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TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY HEALING IN MOVEMENT, BODYWORK, STRESS AWARENESS AND
not for the point, the stillpoint, there would be no dance. . .and there is only
the dance.” T.S. Elliot
began as an idea,
with great hopes that the ‘work’ itself would open paths toward our
self-development. Many of us are
searching for some connections between our intuitive inner heart and our
intellectual outer world.
Grandparents, parents, educators, healthcare providers, students and
retirees take steps beyond ‘waiting for a miracle to happen’ for living to be
better. We are individuals and a
learning community, both, recognizing our common longings to bridge gaps back to
our inner home – where peace and understanding heals.
ways of thinking and acting in the world create who it is we are, not who we
think we are. It is a wonderful opportunity and a
profound responsibility to take over the reins, to open our hearts to ourselves,
to each other and to our roles in the world at large.
investigating yoga, t’ai chi/qi gong, bodywork, meditation and a constellation
of other personal interests and practices, we are actively cultivating pathways
to understanding our selves and our world.
This inquiry process - an investigating of our primordial nature - is the
linking of body, mind, life force and spirit – going beyond habitual
human beings composed of physical bodies, emotions, mental histories, and
transformational aspirations. This
realization expands perspectives about how self-compassion supports us to take
personal responsibility for changing unhealthy, divisive tendencies. Self-compassion feels good, nourishes
vital energies and motivates us to think outside the ‘intellectual’ box. It acknowledges that everyone stumbles
now and again, for life is about the potential for understanding. It is about the difference between
unconscious, conditioned responses and critically considering not only our
selves and our children, but our world.
Turning our attention inward calms the mind and develops our common sense
and common intelligence. Choices
become clearer and more intentional.
have laid paths to be over-layed onto our contemporary lives in order to form a
creative, cultural context in which to choose our ways ahead. We all have deeply
in our DNA that which will support our growth.
are discovering that quiet listening is the path to relaxing into a healing
perspective and that questioning the answers with open curious awareness is
key. We are learning the essence of
being fully human in a beautiful, albeit un-reconciled world.
intentional learning community,
a ‘sangha’ in Sanskrit, is a small oasis within a given social system, within
the desert of the world, in which life is lived with a totally different gestalt
and vision: where, when engaged,
life is lived with prupose and meaning; where life is lived prayerfully, alert,
aware, awake; where life is not just accidental, where life starts becoming more
and more a growth in a certain direction, towards a certain destination, where
life is no more like drifting along in confusion or
the community experience, everyone has individuality, uniqueness and contributes
to the whole by simply being in a state of presence. Everyone is respected for whosoever they
are. There may be laborers and
professionals, service providers and householders, students, parents,
grandparents. One thing is
absolutely clear: that your job
makes no difference yet your individuality is intact and respected. Job or no job does not give you any
higher or lower status - it does not create any hierarchy. Everyone works in his/her own way, in
his/her own time.
is a place where you see a range of experiences from beginners to people who
have gone a little bit farther, and people who have given more time for the art
and skill of understanding. It is a
place where you can see the whole spectrum of movement through stages, where you
can see the journey in others. It
develops courage. You know that you
are not moving in a cul de sac, that you are not moving through some kind of
illusion or hallucination, even though it seems so at times. You see that continuing effort, done in
a gentle, intelligent way, brings results.
You can see results when you look for it.
itself can serve us to bring recognition that lost connections can be
rediscovered and bridged. Whenever
we participate with a sense of community, we both give and receive from this
deepening pool of intentionality and learning. Self-compassion, our need to give
ourselves time and space to become fully human, helps us to understand our
commonalities with all human beings - a continuing reminder that cultivating
kindness toward others and ourselves is integral to evoking the best in each of
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