February 2014

Make A Little Difference

While some of us are thinking of romance and love in the month of February, I'd like to direct your attention to a different kind of love. 

A love that is so deep and fierce that it powers the greatest difference-makers in history.  It's the love of the greater good.

Whether your love is for the well-being of the planet, the homeless (human or animal), or the souls of humanity, each one of us has a sense of a greater good calling us.  Something bigger than our individual selves that impells us to make a positive difference in the world.

Let that deep and profound love fire you up this month.  Now is the time to think of what truly matters for all beings, and how you can serve that.  There's never been a more important time in history to heal, inspire, restore, and transform the planet.

Sounds a bit intimidating, eh?

But I want you to know that you are indeed an important part of creating the change we long to see. You - yes, you - can do something about it.

Now, take a deep breath.  It's not all on your shoulders.  But if each of us shoulders just a little bit - if each of us makes just a little difference - that adds up to a lot.  So read this month's blog, Think Small, and then share just one little thing you are willing to do today.  And again tomorrow.  And the day after that.  How about 7 days of this practice, and see how it touches you and your world?

One of the ways I try to make a difference is by teaching... and I have great news.  I have finally overcome my resistance to learning the technology (ha!) and have uploaded my entire Chakra Yoga Series on my website for you to download!  Each class was recorded live at Yoga is Youthfulness - 90 minutes focused on each of the 7 chakras.  Until the end of February, downloads are $5.99 (regularly $7.99) - pick any of all of the series, Level 1 or Level 2 for a limited time at this price!

If you are a woman and long to be filled, nurtured, and whole in your inner Self, I still have spaces in both Sacred Journey Women's Psychotherapy Groups.  Contact me to explore this possibility.

And if you love yoga philosophy and want to dive deep, I'm teaching another workshop at Mind-Body Zone in Fremont this Saturday - The 5 Yamas: the Ethical Principles of Yoga... including a yoga practice and lecture.  Join me for an exploration on and off the yoga mat!

You and I can make a little difference - join me by starting now.

Blessings,

Connie

Contents:

  • Announcements
  • Event Calendar
  • Blog: Think Small by Rev. Connie L. Habash
  • Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule
  • Spiritual Quotes

Announcements

New Yoga Downloads - the Chakra Series (at a special price)!

Now, you can have my yoga classes at home - in just a few minutes.  I've put my entire Chakra series on my website for you to download!

Choose from Level 1 or Level 2, 90-minute audio classes that you can listen to on your iPOD or any MP3 player... focus on one chakra, or take a class that focuses on two or three. 

Every class includes asana, pranayama, mantra, visualization, mudra, and a journey through the powerful and unique energies that chakra represents and fuels in our lives.  Each class is a transformative experience.

Introductory Price: For the entire month of February, Chakra Yoga classes are $5.99 each (regularly $7.99).  Offer ends Feb. 28th!

 

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

MONDAYS - 3:15-4:45PM   

THURSDAYS - 6:30-8PM   

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 Yamas: the 5 Ethical Principles of Yoga

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

Saturday, February 8, 2014  3-6pm

The Yamas are the five ethical principles of yoga, universal precepts honored in all major spiritual traditions and clarified very elegantly in the Yoga Sutras. We’ll deeply explore these principles through asana, pranayama, meditation, group exercises, and contemplation. Please bring a notebook and pen in addition to your yoga mat and 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 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

 

Yoga Teacher Training in Walnut Creek, CA starts next Month

My first yoga teacher, back in 1991, Diane Valentine, is the director of this excellent yoga teacher training and advanced studies at The Yoga and Movement Center in Walnut Creek, CA.  Each time it's offered, I teach my inspiring Sanskrit for Yoga Teachers workshop! 

If you feel you're ready to step more deeply into your yoga practice and possibly to become a teacher, find out more on the YMC website - starts March 2014!

 

"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!

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Think Small

I’m tired of everyone telling me to think bigger. “You need to play on a bigger field! You’re capable of so much more!”  Does that message ever exasperate you?

It sets us up for feeling we’re not enough as we are. And that whatever we do, it doesn’t measure up, or isn’t significant enough. We’ll never feel at peace within, because we’re always comparing ourselves to what we think we should be and do – bigger, better, and more of.

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!

No Scheduled Shows for February (I'm takin' a break!)

Last Month's Show:

Meditation and Inspiration: "Ring in the Great Mystery"

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!

 

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

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."

~ Viktor Frankl

 

"Keep your face to the Sunshine and you will not see the Shadows."  

~ Helen Keller

 

"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

~ Ursula K LeGuin

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