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I introduce myself, I am Misty Nahuel. I founded Infinito as a way to connect my passion for creation with the path of healing after the loss of my eldest son. This project, which started as a hobby and turned into a community initiative, is now a space where I merge my training in art, graphic design, and computing with my practice of Mindfulness or full attention. I believe in the transformative power of mindfulness, self-compassion, and gratitude. These elements are the core of my method "Mindfulness-based Meditative Creation," which I hope to convey through this space. At Infinito, I seek to inspire those who are going through difficult times, by offering a refuge for reflection, personal growth, and creative expression.

My work at Infinito and as an active member of Spes reflects my commitment to emotional support and suicide prevention. I believe that each of us has the power to transform our most challenging experiences into opportunities for personal growth and mutual support.

The choice of the 9th day to found Infinito was not a coincidence but a deeply symbolic and personal act. Since the passing of my son Enzo on September 9th, 2020, every 9th day of the month has become a sacred ritual of remembrance and connection. In front of his grave, I tried to create a "little world" through plants and flowers, like those fantasy worlds we created when he was little, seeking to keep his spirit and our connection alive. However, I felt that this gesture, although significant, was not enough. There was an imperative need to do more, to transform my pain into a vehicle for change, compassion, and mutual support.

Thus, on May 9th, 2023, Infinito Mindfulness was born. This date not only marks a new chapter in my personal journey of healing but also represents a commitment to the world, an effort to create a space where others can find consolation, inspiration, and support in their own moments of difficulty. Now, every 9th day is not only a day of remembrance but also a day of action and renewal of my promise to help alleviate the suffering of others, inspired by the love for all my children and the memory of Enzo.

Through Infinito, I seek to extend this practice of commemoration and transformation to a broader community, inviting each person to find their own path towards healing and the creation of worlds full of hope, even in the smallest spaces and the darkest moments.

Reflecting on my personal journey and some of the sources of inspiration that have marked my course.

This text is very personal and represents a way of organizing my ideas and the influences that I have found on my path towards a greater understanding of reality. I hope these words can resonate with someone else and, who knows, serve as inspiration in their own search.

I was born in 1967 in a country with a deep Catholic tradition, but at the age of 10, my world expanded significantly when I began reading Zen Buddhism books from my father's library, which introduced me to the concept of meditation and the importance of the present moment. and introspection. This early fascination with spirituality, far from the dogmas of the Catholic Church, was complemented during my childhood with my interest in astronomy and cosmology, the mysteries of the universe and my passion for the plastic arts and music and reading.

Encountering the works of Herman Hesse, at age twelve, especially "Siddhartha", marked the beginning of a deeper spiritual search, opening me to alternative philosophies and an introspective view of life. The influence of Daisaku Ikeda and his teachings based on Nichiren Buddhism have been a valuable guide in the search for developing inner peace and moral strength.

At the age of thirteen I began my studies in Fine Arts, with the aspiration of becoming a plastic arts teacher. However, these studies were abruptly interrupted by exile during the military dictatorship in Argentina, a period that marked my family and me deeply.

The novel 'More Than Human' by Theodore Sturgeon, with its exploration of higher beings and human interconnection, along with 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley, which portrays a dystopian and controlled society, had a profound impact on me during my adolescence. , challenging my perception of the world and shaping my critical thinking and imagination.

In my youth in Spain and Sweden the work of Carlos Castaneda, with his accounts of shamanic learning, and my exploration of Tibetan Buddhism and transpersonal psychology, led me to question the conventional limits of mind and spirit. This path opened the doors to a deeper understanding of reality and consciousness. The influence of Carl Gustav Jung led me to explore the world of depth psychology and the symbolism of the collective unconscious, deepening my understanding of archetypes and the importance of dreams.

Maslow and Grof are key figures in transpersonal psychology, an approach that goes beyond conventional psychology to explore higher states of consciousness and human potential. Abraham Maslow developed the famous hierarchy of needs, but he also explored states of "self-actualization" and "peak experiences" that are integral to transpersonal psychology. On the other hand, Stanislav Grof is known for his work in psychedelic experiences and "holotropic breathing", which seek to access deep dimensions of the human psyche. Both contributed significantly to my understanding of spirituality and the expansion of consciousness in psychology. Ken Wilber has also been relevant because he offers a theoretical framework that challenges conventional boundaries between academic disciplines, promoting a deeper and unified understanding of human experience and the world. I appreciate your work because I have always been interested in the intersection of spirituality and science.

Some of my favorite books that have survived countless moves.

