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November 2015

Letting Go

It has been one of those months – where something was blocking my ability to write my newsletter.  Expectations?  Resistance?  I couldn’t force myself with the “shoulds” and “have-tos” – I should get this done, I have to send it out.  They weren’t serving me anymore.  I had no choice but to let go and see what unfolds.

My friend and amazing bodyworker, Tim Custis, says it quite succinctly:  "Our pain and suffering does not come from letting go, it comes from holding on."  I've been looking at what I'm holding onto in my body and my life, both of which are calling for release and transformation.

It's natural to be called to let go during autumn.  It's the only thing to do when winter is approaching.  Either you let go and prepare for the cold, or you cling to what is slipping away and end up miserable.

I am continually called to sit in the silence, attend to my body, listen to my guidance, create and write.  But I hold onto doing things that I feel I “should” when the signs point to letting go.  When I continue to cling, I suffer.  When I accept and then release, the energy opens up again.

I tend to believe that once I let go, then it’s done – and I can finally move on again.  But often, I recognize that I need to let go repeatedly.  Over and over, I’m called on to let go.  In fact, life is a string of little releases.  We must exhale to be able to inhale again.  So I have come to accept that letting go needs to be part of my daily life.

So, I'm listening to the call - once again - to let go.  Next month, on December 13th, we'll have our final Awakening Heart Spiritual Community.  This has been a delightful, inspiring year for me in leading such a heartfelt, passionate, authentic community.  I now feel the call for some empty time and space to allow what is next to reveal itself.  Join me in Palo Alto from 10-11:30am for spiritual community, closure, and diving into this month's theme, "Sound and Silence."

What are you being called to let go of?  Don't feel bad if you have to let go again, and again, and again.  It's part of life.  We are in the continual process of letting go of what we cling to, in order to allow what wants to emerge to be born.  The earth knows this so well, and sets the example for us to follow every autumn – allowing our rebirth in the spring.

Let me end with sharing a poem, written in the wake of the recent attacks in France:

White flower petals

Soothe the wounds of seasons past

I dream of peace now.

 

Blessings,

Connie

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Contents:

• Announcements

• Event Calendar

• Awakening Self Radio Show

• Spiritual Quotes

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Announcements

Awakening Heart Spiritual Community

Last Awakening Heart next month!

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

I have loved leading Awakening Heart this year, and have been deeply moved by all of you that have co-created the sacred space.  Thank you so much for all you have given and shared.

My inner voice has let me know that  this form has come to completion, and it's time to go inward and allow a new direction to emerge.  Stay tuned to see what unfolds...

Last Awakening Heart gathering!

Day: Sunday, December 13th - Sacred Sound, Sacred Silence

Time: 10-11:30am

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

Offered by heartfelt donation

Last Two Months in Sibyl Magazine!

It has been an amazing year, and a delight to be part of Sibyl Magazine: for the Soul and Spirit of Woman, an online publication servicing over 24,000 women around the world.  My monthly column, "Awakening Through the Seasons", has been featured for the 2015 publication year.  Thank you, Sibyl Magazine, for what you give to spiritual women throughout the world!

 

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.

 

Subscribe to Awakening Self – If a friend shared this newsletter with you and you’d like to receive it, click here to subscribe

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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!

No Shows Scheduled for November - back in December!

 

Last Month's Show:

Meditation and Inspiration - No More Demands

Tuesday, October 20th, 9-9:30pm Pacific / 12midnight Eastern / 4am GMT / 3pm Wed. Oct. 21st Sydney

It’s common mistake when we undertake the practice of meditation to turn it into one more way we drive ourselves to exhaustion and frustration.  We expect ourselves to get still, quiet, and to shut off our continual flow of thought.  We expect inner peace and insight – in short order!   And when all that doesn’t happen, we try harder or beat ourselves up.

Please don’t turn your meditation into one more way that you put demands on yourself.  Let’s explore together how taking the time to meditate becomes a way that you let go of all your expectations, and give yourself the gift of space and timelessness. Meditation can be a refreshing break from your daily demands, a sacred and renewing time to let your true Self simply Be.

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Spiritual Quotes

 

"Search, no matter what situation you are in.

O thirsty one, search for water constantly.

Finally, the time will come when you will reach the spring."

~ Rumi

 

"At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to spirit or further away from it." 

~ Thich Nhat Hahn

 

"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."

~ C.S. Lewis

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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