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Composting Emotional Afflictions Into the Soil of Wellbeing

FCM 2013 Spring Retreat: 

Composting Emotional Afflictions Into the Soil of Wellbeing


Published on Apr 23, 2013

In this first of three talks to students at the Florida Community of Mindfulness 2013 spring retreat, Fred Eppsteiner teaches the importance of clearly seeing the negative emotional afflictions that create so much suffering in our lives. Many of us have wallowed about in this "garbage" for many years, not realizing how the stories we tell ourselves perpetuate this suffering. Seeing these stories and the underlying core beliefs that support them is an essential first step in "composting" these afflictions into the soil of wellbeing.

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Why, despite the numerous self-help books, workshops and other techniques that so many of us have been exposed to in the past, have we not healed and transformed up to now? In this second of three talks during the FCM 2013 spring retreat, Fred teaches that the problem is not that we don't know the "technology" for transformation - that's the easy part; the problem is that we haven't taken healing and transformation seriously. Fred also discusses the importance of aspiration in creating real transformation in our lives.

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In this third of three talks at the FCM 2013 spring retreat, Fred reminds us that while we must skillfully handle our "garbage," it is essential that we put our energy of practice into creating the basis for all the positive mind states of wellbeing. We do "weeding and pruning" in order to have a beautiful garden, but don't make weeding our life's purpose. He concludes by sharing and commenting on "Autobiography in Five Chapters."

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