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All talks and guided practices are © Suzanne Matthiessen, innerevolution media except where otherwise indicated.

Blue Water

RECORDED TALKS

AND GUIDED PRACTICES

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"Just Like Me" Talk & Guided Practice
 

"Every human being has everyday life experiences that we share common ground with one another, even if it's not an exact empathetic match to our own. Nonetheless, we are often being prompted to focus more upon our differences instead of what unites us as fellow imperfect human beings with stress-filled lives, who are also trying to get through the day – the week – the month – year.

"This practice re-minds us how similar other people are to us, thereby cultivating a sense of inclusion and equality, as well as fostering other powerful, so-called "soft skills" like kindness, compassion, patience and non-reactivity, so vital when we are in stress inducing situations or interactions where we may at least temporarily forget our shared humanity."

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 Taking Stock

"Many years ago, I studied with a teacher who shared a story about how critical it is to take humble, honest stock of what you have - and what you don't, and to neither lie to yourself or others about it. 

"Fearfully clinging to the false sense of safety of your same old status quo - because it's what you know even if you are miserable  - only keeps you locked in mediocrity, and prevents you from evolving and becoming the best version of yourself you can be."

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The Wabi-Sabi Practice

"Wabi-Sabi comes from Japanese Zen philosophies borne in the 15th Century. A Wabi-Sabi aesthetic and approach toward life values and nurtures authenticity above all else and acknowledges three simple realities: impermanence, the profound beauty of continual process and change, and the embrace of perfect imperfection. 

"So in our own lives, Wabi-Sabi is the mindful reverence and aesthetic we extend toward our own perfect imperfection, as well as that of others. We value and nurture our authenticity and view the cracks, and the dings and the nicks we've gathered in our life's journey via the people and situations we've passed through along the way as what makes us beautiful and unlike anyone else … and that allows us to create the space in our heart and mind to embrace all of that same perfectly imperfect human-ness in others as well."

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