Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter September 18th, 2013
WHAT’S NEW? Death as my Teacher – A Lesson From the Dalai Lama
Before I get started I want to MAKE SURE you take a moment to read the very heart-felt article this week that was written by a lovely woman who went on a journey to hear the Dali Lama. Scroll down to read it below.
NEXT: If you’re a woman and you’re looking for a soul-rejuvenating retreat for this November – I have the perfect trip for you.
I know most of us are so busy – it’s challenging to make the time to get way but it’s crucial that we do for our peace-of-mind and sanity!
I am inviting you to join me in the Mayan Yucatan for a very special adventure that you will not forget.
Most folks are not familiar with the sacred ruins of Uxmal – and that’s really too bad – because it’s a magical oasis that has so much to offer!
So do take a moment to explore below – and join me – you will come away with a new perspective and enthusiasm for your life!
**Registration closes in 3 weeks so do let me know ASAP if you’re interested!
Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal
The Empower + Enlighten Women’s Retreat: Uxmal, Yucatan
November 9-16th, 2013
Are you looking to explore your current life direction and transform it with passion + purpose, learn focused tools to help keep a sense of Zen in your hectic life, unwind your creaky muscles and quiet your feisty mind with delicious spa services and experience some of the most striking Mayan ruins + cenotes in the Yucatan peninsula?
If so join inspirational speaker and author Sheri Rosenthal and New Thought teacher Frankie Timmers for a very special journey to the Mayan Heartland for 7 delicious days of deep clarity, inner peace + fierce self-love.
You’ll gently illuminate the sneaky inner dialogue that’s limiting your success in both your business + personal life.
Our focus will be on the aspects of spiritual nourishment and clarity in our lives:
- HEART (Empower)
Self-love. Spirituality. Rejuvenation. Inspiration. Philanthropy.
Key question: “How can I nourish my heart & soul — every single day?”
- CLARITY (Enlighten)
Beliefs. Limiting agreements. Perspectives. Internal dialogue. Your point of view.
Key question: “Do I have an aerial view of my life — or just a narrow perspective?”
Uxmal was a university of sacred spirituality and cosmic harmony whose information is stored in the stones ready for us to access and embody.
Through powerful ceremonies and spiritual practices we’ll connect with universal wisdom and truth residing within – beautifully reflected in the design and purpose of these ruins.
Highlights of Your Adventure:
- Travel home with your passion renewed – committed to creating a love-based life for yourself
- Become prepared to take positive action in your life with clarity and acceptance.
- Learn powerful ways to move beyond the old fear-based societal paradigms.
- Marvel at the most beautiful frescoes and architectural designs in the Yucatan peninsular.
- Participate in powerful ceremonies and spiritual practices to live your purpose and passion!
- Seven lovely nights at the 5 star Lodge at Uxmal – located steps from the pyramids!
- Create balance between the sky-earth, sun-moon, and masculine-feminine energies within you.
- Swim in the crystal clear sacred waters of Yucatan’s cenotes (sinkholes).
- All meals, ceremonies, entrance fees, transport, tours and excursions on our itinerary are included!
We’ll be staying at the 5 star Lodge at Uxmal located at the very entrance to the Archaeological Park in the mist of the sacred energy of this magnificent site in the Puuc Hills.
Wonderful spa services are available to relax, be pampered and rejuvenated. Enjoy regional cooking and a wonderful terrace bar where you can relax under the stars in the magnificent shadow of the ruins.
Trip cost: $2995 USD per person double occupancy, all meals. Details for Uxmal here!
Death as my Teacher – A Lesson From the Dalai Lama
I have had many teachers in life. Love has been a teacher; as has heartbreak, embarrassment, success, friendship, rejection, and even simple happiness over an ice cream sandwich. My most recent teacher has been death.
In 2012 I lost both my husband of ten years and my mother. To call these back to back losses devastating is to understate it. Grief took me to some dark places and I am only now beginning to aim my energies toward balance again.
Sometime during the last 18 months I came across this meditation, given by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama:
It is true to say that most of us dislike thinking about our own death. We spend most of our lives amassing possessions or embarking on an endless number of projects as though we were going to live forever, as though it was not absolutely certain that one day – tomorrow perhaps, or even in the next moment – we will leave everything behind.
