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Author: Ayşe Dayı

MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Feb 8, 2024 – April 18, 2024 Thursdays, 14:00-17:00
VHS Berlin Mitte, 13347 Berlin,
Antonstr. 37, Raum C5 (auf dem Hof)

WHAT IS MBSR?

MBSR is an 8-week systematic program developed by Jon Kabat Zinn in the late 1970s and applied successfully with individuals and institutional  settings.

WHAT HAPPENS IN MBSR?

In an MBSR Course, we learn in a joyful, interactive way, supported by a group:

  • What stress is (physiological mechanism of stress)
  • What triggers stress in me
  • When stressed, which thoughts, feelings arise and what do I do automatically
  • How can I learn to recognize stress, learn ways to calm my mind and body and choose to respond mindfully
  • How can I learn to take care of my mind and body and respect my limits to nourish holistic health and prevent burnout
  • How can I learn to take care of myself to nourish my positive thought, emotional and bodily habits and liberate myself from those that lead to vicious cycles

The gains are:

  • increased body awareness and body flexibility
  • focused and calmer mind
  • effective communication skills
  • improvement in perspective taking
  • learning to give love and compassion to self and others
  • learning and respecting own physical and mental boundaries
  • learning to take care of self (physically and mentally)

PROGRAM

8.2.2024: Introduction to the program and to each other
15.2.2024: What is Mindfulness?
22.2.2024: How we see the world
29.2.2024: Feeling at home in one’s body
07.03.2024: What is Stress?
14.03.2024: Responding to Stress: Reacting vs. Mindful Response
21.03.2024: Mindful Communication

23.03.2024 (Saturday): Day of Mindfulness

11.04.2024: Taking Care of Ourselves
18.04.2024: Looking back, Looking Ahead

INFO ON TRAINER: Dr. Ayşe Dayı

Ayşe is a psychologist, a medical sociologist, a Reiki practitioner (RMT) and a mindfulness trainer who provides training and consultation to diverse group of individuals and institutions. Ayşe is also a certified MBSR Teacher, who has been teaching MBSR online and in person since 2020 to diverse group of individuals from Turkey, Germany, Europe and the U.S. She created and implemented the first Turkish MBSR Program of Germany. For mmore info on Ayşe, please visit here.

TO REGISTER

Please visit VHS Course Site. If the link does not come up properly, please search for Ayse Dayi on course search site and you will find the course titled “A training in mindfulness meditation: MBSR in English.”

Please check the course dates. If you cannot attend the first two classes, or cannot attend more than 2 classes, it is best to take it another time. With your questions, please email [email protected]

RE-MEMBERING AND HONORING MY SACRED FEMININE:

Here is a woman’s circle that we have been holding since Spring 2023. In Fall 2023, we continued the circle with new sisters joining us. In our last circle, we also had a newborn who came with his mamma. They gifted us the energy of children and motherhood.

Our aim is to explore collectively our femininity, reconnect to the Sacred Feminine, allow for healing of ancient wounds and honor ourselves, our bodies, our ancestors and the Mother-of-all, Mother Earth. We do this through stories, film, meditation, movement, writing and sharing.. Come join us!

WHERE & WHEN?

February 12 – April 22, 2024 (8 Sessions)
Mondays 10:00 am-12:30
VHS Berlin Mitte, 10115 Berlin, Linienstr. 162, Raum 4.09 (Gymnastik)

THEMES 

In Fall 2024, we will first enter the Circle together, in joy and sisterhood. Then, we will take up topics such as:

  • Connecting to the Feminine (including wild feminine and Sacred Feminine) and connecting to & honoring  our female Ancestors.
  • Body: Sexualization of the female body & celebration of our bodies
  • Cycles of Womanhood: from girlhood to old age.. while connecting to menstruation, birth control, pregnancy, and birth..
  • Birth: Childbirth, our own birth, and birthing the new within and in our lives
  • Courage
  • Communication
  • Connecting to Mother Earth / GAIA & closing the circle..

For more info, please visit the program page.

 

Intro to MBSR and practicing together

WHAT IS MBSR?

MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program is a systematic 8-week program established by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in the early 70s, and has been found to lead to scientifically proven improvements on wellbeing. The program provides a wonderful foundation to mindfulness practice. It trains the mind to be awake, focused and calm, increases body awareness and provides skillful practical ways to deal with life’s difficulties and enjoy its everyday gifts, offerings.

AGENDA

In this online and joyful gathering, we will meet as practitoners or those interested in mindfulness and individual growth and do:

  • short sitting to arrive together
  • short intros
  • short intro to MBSR
  • announcement of upcoming MBSR Trainings in Berlin (at VHS-Mitte) and online.
  • Q & A
  • Short guided meditation

In line with the universal law of reciprocity, for this free event, I would request that you buy food for a homeless person in your area or feed the birds who might need support in winter time.

time, place & link

Thursday, Jan 26, 19:00-20:30 (CET: Berlin time :)

The link is here.

Meeting ID: 893 8523 6039
Passcode: 613830

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Wish all of us a wonderful week in holistic health, pure joy, love, and abundance.

