Wednesday 12.2 at 6pm at Arkadia: Conversation about meditation and mindfulness with Manuel Jiménez Fonseca

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to Conversation about meditation and mindfulness with Manuel Jiménez Fonseca on Wednesday 12.2 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)


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Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome. If you have no loose change or coins we gladly accept payment via Visa Electron or Mastercard etc. !

Conversation about meditation and mindfulness with Manuel Jiménez Fonseca

Have you ever experience the feeling of being in automatic pilot, immersed in your thoughts so that you are unaware of the world around you? Have you ever feel that your mind is going too fast or that you cannot stop worrying about the future? Who hasn´t…?

Thousands of years ago meditation originated as a way of remaining anchored in the present, so that we could live our lives more fully. Mindfulness is a new denomination for the quality of being intentionally aware. Being mindful is the most natural and simple experience and yet extraordinarily elusive at the same time.

Why is it so? Can meditation contribute to improve our lives? What are its limitations? How can we turn off the automatic pilot? Could we ever stop worrying? What are the main difficulties in the way to mindfulness?
A lot of questions with no easy answer. Still, if you are interested on these topics we warmly invite you to share an evening with us.

Manuel Jiménez Fonseca has worked on Human Right issues in Latin America and Africa getting a first-hand experience of contexts of intense human suffering. While working in Mozambique he started facilitating workshops on masculinity and emotional intelligence, realizing that awareness of emotions contributed to improving peoples’ lives. After returning to Finland he continued organizing workshops on gender, self-esteem and relationship with his friends Ruth Franco and Corinna Casi while writing his PhD on International Law.

He started meditating at age of 23 when he became paralyzed by physical pain. Presently he still continues the wonderful and challenging journey into his inner life.