Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter April 16th, 2014
WHAT’S NEW? Celebrating Our Sacred Spirit in Hawaii!
We’ve got a great new trip on the calendar for this Oct 26-Nov 1st, 2014 that I need to share with all my ladies! If you want a retreat that focuses on Yoga and having great faith on your inner knowing and intuition – this is the trip for you!
Join Kathy + Joy on the Big Island of Hawaii to connect to your sacred spirit in all aspects of your life through Yoga, Meditation, Ceremony and Reflection. Tap into your infinite potential, your innate inner wisdom … listen to your intuition, bridge the gap of the mind and body, breathe, celebrate the peace and freedom that already lies within AND cultivate your spiritual independence, to attain an unlimited life.
Amidst the incredible beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, healing and personal transformation seem to be accelerated. The Big Island of Hawaii has long been known as the healing island. The spirit of Pele, the goddess of the volcano, has a way of cutting through blockages and bringing to light our innermost yearnings. Whatever one wishes for often manifests very quickly here. Perfect for Igniting Your Spirit…
Kalani is known as “one of the most potent and nurturing retreat centers in the world.” Nestled in the tropical jungles on the east coast of the Big Island, serenity could not be easier to access on these beautiful grounds complete with swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. Walk a mile down the road and you’ll find yourself at an amazing black sand beach. Trip investment: $1995 USD per person double occupancy, all meals. Details for Hawaii here!
Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal
MAYAN YUCATAN: Sacred Energies of Maya Lands, Awakening Our Freedom To Be In Perpetual Bliss – June 1-7th, 2014
Are you ready for an exhilarating journey that will holistically balance, revitalize, and inspire you to step into your bliss? Interested in tapping into the Sacred Energies of Maya Lands through invigorating activities that will nourish your Mind, Body, + Spirit on a deep soul level?
If so, then join Erika Licón, Mesoamerican Scholar and Intuitive + Emotional Intelligence Coach, and Miguel Buenaflor, Balanced Movement Instructor on this beautiful journey of the mind, body + spirit.
We explore and replenish ourselves through: powerful ceremonies at some of the most stunning Maya sites + dazzling waterfalls; cultural immersion with the modern Tzotzil Maya, where we learn about their shamanic healing and spiritual weaving practices; Harmonizing Mindfulness and Balanced Movement Meditations; anthropological + historical analysis of the “Maya” peoples; and time for integration, journaling, and relaxation in a lush vibrant jungle landscape.
Explore the majestic Maya sites of Tonina, Palenque, Yaxchilán, and Bonampak, as well as encounter the cradle of Mesoamerican civilization at Parque La Venta. Discover the exciting syncretic spiritual practices of the modern Maya peoples at charming San Cristóbal de las Casas, San Juan Chumula, and Zinacantán. Embark on an Indiana Jones adventure through the Usumacinta River and its mystical rainforest on our way to a revered Maya site.
Trip tuition: $1950 USD per person double occupancy.
Your Private One-on-One 3 day retreat!
Custom Dates Available
It’s spring and a great time to evaluate if this year is going in the direction you were wanting it to go.
If it is – congratulations! My guess is that you are great at taking action. But if it’s not – what happened? What’s stopping you from achieving your dreams for this year?
If I had to bet I’d say it’s not the external circumstances in your life – but rather internal issues that are hindering your dream.
So if you’ve been feeling a bit beat up by life, like you’ve lost your confidence – or even if you feel like you don’t know what direction to go next – a personal intensive could be just the experience for you.
If you’re ready to stop being comfortable being uncomfortable (that’s a mouthful!), and you know you need to upgrade your personal software – email me and we can chat about whether a Personal Intensive is for you.
If you could use a major reset in your life, do take a moment to read about our intensives and see if it sounds like the right opportunity for you. And please – don’t wait for the cosmic two by four to hit you upside the head! 🙂
Thinking of Adding Meditation to Your Spiritual Practice?
Since developing a regular meditation practice, my life has changed in ways I could never have guessed. Of course finding a sense of inner calm is a benefit often associated with meditation. But there is so much more! A regular meditation practice will bring gifts and qualities into your life that you never would have imagined possible.
1. Making better choices
One of the most valuable gifts that meditation brings is clarity of mind and this can affect the choices you make moment by moment. You start to take more notice of your behaviors and attitudes and with this awareness, you can actually make small changes that eventually affect your life in big ways. How many times have you made poor food choices, stayed in negative, draining relationships or frittered away hours of time on meaningless activities simply because you were operating on auto-pilot? Meditation gives you the clarity to decide what is and is not working in your life.