Ayşe

Speaker: Dr. Ayşe Dayı

Ayşe is a psychologist, a medical sociologist, a Reiki practitioner (RMT) and a mindfulness trainer. With her Orca Dreams Platform for Mindful Living, Ayşe provides training and consultation to individuals and institutions. Ayşe is also a certified MBSR Teacher, who has been teaching MBSR online and in person since 2020 to diverse group of individuals from Turkey, Germany, Europe and the U.S. She created and implemented the first Turkish MBSR Program of Germany.

2023 Winter MBSR Programs

As Orca Dreams, we wish you a wonderful new year in pure love, joy, holistic health, and abundance. In the video below, you can see some of the events of 2022.
In 2023, we hope to see you as well. 
In our two upcoming MBSR trainings, we will use the nourishing Womb of Winter and the renewal energies of the New Year to recognize and liberate ourselves from the patterns that do not serve us, learn ways to calm the mind and heart and to deal better with stress.
You can choose between a morning session and evening session. Evening course at ISI (on Wednesdays) is for international women residing in Berlin. Morning course (on Thursdays) at VHS-Mitte is open to all. You can complete both MBSR Trainings as Fortbildung (Professional Training).
VHS will provide Certificate of Attendance.
Come join us!

MBSR for Migrant Women

January 25– March 29, 2023, 17:00 – 20:00
ISI: Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen e. V.
Kurfürstenstr. 126, 10785 Berlin

A course for international women residing in Berlin

Description

Being a migrant woman and entrepreneur requires strength, resilience and adaptability. Migrant women have all these. Yet adapting to and surviving in a new culture and in a new business culture creates stress which might exceed the inner resources and lead at times to burnout. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program aims to train the mind to be awake and calm, increase body awareness and provide mindful and skillful ways to deal with life’s difficulties and enjoy its everyday gifts/offerings. We will do these through movement, meditation, mini-lectures, interactive activities, home practice and sharing of our experiences in the group. Course requires commitment to attendance and to home practices, which will be interesting and joyful daily practices up to 45 min.

To register

The course is free for international women residing in Berlin. To register, please visit the course site OR E-mail: [email protected]. Please check the course dates. If you cannot attend the first two classes, or cannot attend more than 2 classes, it is best to take it another time, or take the morning version listed below.

Participants are limited to 11. With questions on the course, please email [email protected]

 

A training in mindfulness meditation:
MBSR in English

February 2-April 20, 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm.
VHS-Mitte, Antonstr. 37
13347 Berlin

Course Fee 

144.53 Euros (Reduced Fee: 80.53 EUR)

Registration

Visit the VHS Course page

YOU CAN TALK WITH YOUR EMPLOYERS AND DO BOTH COURSES AS FORTBILDUNG (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)
WITH 80% PARTICIPATION, PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR MBSR TEACHER TRAINING 

 

 

what happens in mbsr

In an MBSR Course, we learn in a joyful, interactive way, supported by a group:

  • What stress is (physiological mechanism of stress)
  • What triggers stress in me
  • When stressed, which thoughts, feelings arise and what do I do automatically
  • How can I learn to recognize stress, learn ways to calm my mind and body and choose to respond mindfully
  • How can I learn to take care of my mind and body and respect my limits to nourish holistic health and prevent burnout
  • How can I learn to take care of myself to nourish my positive thought, emotional and bodily habits and liberate myself from those that lead to vicious cycles

The gains are:

  • increased body awareness and body flexibility
  • focused and calmer mind
  • effective communication skills
  • improvement in perspective taking
  • learning to give love and compassion to self and others
  • learning and respecting own physical and mental boundaries
  • learning to take care of self (physically and mentally)

program

Week 1: What is Mindfulness?
Week 2: How we see the world
Week 3: Feeling at home in one’s body
Week 4: What is Stress?
Week 5: Responding to Stress: Reacting vs. Mindful Response
Week 6: Mindful Communication
Day of Mindfulness
Week 7: Taking Care of Ourselves
Week 8: Looking back, Looking Ahead

 

info on trainer: Dr. Ayşe Dayı

Ayşe is a psychologist, a medical sociologist, a Reiki practitioner (RMT) and a mindfulness trainer who provides training and consultation to diverse group of individuals and institutions. Ayşe is also a certified MBSR Teacher, who has been teaching MBSR online and in person since 2020 to diverse group of individuals from Turkey, Germany, Europe and the U.S. She created and implemented the first Turkish MBSR Program of Germany. For mmore info on Ayşe, please visit here.

 to register

Please visit VHS Course Site. If the link does not come up properly, please search for Ayse Dayi on course search site and you will find the course titled “A training in mindfulness meditation: MBSR in English.”

Please check the course dates. If you cannot attend the first two classes, or cannot attend more than 2 classes, it is best to take it another time. With your questions, please email [email protected]

Being (like) Water, Staying in Movement

 

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

01 03 2023

The first blog of the new year is on being (like) water and staying in movement. So let us begin.

