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Spiritual Paradox - June 2016

As I was reflecting on and writing this month's blog post, The Hawk and the Gopher (see below), I was reminded of the reality of spiritual paradox.

Paradox is the fact that life is both-and.  It's Light and Shadow, both necessary, one not better than the other, and providing contrast to illuminate each other.  Life is the daily to-do list as well as spiritual inspiration.  Ultimately, the paradox of the spiritual path unites the opposites into oneness.

Meanwhile, since I'm not yet in the ultimate Oneness, I'm still sorting out how to keep everything in balance, to navigate the weaving of the mundane and the inspired.  Are you?  Especially when so many ideas flow my way, the discernment to choose what speaks most to me is essential to my well-being, and to let go of anything unnecessary.

So, what is speaking most to me right now?  Writing my book, and creating more events to inspire and uplift others.  Which is why I am returning to teaching some yoga!  Yes, I will be offering a Monthly Morning Yoga & Meditation class (MMYM) the 3rd Friday of each month, starting in July!  I'd love to see you there - check out the details below.

And please do join me for a yoga philosophy class at the Yoga Expo, Santa Clara, on Sunday, July 24th.  It will be free as part of a whole day of yoga from local teachers around the Bay Area.

For now, enjoy my musings on this play of spiritual paradox in my blog post, below.  Are you holding the both-and in your life?  And what is speaking most to you right now? 

Blessings,

Connie

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Contents:

• This months' blog post

• Announcements

• Event Calendar

• Spiritual Quotes

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The Hawk and the Gopher

Last month, I led a spiritual retreat at an idyllic farm, tucked into a secluded valley in Half Moon Bay, California. The focus of our day together was embodiment – being fully present, centered, grounded, and aware in our bodies and connected with the Earth.

In the afternoon, we immersed in a practice called Sit Spot; sitting outdoors, quiet and still, taking in whatever we experience from nature.

I sat on the edge of a field, facing some trees and the rising slope of a hill behind them. There was a gentle breeze, and my gaze lifted up to the clouds floating by. High in the sky, almost at the height of the clouds, I saw a hawk. It was slowly gliding in circles on the currents of air, as hawks often do. I couldn’t stop looking at it as it drifted higher and higher, further and further away over the distant hills until it was just a speck, and then disappeared from my view.

It struck me as an interesting contrast to the idea of embodiment – floating up higher and higher into the clouds, far above the earth, rather than deeply rooted in the soil, as we had much of the retreat.

Read more.

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Announcements

I'm Teaching Again!

Yes, it's true - I am going to teach a Monthly Morning Yoga and Meditation class (MMYM) on the 3rd Friday morning of every month, starting July 15th. 

Help me choose the time that works best for you by taking my very short (1 question) survey!

• A two-hour class, in my signature style - slow, deep, and mindful

• A spiritual theme emerges from discussion and is explored through the practice

• Guided meditation at the beginning and end

• Open to All Levels of yoga experience

Location:  SUBUD House, Palo Alto, CA

Dates:  3rd Friday of every month  (for 2016:  7/15, 8/19, 9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16)

Time:  TBA (2 hours in the morning)

Let me know if you'd like to attend!  Find out the survey results and time in the July newsletter

 

Free Philosophy Class at the Yoga Expo

I'll be teaching "4 Attitudes Can Change Your World" at the Yoga Expo, Santa Clara, on Sunday, July 24th from 1:10-2pm.  We will explore a passage from the Yoga Sutras in lecture and discussion, chant, and meditate together.

Free with admission to the Expo - only $35 for an entire day of yoga classes with great local teachers.  Come immerse for a day - I'd love to see you there!

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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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Spiritual Quotes

 

"Who has overcome the world?  He who has conquered his own mind."

~ Adi Shankara

 

"Instinct and intuition are a direct connection to universal presence and intelligence." 

~ Leslie Temple-Thurston, from Returning to Oneness

 

"Every natural object is a conductor of divinity."

~ John Muir

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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
650-996-2649
http://www.AwakeningSelf.com