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October 2014

Dealing with Those Ghosts

My friend, Atindra Gibbs, shared this passage with me recently, and I thought it was perfect inspiration for October - the month of Halloween here in the US.  This is an excellent time of year to be facing the thoughts that cause us fear.  Here, Ecknath Easwaran wakes us up to the inner ghosts that haunt us - unnecessarily!

Cemetery Ghosts

Whenever we worry about something in the past or future, we are setting up our own little haunted house and peopling it with our own special ghosts.

Many years ago I stayed at the home of a hospitable Woman who happened to
believe in ghosts. Her home had a beautiful view which took in a cemetery nearby, and though she was very fond of me, nothing I could say could convince her that ghosts from that cemetery did not pay her visits. So one day I announced casually that I was going for a walk in the cemetery.

When I returned she was wringing her hands. "Did you see any ghosts?" she asked anxiously.

"Oh, yes," I said. "Three. I told them you were too nice a woman to be living in fear all the time and they should go away and leave you alone.”

"And what did they say?" she asked.

"They said, 'We can't. As long as she believes in us, we have to stay."

She stared at me for a second, then laughed out loud. 

Those ghosts never bothered her again.

By Ecknath Easwaran, from “Words to Live By.”  Page 33 

You can deal with our own ghosts by seeing them for what they are - creations  of your  mind.  Then, focus on what is Real - on a mundane level, you can just look around you at the chair you sit on, or out the window at the sunshine or the rain.  And as you look within, beyond the thoughts, you'll find the indwelling presence of the Infinite, witnessing it all.

My own ghost that I deal with is the one that says "you have to do more to be OK."    It still returns to haunt me regularly, so I  remind myself,  "this isn't real."  And then I take things off my plate that I really don't need to do. One of those things will be The Spiritual Cafe', on Friday, October 24th at 10:30am Pacific.  Please note the new conference call number:  (605) 475-3220(605) 475-3220. It has been delightful, but this month will be my last, while I prepare for new offerings coming in the New Year - including a new spiritual community! Look for an announcement next month.

There is space for you to drop-in on Yoga Quest - the 5 "Sheaths of the Self "- on Monday mornings in October and November 3rd at Yoga is Youthfulness.   Come receive some inspiration for your practice and your life.

I continue my series of articles on the 4 "Brahmaviharas", or attitudes to maintian our inner peace that we recently explored in Yoga Quest I.  You'll find an article on the third, Mudita, below - which will give you some more keys to banishing the thoughts that  torment you.

During this spooky time of year, remember that you can deal with those ghosts – they are not who you are. Be in your inner witness, recognize them, and wish them well on their journey. Let those thoughts move on, just as you’d let a dear departed one return to the realm of Spirit. What remains is - pure and simple - the spaciousness of your awareness, filled with infinite possibility.

Blessings,

Connie

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Contents:

  • Announcements
  • The Spiritual Cafe'
  • Event Calendar
  • Article - "Mudita - Embracing Joyfulness" by Rev. Connie L. Habash
  • Awakening Self Radio Show Archives
  • Spiritual Quotes
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Announcements

Drop-in Available for Yoga Quest 

A transformative way to deeply explore Yoga philosophy in your life…

Yoga Quest: The Inner Journey of Awakening  A 45 minute yoga practice focused on a spiritual principle,  followed by journaling or art, discussion, and meditation.

 

YOGA QUEST II - Panchamayakosha: the 5 Sheaths of the Self

5 Mondays : October 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, November 3rd 2014

Location:  Yoga is Youthfulness – 590 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041

Time: 9:30-11:15am

Cost: $90 for the series; drop-in for $25/class on a space-available basis

REGISTRATION OPEN AT THE YiY WEBSITE

For full details about Yoga Quest, visit my website!

 

Counseling via Skype

Yes, I can do Counseling and Psychotherapy with you via Skype (or another online video conferencing tool) 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?  Contact me and begin the exploration.

 

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Mudita - Embracing Joyfulness

by Rev. Connie L. Habash

This article is the third of a four-part series on Chapter 1, Verse 33 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

We all love to feel joyful – it is one of the sweet experiences of life. Moments of joy and delight are usually our strongest, fondest memories. The birth of your first child. A wedding day. Your high school graduation.   Recovering from cancer.   Finishing your first marathon.  Or, as my daughter has recently discovered, something as simple as seeing the first sprouts appear in the vegetable garden.

People can awaken joy within us, too. It’s easy to feel joyful when we feel adorable, loved, recognized as special. We’re delighted when someone acknowledges what we’ve done well, or when we’ve been “good”. It fills the ego with pleasure and pride.

Outside of ourselves, we also delight in those who inspire us. Heroes, saints, and even a grandmother who never forgets to share some of her meal with her disabled next door neighbor. Virtuous people open our hearts and uplift us.

But, not always. Sometimes, we react to others’ selfless actions. For a variety of reasons, we may find it difficult to appreciate the good deeds others do. And that’s what this third attitude is about – how to maintain inner serenity when faced with a virtuous person.

Continue Reading

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The Spiritual Cafe' - last one!

Friday, October 24th, 10:30-11:30am Pacific

1:30pm Eastern / 5:30pm GMT / 3:30am Sydney

This will be the final Spiritual Cafe - for now.  Please note the new phone number below.

A monthly conference call to awaken your Divine Self.

  • Open your heart
  • Be inspired
  • Feel connected to something Greater
  • Cultivate inner peace

The Spiritual Café is a safe, loving, nurturing space to grow in your spiritual life.  Share your blessings, challenges, and insights.  Ask questions.  Receive and give support in a like-minded spiritual community.  I’ll provide inspiration, spiritual guidance, and meditation.

Offered by your heart-felt donation.

 

New call-in number for FreeConferenceCall:

(605) 475-3220(605) 475-3220

Access code: 697747#

 

Join me for an hour of inspiration and transformation!

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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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Awakening Self Radio Show Archives

See my Radio Show page for over 40 archived shows dedicated to your spiritual awakening!

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Spiritual Quotes

"We are constantly invited to be what we are."

~ Henry David Thoreau

 

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."  ~ Havelock Ellis

 

"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today." ~ Cherokee Indian Proverb

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Blessings,

Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Interfaith Minister - Spiritual Mentorship


Menlo Park, CA
650-996-2649650-996-2649
http://www.AwakeningSelf.com