On the 4th Week of my MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, we cover the topic “What is Stress?” The chapter of the MBSR Handbook on Stress has the preceding quote from Tao Te Ching. In nature, life, universe, all beings are in constant motion. Electrons are always on the go, planets keep revolving and moving, each cell of our bodies vibrate and are in contact with every other cell..In one of my walks here in Berlin, near a lake, when I saw the silent clear movement of the current in part of the lake, this is what came to my mind. It flows but/and does not hurry. It stays in movement, in harmony with its surrounding..

 

 

In ancient traditions of wisdom, nature is observed with care because nature reveals the secret workings of the universe. Among the wisdom of water and the water element are its fluidity (ability to flow with ease), ability to continue its existence and to BE in multiple forms/phases, to reflect clearly what is as is, to keep the memory of the Earth and the Universe, to cleanse and its soft power. If we calmly and carefully observe water, she can teach us these qualities.

How does water keep in movement? By not resisting and continuing to find its way. When water meets a rock, water does not stop and complain “why this rock, why me, what to do now..” It does not worry either. It flows on top of the rock and around it. If it can’t continue above ground, it enters underground and keeps on flowing. And with its soft power, transforms the rocks with whom it comes into contact. One day that rock becomes a smooth pebble in our palm.

What else is there to water: there is the storm on the water and its clarity.. There might be a fierce storm on the surface of the water (another example of the power of water in combination with air), but/and at the same time the waters deep down are calm and silent. Just as we have the calm and still Essence underneath all the intense emotions that storm through us. Dear Thich Nhat Hanh (Dear Thay) calls this unchanging still place “the island within.” He reminds us that we can connect to and take refuge in this island whenever we want to and can come back from the past or future to the present moment and back to balance. Why do we hurry and worry then, why do storms overtake us? Cause we are not mindful of the truth that the universe, life, our life and all emotions and thoughts are in constant movement. Through grasping and holding on to thoughts, emotions, our views on life, our life and views of ourselves and more, we slow down, freze their movement and prolong the storm.

Harvard University neuroscientist Dr. Jill Bolte says that the chemical and physiological lifetime of an emotion in the body is 90 seconds and anything beyond this becomes choice. Meaning, any emotion will last up to 90 seconds (chemically and physiologically) and we could breath through it, count the seconds and then the mind and body could continue its movement. Yet how come we stay in the same emotion (emotional mood), especially in intense negative emotions, not for 90 seconds but for hrs and sometimes for days? Because the emotion arises simultaneously with a thought, and with that thought or a second one we feed that emotion and possibly add other intense emotions to it. For example say we became angry at something or someone, and with the emotion came immediately the thought “but it is always me who gets the short end of the stick” and so came more anger, maybe some sadness and self-pity. Then came another thought and a feeling and the whole thing became a bundle.

What is the alternative? Being conscious of the emotion felt, recognizing and accepting it (there is anger/sadness/fear right now in my body), as well as recognizing the thoughts and bodily reactions that came with this emotion and either allowing its expression in a wholesome way (possibly not while under its full spell but in a calmer time), or observing this emotion-thought-body pattern really well and working on its transformation over time. These can allow the intense feelings to flow more easily through the body and the mind, allow us to come back to balance quicker, and allow the movement to continue.. This way the emotions will not be locked in the body either.

 

 

And what does still/calm water teach us? To see what is as is. Still waters reflect the skies and underwater as they are, without judgement, without commentary. Sees/comprehends what IS clearly and reflects/expresses it clearly. Isn’t it fascinating dear friends?

And so, let us please approach and contact water with love and respect. Observe water in all its phases, in different times, different seasons, in different landscapes. In love and respect we can ask water and its guides to support us in the qualities we need to nourish in ourselves.

Now and always, may we flow like water, may we BE water.

Autumn 2022 Trainings

MBSR: Mindfulness based stress reduction program 

Autumn is the season to harvest the fruits of our labor of last year and start letting go.. Trees shed their leaves and start pulling all their energy inward. Winter is the time to go fully in, reflect, contemplate, and gather energy for the rebirth in Spring. 
In our upcoming trainings, we will use these energies of Autumn and Winter to recognize and let go of the patterns that do not serve us and learn ways to calm the mind and heart and to deal better with stress.
You can complete both MBSR Training and the One Day Retreat as Fortbildung (Professional Training). VHS will provide Certificate of Attendance. 
Come join us!

what happens in MBSR:

In an MBSR Course, we learn in a joyful, interactive way, supported by a group:

  • What stress is (physiological mechanism of stress)
  • What triggers stress in me
  • When stressed, which thoughts, feelings arise and what do I do automatically
  • How can I learn to recognize stress, learn ways to calm my mind and body and choose to respond mindfully
  • How can I learn to take care of my mind and body and respect my limits to nourish holistic health and prevent burnout
  • How can I learn to take care of myself to nourish my positive thought, emotional and bodily habits and liberate myself from those that lead to vicious cycles

The gains are:

  • increased body awareness and body flexibility
  • focused and calmer mind
  • effective communication skills
  • improvement in perspective taking
  • learning to give love and compassion to self and others
  • learning and respecting own physical and mental boundaries
  • learning to take care of self (physically and mentally)

Please visit this page for more info on MBSR.

time & Place

October 13-December 8, 2022
Thursdays, 18:15-21:15
Julicher Strasse 30
13357, Berlin

program

Week 1: October 13, 2022: What is Mindfulness?

