Journeys of the Spirit® August 31st, 2011 Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW? Love & Compassion! More than ever we are called to put our spiritual practices – well, into practice! The best way to move past our habit of judging and feeling irritated by others is to learn to have compassion for them. Since our journey to Dharamasala is coming up – I wanted to share a quote from the Dalai Lama with you which I really adore.
“Ultimately, the reason why love and compassion bring the greatest happiness is simply that our nature cherishes them above all else. The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence. It results from the profound interdependence we all share with one another. However capable and skillful an individual may be, left alone, he or she will not survive. However vigorous and independent one may feel during the most prosperous periods of life, when one is sick or very young or very old, one must depend on the support of others.
Inter-dependence, of course, is a fundamental law of nature. Not only higher forms of life but also many of the smallest insects are social beings who, without any religion, law or education, survive by mutual cooperation based on an innate recognition of their interconnectedness. The most subtle level of material phenomena is also governed by interdependence. All phenomena from the planet we inhabit to the oceans, clouds, forests and flowers that surround us, arise in dependence upon subtle patterns of energy. Without their proper interaction, they dissolve and decay.”
So I’m curious, what do YOU think of his message? ♥ How do you feel this applies to you? Please post below! And if you have a minute, I think you’ll enjoy the video on the right –>
~VERY LAST CALL FOR OUR SEPTEMBER JOURNEYS~
**** THEY’RE BACK……FEAR-BUSTER CALLS!!! ****
Everyone who participated with our free 15 minute Fear-Buster calls had so much fun (me included of course) I’ve decided to do them again. It was great speaking and sharing with so many of you! If you’re interested, I’m doing them again for the Labor Day weekend – first-come, first-serve!
Get a fear-buster session now!
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DHARAMSALA, INDIA: The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile – Oct 21-Nov 7th
A VERY SPECIAL JOURNEY!
On this special journey of the heart, Tibetan Lama Buga and Lisa Tully will be leading our group to McLeod Ganj, India to attend public teachings by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and to learn Buddhist meditation from teachers of his lineage.
Attending the public teachings by His Holiness will afford you the opportunity to experience the immense power of this man’s heart. He refers to himself as “a simple monk” but rest assured this is an incredible, albeit typically Tibetan, understatement.
Following our time with the Dalai Lama is a 10 day silent retreat run by the internationally renowned Tushita Meditation Centre. Nestled high up in the forests far away from any hustle and bustle, this welcoming haven is perfect for those who want to get away and explore their true nature. This is a serious retreat that will provide the tools needed to begin or enhance a daily meditation practice and to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism.
The 2011 trip cost is: £1200 or approximately $1935.00 USD per person, dormitory style occupancy, many meals included. Details for the Dalai Lama here.
~How to Find Your Peace in a Sea of Uncertainty!~
♥Join join renowned author, shaman & artist Fu-Ding Cheng and shaman-ess, artist, & teacher Linda Jacobson and me on Thursday, September 1st (date change!!) at 8:30pm eastern, 5:30pm pacific time for a wonderful teleclass on: How to Find Your Peace in a Sea of Uncertainty!
Linda and Fu-Ding believe: We don’t have control over the madness of the world, but we have infinite control over how we choose to react to it! By the end of this call you will have a deeper understanding of how you can feel comfortable in an uncertain and rapidly changing world. (Linda & Fu-Ding are facilitating the Palenque, Mexico: A Shamanic Portal to 2012 – Dec 8-13th.)
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~Prayer Beads & Altars: Making Your Home Your Sanctuary~
♥Join join Kathy Benson and me – Thursday, September 8th at 8:30 p.m. Eastern / 5:30 p.m. Pacific for a wonderful teleclass on: Prayer Beads & Altars: Making Your Home Your Sanctuary.
Personal altars transform our homes into sacred space where we can rejuvenate and nourish ourselves. Prayer beads allow us to take our “altar on the road” so to speak – reminding us that the divine is everywhere we are.
