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IFG Update: November 16th

Whatever you’re doing, you´re doing mindfully or mindlessly and the consequences of being in one state of mind over another is enormous. -Ellen Langer This week we’ve discussed the difference between mindfulness and mindlessness. The quote above is from Harvard social psychologist Ellen Langer whose groundbreaking work on mindlessness lead to some amazing insights into […]

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Un día sin racismo

What does it mean to imagine your own future? We continue to wait for some politician or some social justice savior to make the changes we seek or we are entranced by political rhetoric and whipped up into emotional fervor that has nothing to do with our actual suffering. This is happening all around the […]

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IFG Update: November 9th

Love is not just the intention to love, but the capacity to reduce suffering, and offer peace and happiness. The practice of love increases our forbearance, our capacity to be patient and embrace difficulties and pain. Forbearance does mean that we try to suppress pain. ― Thich Nhat Hanh In light of the recent tragic […]

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IFG Update: November 2nd

What is freedom? It is the moment-by-moment experience of not being run by one’s own reactive mechanisms. Kevin McLeod, Freedom & Choice This week because of the holiday only the SOC IFG met. In this session we focused on freedom. We started our discussion by listening to two songs: Nina Simone´s “I Wish I Knew […]

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IFG Update: October 26th

“One must have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.” -Friedrich Nietzsche The week´s Skidmore campus lockdown was a stark reminder of the ways in which we are detached from most our society’s most entrenched problems. And how these problems while ubiquitous can still seem very abstract unless we are directly confronted […]

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Demystifying Lavapies

There´s always more than meets the eye. Whether as visitor, guests or locals we will miss these things if we don’t make an effort to see and pay attention. IFG tours provide tools that allow us to do just that. Lavapies is now the trendiest neighborhood in Madrid. As one of the oldest, it has […]

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IFG Update: October 19th

I think that what I have been truly searching for as a person, as a writer, as a thinker, as a daughter, is freedom. That is my mission. A sense of liberty, the liberty that comes not only from self-awareness but also from letting go of many things. Many things that weigh us down. — […]

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IFG UPDATE: October 12th

Quotes of the week Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. — Hannah Arendt If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. — Franklin D. Roosevelt Meaning and relationships. […]

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IFG Update: October 5th

Quote of the week The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not questioned. ― Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes Now that you’ve started getting comfortable it might be a great opportunity to take a quick look back and at […]

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Afroconciencia!

This past Sunday IFG took it´s first foray into Madrid with a visit to the Matadero and Afroconciencia. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn some of the fascinating history of a lesser known neighborhood, the transformations that neighborhoods is experiencing and how they’re dealing with it as well as to see the ways in […]