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Freedom Here and Now

In April 2019 we had our annual Awakened Life Sangha Retreat at beautiful Quinta da Mizerela.

It was a truly life transforming gathering in many ways. There are many aspects that I could write about, like the transformation of my relationship to meditation or the incredible feeling of unity that we were immersed in during those days not only amongst us but also with all those things around us that we usually take for granted.

But what I think had the biggest long term impact was the deepening of my understanding of what Freedom Here and Now really means.

I certainly had intellectually understood in the past that the only moment that exists is the present one, but something revealed itself in a more REAL way. There was this Quiz that Pete created in which all the questions pointed to the radical understanding of Freedom as our fundamental Ground of Being, always already available. When I finished my 20+ questions I was very satisfied with myself thinking that I would get every single one right. But when we started to discuss the answers some frustration came up when I realized that after all my ''spiritual knowledge'' was not as solid I as I thought. Leaning in beyond my frustration with open curiosity allowed me to be present in that discussion in a way that I felt transcended my mind in many ways. On top of that the way Pete and Cynthia guided the discussion was an incredible inspiration. It made something sink deeper, falling through the filter of the things that I thought I knew and landing in a way that was new to me.

The simple yet so powerful and profound understanding that prior to our identification with body, mind and world there is a Freedom that is always available is just indescribable. ALWAYS AVAILABLE.... that leaves very little room for those feelings of anger, or frustration, or doubt, among others that I have so often chosen to fascinate myself with...

The support of the ALP Sangha and our Men´s group has revealed itself as such a gift over the past years, many times I am still lin amazement at how an incredible solid support and real brotherhood and sisterhood we are creating together, I feel the possibilities are endless!

Robinson Weiske

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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

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