Week 2: October 20, 2022: How we see the world

Week 3: October 27, 2022: Feeling at home in one’s body

Week 4: November 10, 2022: What is Stress?

Week 5: November 17, 2022: Responding to Stress: Reacting vs. Mindful Response

Week 6: November 24, 2022: Mindful Communication

Sunday, November 27: Day of Mindfulness (10:00-16:00)

Week 7: December 1, 2022: Taking Care of Ourselves

Week 8: December 8, 2022: Caring for Oneself: Looking back, Looking Ahead

info on trainer

Please visit here for more info on Ayşe Dayı, the trainer. Ayşe is a certified MBSR Teacher, who has been teaching MBSR online and in person since 2020 to diverse group of individuals from Turkey, Germany, Europe and the U.S.

for info on fee and to register

Please send an email to [email protected]

Deep Relaxation & Rejuvenation:
One day mindfulness retreat

Globally and individually we are in a period of great transformation, which might cause stress, anxiety, exhaustion, burnout, physical ailments and depression. Offered by Dr. Ayse Dayi as a psychologist, certified MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program) Teacher, and mindfulness trainer, this one-day retreat is an invitation to be introduced to mindfulness practices and to relax and rejuvenate together. We will do deep relaxation, awareness of breath meditation, mindful movement and other practices in joy and share our experiences. When we do these practices regularly, we could meet life’s challenges and stress in a calmer way and renew ourselves whenever we feel the need to do so. No previous experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothes and come with your curiosity and your smile. You could complete this retreat as Fortbildung and receive a Certificate of Attendance from VHS as well.

time & place

VHS Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Wassertorstrasse 4, Aula
10969 Berlin

Sunday, December 11, 2022
10:00-16:00

Registration link

 

Upcoming MBSR Courses in FALL 2022

As we are enjoying the wonderful energies of Summer, we invite you to reserve your spots for the upcoming MBSR Courses in Fall, held in person in Berlin, inside and at the parks.
You can choose between a morning session and evening session. Evening course at ISI (on Tuesdays) is only for international women in Berlin. Morning course (on Thursdays) at VHS-Mitte is open to all. 

MBSR for Migrant Women
Evening course starting August 23

This course is held at ISI: Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen e. V., and free for all international women in Berlin.

Starting/Ending dates

Tuesday Evenings: 17:30-20:30

23.08.2022 – 11.10.2022 (8 sessions, 3 hrs each)
Additional one day of mindfulness/retreat from 10:00-16:00 on Sunday, October 9

Being a migrant woman and entrepreneur requires strength, resilience and adaptability. Migrant women have all these. Yet adapting to and surviving in a new culture and in a new business culture creates stress which might exceed the inner resources and lead at times to burnout. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program aims to train the mind to be awake and calm, increase body awareness and provide mindful and skillful ways to deal with life’s difficulties and enjoy its everyday gifts/offerings. We will do these through movement, meditation, mini-lectures, interactive activities, home practice and sharing of our experiences in the group. Course requires commitment to attendance and to home practices, which will be interesting and joyful daily practices up to 45 min.

To register

Visit the course site OR E-mail: [email protected]

A training in mindfulness meditation: MBSR in English
morning course starting on Sept 9

This course is held at VHS: Volkshochschule-Mitte, Berlin at Antonstrasse 37.

Starting/Ending dates

Thursday Mornings 9:00-12:00

08.09.2022 – 10.11.2022 (An Intro session plus 8 sessions  3 hrs each)
Additional one day of mindfulness/retreat from 10:00-16:00 on Sunday, October 30.

Course Fee 

144.53 Euros (Reduced Fee: 80.53 EUR)

Registration

Visit the VHS Course page

YOU CAN TALK WITH YOUR EMPLOYERS AND DO BOTH COURSES AS FORTBILDUNG (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)
 WITH 80% OF PARTICIPATION, PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR MBSR TEACHER TRAINING 

what happens in MBSR:

In an MBSR Course, we learn in a joyful, interactive way, supported by a group:

  • What stress is (physiological mechanism of stress)
  • What triggers stress in me
  • When stressed, which thoughts, feelings arise and what do I do automatically
  • How can I learn to recognize stress, learn ways to calm my mind and body and choose to respond mindfully
  • How can I learn to take care of my mind and body and respect my limits to nourish holistic health and prevent burnout
  • How can I learn to take care of myself to nourish my positive thought, emotional and bodily habits and liberate myself from those that lead to vicious cycles

The gains are:

  • increased body awareness and body flexibility
  • focused and calmer mind
  • effective communication skills
  • improvement in perspective taking
  • learning to give love and compassion to self and others
  • learning and respecting own physical and mental boundaries
  • learning to take care of self (physically and mentally)

Please visit this page for more info on MBSR.

info on trainer

Please visit here for more info on Ayşe Dayı, the trainer. Ayşe is a certified MBSR Teacher, who has been teaching MBSR online and in person since 2020 to diverse group of individuals from Turkey, Germany, Europe and the U.S.

Please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected] with any questions you have.

