September 2013

Being Your Self

There are a lot of big questions in life, aren't there?  I explored one of them last month - What is Love?  One of them for me has always been "Who Am I?"

We think we know ourselves... but what we know is really the tip of the iceberg.  Who we Are is a deep and beautiful mystery.

We could come up with a lot of possible answers to "Who Am I".  But really, it's not meant to be answered - it is intended to take us into a more profound experience of  Being our authentic Self (as opposed to self with a little s - which we attach to personality, ego, and convenient labels like "mom, soccer player, accountant," etc.).   It's meant to awaken our Divine nature.

Hence, why I call my website Awakening Self.  It's all about awakening ourselves to that true Self, which is not thought or "doing" but pure Being.  All else arises out of that center within.

When we're conscious of Being that, we are more authentic, know our truth, and find more meaning and fulfillment in life.  Everything that I offer is meant to support you in Being your Self.

And I'm so excited to share new offerings that will do just that!

Next month is my return to teaching yoga with an inspiring new format.  YOGA QUEST: Journey to the Center of Your Self includes group-led personal exploration to take the themes of each class to a deeper level - to Being Your Self!  This 4-Monday series in October is already filling... early bird discount until September 30th (and save even more by registering with a friend!). More details are below.

Plus, many radio shows this month!  I'm doing a 3-week prototype of a new show called "Your Inner Wisdom" - live call-in support for your spiritual growth.  Every Thursday this month from 11:30am-12noon PDT/ 2:30 EDT/ 6:30pm GMT.  Listen in, call in, and let me know what you think!  More information below.

I'm also doing another Awakening Self Radio Show with Debra Wilson Guttas on the 2nd Chakra on Friday, September 27th, 1:30pm Pacific time.  Discover how "below the belt" can be spiritual, too!

Below you will also find two of my recent blogs that, in very simple ways, return you to just Being You by letting go of how we think it "should" be.  One through the practice of gratitude (Small Disasters Make Me Grateful) and the other through allowing yourself, even if things aren't great, to be happy (It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Happy).

This month, sit with the question "Who Am I?" gently and receptively, inviting it to awaken you to the experience of your Self.  Let the answers come and go, until only the quiet space of Being remains.




  • Announcements
  • Blog: Small Disasters Make Me Grateful by Rev. Connie L. Habash
  • Event Calendar
  • Blog: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Happy by Rev. Connie L. Habash
  • Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule
  • Spiritual Quotes


YOGA QUEST: Journey to the Center of Your Self  is unlike any yoga class you've taken...

4 Monday mornings in October, 10-11:45am at Yoga is Youthfulness in Mountain View, CA

YOGA QUEST I: The Four Brahmaviharas ("Attitudes of Relationship") Friendliness, Compassion, Joyfulness, and Equanimity

  • 1 hour yoga asana practice
  • Group and individual exercises, including journaling, discussion, or art, to deepen your understanding of yogic philosophy
  • 15 minute meditation

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT until September 30th...  Plus - invite a friend and receive an extra discount for registering together!

Yoga Quest is for you if you:

  • Relish the deep inner peace and insights you receive in yoga class
  • Love Yoga philosophy and want to learn more
  • See Yoga as a lifestyle and want to live it "off the mat"
  • Receive powerful inspiration during class, but wish you had written it down
  • Are committed to deepening your personal and spiritual growth

Fairly new to yoga? Haven't been to class in a while?  You're welcome here!

For details, see my Yoga Quest page... or register now at the YiY website


Spiritual Family

Sunday, October 27th - Theme: Gifts of Our Ancestors


330 Melville, Palo Alto, CA
Join us for an all-ages celebration of the Divine through yoga (kids and adult classes!), meditation, singing, spiritual discussion and community.   Please RSVP if you plan to attend to For details, see Spiritual Family.

NOTE: Yes, Spiritual Family is ending, but something is evolving in its place... stay tuned for updates!


Mind-Body Zone Teacher Training returns this month - now it the time if you want to join us!

Once again, I'm teaching Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit, Ethics, and Lifestyle in the Mind-Body Zone Yoga teacher training, beginning in September.  If you would like to join this extraordinary training with Lynn Cheng-Kaylor, Setareh Moafi, Lorien Neargarder, myself, and others, check out the MBZ website!