Fritjof Capra's The Tao of Physics is an influential work that explores the connections between quantum physics and Eastern philosophies, such as Taoism and Buddhism and Hinduism. Capra shows how concepts from quantum physics, such as interconnectedness and non-separation, resemble ideas from the Chinese Tao. This convergence between science and Eastern spirituality suggests that reality is more complex than we perceive and highlights the importance of interdisciplinarity in the pursuit of knowledge. "The Tao of Physics" has influenced my understanding of the relationship between science and spirituality.

At the end of the 80s and living in Sweden, I studied cooperatives and popular education and I am still convinced of the power of knowledge and collaboration to transform society. At the same time, my involvement in theater, puppetry, and radio allowed me to explore communication and artistic expression, as powerful tools for social change and self-expression.

Painting and goldsmithing allowed me to express my creativity and survive the economic crisis in Argentina, a country to which I returned in the 90s after living in Spain and Sweden. During this period in Argentina, my eldest son and my middle daughter were born. I started studying psychology but then decided to focus on computer science.

Back in Sweden in 2000, I started working at the Swedish Space Agency, where I currently work in the communications area. This experience has offered me a unique perspective on exploring the cosmos, which is intrinsically related to my childhood interest in astronomy and cosmology.

In 2004, the book "The Power of Now" by Eckart Tolle was key to surviving a serious family crisis.

In 2007 my youngest son was born. Who I currently live with. A talented teenager who offers me an opportunity and a constant challenge to put my learnings into practice.

My work at the Space Agency, an inexhaustible source of inspiration

Get Mindful with my first Mindfulness instructor (2013)

At the Oslo Botanical Garden (2015)

In 2013 I came into contact with Tich Nhat Hanh's teachings on mindfulness. I did not manage to establish a solid practice back then, especially when facing psychological challenges and anxiety crises. But the seed of mindfulness began, without me knowing it, to germinate in me, preparing me to face future challenges.

In 2020, during the pandemic, my eldest son, a sensitive young man full of ideals, who carried with him the pain of his father's suicide and deep wounds caused by separations and uprootings, took his life. This abyss of pain prompted me to seek practices to face this immense suffering.

My beloved eldest son. Enzo Costa Nahuel. Buenos Aires 1991 -Stockholm 2020

The Venerable Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen, a meditation teacher from the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, resident teacher of the Pedreguer Buddhist Monastery in Alicante, and the Paramita Institute was of great help. The concept of bodhicitta became a pillar of my spiritual practice, encouraging compassion and service to others, and inspiring me to follow the path of the bodhisattvas.

Advaita Vedanta, one of India's oldest and most profound philosophical schools, became an essential part of my spiritual quest. This tradition, whose name translates as 'nonduality' in Sanskrit, holds that the ultimate reality, Brahman, is pure consciousness, infinite and eternal. According to Advaita, the phenomenal reality that we perceive is an illusion (Maya), and the true nature of the human being is Atman, which is identical with Brahman. This realization has led me to deep reflection on the nature of my existence and the fundamental unity of all that exists.

Swami Sarvapriyananda, a monk and Advaita Vedanta scholar, has also become an important guide on my journey. His teachings, deeply rooted in classical texts such as the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, address central themes of Advaita such as the nature of consciousness, the reality of Brahman, and the path to liberation (Moksha). What resonated most with me about Swami Sarvapriyananda was his ability to explain complex concepts in a clear and accessible way, using contemporary examples to illustrate the ancient teachings of Advaita.

His talks and discourses have helped me understand that the individual self (Jiva) and the material world are manifestations of divine consciousness. This perspective has offered me a more unified vision of reality, where the separation between self and other, between the sacred and the mundane, dissolves. Instead of perceiving the world as a series of fragmented and disconnected experiences, I have begun to see it as an expression of the one, omnipresent consciousness. Vedanta self-inquiry is a deep practice of introspection and self-reflection that seeks to understand the true nature of the self. Through questions like "Who am I?" and the search for identity beyond the mind and body, Vedanta guides us towards the realization of our ultimate identity as universal consciousness. This practice invites us to question the illusions and limitations of egoic identity, leading to a deeper understanding of reality and unity with the universe.

Respect for the diversity of religious teachings that Advaita Vedanta promotes has led me to an interfaith approach in my spiritual practice. I have integrated aspects of different religions into my personal path, using practices, rituals and teachings from multiple sources to enrich my understanding and experience of reality.

