We are an open-minded, welcoming, social community for people interested in consciousness and ego-calming
We have come to realize that we are Not our Ego (false self). We have an ego, yet it is not who we are.
We are a social and educational community for people interested in:
1) Shedding their egos (as much as we can) to reveal one's true self and
2) Practicing / learning about consciousness, awareness, meditation... which helps us become more selfless and emotionally balanced, resulting in more compassion toward ourselves and others.
Ego - an identity of one's self; a false image of Self; the false self; our "self" as it was conditioned by our life experiences...
We have events centered around discussions and socializing and we aim have sessions of learning, study and meditation. Basically we aim to be a healthy, social, fulfilling substitute for going out to bars and clubs.
We discuss related topics including each others' experiences with similar groups. As individuals or as a group, we attend lectures (talks) and visit other groups who practice meditation and consciousness.
This is not a commercial venture. We are not selling anything, you don't either - spamming and promoting your business is not allowed nor is selling anything, unless the group asks for it.
Who is Welcome
This group is open to people who are any of the following: religious, non-religious, humanist, spiritual, Buddhists, Taoists, Hindu... Basically anyone of any belief system who is open-minded, aims to expose their ego (including belief systems) and learn how to become more conscious - those who aim to be kind and compassionate to themselves and others.
If you are interested in any topics below then you are in the right place:
Meditation - Buddhism - Awareness - Consciousness - Watchful Mind - Inner-peace - Awakening - Impermanence - Attachment - Ego and Fear block our True Self - The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle - Wayne Dyer - Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life - Tao Te Ching - Dalai Lama - Deepak Chopra - Hinduism - Pema Chodron - Thich Nhat Hanh - Adyashanti - Joseph Campbell - Carl Jung - Alan Watts - Mindfulness - Tara Brach - and many others...
We do not have a set meeting place. We are open to meetings throughout Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater... The vast majority of meetings have been in the south Tampa area, but there are meetings in St. Pete, Seminole, Temple Terrace, Seminole Heights, Thai Buddhist market in Palm River, Carrollwoood, Thonotosassa, Tarpon Springs...
Some newcomers have mentioned that I should explain that even though we have a large membership, we average around 15 people at our events (including Visiting Events). The average is around 20 when it is a discussion event. And you'll need to RSVP more quickly at discussion events because they fill up.
As the Organizer, I prefer that you have a picture of yourself in your profile - this is not about "image" but about group safety (yes, i know, that's based on fear aka ego). It helps members who allow people into their homes for our events. Photos make socializing much more comfortable and easier when we meet in person.
Mindfulness refers to being in touch with and aware of the present moment, and observing your inner and outer experiences without judging them. A mindful approach to one's inner experience is simply viewing "thoughts as thoughts" and "feelings as feelings" as opposed to evaluating certain thoughts/feelings as good or bad.
Mindfulness helps alleviate suffering. It can help with anxiety and addictions.
Namaste - "I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me."
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Why calm the Ego?
Naive Not we are to believe that we have or can achieve complete egolessness.
We strive Not for perfection but hope for progression in our attempt to shed our egos.
It is our choice to strive for consciousness, for selflessness, for oneness with all others, to progress toward becoming an "ego Not". The alternative is to be selfish and fearful so that we suffer and struggle and twist our lives into a tangle.