May 2014

What's Your Motivation?

Whether we're on a yoga mat or meditation cushion, sitting at your desk, or putting pen to paper, we all have motivations for what we do.  But are you aware of yours? Your motivation is important - it impells you to strive for your best and reach your goals. 

If you are clear and solid about what your motivation is for the study of yoga or any spiritual practice, you're more likely to have a fruitful experience - whether that is inner peace or more flexibility.  A strong intention fuels your concentration and dedication.

Doing anything for someone else, because someone told you to, or because you feel you "should" are motivations that won't hold up well under duress.  As soon as you feel enough resistance, you're likely to give up (or even to rebel!).

So look deeply inside for your motivation.  What is it that you truly long for?  What inspires you?  What is your ultimate goal?  Let those questions guide you to your heart and your inner clarity about why you are rolling out your mat or undertaking any endeavor.  When you have deep clarity and firm resolve, you can move mountains.

In my final workshop in this year's Mind-Body Zone Yoga Teacher Training, I'll be sharing with you some practical motivations to practice yoga - cleansing, healing, strengthening, and clarifying the body and mind.  We'll also be delving into the importance of an ethical practice, for teachers and students.  Join me this Saturday from 3-6pm at Mind-Body Zone for Yoga Ethics and Practical Applications of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Light on Yoga).  Register here (click on Workshop), or read more details below.

Clear about your motivation, but having a hard time getting something started?  Then you might enjoy the simple but powerful suggestions in my recent blog, Just Begin, below.

And... Awakening Self Radio has returned!  This month's focus is on Tapas, that inner discipline that fuels our commitments.  Tapas is like an inner flame that keeps burning, keeping you on the path of self-awakening.  Tune in Tuesday, May 20th, 9-9:30pm PDT for Meditation and Inspiration - Fuel for Your Inner Fire on BlogTalk Radio!

Whatever motivates you, let that inspiration feed, fuel, and focus you on your highest goals.  When you stick with them, determined and open-hearted, you can receive the blessings of Divine grace.




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Yoga Ethics and Practical Applications of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Part of the Yoga Teacher Training at MIND-BODY ZONE, Fremont, CA

Saturday, May 17th, 2014  3-6pm

Svatmarama, the author of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Light on Hatha Yoga), felt that purification of the body was primary, leading to mental purification and ultimately to transcendence. Learn some of the essential yoga poses, breathwork practices, and purification rituals recommended by the ancients to enhance not only your yoga practice but your total well-being. The ethics of a yogi, as well as a yoga teacher, are essential to success in these practices, and will be a focus of our discussion and exploration. $35

To register, visit the Mind-Body Zone website!


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Just Begin

I like to walk on the treadmill at the gym, since I don’t have a nice hilly area right out the door to walk. When I say “like”, however, that may not be the most accurate description.

For the first several minutes, I constantly look at the time – how much longer? It feels like a lot of effort, my legs feel stiff, my muscles cold and complaining. I question whether I can really do this today. I don’t feel like going up those hills, or walking so fast, or expending the effort. It seems daunting, and I am tempted to stop.

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Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule

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All shows can be listened to from the links below, during or after the broadcast... Listen to any previous Awakening Self Radio shows on my Radio Show Page!

This Month's Show:

Meditation and Inspiration: "Fuel for the Inner Fire"

Tuesday, May 20th, 9-9:30pm Pacific / 12 midnight Eastern / 4am GMT / 2pm Wed. May 21st Sydney

The inner flame that keeps up determined and devoted to our spiritual practice is called Tapas in yoga philosophy.   In essence, it is self-discipline. We utilize Tapas, as that burning desire to become one with the Divine, to motivate ourselves to meditate. 

Join me to discover your inner Tapas, light the flame, and open the heart, deepening your connection to Spirit.  I'll share with you some inspiration to set the tone, then lead you through a semi-guided meditation.  Leave with a renewed sense of inspiration and motivation for your meditation practice.

See my Radio Show page for over 40 previous shows!

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Spiritual Quotes

"When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage. So long as mists envelop you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists -- as it surely will. Then act with courage."

~ Ponca Chief White Eagle


"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars."  ~ Latin Proverb


"Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone."  ~ Buddha


Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT

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

Menlo Park, CA