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Learning to love begins with you – an inspiring testimonial about the ‘Conscious Relating’ Workshop

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Learning to love begins with you – an inspiring testimonial about the ‘Conscious Relating’ Workshop

Why do we recommend “Conscious Relating” to everyone? Because it can be a profound turning point for your relationship with yourself and those you love.  Here’s what Tim & Shannon have to say about it: Somewhere in the middle of the“Conscious Relating” workshop, we both realized that we’d never really had the chance to know each other – even after 10 years of marriage. We’d been so busy initially with fantasies of what we wanted to believe and hoped about the other, and then later with our projections onto each other of our past relationships and of our parents, that we’d never seen the truth of the actual person standing in front of us. Through the workshop processes, a sense of renewed innocence began to emerge, and a compassionate and gentle love for each other started to blossom. It felt like we were experiencing unconditional love for the very first time...

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The next step is always up to you! A Warm Invitation

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The next step is always up to you! A Warm Invitation

The next step is always up to you! A Warm Invitation by Shannon Eddy Feb 6, 2017 Well, 2017 is shaping up in ways that none of us expected and have ever experienced. As surprising national and global upheavals continue, we are all being challenged to stay present, centered and focused on the priorities in our lives. Over the years of doing this work, I’ve heard repeatedly from great teachers that the world we see is simply a reflection of what we believe, and is always reflecting parts of ourselves back to us, including things we dislike and would prefer to avoid. I’ve learned that if we truly want to change our life experience, we must begin with an honest and unflinching self-assessment. Real change begins when we earnestly commit to “tearing down the house that fear built” and are willing to grow beyond the programming and conditioning we inherited. It’s one...

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Self-Care for Stressful Times: Three Ways I’m Good to Myself When Overwhelm Threatens

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Self-Care for Stressful Times: Three Ways I’m Good to Myself When Overwhelm Threatens

Self-Care for Stressful Times: Three Ways I’m Good to Myself When Overwhelm Threatens by Keleigh Jan 25, 2017   A few days ago I was talking to a family friend and mentioned that I’d hit an overwhelm threshold the week before. His response: “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t overwhelmed.” I mean, for many of us, life itself feels pretty overwhelming, no? I recently spoke with a yoga teacher friend about “self-care.” She has dedicated her vocational life to educating and supporting people in the art — and necessity — of self-care. She was conducting a survey of 100 women about their own relationship with self-care, and one question was, “What does self-care mean to you?” The truth is, the word “self-care” evokes mixed feelings in me. I’ve always bristled a bit at the idea of “pampering” myself, which is the association that comes to mind when...

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Asleep in Fear or Awake in Love

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Asleep in Fear or Awake in Love

Asleep in Fear or Awake in Love by Shannon Jan 2, 2017   I wake up many morning to a feeling of unease…dis-ease. Disease. The disease of fear. The persistent feeling that…Something. Is. Wrong. It goes on ad infinitum when you begin to be aware of it. We rename it anxiety, depression, jealousy, greed, anger, pride, control, blame, apathy, despair. It’s one thing to live in fear,  ignorant of this state in yourself. However, when you begin to wake up to this persistent state of high or low levels of fear in yourself, it becomes less and less tolerable. In its most subtle form, fear has me feeling separate from everyone around me, making up stories about there being no time or that people don’t really want to get close to me, not allowing myself to be truly vulnerable. I see myself doing this with everyone—my husband and daughters,...

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Grace

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Grace

Grace by Anonymous Dec 15, 2016 After a recent Wednesday evening at the Awareness Institute, I was holding in some unexpressed feelings and seriously looking towards escaping out the back door, when a friend suddenly appeared in front of me and put her hand on my shoulder. She leaned in towards me, looked me in the eyes and sweetly asked, “How ARE you?” in a gentle, open and wide-eyed way, with a soft smile. I instantly dropped into a deep, feeling place; one of sadness and gratitude, acceptance and forgiveness, and suddenly all of my self-perceived flaws and self-judgments of late came bubbling up as I sank into tears. You see, my friend was modeling the love and concern I hadn’t been giving myself….the unconditional love and grace I had been unknowingly longing for. Yes, Grace. I have been thinking about grace quite a bit lately. Sometimes it takes...

