This post is the second of a 9-part series on the obstacles to spiritual practice, from verse 1:30 of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: vyādhistyānasanśaya pramādālasyāvirati bhrāntidarśanālabdha bhūmikatvānavasthitatvāni...
We’re challenged with our differences these days – they have caused a great divide in our world. Polarization appears to be intensifying, and it’s difficult to have conversations with people of opposing views. Here are two keys to...
Most everyone can agree that being authentic – at least in my world – is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life. But do we really know what authenticity means, and how it plays out in our lives? Here are my thoughts on...
Do you struggle with self-judgment? You’re not alone. It’s a fallacy to believe that you have to judge yourself in order to change. Here’s a more gentle and transformative way. Every one of us has habits that we’d like...
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. You’ve probably heard that saying. The first time I did was in graduate school back in the 90’s. It has held true. I...
[based on my talk from New Year’s Eve 2021: A New Beginning] No one needs to be told that 2020 was a difficult year. We all know the reasons why. But we may not realize that there is a gift in all that challenge: fire by friction. Have you...
I am not exaggerating when I say that the group has truly and deeply changed my life. I have never felt more content and at peace, and it is amazing. Thank you so much, Connie. I cannot express in words how grateful I am.
Lynnette Pang, Castro Valley, CA
Connie’s website, AwakeningSelf.com is aptly named. Of the many gifts I’ve received as a student and mentee of Connie’s, the most profound has been greater ability to go within and cultivate peace. Connie has a great ability to read the room, perceive what’s needed, and deliver that. This is one of the things that makes… Read more “Always Inspired”
Erika Meir, San Jose, CA
One of Precious Few
Connie is one of those precious few who are able bring much insight, flexibility and heart to human concerns. She is someone who I admire and who I would recommend without hesitation.
Nicole Gottfried Zapien, San Francisco, CA
What a Wonderful Gift You Have
Dear Connie – Unfortunately I live too far to enjoy your classes but I sure do look forward to your monthly newsletter “Awakening Self”. I read portions of it to my Yoga classes, as well as use the Quotes on the end to share with the participants. They love it! What a wonderful gift you… Read more “What a Wonderful Gift You Have”
Mary Anna Jansen, Brentwood, CA
You Have Shown Me The “Light”
Your classes have literally “awakened” in me the ability to view myself and the world in a more compassionate way. I have taken this new awareness into my very soul. You have shown me the ” light”, namaste.
Diane Boggie, Mountain View, CA
Weaves a Philosophical and Spiritual Message
Connie is a gem. Connie’s vast experiences and wisdom are clearly evident in her teaching and counseling…This is Connie’s gift to us; she is able to take very difficult, complex, hard to understand concepts and make it down-to-earth, relatable and applicable to our modern lives. Her teachings stay with you long after the class. There… Read more “Weaves a Philosophical and Spiritual Message”
Lynn Cheng Kaylor, Fremont, CA
A Powerful and Loving Force
You are a powerful and loving force Connie… I wanted to let you know how much your presence and your class touched me to the core.
Clarice Hirata, Mountain View, CA
One of the Best Experiences of My Life
Connie is absolutely one of the most intuitive, insightful, kind, nurturing, intelligent, and resourceful people I know. She has given me practical and meaningful tools to use every day in order to reduce stress and increase communication in order to better meet my every day needs. Connie’s counseling style is truly transformative. I found after… Read more “One of the Best Experiences of My Life”
TL, Mountain View, CA
Truly Powerful and Meaningful
I have to say this was a truly powerful and meaningful retreat for me, Connie. I am deeply grateful.
Counting My Blessings
I woke this morning counting my blessings, feeling receptive, grounded and ready to share the energy we cultivated yesterday in all my interactions today.
It was very profound for me
Loved how heartfelt it was and how you created so much love and safety in this group – it was very profound for me.
Renee Miller, Fremont, CA
Everything was wonderful
Everything was wonderful. It came from heart and therefore it was accepted and received by heart… Deeply grateful for this wonderful experience and looking forward to future retreats.
Bibi Sharma, Los Gatos, CA
What was shared had a true resonance
I loved being out in nature and so much appreciated how open everyone was. So much of what was shared had a true resonance to experiences in my own life. It also helped to hear and understand what other women are going through, their experiences and responses.
I applaud you
From the deepest part of my heart, thank you for the website and content. I want you to know that each post on your blog is refreshing. What makes your work impressive is that your voice is displayed. Therefore, your heart is shared with all of us who take the time to absorb the words.… Read more “I applaud you”
E. Cormier, Louisiana
Connie’s wisdom is healing
Connie’s wisdom is healing. The tools in her book are life enhancing, practical and grounded in love. The deep care she has for everyone is evident. I keep her book bedside and refer to it often. To engage with Connie is to experience a profoundly deep embrace of kindness and compassion, sprinkled with a healthy… Read more “Connie’s wisdom is healing”