 

March Events

In March, we have multiple events held online and in person, in Berlin and in Istanbul. Please take note. We hope to see you there.

Friday, March 11, 2022: Free online workshop for all women, in the honor of the International Women Workers Day. Movement &Deep Relaxation for Women Entrepreneurs. (10:00-12:00 Berlin time)

March 18-April 29, 2022: Free online course for all migrant women in Berlin. Joyful Stress Reduction for Women Entrepreneurs. (10:00-12:00 Berlin time).

March 12-March 23, 2022: Online Springtime Series to balance Major Organs. Balancing, Rejuvenating. (18:00-18:40: Turkish sessions, 19:00-19:40: English sessions)

March 31, 2022: Inner transformation in the Era of Digital Transformation: An introduction to Mindfulness Presentation in the 22nd International Dynamics Congress, Istanbul Project Management Association, Istanbul, March 31, 2022.

We look forward to seeing you. For any questions, please email [email protected]

Heartful Contemplation of the Week

14.02.2022

Today is Valentine’s Day.. But many of us now call it the Day of Love.. May we live each day, each moment, each second, feeling, receiving and transmitting pure love and compassion in breath, intention, thought, body and action..

So, honoring this day of love and loving, I wanted to offer “hugging meditation” as a practice. It is a practice introduced by dear Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh). I have not yet written about him, his teachings and my contact with them yet. For the time being, it is brewing in my heart and soul. The sharing will come I am sure at the right moment. Dear Thich Nhat Hanh who was an actual Zen Master, never called himself that and preferred to be called Thay (Teacher) by his students. In my understanding, he gave the world two main gifts: one was having Buddhism that was engaged in the world affairs (in social justice) with complete presence, equanimity and compassion. The second one was his adaptation of many of the Zen Buddhist teachings into everyday life of the West, be it in the form of songs, readings, little practice verses (Gatas) or calligraphy all in the local languages, in secular form, and doing so without oversimplifying the teachings. So he made Buddhist teachings, their core wisdom, accessible in secular form and easy to practice in everyday practice and transmitted these in elegance, beauty, wisdom and compassion. This kind of teaching /sharing with elegance and metaphor can also be seen in Zen paintings, calligraphy and architecture. The transmission of ideas is done using less of the logical mind and actually overriding the logical mind through metaphor, intuition, with the help of riddles as well. It is why for example the Japanese adore with deep love and respect Sakura, the cherry blossoms. Because Sakura is a beautiful, elegant reminder of transience, of impermenance.. The flowers bloom in full beauty and generosity (with no holding back), to be seen, touched, loved in full presence, till they are gone with the first rains.

It is from Dear Thich Nhat Hanh and Dipa Ma (an Indian woman Buddhist master), that I learned the everyday applications of teachings. Dipa Ma, a mother and wife herself, taught many householder women how to practice mindfulness while doing housework, breastfeeding and taking care of children. Meditation and mindfulness is not after all only to be practiced on the meditation cushion or during mindful movements like yoga, qiqong but, while these continue, one can keep expanding the awareness, a kind focus or compassionate awareness to many activities of every day life as we can.. As my MBSR teacher Wolfgang Schröder had said, mindfulness is like islands -I am thinking of volcanic islands in the sea :) –  and initially one or two pops up.. but as you keep practicing, more pop up and they become an Archipelago.. :)

Beautiful Calligraphy by Dear Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the everyday practices introduced by dear Thich Nhat Hanh is hugging meditation. He said that he introduced it based on his own life experience. While in the U.S., a woman practitioner had invited him to a city to lecture and then I think as he was leaving (or maybe when he arrived), she wanted to give him a hug. Being a monk and also not used to hugging, dear Thay found himself becoming very rigid in the embrace. But being a good practitioner who says “no mud, no lotus” and that transforming suffering and difficulty into compassion and understanding is always possible, he created a meditation out of this life experience, to be able to let go and be fully present in a hug.

How do we do it? We have our partner in crime :). A person, an animal friend, a tree friend to hug. Of course with each one, it is best to ask their willingness for a hug (same for trees and animal friends and children and adults)..

 

Then we recognize the presence of our beloved with love and joy and bow to them, or bow to each other. Then we take three long joyful conscious breaths to come fully to this moment (of connection). Then we open our arms and hug the person, tree, animal friend, holding each other in the gentle embrace for 3 inbreaths and 3 outbreaths. In the first breath, we are aware that we are present in this moment and we are happy. (“I am here with you, I am so happy”). With the second breath, we are aware that the other person, animal friend, tree is present in this moment, and we are again very happy that it is so. (“You are here with me, I am so happy”). In the third breath, we are aware that we are here together, right now on this earth and in this moment together, and we are happy as well. (“We are both here, I am so happy and grateful”). We may then release each other and bow and thank them.

Dear Thich Nhat Hanh says, the best thing we can give a loved one is our presence. If you are not there, you can’t love and if you are fully present with the other, what a gift it is.. Hugging meditation can be used to rejoice in our connection with a loved one in full presence as well as for reconciliation and healing. In Covid times, many of us got afraid (and were advised not) to make human contact, to hug and to kiss.. It was very difficult for most of us. A close friend of mine who went abroad during the time said she really missed hugs. I shared with her that if hugging people were not possible, maybe we can hug trees in the meantime. Here is a video the musician Tom Rosenthal made during Covid times. He asked people to send him videoclips of their hugs and 600 responded. Here is the very touching videoclip of this.

