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When the Chocolate Runs Out

We love chocolate. Perhaps so much so that on some level we may believe, “As long as I have chocolate, I’ll be happy.” This is the power of attachment at work. And based on this attachment, we create a chocolate-based philosophy and order our life prioritizing chocolate. But sometimes, we can’t get our hands on any chocolate. And when the chocolate disappears, we get nervous, upset: “Oh no! Now I’m unhappy!” But of course it’s not the absence of chocolate that’s making us unhappy; it’s our fixed ideas, and our misunderstanding the nature of chocolate.

 
 

ABOUT BEAR

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In search of his life purpose, Bear’s path to personal fulfillment began with a journey of spiritual awakening in Bali and Thailand. Spending time at a Vipassana monastery, he learnt the value of silence and mindful walking.

Understanding that to master one’s own destiny through insightful changes stems from knowing within, the techniques he practiced became an intrinsic part of his daily way of life. To become very still, love and connect with your true self through meditation is a gift – and one that Bear started sharing.

Returning to Belgium to study as a Mindfulness Trainer, Ber created a centre for personal development and  offeres personalised programs of Mindfulness and Yoga Therapy to both adults and children. 

 
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It is a truism to say that nobody likes suffering and everybody seeks happiness. In this world of ours, human beings are making all possible efforts for prevention and alleviation off suffering, and enjoyment of happiness. But nevertheless their efforts are mainly directed to the physical well-being by material means.

Happiness is, after all, conditioned by attitudes of mind, and yet only a few persons give real thought to mental development, fewer still who practice mind trading in earnest.

Acknowledging is the heart of insight meditation. It is the continual work of mindfulness to be aware and acknowledge.

Insight meditation, through the four foundations of mindfulness, focuses on the body, the feelings, the mind and objects of the mind. 

Practically they are the state of being continually aware of what happens to the five aggregates (which are: body, feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness)

The four foundations of Mindfulness are:

Contemplation of the body

Mindfulness of the body is to contemplate bodily action and sensations. This includes for example acknowledging or being conscious of the lifting, stepping and placing of the feet during walking meditation, and acknowledging the rising an falling of the abdomen in sitting meditation.

Contemplation of the feelings

Mindfulness of one's feelings is to contemplate the happiness/ suffering/neutrality of your experience. That is, to acknowledge happiness, to know how happy one is, or to acknowledge misery, and to know how miserable one is, or to acknowledge the neutral feeling which neither happiness nor misery.

Contemplation of the mind (thought)

Mindfulness of the mind is to contemplate one's thoughts or be conscious of the passion, anger, delusion, sloth, distraction, peace, etc... in the thought. While in meditation our minds may think of the past or the future. We then take that thought as the momentary focus of the meditation by acknowledging thinking, thinking, thinking before returning our focus to the breath or the feet. 

Contemplation of objects of the mind

Mindfulness  of objects of the mind is to contemplate mental recognition and other volitional activities. Recognition is to know something when perceiving it. Volitional activities happen when we think or comment on something. While we think, we must be mindful of thinking. When we are desirous, angry, slothful, restless or doubtful as a result of thinking of external stimulation, we must be mindful to.

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VISITING WeLLNESS practitioner

 

Open pathways to a richer life and true fulfilment through intuitive awareness and self-exploration. Feel empowered by Bear’s Mindfulness practice of interactive discussion, guided meditations, breathing techniques and body scanning, or the release of Embodiment Stretching to improve mobility and correct postural problems

Mindfulness (60 mins)                                            

The practice of mindfulness offers dynamic, life changing tools to help deal with stress, anxiety, negative thinking and emotional patterns. Benefit from an insightful introduction to the key concepts and scientific research that underpins mindfulness today, and how this relates to a healthier and more balanced way of life. Enjoy interactive discussion that is interspersed with guided meditations, breathing techniques, body scanning and other simple practical methods that can be used to enrich everyday interactions. 

Minimum 3 sessions recommended

Yoga Therapy (60 Mins)                                      

Learn about the principles and concepts that make this unique exercise approach so effective. Comprising a gentle series of movements and stretches that can be performed daily to maintain and improve general mobility, Yoga Therapy focuses on common postural problems caused by lack of movement, office work and a sedentary lifestyle. An emphasis on solo stretching is accompanied by a range of partner exercises to demonstrate intense variations which can dramatically increase the effectiveness of your solo training. 

Minimum 3 sessions recommended

Note: Sessions are available in English, Dutch, French and Italian.

Prior booking and only by appointment.

Group session (up to 5 people)             

Private session    

 
 
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Corporate

 

Please connect with me if you would like a detailed and personal suggestion

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Hear my story (in Dutch on Radio 2)  here

I'm very grateful I could share my story at Ehipassiko, Buddhist Centre Antwerp. You can read my story in Boeddhistisch Dagblad here (in Dutch)

http://www.anantara-news.com/~devanantara-news/wellness/practitioners/ber_raeymaekers.pdf

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Connect with me

 

Ber Raeymaekers

email: nai@siddhartha.be

phone: +32 (0) 473 22 88 90

skype: berntje1

Free 10 minutes consult

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bear-atmanand-आत्मानंद-42aaa1b/

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ONLINE 8.Week MIndfulness COURSE

 Become your own therapist.

Building core skills in mindfulness and seeing significant results in just eight weeks

Siddhartha's Online Eight Week Mindfulness Course is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

We combine that with elements derived from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

The core skill that you will learn is mindfulness: a way of paying attention on purpose and non-judgementally to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind and the world around you.

Extensive scientific research into mindfulness training consistently reveals its effectiveness in enhancing health and well-being. Some of these benefits include: Reductions in stress, anxiety, depression and exhaustion – and an increase in positive emotions, resilience and well-being.

A stronger immune system, helping you to fight off illness more effectively. An increased capacity for focus, attention, learning, memory, creativity and concentration. A greater ability to regulate your emotions and to feel kind and compassionate towards ourselves and others Heightened self-confidence and assertiveness.

Feel free to connect with me for more info