about some theory in order to apply it.. Afterwards we will dive deep into the practice and the techniques. The Workshop is 1 hour and a half long and it costs £22 per person (payments in cash or via paypal before the course). A maximum of four people at a time can attend and it’s necessary to book via. The Workshop is available in english, but I speak italian and some french too, which might facilitate the english learners from those countries. The price includes planting two trees with https://onetreeplanted.org/ in an area of your choice (Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America.)

Contact details:

call, text, whatsapp, wechat +44 07925333879

dallabenettamattia@gmail.com

 

Herons

Get Off The Train

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Picture by Caleb McGinn

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Suddenly, you find yourself sit on a train car and you see many things through the dusty windows. How on earth did you get there?

This question takes you back outside; the train has disappeared, you can see the sunrise.

The next moment you’re on another train car, and everybody is talking about the sunrise: “How beautiful is the sunrise.” “Oh the light is too strong!” “I remember once, when I was in France, such a beautiful day, the sunrise…” “Who knows the symbolic meaning of the sunrise? According to the ancient…” “It reminds of…” “One day…”

You start running through the clanking wagons, even in the toilet you find people talking. It’s driving you mad. Wagon after wagon it becomes noisier and noisier; the windows are even dustier. You leap through the people in the corridor, they don’t even notice you: all they do is talking. Finally you find a quiet car, near the locomotive. There’s a lonely guy there. He’s talking by himself – you realize that most people on that crazy train are talking by themselves. But the guy stands up when he sees you, he bows to you, point his finger at the sun outside the window and whispers:

“Oh beautiful, but… maybe, I’m thinking too much about it… maybe I’m losing the real thing…”

In the wink of an eye, you’re outside in the middle of the moorland and you observe the sunrise with all your being, you become one with the sunrise. This time you know that you can get off the train anytime you like. You also know that you can observe the trains passing from a distance, you don’t need to jump up. Even if they look beautiful, with golden framework, red maple walls, handsome men and gorgeous women luring you in with their words. Yes, you can choose to get up, take a look enjoy someone’s company, have a drink, a juicy chat about the old days, fantasize about your plans. Trains take you places, that is also true, and helpful at a certain level. But you know on a deeper level that the beauty of the scenery is incomparable from the outside. Outside there is no comparison at all. There’s only silence, and peace. You’re right where you need to be. No past, no future: only now. Take a deep breath and get off the train of thought. Now you’re one with the beauty of creation.

 

Herons

The Song

 

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Picture by Mark Henson

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See divinity in all things.

From the shine of a misshapen paperclip

to the sunlight soaking a green-paved hillock.

Beauty is speechless,

Beauty is freedom,

Freedom is limitless.

Hold my hand and witness

Form and essence intertwined.

Witness the ever-birthing children of the Universe.

Shout, cry, laugh, let it out!

Now, shush.

Listen to The Song.

Feel it strong in your bones

Like a torrent streaming through your body.

Here you are, as divine as a sacred grove.

 

Herons