I hope you try this short and joyful meditation many times this week. And if so, please leave a comment below.

You can find here the description of hugging meditation and more practices at the Plum Village website.  Here, brother Phap Lai from Plum Village guides children in this meditation.

May all my intentions, thoughts, feelings and actions arise and take place in pure love, compassion and gratitude, now and always. 

Ayşe

 

Heartful Contemplation of the Week

7.02.2022

Welcome to another Heartful Contemplation of the week.

This week, the invitation is to use the energy of Winter to reflect gently and joyfully on what needs attending to in ourselves ..

Ancient cultures lived more in tune with the rhythms of nature, learning great wisdom from the cycles, strategies, ways of being of animals, plants, mountains, seas, clouds and stars.. Taoism is one among many of those traditions. In Qiqong that is based on Taoism, there are animal forms of movement / being (e.g. tiger, dragon, turtle, crane, snake, etc) all of which are associated with certain seasons, elements, organs, energy, and movement.

Winter is a time for going inward.. After harvest time (when the produce is harvested and stored), the pace slows down. Trees shed their leaves and draw their energy inward, some animals go into hybernation, the earth rests to recuperate while supporting seeds underneath. While nature is going inward and collecting her energy, we modern or postmodern :) humans, keep running around. Our bodies, minds, souls may give us signals to slow down, rest, recollect, yet aside from the allowed times of Christmas and New Year breaks, we keep rushing as usual.

Nature Does Not Hurry, Yet Everything Is Accomplished. – Lao Tzu

We are approaching the early beginnings of Spring. Last week, on 02 02 2022, the day of the Celtic Festival of Imbolc (celebrating light and hope), with my dear friend and colleague Orla O’Sullivan, we guided the workshop Noble friendship with the Body: A Springtime Session to nourish peace, healing and hope. With a great group of people from Turkey, Italy and Germany, we reflected on our relationship to our bodies and shared on beginning anew with our bodies with the upcoming Spring.

Before full-fledged entry into Spring, the invitation for this week is to reflect first on Winter. If the winter supports going inward, reflecting and recollecting our energies, this week’s heartful contemplation becomes asking ourselves “what needs attending to in me this winter, right now?” Tending is a word (and a verb :)) I love, cause it has “attending to” as directing one’s attention / focus to something but with great gentleness, in a tender and delicate way.. Reminds me of the Little Prince and his rose..

People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… Yet they don’t find what they’re looking for… And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose.
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

His rose was unique and he tended to her with love and care; he missed his rose when he came to Earth.

If you bring this kind, compassionate focus to yourself (to your mind, body, energetic body, our relationships, your home and work, your relationship to the community and to the planet), what calls out to you that needs some caring?

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We may pause now, come back to our breathing (deep breath in, slow breath out…), have a smile on our lips, if it feels good, put our hand on our heart or lower belly, turn the attention inward and ask:

-What does my body need to be ready for Spring, to be rejuvenated, for beginning anew?: How do my different organs and my spine feel right now? How can I care for them? What happens when I smile to my organs, to my spine, thank them and ask if they have any messages for me, for the whole?

-What kind of tending is needed for my mind? What thoughts, emotions, need tending to? How can I tend to them? What are the negative seeds in my consciousness (thoughts and feelings that lead to unwholesome actions and take away my energy) that need tending? What are the positive seeds that I can nourish and prepare for Spring (thoughts, feelings that lead to wholesome acts and bring me and others energy, joy, love and compassion)?

-What about my energy? What needs attending to, for my life energy to be balanced and vibrant?
-Am I in right relationship with the Earth? What needs tending to in my relationships to loved ones, friends, colleagues, to community, to MotherEarth?

You may keep on asking these questions on different days of the week, different times of day and collect the insights..

Imagine how a little seed is protected under the earth and it gets all the nourishment of the earth, the minerals, the rains, some warmth of the sun.. It needs all its energy to grow and go with full force to the pearce the earth and come out. So do we (need thi energy to start fresh). With deep looking, becoming aware of what needs tending and what conditions of tending each part exactly needs, we can create the conditions of nourishment for our minds, bodies, souls and energy to be able to flourish with new ideas, to allow for inspiration..

May we all have a nourishing week ahead. Please share your experiences below.

 

Heartful Contemplation of the Week

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This week onwards, I invite us to begin each week together with a heartful (sister term of mindful :)) contemplation. Take in the words, the concepts, and put it in our hearts to simmer through the week. Let us discover together what gifts we receive on this through the week.. We may smile and collect the insights that come our way on the theme, caught by surprise at the synchronicity at times..

I offer “interbeing” or “interdependent existence” as this week’s contemplation, represented here by the beautiful calligraphy and inspired by the teachings of dear Thay (Thitch Nhat Hahn) who left his bodily form on January 22, 2022. It is with a deep bow of respect and gratitude to him and his teachings, I share this.

