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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 »

Jan 22

Winter 2017 Day-Long Retreat – “Sound, Energy, and Intention”

Energy is the essence of the entire universe, and the essence of you and me. Everything in nature has a signature vibration that co-creates the symphony of the life on this planet. Our words and even our thoughts vibrate with … Continue Reading »

Jun 05

The Hawk and the Gopher

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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 »

May 14

Conscious Embodiment: A day-long retreat for deep connection with Spirit through your body and the natural world

Conscious Embodiment: a day-long retreat for deep connection with Spirit through your body and the natural world. Yoga ♦ Meditation ♦ Deep Nature Connection ♦ Community ♦ Grounding and Centering ♦ Creative Expression A day long-remembered in nature, on an … Continue Reading »

Dec 13

Awakening Heart Spiritual Community – Topic: “Sacred Sound, Sacred Silence”

Awakening Heart A universal spiritual community for seekers of all ages A community that shares the belief in a universal, loving Presence – the Divine – which is experienced uniquely by each individual A place where all spiritual paths are … Continue Reading »