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Integral Evolutionary Spirituality, Community & Sustainability
Teresa Leite

I was born in Porto and since I was little that I believed evolution to be something constant and something to be worked daily…but a few times I heard this reality in me. I heard easily what I was told, the traditional and expected by others and I have tried to live according to that, upholding the imposed expectations by family, friends and society. 

I studied communication and marketing and I was raised to work to support myself and to be independent at all levels, especially financially. The biggest part of my life, I tried to find myself in the things I possessed, in the jobs I had, in family, in my relationships and I never knew who I truly was. Until one day, in a far away land, I was left alone, no companion, no close friends and no family to support me and then, I realized life had to be much more than what I had lived so far.

When the Awakened Life Project came into my life, and inspired by the evolutionary context they live by, I started dismantling peace by peace the one I thought I was, I started realizing that the responsibility of my life it is mine and only mine. The victimization that I was living constantly, had to come to an end. I understood that the self-image that Teresa had built through the years di not have much of genuine and every day I am still astonished by what I still do not know about myself. I understood that the biggest part of my unhappiness was coming from the limitation and separation I was creating with people and things and if I choose, I am able to be my biggest transformation catalyser.

Above all, I understood that the certainty of living a constant evolution wasn’t something created by me but something real and possible. And beyond happening with me, it was also happening with so many different people. I understood that this evolution has to start within us and the moment we make it real, it becomes addictive and it is visible in the way we are and in our relationships.

When I started the women’s groups lead by Cynthia Bampton from ALP, and through these 2 years of joint work, I realized that beyond my limitations and conditionings as a being, I have specific limitations and conditionings as a woman and as a Portuguese. Getting together with other women in an evolutionary context, where we look forward to overcome ourselves for a highest purpose, and hearing their stories, I know their fears and desires are the same as mine, so that made me conclude we are ONE. And besides that, I know I am not alone in this journey. I can count with each one of them to help me and support the best part of myself.

Today, I am more myself, I look forward to living without knowing or controlling what is around me, I look forward not to assume nor have expectations on others, I try living in the present leaving aside the nostalgia of the past and the uncertainty of the future. I try living my relationships with the maximum of openness and honesty, always giving space to what I do not know about the other, independently of speaking about my parents, friends, companion, known or unknown.

Today I am much more relaxed, I live in the middle of nature with my husband and son and I try to make only what makes me happy. And every day I try to teach my son this transformational experience in a positive and motivational way. After all, life is beautiful and so am I…

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About the project

The Awakened Life Project is situated in a beautiful and wild ecological reserve in the mountains Central Portugal. We offer volunteer programs, courses, events and retreats to support the liberation of the human spirit in a context of evolutionary emergence and communion with the ecological web of life.

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Quinta da Mizarela
3305-031 Benfeita
Portugal

info@awakenedlifeproject.org
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