Relationships occupy much of our time; at work, home, with family and friends, and with people we meet going about our day. How do we engage with others from a place of calmness, clarity and compassion? By using 4 Keys, or attitudes of mind, that unlock us from frustration, despair, jealousy, and even anger. that are the usual responses to four typical behaviors. This workshop uses real-life examples and provides the opportunity to practice them in a safe and kind environment.
"The truth is one, the paths are many." -Swami Satchidananda.
The truth is we are all enlightened, and how we get there is up to us. This workshop takes the time to explore three different, traditional spiritual paths; practice (earnest endeavor for a long time, without break); study (scripture, nature, and most importantly the self); and devotion (letting go and surrendering to Life and Divine Wisdom). Find out which path best suits you; it may include all three!
Two keys to a peaceful, easeful, attentive meditation are posture and breath. For many though, pain and falling asleep get in the way. This workshop invites participants to activate the deep, core postural muscles which aid in releasing tension in the rest of the body. This then leads to a new breathing pattern that promotes focus and attentiveness, making meditation an easily accessible practice.
Science shows that we have at least one thought per second. That's 86,400 thoughts a day! And while a single thought is often benign, an entire whirlwind of them (demons per von Durkheim) can lead us into a black hole of suffering. Are there, then, whirlwinds that are helpful? (Hint: very few) Here is the chance to learn specific criteria for analyzing whirlwinds, along with simple methods to disengage from unhelpful ones. With practice, you will begin to know which thoughts to believe, and which to drop.
The collection of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are called Raja, Royal, Yoga as they incorporate all aspects of a Yogic lifestyle, including posture, breathing, and meditation, as well as moral precepts, devotional practice, and working with supernatural powers, Written as aphorisms, or teaching threads, these original thumb drives of wisdom expand on the experience in a physical Yoga class, to live that awareness out in the world. These are ancient teachings that bring wisdom to living in these modern times.
Does the word commitment bring a sense of dread and failure, a feeling of weakness even before a task is begun? What if, instead, commitment meant excitement, joy, can't wait to get started?! This workshop provides a framework of recasting what it means to make a commitment, how to approach one with ease and interest, and in doing so, discovering that the real benefit of commitments isn't accomplishing a task, rather, it is the building of unshakable trust in our ability to live the life we want to have.