Sheri & Kathy share their personal practices and ideas about the tradition of Prayer Beads and creating Altars at home for the purpose of designating sacred space in your home. They will also be chatting about their upcoming Women’s Retreat to the southern Yucatan November 9-15th to celebrate 11.11.11 and how you can join them on this amazing trip!
Deepen your body*mind*spirit connection in Catherine Just’s Soul*Full eCourse. She’ll do this by integrating photography, spirituality, writing and physical well being. Here’s what’s in store: It’s a 6 week online eCourse for women starting October 10th.
Catherine will be sharing video and audio interviews with with her favorite life experts: Miguel Ruiz, Douglas Beasley, Andrea Scher, Beth Nicholls, Sheri Rosenthal (yes I’ll be there!) & Mee Tracy (these are just a few of the people you’ll get to meet)! She’ll dive into photography prompts to help us re-learn how to “see,” and writing exercises to move us toward gratitude.
There’ll be opportunities to expand our spiritual experience through fun rituals that can help us learn to let go and trust. Mix that with healthy recipes, pampering, rest and rejuvenation, and you’ve got the ingredients for a more Soul*Filled Life! Join Catherine (space is limited) so Register NOW! It will be wonderful ladies – please tell her I sent you!
FAVORITE QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Subhuti asked: “Is it possible to find perfect wisdom through reflection or listening to statements or through signs or attributes, so that one can say ‘This is it’ or ‘Here it is’?”
The Buddha answered: “No, Subhuti. Perfect wisdom can’t be learned or distinguished or thought about or found through the senses. This is because nothing in this world can be finally explained, it can only be experienced, and thus all things are just as they are. Perfect wisdom can never be experienced apart from all things.
To see the Suchness of things, which is their empty calm being, is to see them just as they are. It is in this way that perfect wisdom and the material world are not two, they are not divided. As a result of Suchness, of calm and empty being, perfect wisdom cannot be known about intellectually.
Nor can the things of the world, for they are understood only through names and ideas. Where there is no learning or finding out, no concepts or conventional words, it is in that place one can say there is perfect wisdom.”
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EARLY BIRD SPECIALS!
~SOUL-STIRRING SEPTEMBER SOJOURNS~
HAVASUPAI FALLS GRAND CANYON: Living Fearlessly LAST CALL!
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
Sept 20-26th, 2011
DOLORES, CO: Revolution! Intuitive Awareness & Communication Retreat LAST CALL!
Trip Leader: Kathy Knowles & Joy Valenti Kochmer
Sept 24-28th, 2011
~BOLD OCTOBER EXPEDITIONS~
SANTORINI, GREECE: Inspire Your Creative Soul!
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
October 14-21st, 2011
DHARAMSALA, INDIA: The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile NEW!
Trip Leaders: Lama Buga Tire & Lisa Tully
Oct 21-Nov 7th
~NOURISHING NOVEMBER RETREATS~
MAYAN RIVIERA: 11.11.11 Women’s Prayer Beads & Altars
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal & Kathy Benson
Nov 9-15th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
~HEART-OPENING DECEMBER TRAVELS~
TULUM, MEXICO: Atmananda Yoga Retreat NEW!
Trip Leaders: Jhon Tamayo
Dec 3-10th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
PALENQUE, MEXICO: A Shamanic Portal to 2012
Trip Leaders: Fu-Ding Cheng & Linda Jacobson
Dec 8-13th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
~HEART-WARMING JANUARY ADVENTURES~
ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA: Unconditional Love in Action
Trip Leader: David Ault
January 30 – February 9th, 2012 (price goes up Oct 1st, 2011!)
~REFRESHING FEBRUARY RETREATS~
DELRAY, FL: Honoring & Healing the Goddess Within!
Trip Leader: Shanti Gilbert
February 9–12, 2012
~SUCCULENT MARCH VOYAGES~
MAR DE JADE, MEXICO: Trance Dance – Opening the Chakras to the Energies of 2012
Trip Leader: Ernesto Ortiz
March 3-10th, 2012
EGYPT: Remembrances, Exploring the Mysteries
Trip Leader: Samvedam Randles
March 8-18th, 2012