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September 2015

The Temporary and the Timeless

It’s already the beginning of September – can you believe it?  We are living in an age of accelerated time.  No longer do hot summer afternoons seem to last forever.  Or if they do, 5 days follow that go by in a blip. 

Remember when you were a kid and summers were long, days were timeless and, having nothing to do, while it may have been boring, was often deeply pleasurable (or at least longingly looks so now!)?  With far less on our plates, time seemed to drip slowly, filling us gently with simple but rich experiences.

Whether you attribute it to the fast pace of our culture, rapidly changing technology, overbooked schedules, or some higher vibration of consciousness, we are not experiencing time in the same way we did even 40 years ago.  Everything is on fast forward and can feel overwhelming.  I know it’s not just me when my daughter comments on how fast the school year went.  I never thought that as a child!

So I have found myself feeling overwhelm and the rush of  minutes blowing past me.  I just couldn’t manage to put together an August newsletter.  And frankly, I wanted to squeeze every last minute of summer with my daughter before school started, so I put unnecessary tasks on hold.

You may find yourself, like me, now returning to the tasks that lie ahead, and re-creating a rhythm for the school year.  Even if you don’t have children in school, most of us in the US still operate on a school-year mentality.  Summer is for play, but fall sends you back to the serious stuff!

But if you step back a bit, back from the perceived rush of time ticking and the many voices calling from your appointment book (or rather, your app on your iPhone), you can stop here in the present moment.  It is the rush of thoughts that moves us rapidly into the future.  The best way to slow down time is to step out of time altogether.  When we’re truly in the present, we’re in timelessness.

And the interesting paradox is that, in that timelessness, when our mind quiets, we realize that all the things we worry about, stress over, rebel against, and struggle with are temporary. They are conditions that come and go, like the breath and the waves on the ocean. The only thing that is constant through all of that is the Self within that watches all the changes. 

Which brings me to this month’s Awakening Heart Spiritual Community, where we are focusing on “Studying the Self” – with the capital S.  Getting to know our true nature, and learning what different spiritual traditions have to say about it. Meditative practices will help us connect to and Be that true Self.  Join us on Sunday, September 13th!

Also on Friday, September 18th, Denzal Santana – shaman, healer, and spoken word musician – returns to the Awakening Self Radio Show for an inspiring half-hour from 1-1:30pm Pacific time (4pm Eastern, 9pm GMT). We will delve into The Power of Thought and Word.  It’s free on the internet at BlogTalkRadio. Look for an announcement and link coming later this month.

Through all that is temporary, anchor yourself to the timeless Self – the unchanging essence of who you are.

Blessings,

Connie

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Contents:

• Announcements

• Event Calendar

• Awakening Self Radio Show

• Spiritual Quotes

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Announcements

The Radio Show Returns!

See my Radio Show section below for details in this month's radio show with Denzal Santana!

Awakening Heart Spiritual Community

2nd Sunday of every month (3rd Sunday for October)

A new Spiritual Community, based in yoga philosophy and universal principles, for seekers of all ages

Including an inspirational talk and readings on the month’s theme, community discussion and sharing, and 15-20 minute guided meditation. 

Get involved! Join the Awakening Heart Facebook Page for announcements, upcoming events, and community.

When: 2nd Sunday of every month

Time: 10-11:30am

Place: Subud House, Palo Alto – 330 Melville Ave., Palo Alto, CA

Dates & Topics :

• September 13th – Studying Your Self

• October 18th – Life, Living, and After Life  ***NOTE - 3RD SUNDAY!***

• November 8th - Light and Shadow

• December 13th - Sacred Sound, Sacred Silence

Offered by heartfelt donation

Children over 6 years who are able to participate in discussion, sit quietly with their parent, or draw and read back in our children’s corner are welcome to attend. Email me with any questions: Connie@AwakeningSelf.com

Monthly Column in Sibyl Magazine

Sibyl Magazine: for the Soul and Spirit of Woman is an online publication servicing over 24,000 women around the world.  I've been selected to write a monthly column, "Awakening Through the Seasons", for the 2015 publication year.  Check out Sibyl Magazine!

 

Counseling via Skype

Yes, I can do Counseling and Psychotherapy with you via Skype (or another online video conferencing tool) from anywhere in California.  (appointments in my office in Menlo Park are currently waitlisted)

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

Interested?  Contact me and begin the exploration.

 

"Like" my fan page on Facebook!

Have a look at my 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” for your spam filter.

 

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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 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 (845) 241-9969. 

Listen to any previous Awakening Self Radio shows on my Radio Show Page!

This Month's Show:

The Power of Thought and Word with guest Denzal Santana

Friday, September 18th, 1-1:30pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern / 9pm GMT / 6:30am Sat. Sept. 19th Sydney

You know the power of action - but far greater potential lies in the more subtle energies and power of our thoughts, intentions, words, and prayer.  Shaman, healer, and musician of the spoken word, Denzal Santana, has studied with shamans from the Peruvian amazon for more than a decade, and brings back not only their sacred teachings, but a powerful clarity in his use of prayer and spoken word through drumming and music.  You'll hear some excerpts from his recent recordings with his son, Cruuz, and his deep wisdom as Rev. Connie dialogues with him about elevating our consciousness, healing our hearts, and uplifting the whole through thought and word.

Last Month's Show (just click and listen now!):

Meditation and Inspiration - the Pause that Refreshes the Spirit

Let's face it - most of us are constantly in a whirl of busy-ness.  The to-do list is endless, and we have a compulsion to be productive and busy, reinforced by cultural expectations.  There is a cost to this constant activity and agitation: we lose our sense of True Self, and we lose our inner peace.

Take some time for your Self to stop for a moment and learn to pause - when we pause, we refresh our experience of Spirit, return to our Divine Self, and experience  the peace we long for.

Some inspiration will set the tone, and then we'll have a semi-guided meditation practice.  There will be silent spaces to allow you to deepen in the meditation, and gentle reminders along the way.  Join me to support your meditation practice or to start a new one!  Let's awaken the Divine Within.

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Spiritual Quotes

"Because the human scene is entirely a misconception through misperception, any thought of helping, healing, correcting or changing the material picture must be relinquished in order that we may see the ever-present Reality."

~ Joel Goldsmith

 

"Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world when you are doing it, and the easiest when it is done." 

~ Bhai Sahib

 

"It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people.  Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates."

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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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