 

We inter-are is the term Thay (Thitch Nhat Hahn) created in English. We inter-are with all other life forms. We inter-are with the beautiful planet, with MotherEarth, the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. This is not a symbolic reference but is fact. Our bodies exist because many stars were formed and bloomed and died.. We carry the star traces within us, in our cells and DNA.

Each of us are formed by non-“self” parts.. Ayşe can “be” because of her parents, ancestors, stars, the Sun that shined on the food she eats, the minerals and vitamins that nourish her body, the bird that left the seed in the earth and the farmer that watered it.. Take out the parents, any of the ancestors, the Sun, the bird, the farmer, the water, the minerals and vitamins, Ayşe “is not” any more. Each breath Ayşe takes is co-breathed by other people, animals, the trees, forms clouds and becomes rain and perhaps comes back as tea.. So it is with each of us..

Let us ponder together all the ways we inter-are with life forms and lifeless forms, to cut the illusion of separateness, loneliness, and an independent “self.” Many of our quite human and humane afflictions, like social media dependency (on the level of addiction :)), or dependency within and to relationships might arise because of notions of loneliness, of separateness. The invitation is to contemplate heartfully joyfully this week all the very concrete ways of co-existence, of oneness. Please share your comments, insights and experiences here.

To learn more about the life and work of dear Thitch Nhat Hahn and his community, please visit Plum Village site.

 

Re-membering & Honoring my Sacred Feminine

For ages, women and femininity have been suppressed and mistreated by the patriarchal systems that still dominate most cultures. For some time though we see the whole world and our GAIA -MotherEarth- going through a change, a shift that is bringing back the power to the Sacred Feminine that it deserves while leading to a redefinition of the masculine.

Starting on September 11, 2023 and continuing every monday for 8 weeks (10:00 am-12:30 pm), we will gather in women’s healing circle in Berlin, Mitte. The circle is offered as a “course” in VHS-Mitte 10115 Berlin, Linienstr. 162. Schedule is in the link below.

The circle is open to all who self-define as women. This is a collective exploration of our femininity, with an aim to liberate our minds and bodies of the cultural notions of shame, guilt, imperfection, limited expression in the world, and to discover and reconnect to our Sacred Femininity, to the ancient wisdom of our bodies and sexuality and create new ways of being that are more healing, balanced and whole.

We started the circle in Spring 2023. We will now continue our exploration in Fall 2023 on gender, historical degradation of the feminine, body image, childbirth, menstruation, motherhood, communication/expression and close with the session on re-membering and reuniting with the Sacred Feminine.

Will you join us?

Happy Families Workshop

We want our children to feel safe, happy and free in a world that can feel noisy and too fast. How can we help our children to be liberated from their habits of anger, anxiety or perfectionism? This workshop is a kind space to learn practical ways to nourish mindfulness, happiness and care for ourselves and each other.

We invite all families to this workshop by Dr. Orla O’Sullivan, an international expert on mindfulness with families and educators that will take place online on Saturday, November 13, 16:00-17300 Berlin time and 18:00-19:30 Turkish/Cypriot time. For more information on the workshop, please visit the link below.

Happy Teachers Workshop

Happy Teachers Change the World is the name of the award-winning textbook book by Prof. Katherine Weare and Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, latter of whom gives great importance to the wellbeing of educators of all levels. Happy Teachers do change the World!

You are cordially and joyfully invited to our workshop for educators given by Dr. Orla O’Sullivan, a wise, experienced and kind international expert on the topic. Orla was a reader for the ‘Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide to Integrating Mindfulness in Education’ book.

The workshop will take place in English (with consecutive translation into Turkish) online on Wednesday, November 17 at 18:00-20:00 (Berlin Time), 20:00-22:30 (Turkish/Cyprus Time).

 

 

Meeting Autumn in Holistic Health & Balance Workshops

The Taoist system and many Eastern systems understand the workings of the Cosmos, nature and our physical-energetic bodies through the 5 elements. In the 5 elements system, each season is associated with an element, a certain color, certain nourishment, with paired yin & yang organs and emotions.

In this workshop, using healing sounds qiqong, to help transition into Autumn, we will work with the Fire element of Summer and the Earth element of Indian Summer, and their accompanying organs and emotions of the Heart & Small Intestine (Summer) and Stomach & Spleen (Indian Summer) which may need re-balancing in these times. We will follow this by a joyful practice of walking meditation which will help us re-connect to Earth, to ground. Walking meditation is a great technique to move from the mind to the body, from thoughts to presence, and to deal with difficult emotions.

In line with all qiqong and meditative practices and with the main mission of Orca Dreams, the aim here is to learn ways to reach and maintain our holistic health, our inner balance. Healing (and balance) start from inside out. You can register to one or more of these in-person workshops in the beautiful sunny days of Berlin.

Workshops in English:

Monday, Sept 13, 10:00-11:30 am
Wednesday, Sept 15, 17:30-19:00 pm

Workshops in Turkish:

Sunday, Sept 19, 10:00-11:30 am
Monday, Sept 20, 17:30-19:00 pm

Place: Erlenbusch Park, Dahlem (easily accessible by Bus 101 and U3). Close to Botanischer Garten.

