July 2014

Speaking from the Heart

I just returned from an extraordinary week-long camping experience.  There's not a lot of words yet for what I feel.  I can only offer feelings from my heart.  The heart speaks in non-verbal ways - how to communicate that in a newsletter?

I can share images, experiences that touched me.  The sound of a single bird would wake me at 5:30, gradually followed by other birds.  The opening to my tent faced east, and on clear days, I'd see the rays of light beaming through the redwood trees across the large field we had our village gatherings in.  On foggy mornings, we'd hear the drip-drip-drip of moisture from the redwood branches fall on our tent.  My daughter and I would rise at 6, dress and join the handful of early-birds to sing the wake-up songs for the camp.

One day, I took off my shoes and socks, and scaled a hillside barefoot with my clan members, stealthily surrounding another clan to surprise them.  I felt alive, like a child, full of the joy of adventure and play.

And tears streamed down my face as the teens returned to the village, victorious after their 2 night backpacking excursion into the wilderness, all of us singing and drumming at the tops of our voices to celebrate their rite of passage.  How much I longed for every child to experience this transformation.

This trip was the first time in over 20 years that I have spent more than a night in a tent, sleeping on the ground.  More importantly, it was a week-long program designed to deepen my connection to nature and a sense of community, and indeed, it filled those places in me - the longing to connect to others, and the longing to connect to our natural world.

It reflected to me again my calling, my sense of the compelling need in our society for authentic, real connection to our own selves, each other, our planet, and Spirit.  I feel ever more moved to create spiritual communities that are nourishing each of us on these levels.

My recent endeavor to meet that need is The Spiritual Cafe', where you can gather over the phone or internet with others who are also longing for community and to deepen their connection to the Divine.  It's coming up next Friday July 25th, 10:30-11:30am Pacific - won't you join me for some inspiration and tranquili-tea?  Call-in details below or on the Spiritual Cafe' page.

Miss that sense of community and spiritual depth in my yoga classes?  Then you can look forward to Yoga Quest, coming up in September and October!  I'm repeating the series on the Brahmaviharas: 4 Attitudes of Relationship at Mind-Body Zone in Fremont; and returning to YiY in October and November for a new series, Panchamayakosha: The 5 Sheaths of the Self.  See below for dates, times, and registration.

Regarding the 4 Attitudes of Relationship, I'm writing an article every month on one of them, starting with Maitri in this month's issue.  Let it inspire your practice and how you respond to everyone in your life - including you.

And for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Sanskrit language, I'm returning to the Yoga and Movement Center in Walnut Creek this Saturday for Sanskrit: The Sacred Language of Yoga.  Immerse yourself in the beautiful and empowering sounds of Sanskrit for an afternoon!

As I did, step out into nature and connect to it from your heart.  Let it nourish you, and soothe the soft longing for deep connection.  From that place, you need no words to speak from the heart.





• Announcements

• The Spiritual Cafe'

• Event Calendar

• Article: Maitri - Are You Friendly? by Rev. Connie L. Habash

• Awakening Self Radio Show Archives

• Spiritual Quotes



Registration Open for Yoga Quest in Fremont!

and coming soon to Mountain View!

A transformative way to deeply explore Yoga philosophy in your life…

Yoga Quest: The Inner Journey of Awakening is coming back this fall to two studios!  A 45 minute yoga practice focused on a spiritual principle,  followed by journaling or art, discussion, and meditation.

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


YOGA QUEST I - The Brahmaviharas: 4 Attitudes of Relationship

4 Sundays : September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 2014

Location:  Mind-Body Zone – 3335 Seldon Ct., Fremont, CA 94539

Time: 10:30am-12:15pm 

Early bird discount for registration by AUGUST 24TH!



YOGA QUEST II - Panchamayakosha: the 5 Sheaths of the Self

5 Mondays : October 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, November 3rd 2014

Location:  Yoga is Youthfulness – 590 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041

Time: 9:30-11:15am

For full details about Yoga Quest, visit my website!


Intro to Sanskrit Workshop in Walnut Creek - This Saturday

 If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to say the names of the yoga poses, to correctly pronounce yogic terms, to be able to read the roman transliteration (our English alphabet with the dots, dashes, and lines added to it) on a yoga text, or love chanting and Sanskrit mantra, this workshop is for you!

This workshop will include:
• How to correctly pronounce the letters of the
Sanskrit language, including dual letters.
• Chanting and Sanskrit mantras.
• Putting these Sanskrit sounds into practice
on the yoga mat!

Saturday, July 19th, 3:30-6:30pm, $55, at The Yoga and Movement Center in Walnut Creek.


Counseling via Skype

Yes, I can do Counseling and Psychotherapy with you via Skype (or another online video conferencing tool) from anywhere in California.  (and of course, I have my office in Menlo Park for those of you local to the area)

Also, I can do Spiritual Mentoring with you via Skype from anywhere in the world!

Interested?  Contact me and begin the exploration.


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The Spiritual Cafe' - 4th Friday of Every Month

Friday, July 25th, 10:30-11:30am Pacific

1:30pm Eastern / 5:30pm GMT / 3:30am Sydney

Stop in for some tranquili-tea!

A monthly conference call to awaken your Divine Self.

• Open your heart

• Be inspired

• Feel connected to something Greater

• Cultivate inner peace

The Spiritual Café is a safe, loving, nurturing space to grow in your spiritual life.  Share your blessings, challenges, and insights.  Ask questions.  Receive and give support in a like-minded spiritual community.  I’ll provide inspiration, spiritual guidance, and meditation.

Offered by your heart-felt donation.

Join me for an hour of inspiration and transformation – call-in information and upcoming dates here!


Event Calendar

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


Maitri - Are You Friendly?

by Rev. Connie L. Habash

[This article is the first of a four-part series on Chapter 1, Verse 33 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali]

What is your first response when a friend is elated about something and wants to share it with you?

What about a distant relative whom you hear has just become wildly successful – in your field?

How about when you’re at a party, watching someone joyfully eating up all of your favorite food – when you’re on a diet?

Or when you’re in yoga class, struggling with a difficult and painfully uncomfortable pose, and you see someone across the room gracefully, blissfullly flowing into and out of it?

In the Yoga Sutras, chapter 1 verse 33 guides us how to respond to various situations in life. Yoga philosophy isn’t just about attaining deep states of meditation or to mastering invisibility (yep, the sutras do talk about invisibility, among other unusual things – but that’s another topic). The deeper practice of Yoga brings our attention to all aspects of life, including how we respond to others and how we treat ourselves. This sutra gives us four keys to maintain inner peace and serenity when faced with four different relational situations.

The first part of this sutra poses the situation of encountering someone who is happy. Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras, asserts that when we encounter someone who is happy, we should have the inner attitude of Maitri. Maitri translates as “friendliness”, but has also been interpreted as love, or being pleased.



Awakening Self Radio Show Archives

See my Radio Show page for over 40 archived shows dedicated to your spiritual awakening!


Spiritual Quotes

"Without loving-kindness for ourselves it is difficult, if not impossible, to genuinely feel it for others."

~ Pema Chodron


"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."  ~ Marcel Proust


"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.



Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT

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

Menlo Park, CA