2. More loving relationships
Meditation helps you to cultivate a sense of presence, and I believe that being present in the moment is fundamental for creating loving relationships. When you are present with your loved ones, or indeed anyone, magical changes in how you relate to each other take place. So many times someone may be talking to us and we are not really there, we are caught up in our own train of thought, or too busy judging what they are saying to really hear them.
When we cultivate presence we not only truly listen to another human being, but we give them the freedom to be who they are without our limiting prejudices and judgements getting in the way. In the present moment, we allow each of our relationships to be begin afresh, free from past grievances or future expectations, and we see the beauty of each human being unfold in a new light. Being present also allows you to take in life in all of it’s beauty right now, instead of being “lost” in thought.
3. Focus and productivity
When the mind is scattered, we start to think of all of the things that need to be done, or worse we try to do everything that needs to be done all at once, and end up overwhelmed and exhausted. Meditation cultivates focus, so that you can zoom in laser-like on one task and complete it with ease without running off in different directions like a bunch of crazy monkeys. This sense of clarity and focus actually allows you to get more done in less time without the stress and drama.
4. Peace Of Mind
Fear, stress, anxiety and worrying are frequently based on the illusory concepts of past and future and have very little to do with what is happening in this moment, right now. And yet so often we taint the present moment with these unreal imaginings. Meditation helps you to get real and tune in to the present moment, the only place where peace resides.Inner peace will never come once everything works out perfectly some day in the distant future, inner peace is a choice and it is always here, now.
5. Acceptance, ease & joy
So often we reject the present moment because it is not how we want it to be. We have our own small agenda and opinion of how life “should be,” as well as our personal goals, desires and expectations. As soon as the present moment doesn’t measure up to what we think it should be, we feel unhappy, and we literally check out of the now. We fall into patterns of victim-hood, pessimism, despair or anguish.
We resist life’s natural flow and get caught up in our mental fantasies of should have/could have/it’s not fair etc. The greatest gift that meditation can give, is the awareness that despite the seeming chaos, despite life not going how you think it ought to, when you step back and experience the joy of just being, you come to the realization that all is perfect, right now.
When you are engaging in activities where there is a possibility of meeting that special someone, make sure you enjoy whatever you are doing. If you don’t enjoy that activity, you dull your brilliance and ability to be a magnet for your special someone. The more you like it, the more you will shine and be a magnet for that brilliance you are radiating.
Blessings + love, Sharee James
If you would like to learn to meditate in one of the most incredible places on the planet – the Himalayas! – check out her upcoming spiritual retreat October 22-31st, 2014 in Nepal Kindfulness – a Healing Retreat in the Himalayas journey.
Sharee James, has been leading tours in the Himalayas of Nepal for the past 4 years. Trained as a naturopath, yoga teacher, pranic healer and massage therapist, Sharee caught the travel bug in her early twenties and spent 6 years traveling the world on her own.
Out of the 20 countries that she visited on her travels, the spirituality, fascinating culture and ancient healing traditions of Nepal captured her heart and drew her back again and again.
~ENLIGHTENING APRIL TRAVELS~
Dream You 2.0!
Peru – LAST CALL!!
Trip Leaders: Laura Pirie + Luca DiMatteo + Russ Jones + Jorge Luis Delgado
April 22-May 1, 2014
~MARVELOUS MAY EXCURSIONS~
Highlands and Mystical Islands
Trip Leaders: Glenn + Cameron Broughton
May 11-18th, 2014
A Women’s Journey to Avalon
Trip Leaders Cameron Broughton
May 29-June 6th, 2014
~JOYOUS JUNE JAUNTS~
Sacred Energies of Maya Lands, Awakening Our Freedom To Be In Perpetual Bliss
Trip Leaders: Erika Licón + Miguel Buenaflor
June 1-7th, 2014
Blessings of the Wild Dolphins
Trip Leader: Brandt Morgan
June 15-20th, 2014
The Heart + Wonders of Wales
Trip Leaders: Cameron + Glenn Broughton
June 18-29, 2014
~GENTLE JULY JOURNEYS~
Crop Circles and Sacred Sites
Trip Leaders: Cameron + Glenn Broughton
July 20-29th, 2014
Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year? Visit our Trips at a Glance page.