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The art of being alone (24/2)

“Being alone has a power that few people can handle.” (Gautama Buddha)

Being alone can be a challenge. It becomes especially difficult if you don’t like the person you’re with. In the unhindered echoes of solitude, every miniscule fear or disappointment, becomes an army of destruction. In addition, a lack of physical touch and shared presence make the body go into hibernation. How best to cope with it?

In this online session, I share my monastic practice of solitude. We’ll talk and experience some techniques to turn desperation and depression (feeling lonely, rejected, worthless) into self-recognition and compassion. At the end, there will be an opportunity for questions and sharing.

PRACTICAL: This session takes place on Wednesday, February 24th, from 19:30 till 21:30. You can participate by transferring a free contribution (reference is 15 euro) to this account BE44737053592745. Please add your email address and the name of the workshop to the transfer information. I’ll use it to send you a zoom link approximately one hour before the session starts. If you can’t pay but still want to participate, please tell me about your situation through email or phone.

SESSION LEADER: Stijn Smeets is a psychologist, musician, and trans-spiritual monk. His calling is to bring back the art of loving and dying. Accompanying people in deep, transformative emotions, he lives at the ridges between the conscious and the unconscious, keeping their interaction alive.