Making Decisions - May 2017

Making Decisions - the thought can cause stress in the best of us.  I've been watching my daughter struggle with it, as I share in this month's blog.  I also shared some tips on "What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do" in my last radio show - tune in if you're feeling stuck.  Listen now to the podcast!

This month, I explore a new method to release stuck places and overwhelming issues: using a processing tool, called at Square, developed by Leslie Temple-Thurston in The Marriage of Spirit.  Tune in to my radio show on Friday, May 26th, at 2pm Pacific for "The Art of the Square:  A Tool for Personal and Spiritual Growth".

When you feel you have to take action on a quandry, consider whether you'd like to approach it as a decision, or a choice.  The word "decide" is from the latin root which means "to cut off".  For some, this is freeing - letting go of all the alternatives and committing to a path.  A choice, on the other hand, gives you options; the ability to select from possibilities.  You can choose, and always choose again.  What say you - would you rather decide, or choose?




The 3rd Option

Last month, I explored the topic of “What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do” on my radio show, which has been a subject I’ve pondered for years and written articles about. But I’ve recently been impacted by the challenges of decision-making with my 12 year old daughter.

12 years old is a tough age. I don’t know about for boys, but for girls (and my daughter in particular), it’s a very bumpy ride. She’s been inundated by increasing demands at school, social pressures, and disappointments, not to mention the emotional roller-coaster of hormonal changes.

Perhaps all of this has contributed to her difficulty making decisions. She gets stuck in a frenzy of not knowing what to do. Smoke practically rises from her head when she’s not quite happy with either and feels she can’t choose. Her whole body tenses up, her face turns red, and nothing I say seems to make a difference. I wonder if she’ll blow a fuse.

Perhaps you sometimes feel like that? Like you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t, and don’t know which way to go?

Read more.




Upcoming Workshops at Mind-Body Zone in Fremont, CA

As part of their current Yoga Teacher Training program, I have several workshops on Yoga Philosophy coming up that are open to the public at MBZ in Fremont.  Come learn about the Yoga Sutras, the heart of yoga philosophy!

May 21st - The Yoga Sutras, Part 1 (including the 8 Limbs of Yoga)

August 19th - The Yoga Sutras, Part 2 (including the Yamas - the ethical principles)

September 23rd - The Yoga Sutras, Part 3 (focusing on the Niyamas, or spiritual observances)

For more information, visit the Mind-Body Zone website.

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

May Show:

The Art of the Square:  A Tool for Personal and Spiritual Growth

Friday, May 26th, 2-2:30pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern / 9pm GMT / 7am Sat. May 27th Sydney

Ever feel stuck in an emotion, belief system, or reactive pattern, and just don't know how to get out of it?  Feel like old ways of reacting get in the way of your spiritual awakening?  Rev. Connie knows a secret that can release these stuck places, open your heart, and bring a feeling of inner peace.

Developed by Leslie Temple-Thurston, founder of CoreLight, the Square is one of the most effective and efficient ways she has found to transform and release stuck patterns, on the spot!  It is based upon finding a polarity you are stuck in, such as Acting vs. Not Acting, or Pleasing Others vs. Displeasing Others.  We'll go through a short version of a square on the show, and you'll have the essential steps to do your own.

Have a pen and a notebook handy to work on your own Square!

For further exploration and in-depth understanding of the Square technique, read "The Marriage of Spirit" by Leslie Temple-Thurston.


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!


Event Calendar

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Spiritual Quotes


"Let silence take you to the core of life."

~ Rumi


"Every choice before you represents the universe inviting you to remember who you are and what you want."

~ Alan Cohen


"Dig within.  Within is the wellspring of good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig."  

~ Marcus Aurelius



Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Interfaith Minister - Spiritual Mentorship

Menlo Park, CA