August 2013

Embodiments of Love

Alright, you're here.  You're in a body, on this planet.  And sometimes, you just wonder, "why in the world am I here?"

Well, I have an answer for you.  Is it THE answer?  I don't know.  But I think it's a pretty good one.

You're here to be an embodiment of Love.

Pretty tall task, you say?  Yes, it sure is.  But can you really, truly think of a more powerful purpose?  Although a lot of other ideas come to mind, I can't think of anything more powerful and transformative, for myself and all others.

This brings up two questions for me - what is embodiment?  and the bigger question, What is Love?

I've been contemplating this Love thing a lot lately.  It's something I could spend the rest of my life exploring (and probably will).  But I've taken some time to write my recent reflections on this very big subject.  So I'm sharing with you this month my longish blog, "What Is Love?"  I'd love to hear your perspectives, too.

Now, about the embodiment thing.  You know, actually being here, in your body, on this earth (ie, not in the head all the time).  Well, I'm addressing that too, along with my friend Debra Wilson Guttas, an energy healer and chakra diagnostician.  We're sharing our musings on the 1st chakra, the energy center at the base of our spine that grounds us, embodies us, and connects us to the earth.  Join us on Tuesday, August 22nd at 1:30 pm Pacific time for the Awakening Self Radio Show - "Below the Belt is Spiritual, Too!"

This Sunday, August 18th, at Spiritual Family, we'll be "Standing in Our Truth" - embodying who we truly are.  Join me from 9:15-11am in Palo Alto... for more details, see below.

And something I'm particularly excited about - YOGA QUEST registration is officially open!  Join me in October for 4 weeks of yoga classes focused on 4 qualities that deeply enhance our relationships and allow us to express love in any situation - maitri, karuna, mudita, and upeksha.  One of the things I relish about yoga is that it is an embodied spiritual practice: you are taking in the spiritual concepts through your body into the mind, heart, and spirit.  After the practice, we'll explore these concepts in palpable and personal ways through group discussion, writing or art, and meditation.  Register here, or more details below!

This month, consider how you can be more embodied - connected to your physical self, and bringing your spirit onto this planet - and how you can BE that Love.  Here's a clue:  it's already the Truth of Who You Are.

Blessings,

Connie

Contents:

  • Announcements
  • Event Calendar
  • Blog: "What Is Love?" by Rev. Connie L. Habash
  • Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule
  • Spiritual Quotes

Announcements

Yoga Quest is now open for registration!

4 Monday mornings in October at Yoga is Youthfulness in Mountain View, CA

Yoga Quest: Journey to the Center of Your Self is a 4-7 week series of yoga and meditation classes focused on a spiritual theme, with an extra plus - group and individual exercises designed to deeply explore your insights!

Each Yoga Quest series focuses on a different aspect of yoga philosophy or spiritual principles.

Yoga Quest is for you if you:

  • Relish the deep inner peace and insights you receive in yoga class
  • Love Yoga philosophy and want to learn more
  • See Yoga as a lifestyle and want to live it "off the mat"
  • Receive powerful inspiration during class, but wish you had written it down
  • Are committed to deepening your personal and spiritual growth

For details, see my Yoga Quest page... or register now at the YiY website

 

Spiritual Family

Sunday, August 18th - Theme: Standing in Our Truth

Sunday, October 27th - Theme: Gifts of Our Ancestors

9:15-11am.
330 Melville, Palo Alto, CA
Join us for an all-ages celebration of the Divine through yoga (kids and adult classes!), meditation, singing, spiritual discussion and community.   Please RSVP if you plan to attend to Connie@AwakeningSelf.com. For details, see Spiritual Family.

NOTE: Spiritual Family will be going through some changes after October... stay tuned for updates!

 

Mind-Body Zone Teacher Training returns

Once again, I'm teaching Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit, Ethics, and Lifestyle in the Mind-Body Zone Yoga teacher training, beginning in September.  If you would like to join this extraordinary training with Lynn Cheng-Kaylor, Setareh Moafi, Lorien Neargarder, myself, and others, check out the MBZ website!

 

Sacred Journey Women's Spiritual Psychotherapy Group - 2nd group is every other Thursday, 6:30-8pm!

2 SPACES REMAINING

Do you long to uncover your authentic self?  To awaken your awareness and vital energy to serve your purpose and be fulfilled?  To live vibrantly in the present moment, with trust and confidence?  All in a community of loving, supportive women? Sacred Journey is for you!

THIS GROUP CLOSES TO NEW MEMBERS AT THE END OF AUGUST (next openings will be available in November).  Thinking of joining this group? Now is the time! If you feel called to this group, call or email me for further questions or to schedule your one-on-one initial session.  650-996-2649 or Connie@AwakeningSelf.com

 

"Like" my new fan page on Facebook!

Have a look at my new fan page, Awakening Self, where I post inspiration all week long!  If you like what you see, please click the "Like" button... and share with your friends! 

 

Don’t miss an issue!  Make sure that my email address, Connie@AwakeningSelf.com is on your “allowed entry list”.

 

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Event Calendar

Every month, you can click this link to view my Calendar to see what is coming up!

Yoga Love

What is Love?

For several weeks, I’ve been contemplating the nature of many things in the universe, including the nature of the Divine. I believe and feel that God is the source of love, and indeed is the energy of Love itself.

But in further exploring this idea, I realized that I needed to more deeply understand what I felt about the Divine. If God is Love, then what is Love? Because we all have different experiences and interpretations of love, it may cloud our true understanding of what that Infinite Consciousness or Intelligence is. We must come to a clear understanding of what Love is in order to understand God.

Continue Reading...

Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule

This Month's Show:

"Below the Belt is Spiritual, Too!" - guest Debra Wilson Guttas, Integrative Energy Practioner

Thursday, August 22nd - 1:30-2pm Pacific Time

Join Rev. Connie and her special guest Debra Wilson Guttas, an Integrative Energy Practitioner and Reiki Master, for a refreshing, empowering, and at times humorous look at our lower energy centers and their importance in our spiritual evolution.  This show focuses on the 1st chakra, the foundation of our lives.  To be an embodied being on the planet and develop our inner security, we must have a healthy “root” chakra.  Call in with your questions!

Debra Wilson Guttas helps women in business live more rich and connected lives through the use of Reiki / Healing Touch energy work, essential oils and gemstones. She is know for her signature Chakra Energy Diagnostics program. You can learn more about her at www.ConduitForSelfHealing.com

 

Last Month's Show:

Tuesday, July 16th, 9-9:30pm PDT - Evening Meditation and Inspiration

Theme:  Healing the Harmful Thoughts

Sometimes, the inner critic gets the best of us, deluging us with hurtful thoughts that bring us down.  But you don't have to give in!

The mind is meant to be the servant, not the master.  Your Divine Self is the one in charge, and it is always loving and compassionate.  Learn how to compassionately embrace negative self-talk without buying into it - and identify with your Self, not the thoughts.

 

Do you know someone who would be great on Awakening Self?  Send me an email and you may just hear them on an upcoming radio show!

Spiritual Quotes

"Your heart must become a sea of Love.  Your mind must become a river of detachment."  

~ Sri Chimnoy

"The spiritual meaning of love is measured by what it can do. Love is meant to heal.  Love is meant to renew.  Love is meant to bring us closer to God."  

~ Marcus Aurelius

 

"We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love."

~ Mother Teresa

Blessings,

Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Yoga & Meditation Teacher 
Interfaith Minister - Spiritual Mentorship


Menlo Park, CA
650-996-2649
http://www.AwakeningSelf.com