January 2014

Letting the Divine In

There are times when I want to connect to the Divine, to feel Spirit more fully with me, and I don't really know how.  I pray, I chant a mantra, I try to see the good in others, or I clean up my house (God would be pleased with that, yes?).  I try to be a very good citizen.  I meditate on my breath, do more yoga.  Whatever I can think of to further my spiritual growth.

And then I relax and remember: oh yeah, I just need to let It in.

Spirit is more abundant than the air we breathe, and I know that when I relax and inhale deeply, I receive plenty.  So it is with the Divine.

The idea is letting go so that you can let it in.  Stop trying so hard, forcing it, trying to "do" what you think will make it happen. It's not that you shouldn't do anything; instead, allow the doing to be done through you, by Spirit, rather than struggling and forcing.

Sit down for a moment, relax, and allow.  As you drive to work, let go and let it in.  As you're washing the dishes, soften your jaw, drop your shoulders, and breathe Spirit in. 

This month, you have an opportunity to join a group that explores this - allowing something Greater than us to flow through us.  I have one space open for the Monday afternoon Sacred Journey Women's Psychotherapy Group and 3 spaces available every other Thursday evening.  This is a special moment to take your personal and spiritual growth to a deeper level, in an intimate and supportive group.  Contact me to explore this possibility.

You'll find my blog, below, continuing on the theme of letting the Divine in - by embracing the Great Mystery of Spirit to start off the new year.  That is followed up by this month's Meditation and Inspiration with the same theme:  Ring in the Great Mystery!  Join me Tuesday evening, January 14th, from 9-9:30pm Pacific time.

And if you'd like to explore more of yoga philosophy in depth, come to the 8 Limbs of Yoga workshop this Saturday at Mind-Body Zone in Fremont.  We'll delve into Chapter 2 of the Yoga Sutras, and discover the causes of suffering, the way to freedom, and the 8 aspects of classical yoga practice.

The Divine is already here, right now - let It in.

Blessings,

Connie

Contents:

  • Announcements
  • Event Calendar
  • Blog: Ring in the Great Mystery by Rev. Connie L. Habash
  • Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule
  • Spiritual Quotes

Announcements

Sacred Journey Women's Spiritual Psychotherapy Group  - Now admitting new members

MONDAYS - 3:15-4:45PM   1 SPACE

THURSDAYS - 6:30-8PM    3 SPACES

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?  To connect more deeply to the Divine?  All in a community of loving, supportive women? Sacred Journey is for you!

This is a place to bring it all, knowing you’re accepted and embraced in your unique spiritual and personal path.  This is a Sacred Journey.  See my website for more details.

Located at my office in Menlo Park.

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

 

Counseling via Skype

Yes, I can do Individual and Couples Counseling and Psychotherapy with you via Skype from anywhere in California.  (and of course, I have my office in Menlo Park for those of you local to the area)

Also, I can do Spiritual Mentoring with you via Skype from anywhere in the world!

Interested?  Email me and begin the exploration.

 

The 8 Limbs of Yoga, and the Yoga Sutras

Part of the Yoga Teacher Training at MIND-BODY ZONE, Fremont, CA

Saturday, January 11, 2014  3-6pm

Delve into the most practical applications of yoga philosophy in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras. Emphasis will be on the 8 “limbs of yoga”, embracing all aspects of your life. Be prepared to put it into practice on the mat, and the meditation cushion! $35

To register, visit the Mind-Body Zone website!

Other upcoming workshops in the Yoga Philosophy and Lifestyle series at Mind-Zone with Rev. Connie L. Habash:

The Yamas: The Five Ethical Principles of Yoga - Saturday, February 8,  3-6pm

The Niyamas: The Five "Observances" or Spritual Disciplines of Yoga - Saturday, April 12,  3-6pm

Yoga Ethics and Practical Applications of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika - Saturday, May 17,  3-6pm

 

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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! 

 

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Event Calendar

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

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Ring in the Great Mystery

I know you’ve made goals and resolutions. You’re thinking about a fresh start, because it’s the new year. Most of us have a long list in mind of what we want to have, create, and achieve after January 1st.

But sometimes, it helps to let go of all that planning, resolving, manifesting, and goal setting. The truth is that All That Is arises from the Ineffable – the Great Mystery.

Read online.

Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule

(online on BlogTalk Radio)

All shows can be listened to from the links below, during or after the broadcast... or from your phone at (347) 843-4408.  Listen to any previous Awakening Self Radio shows on my Radio Show Page!

This Month's Show:

Meditation and Inspiration: "Ring in the Great Mystery"

Tuesday, January 14th, 9-9:30pm Pacific / 12 midnight Eastern / 5am GMT / 4pm Wed. Jan 15th Sydney

You may have made some new year's resolutions, or set some goals for the year.  But have you tapped into the Source yet?

The Divine is the Great Mystery - the Emptiness, or Void out of which all that exists manifests.  It is the Tao, the nothing that holds the everything.

I will offer a bit of inspiration to tap you into that spacious nothingness, and then you'll be led through a semi-guided meditation to open to receive it.  It's a powerful way to begin the new year!

Last Month's Show:

The Spiritual Gifts of Bees with guest Anaiis Salles

Join Rev. Connie with her special guest Anaiis Salles, beekeeper activist and energy healer, to explore the inspiring and fascinating lives of bees. Learn about "Tasting Beauty, Discovering Wisdom" and how caring for and listening to the bees teaches us to become better human “Bee-ings”. Get involved – find out about the threats to the European honeybee and how you can help save this vital foundation of our human food system.  We’ll take your calls live, too!

Anaiis Salles, energy healer, transformation facilitator, ordained minister, inventor and initially very reluctant beekeeper shares how an unexpected and evolving relationship with honey bees opened into a channel of insights of loving self-care and profoundly grounding creative experiences that you, too, can access. For Anaiis, being a hive steward at Green Sanctuary Community Apiary is every bit as rewarding and inspiring as working through clients' most difficult life challenges. Honey bees, those marvelous intelligent creatures that are the invisible foundation of our human food system, are on the verge of extinction. Anaiis is determined to save the European honey bee through education, advocacy and conservation.  You can learn more at http://pricelesshoneybees.weebly.com/interview-with-connie-habash.html or at Anaiis’ beekeeping website: http://www.slowbeekeeping.org 

 

Or, see my Radio Show page for more shows!

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

"Within each of us there is a silence as vast as the universe.
We long for it.
We can return to it."

~ Jack Kornfield

 

"We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather around us, that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer perhaps even fiercer life because of our quiet."  

~ William Butler Yeats

 

"We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want."

~ Lao Tzu

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