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New Meetup: Loving What Is -- Meeting your thoughts with Understanding -- Inquiry Circle

From: Surati
Sent on: Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:24 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Vancouver Byron Katie Meetup Group!

What: Loving What Is -- Meeting your thoughts with Understanding -- Inquiry Circle

When: December 16,[masked]:30 PM

My home
3049 West 14th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5K 0A1

A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It is not our thoughts, but the attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it?s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we?ve been attaching to, often for years.

Most people think that they are what their thoughts tell them they are. One day I noticed that I wasn?t breathing?I was being breathed. Then I also noticed, to my amazement, that I wasn?t thinking?that I was actually being thought and that thinking isn?t personal. Do you wake up in the morning and say to yourself, ?I think I won?t think today?? It?s too late: You?re already thinking!

Thoughts just appear. They come out of nothing and go back to nothing, like clouds moving across the empty sky. They come to pass, not to stay. There is no harm in them until we attach to them as if they were true. No one has ever been able to control his thinking, although people may tell the story of how they have. I don?t let go of my thoughts?I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me.

Thoughts are like the breeze or the leaves on the trees or the raindrops falling. They appear like that, and through inquiry we can make friends with them. Would you argue with a raindrop? Raindrops aren?t personal, and neither are thoughts. Once a painful concept is met with understanding, the next time it appears you may find it interesting. What used to be the nightmare is now just interesting. The next time it appears, you may find it funny. The next time, you may not even notice it. This is the power of loving what is.

(From Loving What Is by Byron Katie)

To find out more go to Katie's web site at

Inquiry circle evenings are an opportunity to practice The Work with the freedom of ?beginner?s mind,? no matter what your level of experience in The Work is. We may do group or partner exercises or travel along as I facilitate one person through a worksheet.

Looking forward to sitting with you.


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