"Like" my new fan page on Facebook!

Have a look at my new fan page, Awakening Self, where I post inspiration all week long!  If you like what you see, please click the "Like" button... and share with your friends! 


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Small Disasters Make Me Grateful

by Rev. Connie L. Habash

Sometimes, it seems like one thing after another. Other times, just one thing seems like too much. This could have been too much, if I had let it.

Last week, I opened our hall closet door, underneath the stairwell, to get a jacket for my daughter. A strong odor assaulted me. Oh no. I knew this was bad. It smelled like mold.

Removing the coats and jackets so I could see better, I turned on the light, but still couldn’t make out what the problem was. I bent down to touch the carpet – soaked. Yikes! As I moved things aside, I looked up, and there was the culprit: a dripping fire sprinkler. What in the world was a fire sprinkler doing inside of a hall closet, I have no idea, but there it was dribbling over everything. Who knows how long it had been going on.

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Event Calendar

Every month, you can click this link to view my Calendar to see what is coming up!

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It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Happy

by Rev. Connie L. Habash

photo by Kristie McLean

I’m not feeling all that well today – my stomach is upset, my neck hurts, and I feel kind of sluggish. But I realized that I can still feel happy.

Most of us tend to feel that if we don’t have things that we want, or situations don’t turn out the way we’d like, or if we’re not feeling how we want to feel, that we shouldn’t be happy. We believe that we can only be happy if we get what we want.

But is that really true?

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Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule (online on BlogTalk Radio)

All shows can be listened to from the links below, during or after the broadcast... or from your phone at (347) 843-4408

This Month's Shows:

"Your Inner Wisdom" on Awakening Self Radio

Every Thursday this month!  11:30am-12pm Pacific / 2:30 Eastern / 6:30pm GMT

Feel a bit stuck in your spiritual growth?  Want a breakthrough?  Seeking your calling or purpose?  Longing for inner peace and happiness? Want to live a more authentic, inspired spiritual life?  Your Inner Wisdom is created just for that!

Rev. Connie L. Habash is a Spiritual Mentor,  supporting you to connect with the Divine within and discover your True Self. 

This is a call-in show!  Rev. Connie shares inspiration; you can call in to receive guidance on your spiritual challenges.  With compassion, light-heartedness, deep listening, and a gift at facilitating spiritual growth, she shows you how to find your answers within.

"The 2nd Chakra" - guest Debra Wilson Guttas, Integrative Energy Practioner

Friday, September 27th, 1:30-2pm Pacific / 4:30 Eastern / 8:30pm GMT

Join Rev. Connie and her special guest Debra Wilson Guttas, an Integrative Energy Practitioner and Reiki Master, for a refreshing, empowering, and at times humorous look at our lower energy centers and their importance in our spiritual evolution.  This show focuses on the 2nd chakra, the center of emotions, vital energy, and sensuality.  Find out why this chakra is the “birth canal for both biological and spiritual creativity”.  Call in with your questions!

Last Month's Show:

"Below the Belt is Spiritual, Too!" - guest Debra Wilson Guttas, Integrative Energy Practioner

Join Rev. Connie and her special guest Debra Wilson Guttas, an Integrative Energy Practitioner and Reiki Master, for a refreshing, empowering, and at times humorous look at our lower energy centers and their importance in our spiritual evolution.  This show focuses on the 1st chakra, the foundation of our lives.  To be an embodied being on the planet and develop our inner security, we must have a healthy “root” chakra.  Call in with your questions!

Debra Wilson Guttas helps women in business live more rich and connected lives through the use of Reiki / Healing Touch energy work, essential oils and gemstones. She is know for her signature Chakra Energy Diagnostics program. You can learn more about her at

Or, see my Radio Show page for more shows!

Do you know someone who would be great on Awakening Self?  Send me an email and you may just hear them on an upcoming radio show!

Spiritual Quotes

"The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see."  

~ Robert Holden

"Until we receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart."  

~ Brene Brown


"If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves."

~ Thomas Edison


Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Yoga & Meditation Teacher 
Interfaith Minister - Spiritual Mentorship

Menlo Park, CA