Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter September 12th, 2012
WHAT’S NEW? Good News for Local Folks in the St Pete, FL area!
For all you local folks I want to share a fabulous day of awareness and personal growth taking place on Sunday Oct. 21, 2012, from 9am-5pm. It’s the ALLOWING ABUNDANCE WORKSHOP. There will be 4 powerful presentations, a group healing session, free lunch, fun gifts, live music, a free BioMat and healing sessions – plus book signing with all presenters!
If you’re wondering who’s speaking – here’s the line-up!
- Emily Rivera Andrews, Angel Healer, MANIFESTING WITH THE ANGELS, Let the angels guide and inspire as you clear, cleanse and awaken!
- Sheri Rosenthal, Author, Speaker, ROOTING OUT THE FEARS THAT SQUELCH THE FLOW, Nip those fears in the bud and reopen to abundance.
- Jim Del Veccio, Author, Investor and Debra Loran, Healer, MANIFESTING ABUNDANCE, Practical tools for realizing your potential and creating abundance.
- Terez Hartmann, Author, Performer, ALLOWING PROSPERITY! Tools and insights for LETTING prosperity happen while ENJOYING the journey.
The pricing is great – only $89 – IF you register by Oct 1st. Even lunch is included! (Regular price $99) To register go to: www.SuncoastTransformation.com/awaken.html or call: (941)-479-0323
**LAST CALL FOR THESE UPCOMING TRIPS!
We’ve got two wonderful journeys coming up fast. So if you’re interesting in joining any of them – IT’S LAST CALL!
Reconnecting to Truth through Horse Wisdom: Tucson, AZ – Sept 19-23rd. This expansive journey compels you to reconnect with the truth of who you are through the mirror of the horse. You’ll discover how these amazing equine guides are naturally dynamic and gifted spiritual teachers, revealing powerful insights that enable us to make life changing personal transformation.
The Awakening! a Women’s Intuition, Yoga & Life Mastery Retreat: Sedona – Sept 29-Oct 4th. Ladies, join us for a uniquely powerful, 6 day immersion course held in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Unveil the truth of your spiritual awareness through yoga, mediation, healing and igniting your intuition. Perfect for yoga, mediation, healing and igniting your intuition!
Blessings and love,
Picture of Palin thanks to davitydave
Many of us have been to workshops, seen films with various spiritual experts, and read books explaining how we can find happiness. However, NOW is the time to have the experience.
Dreaming Heaven is an innovative package – a film, a book, and a music and meditation CD – based in the ancient traditions of the Toltecs which states that our lives can be a dream of heaven on earth. A dream filled with abundance of peace, happiness, grace and love. But how do we actually attain that?
Your guides, Lee McCormick, Gini Gentry and Frank Hayhurst, along with author Kelly Walden take you on mystical journey that will awaken the authenticity of who you really are. In Dreaming Heaven you’ll learn that a beautiful life is open to anyone willing to take the first step.
In the film you’ll join in with others who are on the same journey and share in their experiences. These aren’t experts, but everyday people asking the same questions you are. Travel with them as they embark on their journey, and share in their stories as they emerge from their transformation.
In the book, author Kelly Walden is your guide, walking you through every step of the process. She’s there to help you take your first step, laugh and cry with you along the way, and watch you as you emerge alive in your own waking dream.
The music and meditations are tools to help you step into the world of the Toltecs – taking you deep into the temples and plazas of Teotihuacan, Mexico, and into the depths of your own magical dream. This is a complete experiential package – each piece working together to allow you to transform your life.
Are you ready to begin the journey? Excellent! Come over to the Dreaming Heaven website right now and gift yourself this amazing movie, book and CD!
**Want to go beyond the movie and experience Teotihuacan for yourself?
Join Lee, Gini and Francis on their upcoming
Dreaming Heaven Journey to Teotihuacan October 15-21st.
Mindfulness: The Art of Understanding the Human Mind
It’s not easy to navigate the internal terrain of how our mind thinks. Our mind and emotions are highly developed like a magician in the art of illusion and the intensity resembles that of an Imax theater. Inside our head we have a big screen, a big sound system and a variety of dramas designed to stimulate emotions ranging from terror to desire that can accelerate to maximum intensity in under six seconds.