Fee: 55 Euro’s per workshop.

Workshop Facilitator: Ayşe Dayı

To register: [email protected]

First Turkish MBSR Course in Germany

In October 2021, Dr. Ayşe Dayı will be giving an MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course in Turkish in the VHS: Volkshochschule Berlin Mitte. Based on our research, to our knowledge, this will be the first MBSR Course in Turkish in Germany where a large community of Turkish (and Kurdish) speaking people from Turkey live.  Ayşe has been giving MBSR Courses in Turkish since November 2020, but these had been online courses due to the pandemie. This will be the first course face to face course after the normalization period.

You can see the announcement of the course on the webpage of the MBSR-MBCT Teachers Association of Germany (Verband der Achtsamkeitslehrenden MBSR-MBCT) of which Ayşe is a member. The Turkish MBSR courses will contribute to the pluralistic richness of the MBSR-MBCT courses given in (m)other tongues in Germany. In the databank of the MBSR-MBCT Teachers Association, you can find courses in German, in Croatian, Dutch, English, French, Luxembourgish and Spanish that are offered online or in your area.

For detailed info on this specific course, please visit VHS’s course site. And do check out Courses and Programs links for upcoming MBSR and other courses on mindfulness and for mindfulness workshops. By filling out the “Institutional Request Form” that exists on Contact page, you can also request a course/workshop/program for your group or institution that can be custom-tailored to meet your specific needs.

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Take a breath, take a break and refresh

Co-organized by Orca Dreams, Medius, & Mindmoments

We are in the summer break but you can’t relax yet?
Or maybe you are relaxed and enjoying summertime and want to reconnect to or deepen your practice?

In either case, if you feel the call to disconnect for a day from daily routines, social media and the internet and connect to yourself, your inner sources and practice with a group, join us for this day of mindfulness.

The retreat will be in English, guided by three of us who are MBSR Teachers certified by IMA: Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches, which is the oldest training institute for mindfulness based approaches in Europe. During the day, we will guide you in different sitting meditations and meditations in movement and end with a short sharing of those who would like to share. All you need is a good internet connection and a quiet space where you will not be disturbed.

For registration, please fill out the form here. You will receive an email confirmation with the payment link. Your registration will be completed after you make the payment. You can include your questions in the form or write to us through [email protected]

TIME & PLACE

Saturday, August 7, 2021
10:00 am-15:00 pm
Online: Zoom link will be provided after registration.
Deadline for registration: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

PREREQUISITE

This retreat is suitable for individuals who either completed the 8-week MBSR program or have at least 3 months of meditation experience.

TRAINERS

Ayşe Dayı, PhD., Psychologist and Meditation Teacher, Orca Dreams
Mateja Lenarčič, MscBA, Certified MBSR Teacher and Certified Yoga Teacher, MEDIUS
Eva Zavacka, Psychologist and Certified MBSR Teacher, Mindmoments

For more information on the trainers, visit the Retreats page.

Price: 67 Euros

Hayatı Bir Dağ Gibi Karşılıyorum / Meeting life as a Mountain (Turkish)

Bu meditasyon, Mart 2020 ile Temmuz 2020 arasında Pandemi başlar başlamaz gönlüme düşüp hayata geçirdiğim, bedensel-zihinsel-enerjetik dengelenme ve dayanışma amaçlı verdiğim online Qiqong ve Meditasyon Derslerimden bir kayıt. Çok güzel bir grup ile her hafta Pazar sabahları buluştuk ve hem stres attık ve dengelendik, hem de ders için toplanan bağışları Pandemi sırasında maddi zorluk çeken kişi ve organizasyonlara ilettik.. Şifa ol’du.

This meditation was recorded as part of the Qiqong and Meditation courses I started at the beginning of the Pandemie in March 2020 and continued every Sunday morning online till July 2020. The aim was to return to and maintain balance in mind-body-energy and to show solidarity with those who experienced financial hardship during the Pandemie. With a wonderful group of participants, we met each Sunday morning online, de-stressed, connected and came back to balance, and sent the donations for the course to individuals and groups in need.

Tending The World, Tending Ourselves

Fear is not only an ally.
It is a powerful tool for personal and spiritual growth.
When we understand fear, it becomes an opportunity
to deepen into intimacy and love.”    

Tabish Roncucci

In July session of our 9-month program Tending the World, Tending Ourselves: Social Justice work in Times of Uncertainty, we had a workshop with dear Tabish Roncucci.

In the workshop entitled Have no fear: An introduction to the fundamental body mechanisms of overcoming shock and fear, Tabish shared with us the embodied mechanism of trauma, how the nervous system reacts to traumatic events, how to access inner resources (from inside and outside) to deal with fear and difficulties and be able to liberate ourselves (our minds, bodies and hearts) to respond in more fluid, flexible ways to life’s difficulties.

TABISH is a therapist trained in Codependency work, Primal (childhood deconditioning), Trauma healing (Somatic Experiencing) and Hara Awareness. He shares his experience of growth and meditation by offering seminars and sessions in different countries. Since 1997 he works with Krishnananda and Amana and now as a Learning Love Institute teacher.

 

 

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