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Marko´s Mother Monika reflects on her experience at the ALP...

In April 2012 I spent one month as a paying volunteer at the Awakened Life Project at the Quinta da Mizarela. My intention to go there was on one hand to meet my son Marko, who is living there as a permanent member, on the other hand I wanted to learn more about the Awakened Life Project and to experience to live at least for one month in a community of people with a strong and clear vision to create a new culture.

Now being back home in Austria since nearly two weeks I more and more realize what an effect my stay in Portugal has on my life here and how, it is continuously changing.
I was lucky, I started my time in Mizarela with a meditation retreat so I learned a lot about “to be still, to relax, paying attention and to let everything exactly as it is” To experience what it means not to get lost with my thoughts arising during meditation, to be awake and attentive without being attached to anything that came up from my mind was quite a challenge and it is still. Being in Mizarela, meditating together every morning in a group of people with a clear intention and much experience of meditation was very powerful. Although since I am back I meditate nearly every morning, the effort to do so is much stronger. Sometimes I meditate at the same time as the community in Mizarela and it feels like being there, connected in the same spiritual room.

In my everyday life I more and more succeed in being aware of out of which part of myself I am acting and more and more I am able to choose being authentic without any doubt or fear and whenever I am in communication with people in this quality there is no separation. I am feeling more and more free and really able to choose how I want to live and not being a prisoner of my own concepts, feelings, emotions and opinion about myself, any longer.

With some distance now, the Awakened Life Project was like a training camp for spiritual competence and all the work that is done there like building, permaculture gardening, working in the wood, cooking and so on is just the frame for being challenged and coached.

I am very happy and graceful for what I have learned in Mizarela and I am very impressed and touched how people are living together there with a real brightly burning fire in their hearts.


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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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