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Faith and Grace - April 2017

Grace is a concept I didn't know much about when I was young.  I had not heard of it until about 20 years ago.  The idea of "unmerited blessings" was new to me - I always thought I had to earn whatever I got.  And therefore I believed that whatever good came my way, I made that happen.

Over time I began to recognize a shift in myself, an understanding that, often, blessings simply show up.  My only part in the experience was my willingness to receive them.

However, sometimes it seems that blessings are hard to come by.  I work hard at my growth, and periodically I feel stuck or even on the downswing.  It's those times that I draw on my faith until Grace comes. I don't have control over it, and I need to continue on the path and trust that it will arrive, just like spring.  Whether it's a long or short winter, spring always comes.

Spring's advent inspired this month's blog about spring and grace, below. 

To support and inspire you, I extend a special invitation to my free talk  at Center for Creative Living in San Jose - "4 Attitudes Can Change Your World" on Sunday, April 23rd.  I'd love your presence and support as I share some of yoga philosophy's most potent teachings.  Details below or on my website.  Please RSVP - thank you!

And remember:  EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS APRIL 15TH for the  Spring Day-Long Retreat - "Awakening and Creativity": Saturday, April 29th at Ananda Valley Farm in Half Moon Bay.  Register now!

Be patient, open to receive, and trust - Grace could be just around the corner.

Blessings,

Connie

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Spring - and Grace - Will Arrive

It's spring, and I've returned to my practice of sitting outside upon rising. Most mornings, just as the sun peeks over the trees behind my neighbor’s house across the street, I go outdoors and sit for a few minutes. My hot tea in hand warms me as I sip, holding both hands around the mug. I feel the firm earth beneath me, supporting me on my journey through the day. It is a time that I attempt to quiet my mind and listen to Spirit speak to me through nature.

Some days, the juncos are busy scavenging for seeds; others I just hear the hidden birdsong of others breeds hidden in the oaks trees and pine needles above. Often, a black squirrel will scuttle along the top of the fence, his super-highway to the yard nextdoor. This is my favorite time of the year to be doing this practice, as I can see the changes that spring brings almost from day to day. I watch our California poppies change from just 3 blossoms to 8 in 24 hours.

I ask for a message, some guidance, from the Divine, and then wait. It’s not that I expect something magical and stupendous to occur. It’s more that I wait for my perception to be guided to what I need to see in order to receive my message.

Read more.

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Announcements

 

Guest Speaker at Center for Creative Living, San Jose - April 23rd

I'll be giving a talk for the Sunday morning service at 10am at Center for Creating Living in San Jose.  We'll be exploring one of the most potent of the Yoga Sutras, and the most practical for our modern world.  Find out how "4 Attitudes Can Change Your World!"  By donation.  See my website for details!

Spring Day-Long Retreat - "Awakening & Creativity"

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT THROUGH APRIL 15TH

Wouldn't you like to free your creative energy and awaken more of who you really are?  Join us on April 29th and be inspired!

Nature is alive with the energies of Creation in the springtime. This is the essence of spiritual awakening – being reborn and continually unfolding as we grow, evolve, and become more of our True Self. Join Rev. Connie as we deeply immerse in our creative energies to awaken our authenticity, joy, inspiration, and connection to the Divine.

A kid's program is available for ages 6-12!

Saturday, April 29th, 9:30-5:30 at Ananda Valley Farm in Half Moon Bay, CA

More details on my website!

• Yoga

• Meditation

• Deep Nature Connection

• Creative & Artistic Exploration (including making mandalas)

• Movement

• Light Hiking

• Sharing in Supportive Community

Katie Hicks returns to lead an amazing kid's program, and Laura Stec is back to serve up a delicious vegetarian luncheon!

Join us for fun, creativity, and the beauty of springtime.  Register now!

Awakening Self Radio Show returns on BlogTalk Radio

Tune in for inspiration on your path of awakening...

All shows can be listened to from the links below or from your phone at (563) 999-3743 (long distance charges may apply).  Download as a podcast afterwards!

You can also listen to more than 5 years of archived shows on my website.

No April show - May shows to be announced soon!

 

Last Month's Show:

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

Stuck, frustrated, confused, at an impasse?  Especially on your spiritual path?  Rev. Connie shares with you some insights on how to embrace the place you’re in and allow it to shift in a new direction. You don’t have to know what to do, because something within us and greater than us is already steering the ship.  Call in with your questions, comments, and stuck places!

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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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Spiritual Quotes

 

"For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction."

~ Cynthia Occelli

 

"To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.  This state is then no longer dependent upon things being a certain way, good or bad.  It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly... Life flows with ease."  

~ Eckhart Tolle

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Blessings,

Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Interfaith Minister - Spiritual Mentorship


Menlo Park, CA
650-996-2649
http://www.AwakeningSelf.com