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Jun 12

Sing Your Song

Every morning, shortly after I wake, I do my “sit-spot” practice outside in our front yard. This is a practice of simply sitting and being present with everything in nature. It’s a beautiful way to begin my day with the freshness of the morning air, the sun beginning to peek through the leaves, the squirrels racing up and down the oak trees, and most of all, the birdsong.

I relish hearing the variety of birds in our neighborhood. On those beautiful, bright, sunny mornings it is pure delight to sit by our grassy patch and hear a bird calling from the tall redwood tree 5 houses down to the right, and to hear the high-pitched clicking sound of a hummingbird as it zooms in for a drink from our Mexican sage.

This morning, however, was quite different than the others for the last couple of months. It was dense with cloud-cover, and rain was expected. For California in June, this is rare. With ordinary eyes, one might wake up, see the dismal looking skies, and decide to just pull the covers over the head and go back to sleep. A dreary, cloudy day. Continue Reading »

Jun 05

The Hawk and the Gopher

Posted in: Animals, Attachment, Awareness, Embodiment, Grounded, Nature, Paradox | Comments Off on The Hawk and the Gopher Tags: , , ,

hawk_conniehabash_spirituality_counseling_meditation_menloparkLast month, I led a spiritual retreat at an idyllic farm, tucked into a secluded valley in Half Moon Bay, California. The focus of our day together was embodiment – being fully present, centered, grounded, and aware in our bodies and connected with the Earth.

In the afternoon, we immersed in a practice called Sit Spot; sitting outdoors, quiet and still, taking in whatever we experience from nature.

I sat on the edge of a field, facing some trees and the rising slope of a hill behind them. There was a gentle breeze, and my gaze lifted up to the clouds floating by. High in the sky, almost at the height of the clouds, I saw a hawk. It was slowly gliding in circles on the currents of air, as hawks often do. I couldn’t stop looking at it as it drifted higher and higher, further and further away over the distant hills until it was just a speck, and then disappeared from my view.

It struck me as an interesting contrast to the idea of embodiment – floating up higher and higher into the clouds, far above the earth, rather than deeply rooted in the soil, as we had much of the retreat. Continue Reading »

Feb 25

Registration open for Conscious Embodiment Retreat!

Posted in: awakening, Awareness, Beauty, Connection, Consciousness, Meditation, Movement, Nature, Retreat, Seasons, Spring | Comments Off on Registration open for Conscious Embodiment Retreat!

amaryllis at farmI’m thrilled to offer a new day-long retreat for connecting to your Self, Community, and the Divine through your body and nature.

Join me at the Conscious Embodiment one-day retreat on Saturday, May 14th in Half Moon Bay, CA.

Adult program as well as an amazing kid’s deep nature connection program for ages 6-12.

The day will be spent on an idyllic farm, secluded in nature with a creek running through it, abundant flowers, hiking trails, and a meditative pond. Yoga, meditation, creative expression, and many ways of being embodied will fill our day, as we explore and share together in the springtime energies. A delicious vegetarian lunch included.

For more information and registration: https://awakeningself.com/ministry/conscious-embodiment/ Continue Reading »

Sep 05

Speaking From the Heart

Posted in: Appreciation, Beauty, Being, Connection, Delight, Heart, Nature | Comments Off on Speaking From the Heart Tags: , , ,

redwoods_conniehabash_spirituality_counseling_meditation_menloparkThis summer, my daughter and I shared 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 blog? Continue Reading »

Jun 09

Tranquility

Posted in: Consciousness, Meditation, Nature, Peace, Quiet, Thoughts, Tranqulity | Comments Off on Tranquility Tags: , , ,

conniehabash_waterlily_spirituality_counseling_psychotherapy_meditationImagine sitting by the shore of a pond. There is a gentle breeze, just enough to tickle you, on a balmy, warm day. You can hear birds singing, talking to one another, with spacious periods of serene silence in-between. At the near edge of the pond is a grouping of lily pads, with several pale pink blossoms opening themselves to the sun. Other than the occasional duck that paddles by, the water is smooth as glass, undisturbed and reflective. Continue Reading »