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Chains

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Chains

Chains by Rob Nov 3, 2016   The road your self must journey on lies in polishing the heart. It is not by rebellion and discord that the heart’s mirror is polished free of the rust of hypocrisy and unbelief: your mirror is polished by your certitude – by the unalloyed purity of your faith. Break free from your chains you have forged about yourself; for you will be free when you are free of clay. The body is dark – the heart is shining bright; the body is mere compost – the heart a blooming garden. “The Walled Garden of Truth” – Hakim Sanai Years ago, during some serious marital strife, I was driving home from work early one morning, contemplating what had become of my life.  I considered that the payoff from my homeowner’s insurance, should I die, meant that I was worth more to my family...

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I’m Still Caught Off Guard on April 6

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I’m Still Caught Off Guard on April 6

I’m Still Caught Off Guard on April 6 by Cynthia May 22, 2016   Thursday Truc Bach Hopper Koffee   Yesterday was incredibly powerful in the most subtle of ways.  It challenged all my notions of loyalty, relationship, experience…  All my beliefs about what it means to have a son who died at 29 and how I am supposed to live with that…  I’ve been working on it for a long time now, since 2003, and it has become easier but no less profound. I can step back a bit and watch how I have reacted in the past to April 6th…  I’m still caught off guard, especially the year in India when I forgot.  And realized two days later that I’d missed the date entirely.  I remember my shock at realizing that even though I still carried my child with me, in my heart, loving him and missing...

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How you do Anything is How you do Everything

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How you do Anything is How you do Everything

How you do Anything is How you do Everything by Rebekah May 5, 2016   I recently spent a Sunday morning working in a friend’s garden and learned a lot about myself (and how I do life) in the process: I’m afraid of gardening. I know it sounds weird, or silly, or trivial, but it feels true. When I walk towards a garden bed, I feel trepidation. It’s the unknown. I couldn’t (and still struggle to) tell a common weed from a budding flower. I see a mess of stems, leaves, dirt, bugs…but I haven’t trained my eye to zero in on what is supposed to be there versus what isn’t. It’s all foreign to me. I feel tentative around plants, worried that the slightest misstep will collapse the entire garden ecosystem into ruin. Seriously, the entire garden – dead – because of me. I’ve got irrefutable evidence that...

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Lessons in Receptivity: Learning to Lead with Trust

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Lessons in Receptivity: Learning to Lead with Trust

Lesson in Receptivity: Learning to Lead with Trust by Mara April 18, 2016 I’m currently surrendering to *trusting the process* FIRST. Historically, trusting has been a last resort for me. Oh hey, well, I’ve exhausted all of my active states of figuring it out, asserting my will, forcing it, tantruming, victiming etc etc etc SO I GUESS I’LL JUST TRUST THE PROCESS NOW. I recently had the flu. 103 degree fever – could barely stand – didn’t leave the house for 5 days, flu. Each day I came up with something new to be terrified of: Day 1 it was the fever. The higher it climbed, the more terrified I got. Am I going to die??? Day 2 it was the project I needed to finish for work. My client is going to be so mad at me if I don’t finish. Day 3 it was the fever again....

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Do You Adore Yourself?

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Do You Adore Yourself?

Do You Adore Yourself? by Courtney April 9, 2016 The eccentric man who sat before me crossed his legs and reclined further in the metal folding chair, arms stretched out over the back of it, creating the illusion of comfort.  His eyes peered into me with the help of eyeglasses that made perfect circles around his eyes.  He cocked his head to the side and proceeded to ask me, “Do you adore yourself?” I wish I could give you more of the lead up conversation, but honestly I don’t have any recollection of how we got to such a question.  And the degree to which the question stunned me seems to have erased all memory of the words exchanged beforehand. I just finished yoga teacher training, so I know the correct answer is “yes,” – but given that my inclination was to give a half eye roll and a...

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