Mindfulness is a way we can begin to sort out some of ‘what is’ from the illusion. We can begin to observe how our need to create security at any cost reinforces the belief that we need more… more money, approval and control so we can have happiness and security.
Sitting down in a posture that is strong and gentle we can begin to make friends with our mind by observing the habits of our thinking. In this view instead of attempting to minimize the thoughts, we are interested in them. There is a sense of curiosity as to what thought will arise next. Will it be a judgment, a desire, a fear or a plan?
The idea is to greet each thought kindly and then after acknowledging the validity of it, we offer it out to the space. Then there is a gap, a moment when we are not engaged in the thought and nothing has rushed in yet. This is a moment of choice, we can look for the next thought or we can return to our posture, the space around us and our breath.
In this type of practice we work with two basic elements of self-development – awareness and concentration. Awareness is the practice of seeing and being with what is arising in the moment. Concentration is the practice of focusing one’s attention in a particular way so that our experience stabilizes in a contained process of attention. Concentration is sometimes referred to as Shamatha – a single pointed meditation. Awareness is sometimes referred to as Vipassana – an analytic form of meditation.
Working with the balance and timing of the movement between awareness and concentration is an art form. How long do we spend in acknowledging the thought? When are we indulging and when are we rejecting? As we deepen in to our practice sensitivity begins to develop, we can recognize when indulging is taking place and when rejection is happening.
Little by little a sense of friendliness toward our mind develops and we can see through the magicians game – that of trying to convince ourselves that if things were different then we would be secure and happy. We see there is richness in our drama – it is our humanity and it is not the whole picture.
The reason it is so important to get to know the habits of the mind is that when they show up in the world of daily encounters we can recognize the habit instead of believing the illusion. Before I began to practice meditation I didn’t think I was judgmental – I just thought that I was right. As I began to examine my habits of thinking I realized that I am judging much of the time.
Now when I am out in the world I can recognize my tendency to be judgmental and choose to respond differently. Having that choice opened up my relationship with people and things. I became more curious and confident and everyday encounters are often interesting instead of annoying.
Getting to know our body patterns and our mind patterns gives us a choice. It is easier to spot a tendency of constriction when I have seen it in action as a generic response to intensity. It is easier to spot a judgment or frivolous planning when I have observed my mind judge and plan when I am sitting on my cushion with no external stimulus around.
I can make a choice to shift to center, to an experience of expansiveness. I won’t attempt to stay in center – personality will kick in and it is a rich part my human experience. We are both personality and center. Our center is noble and awesome, pulsing with life and the wisdom of heaven and earth. Why not cultivate center and become bright and shiny?
Love & Blessings, Wendy Palmer
Wendy Palmer is the founder of Conscious Embodiment, a sixth degree black belt in aikido, senior instructor at Aikido of Tamalpais, and the author of 2 books, The Intuitive Body and The Practice of Freedom, a DVD; Conscious Embodiment and a CD; Recover Your Center.
In 1980 she founded Conscious Embodiment courses for self-development and later Leadership Embodiment coaching in somatic (embodied) intelligence. The work offers a way to synchronize the energy of the body, speech and mind with emotions and intuition, thus increasing our capacity for somatic intelligence, discriminating wisdom and unconditional love. ♥
**Want to experience Wendy’s teachings in a deeper and more profound way?
Join her in Bhutan on her upcoming
Reawakening to our Deeper Purpose journey to Bhutan – December 5-20th, 2012.
OUR MENU OF UPCOMING FABULOUS ADVENTURES!
Reconnecting to Truth through Horse Wisdom
The Awakening! a Women’s Intuition, Yoga & Life Mastery Retreat
~BOLD OCTOBER EXPEDITIONS~
The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile
~NOURISHING NOVEMBER RETREATS~
Mayan Mysteries of the Heart
~DELIGHTFUL DECEMBER ADVENTURES~
Skanda Yoga, The Art of Transcendence
Awakening Solstice at Willka T’ika
Reawakening to our Deeper Purpose
Awakening Your Divine Joy – Wild Dolphin Trip
Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year?
Visit our Trips at a Glance page.