Rupert Spira's non-dual meditations have given me a deep and transformative dimension. After years exploring diverse traditions, from Zen and Tibetan Buddhism to Advaita Vedanta, I found in Spira's teachings a meditative practice that deepens the understanding of consciousness as the essence of all experience.

Rupert Spira, a teacher in the tradition of nonduality, centers his teaching on the idea that our true nature is pure, unchanging, eternal consciousness. His meditations guided me to directly explore this truth, inviting me to an introspection where the boundaries between the observer and the observed, between the self and the world, dissolve.

In these practices, Spira encourages us to direct our attention toward consciousness itself, to recognize it as the constant background in which all thoughts, sensations, and perceptions arise. These meditations are exercises in listening, feeling and observing that reveal the non-duality of our experience, showing that consciousness is not separate from what it perceives.

My exploration of Christian mysticism, especially through the teachings of Pablo d'Ors on the desert fathers, has been a source of deep inspiration and contemplation bringing me closer to my Christian roots. D'Ors highlights the importance of the contemplative tradition in Christianity, focused on the search for silence, solitude and deep prayer. The Desert Fathers, a group of 3rd and 4th century ascetics who lived in the Egyptian desert, dedicated themselves to a life of rigorous introspection and search for God. Her focus on meditation, self-knowledge, and direct connection to the divine has resonated deeply with me, complementing my mindfulness and meditation practices.

Additionally, I have been deeply influenced by Tara Brach's teaching of "Radical Compassion." Brach, a psychologist and meditation teacher, emphasizes the importance of compassion and loving kindness toward both oneself and others. Her approach combines mindfulness techniques with deep psychological understanding, promoting healing and personal growth. "Radical Compassion" has taught me to embrace my experiences, even the most painful ones, with an open and understanding heart, a practice that has been invaluable in my own grieving process and in my desire to help others.

My interest in the nature of reality and consciousness has led me to explore various sources of wisdom and knowledge. One of the most fascinating aspects was my discovery of consciousness studies carried out at the Center for Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. The work done at this center opened my eyes to the complexity and mystery surrounding our perception of reality and how we interact with the world around us. Bruce Greyson's work in the study of consciousness, especially in relation to near-death experiences, has contributed significantly to my understanding of perception and reality, challenging conventional notions and exploring intriguing phenomena.

Books by Bernard Kastrup, Donald Hoffman, and Tom Campbell

Bernardo Kastrup's ideas represent for me a paradigmatic change in the understanding of reality and consciousness. As a philosopher and scientist, Kastrup has been prominent in defending analytical idealism, a philosophical perspective that views reality as fundamentally mental. According to Kastrup, the universe and all human experience are not products of material interactions, but emerge from consciousness itself. This approach is revolutionary, since it directly challenges the predominant materialist vision in contemporary science and philosophy.

In his theory, Kastrup argues that consciousness is not a byproduct or emergence of brain processes, as has traditionally been considered in neuroscience and psychology. Instead, it proposes that consciousness is the primordial foundation of everything that exists. In this context, the brain and the physical world are manifestations or "appearances" within consciousness, not independent entities that generate consciousness.

The implications of this theory are profound. Kastrup suggests that if consciousness is the basis of everything, then our perceptions of the world are a kind of interface that interprets and makes sense of experiences within a broader field of consciousness. This vision offers a new way of understanding the relationship between the subject and the object, the observer and the observed, where both are aspects of the same underlying reality.

Furthermore, Kastrup's analytical idealism opens new avenues for exploring topics such as the nature of perception, the relationship between mind and body, and the possibilities of existence beyond physical death. Placing consciousness as primary raises questions about the continuity of consciousness independent of physical existence, which has implications for both spirituality and scientific understanding.

Kastrup's work also dialogues with philosophies and spiritual traditions that have historically seen consciousness or spirit as the essence of being. In doing so, he not only challenges scientific orthodoxy, but also offers a bridge between science and spirituality, suggesting that the two can coexist and complement each other in a more holistic and deeper understanding of reality.

Bernardo Kastrup's theories have invited me to rethink my understanding of reality, proposing a vision where consciousness is not an epiphenomenon, but the essential and fundamental basis of the universe. This perspective not only changed the way I see the world and my existence in it, but also offered me fertile ground for future philosophical and scientific explorations.

Donald Hoffman's work, "The Case Against Reality", became essential reading at this stage of my search. Hoffman challenges the conventional idea that our perceptions offer us a truthful view of the world. Instead, he argues that what we perceive is deeply influenced by a set of "interfaces" that do not show reality as it is, but rather an edited and processed version that is useful for our survival and reproduction. This theory resonated with me deeply, as it aligns with the notion of Maya in Advaita Vedanta and with the Buddhist idea of ​​reality as an illusion.

