September 2014

Nothing to Invade

"Honey, what do you think this is?" my husband asked me, as he extended a finger out.  On it was a small, black bug - larger than an ant, but not by much. It looked like a tiny beetle.  I had no idea.

We found a couple of them near the sink.  Over the next few days, we noticed a few more, right in the same area.  I pondered if they had snuck through the window, or perhaps the orchid plant nearby was infested.  I moved it outside.

Within a few more days, we were finding a lot, which was disturbing.  I realized I had to investigate more, so I opened up cabinets, spied several beetles, and started to pull items out.

On the bottom shelf, I found the source of our problem: a plastic bag of rice, pulverized to flour, with a massive colony of tiny black beetles.  Swiftly, I lifted the bag out of the cabinet and rushed it to the trash outside.  Thorough cleanup ensued.

Two weeks later, I was sitting at my computer and I heard a slight fluttering sound behind me.  As I turned to look out the window, I saw some small, translucent wings on the sill inside.  Termites!  Three or four were fluttering around the glass, and another was crawling on the carpet below.  We eventually discovered the source was a small swarm coming from the ceiling, above the smoke alarm.  Natural termite exterminators were called, and termites were terminated as responsibly as possible.

A disturbing sequence of events, to be sure.  No one wants their home invaded by pests, especially those that can eat the structure out of your abode.  There's also a psychological affect of an infestation - the feeling of being personally invaded, having the sense of security pulled out from under you by forces beyond your control.

What was different about this insect invasion was my internal state.  I didn't react.  There was no sense of panic as I would have had in the past, with a litany of terrifying thoughts.

Nope, not a simple worrisome thought.  I simply stepped into action and did what I needed to do, and then went to bed.  No worries.  What was the point?  Could I do any more than I did?  No.  So I just acted to the best of my ability, and let it go. 

And there was no sense of personal invasion.  What was there to invade?  The sense of "my" space was gone.  There were just beetles, or termites, and then there weren't, and it was OK.  Finally, I was able to witness what was happening from detachment.

Because the only thing that is truly real is the Divine Self, which is everything.  It is presence, and it is everywhere.  None of that changed when the termites showed up, nor when they were gone.

This month - in fact, this Sunday - I'm offering my first Yoga Quest series, which is designed to support you in connecting to your Divine Self!  Yoga Quest: The Inner Journey to Awakening will explore the 4 "Attitudes of Relationship" at Mind-Body Zone in Fremont every Sunday morning this month. 

These attitudes are the keys to maintaining inner serenity, no matter what happens in our lives.  There's still space if you'd like to join me on this journey (and I will continue my series of articles on the 4 Attitudes in next month's newsletter with Mudita - Joyfulness).

And you can join me in Mountain View for the 2nd series of Yoga Quest - the 5 "Sheaths of the Self "- on Monday mornings in October at Yoga is Youthfulness.  I'm very inspired by this new series that will take us from the physical, through the energetic and mental, to the sublime realm of spirit within.  Early bird discount through September 30th!

The Spiritual Cafe', my monthly conference call for spiritual inspiration, is coming up, too, on  Friday September 26th, 10:30-11:30am Pacific.  Let me support you in realizing your Divine Self!  Call-in details below or on the Spiritual Cafe' page.

Remember who you really are - you are that eternal witness, the Divine essence that is unlimited, everywhere present.  Nothing can take that away from you.  Nothing can anything invade you if you are everything that is.  Let yourself expand to include the whole universe, and you'll feel wholeness within.





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Yoga Quest in Fremont starts this Sunday! (and registration open for 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 

$80 for the series; drop-in for $25/class on a space-available basis



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

Cost: Preregistration by SEPTEMBER 30TH : $85 per person for the 5-class series, or $140 for two people (a savings of $30!) 

After September 30th : $90 for the series; drop-in for $25/class on a space-available basis


For full details about Yoga Quest, visit my website!


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The Spiritual Cafe' - 4th Friday of Every Month

Friday, September 26th, 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!


Awakening Self Radio Show Archives

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


Spiritual Quotes

"When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the supreme state will come to you uninvited and unexpected."

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


"To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders."  ~ Lao Tzu


"Every thought you have makes up some segment of the world you see.  It is with your thoughts, then, that we must work, if your perception of the world is to change." ~ A Course in Miracles



Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT

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

Menlo Park, CA