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December 2015

Beyond Words

The most profound moments in life can't be fully captured in words.  We approximate what we feel, see, touch, but never truly capture with language the experience of our baby being born, seeing a whale breach for the first time, or the delicate sparkle of frost on a winter  morning.  Images do much to help carry across the feelings, but being there is a unique and sometimes transcendent experience that can't be duplicated.

In reality, every moment is that precious.  Every moment in life is unique, and carries that possibility and wonder.  It is a matter of whether we are fully present to it.

Our mind’s chatter hinders our ability to be present, and blocks the extraordinary from our view.  We are too busy worrying about bills or anticipating a fun weekend to smell the invigorating peppermint tea in our cup or to notice with delight a hummingbird sipping from a salvia plant in the front yard.  Constant thought takes us out of reality and out of our ability to experience everything that life offers.

When we are willing to let go of our inner narration - the constant flow of thoughts that describe our experiences - we become present.  Surprisingly, we feel more joyful and satisfied when we allow ourselves to receive what the present offers us, without analysis, comparison, or judgment. When we are willing to step beyond thought and words, we come alive.

I have two offerings this month to support you in going beyond words into the profound present.   This coming Sunday, December 13th, we explore Sacred Sound, Sacred Silence at our final Awakening Heart.  From 10-11:30am in Palo Alto, we will listen to the universe of sound and the silence that underlies everything, especially within ourselves.

Then, join me for a special Meditation and Inspiration Radio Show to honor our transition into winter on Monday, December 28th at 9pm Pacific Time.  Light a white candle, create some sacred space, and together we will be Entering the Silence.  Details below.

As you enter the holiday season, can you step into experiencing this moment, beyond words?  Can you, for an instant, let go of thought and feel your body, your breath, and the clothing on your skin?  Take in the mystery of whatever life offers. Let this season be a celebration of being alive, here and now, beyond the need for any words to explain it.

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 this Sunday, December 13th!

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 Month 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.

 

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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!

December's Show:

Meditation and Inspiration - Entering the Silence

Monday, December 28th, 9-9:30pm Pacific / 12midnight Eastern / 5am GMT Tues. Dec. 29th / 4pm Sydney Tues. Dec. 29th

Winter has arrived and the long nights, animals in hibernation, and chill of overnight frost naturally call us inward.  There's no better time to seek out the still, quiet place within than this time of year.  Let's honor the season with a little ritual - I invite you to have a white candle nearby - and enter into the silence, listening to the quiet voice of Spirit in your soul.

 

Last Month's Show:

Meditation and Inspiration - No More Demands

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

 

"A real yogi is one who can maintain a peaceful mind in the midst of any crisis."

~ Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi)

 

"The mind has to be empty to see clearly." 

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

"Whatever you release, you are released from. What you cling to is that which binds you. You are your own liberator."

~ Joel S. Goldsmith

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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