Tom Campbell, a physicist and explorer of consciousness, proposes a theory that attempts to unify physics, metaphysics and philosophy, offering a comprehensive framework for understanding reality.

Campbell's Big TOE (Big Theory of Everything) is based on the idea that reality is fundamentally digital and that the universe is a great learning simulation, a kind of "video game" for the growth and development of consciousness. This concept resonated with me, especially in relation to Donald Hoffman and Kastrup's ideas about perception and consciousness.

In this virtual reality, which would resemble a real, finite, large, complex and self-modifying information system, reducing entropy (the disorder in our lives) is key to the evolution of the system. Communication between consciousnesses is based on data and information, and cooperation and mutual care represent the best configuration of the social system, symbolizing evolution and love. Moving in this direction and reducing entroy requires making conscious decisions that promote collaboration and well-being for everyone.

The journey through these various traditions has been a process of integration and revelation. Each teacher and philosophy has enriched my experience, guiding me on a personal path toward deeper understanding, peace and harmony in my life. Although the loss of my son has been deeply painful, it has motivated me even more to seek answers and comfort in these practices and teachings, transforming my suffering into a path of growth and service to others. I have turned the initial guilt into responsibility and commitment to my personal development to be able to provide support to others, recognizing that one cannot give what one does not have.

My journey of explorations and discoveries has now taken me towards a new and exciting path: becoming a mindfulness instructor to integrate it into my meditative creation practice. Inspired by the teachings and programs of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in introducing mindfulness into Western medicine, I am deepening my practice and knowledge to share these valuable tools with others. Kabat-Zinn's methodology, especially her Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program, represents for me an effective way to integrate mindfulness into everyday life, helping people manage stress, anxiety and anxiety. emotional challenges and has been essential to my healing during my grieving process.

At the beginning of 2023, my daughter becomes independent. Their courage, integrity and strength give me the opportunity to apply what I have learned about the importance of emotional maturity in parents, which makes it easier to release the energy of adult children, allowing them to fully assume their own life projects. At the beginning of 2023, my daughter becomes independent. Their courage, integrity and strength allow me to apply what I have learned about emotional maturity in parents, facilitating the release of the energy of adult children so that they can undertake their own life projects. This experience motivates me to reflect and work on my own limits in the context of family dynamics.

At that moment, my workshop was born, a dream cherished since childhood. It represents a way of returning to my original vocation, seeking to find meaning in life and contribute to the community based on who I am.

My work in meditative creation is a form of self-expression in the here and now inspired by the teachings of the venerable Zen master Thích Nhất Hạnh and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Meditative creating, as I practice and teach it, is a powerful fusion of creativity and mindfulness. This practice is based on the idea that the creative process can be an effective way to access the present moment and cultivate greater awareness of oneself and one's environment.

In the meditative creation workshops that I will offer when I complete my training as a mindfulness instructor, I will guide participants through a series of creative exercises and activities ranging from painting and drawing to writing and artistic expression in various forms. These activities are designed to encourage mindfulness, meaning that participants fully immerse themselves in the creative task in that moment, without judgment or worry about the end result. Instead of focusing on perfection or the final product, it's about enjoying the process and being present in every brush stroke, every written word, or every way expressed.

Mindfulness in meditative creation involves being aware of the thoughts, emotions, and sensations that arise while creating, without judgment. Participants learn to observe their thoughts without becoming attached to them and to connect with their emotions in a compassionate way. This practice can be deeply healing, as it allows you to explore and process feelings and experiences in a non-verbal and non-analytical way.

Additionally, meditative creation promotes gratitude and appreciation for beauty in all its forms. Participants learn to see the world with fresh eyes and find beauty in life's simplest details. This perspective can lead to greater satisfaction and contentment in daily life.

In short, meditative creating is a practice that uses creativity as a gateway to mindfulness and self-exploration. It is a way to nourish the mind, heart and spirit through creation and mindfulness, allowing people to connect more deeply with themselves and the world around them. Additionally, mindfulness also plays a crucial role in cultivating and unlocking creativity. By being fully present and aware, we can access new perspectives and inner resources, thus opening pathways to richer, more authentic creative expression.

My greatest aspiration and motivation is to share my personal experience, knowledge and practices that have been fundamental in my own path of healing and discovery. My goal is to walk alongside others, creating a space to find connection, peace and inspiration.

If you would like to know more or share experiences, I would be happy to connect with you.


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