The Dalai Lama teaches on death a great deal. He says that our acceptance of our death is a vital key to our current happiness. Before my husband’s death I was the person that the Dalai Lama is speaking about in this teaching.
I was attached to possessions and to what they said about me. I don’t believe I was exceedingly shallow, but how I chose to spend my money, how I decorated my home, what people thought of me said something about the person and life I was trying to create. I was attached to the illusion of permanence that my things and my relationship created for me.
I was also focused on my work and “keeping busy” was one of the best things I could do for myself. I worked extra hours because I liked what I did, spare moments where given to running errands and ticking off to-do lists. Accomplishing, anything large or small, allowed me to believe that this life was the real life, the most important life.
Over the course of my grief, I have come to reevaluate my life. My husband’s death clarified for me that I cannot accumulate safety from loss and death. And that, despite our very important jobs and our very busy calendars, those things cannot keep us here. The Dalai Lama’s teaching further clarified then that these things are not as important as we tell ourselves they are.
I read this meditation each morning and each evening. It reminds me to be thankful that I have woken up and then reminds me to be thankful I am lying down: “… tomorrow perhaps, or even in the next moment – we will leave everything behind.” I’d love to say that this bit reminds me to embrace life fully and live life largely, but it doesn’t. It does something more subtle for me.
It reminds me that the great mystery that is next is the good stuff. That the things I love and the people I am attached to are the symbols of this life. I will leave this all behind and that is ok. That I am surviving the grief of my husband and mothers deaths teaches me that I will survive my death and the loss of the symbols I so love in this life. His Holiness reminds me that though I have fear, the certainty of death helps me cultivate the art of loss in daily life.
PS: Studying with the Dalai Lama is a very special experience. Nadia had the opportunity to go a a trip to both hear him speak and heal her heart. If this sounds like something you’ve been dreaming about do consider coming on Lisa’s upcoming journey to Dharamsala, India – Nov 16-Dec 6th, 2013
Lisa is your gracious tour host – her background is Irish and her travels to India first began when she was 21. Her spiritual journey began over 10 years ago and she is now a practicing Tibetan Buddhist having sought refuge with the Dalai Lama in his hometown of McLeod Ganj, India. When she is not running tours in India she spends as much time as possible there on personal retreat and attending Buddhist teachings and initiations to further her own personal practice.
Registration is open for Lisa’s: “The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile ” Nov 16-Dec 6th, 2013
~DELICIOUS SEPTEMBER RETREATS~
Journey to Machu Picchu – Authentic Spiritual & Cultural Wonders
Peru – LAST CALL!
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes
Sept 26–Oct 5th, 2013
The Heart Wisdom of Whales & Wild Dolphins
Panama – LAST CALL!
Trip Leader: Anne Gordon de Barrigón
Various 5-day itineraries running from: Sept 29-Oct 11th, 2013
~BOLD OCTOBER EXPEDITIONS~
A Spontaneous Café Real Food Peru Adventure
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes + Chef Mateo
Oct 4-11th, 2013 (please contact Sheri for booking this trip rather than Willka T’ika)
Access your Dreams Retreat
Trip Leader: Mami Veza
Oct 12-18th + Nov 15–21st, 2013
A Sacred Pilgrimage to India
India – TWO SPOTS LEFT LAST CALL!
Trip Leaders: Elaine Dodson, Jahnava Devi, and Mahatma Das
October 15-27th, 2013
Kindfulness – a Healing Retreat in the Himalayas
Trip Leader: Sharee James
October 16-25th, 2013
Revealing the REAL You – Journey to the Pyramid of the Sun
Teotihuacan, Mexico – NEW!
Trip Leader: Brandt Morgan
October 18-24th, 2013 (email us ASAP if you’re interested)
Oneness Awakening Wild Dolphin Trip
Trip Leader: Joe Noonan
October 21-25th, 2013
~NOURISHING NOVEMBER RETREATS~
The Clarity + Heart Women’s Retreat
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal + Rev Frankie Timmers
November 9-16th, 2013
The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile
Trip Leaders: Lisa Tully
Nov 16-Dec 6th, 2013
~HEART-WARMING JANUARY ADVENTURES~
Unconditional Love in Action: Volunteer Journey to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Trip Leader: Rev David Ault
Jan 22-Feb 1st, 2014
Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year?
Visit our Trips at a Glance page.