How to stop being isolated from the world around Loneliness is often experienced as a kind of isolation, emptiness or senselessness. Lonely people feel that life lacks joy and warmth. Loneliness happens when we are not able to perceive life surrounding us. Socializing is frequently used as a strategy to alleviate the sensation of loneliness. Other strategies are distracting our mind (with internet, gaming or shopping), or using alcohol. None of those strategies gives permanent relief: As soon as the effect of the strategy passed, we meet again our loneliness. Yet we continue using the same strategy because we want to get away from loneliness as fast as possible. We don’t face loneliness, and get even deeper into our isolation. Loneliness is a body experience. To step out of it, you can learn to face it, paying attention to how you create and hold its experience in your body. You can recognize different repetitive efforts, moods and thoughts that alienate you from life around you. And you can experience how while letting go these efforts, you start stepping out of isolation. Presentation and practical demonstrations: Saturday, March 16th, 2013, 19 h in the Open World Center (www.openw.ru), Moscow.
We worry when we are afraid that something bad will happen to us: We try to find solutions in our minds, shifting our attention inwards. Worry steals our joy, and keeps us busy doing nothing. We worry, because we have a body sensation of fear, discomfort or pain. It is easier for us to worry, than to agree to feel these unpleasant sensations. So we get stuck in worry. You can learn in a practical way to shift your attention from the worries in your mind, to the real experience in your body. As a result, you get a tool that enables you to stop worrying. And you learn to collect your best capabilities to face the situation that worried you before. Public presentation in Open World Center, Moscow (www.openw.ru) on Saturday, January 19th, 7 p.m. local time
Fear is one of the most powerful forces that drive us in life. It can make us move beyond our borders, but it can also paralyze us. Learning to deal with fear allows us to use this amazing power to achieve our aims. Fear is a body function that makes us stay awake when facing challenges. It sharpens our senses and makes us more alive. It allows us to deal with new situations, whose outcome we don’t know. It allows us to develop new ideas and go new ways. Fear is not always comfortable. It makes us feel uneasy or exposed. Therefore, most people try to avoid it. Fear becomes for them an unbearable experience. They create patterns around it, spending a big deal of their energy trying to get rid of it. They get into a fight that is impossible to win, as fear is a natural body function. As a consequence, they start suffering from anxiety, nervousness, or even depression. You can learn to pay attention how you create and hold different patterns around fear. You will learn practical and simple steps how to let these patterns go, and how to stop being a victim of fear. You can recover your ability to deal with fear, using it as a mayor source of motivation.
Dangerous people or situations that threaten us or our wishes makes us angry. Anger makes us sharp, awake and powerful so we can protect ourselves. Anger arises spontaneously in given situations, and after dealing with the situation, it vanishes again. Anger is not always a liberating outburst, however. Sometimes we get stuck in it. We repeat angry thoughts. We feel helpless. We don’t know what to say. We feel guilty. We get stuck in hate. And worst of all, we become unable to stop the situation or person that attacks us. You can learn what you usually do to twist the power of anger. You will recognize different attitudes, ways of thinking and moods that repeat when you become angry. You will learn how you can let them go. And you will see the surprising outcome of using anger naturally.
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