EMC NEWSLETTER_WEEK OF FEB. 10, 2019

Meditation Schedule

TUESDAY, FEB. 12 - 7:00-8:30 AM; AWAKENING JOY - CLASS #3: MINDFULNESS-PART !!
THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2019 - 6:00 PM OUTDOOR 816 PASSIFLORA AVENUE, ENCINITAS;
SATURDAY SANGHA - FEB. 16; 7:30-9:00 AM; “AWAKENING JOY IN THE BODY”
TUESDAY AND SATURDAY SITTINGS ARE LOCATED AT SOUL OF YOGA, 627 N. Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024

Awakening Joy Through Mindfulness

Class #3: Tues, Feb 12; 7:05-8:30am SOUL OF YOGA

There is a "one-directional" path to the realization of true and abiding happiness and ease.  This is the truth of our mindfulness practice.  When we intention and practice placing gentle and kind attention on the body and the breath, we are (whether we know it or not) contributing to the cultivation of mindfulness, which offers us the clear-seeing, committed, unwavering path to being able to respond to life, exactly as it is, with presence, calm, love, discernment, courage, compassion and wisdom.  In this alone, we can then take great joy and delight and be glad!But why doesn't this feel like enough?  This amazing and infinite opportunity to contribute to the good, to aid in the welfare of those we love and all others and to have an abiding joy from the offering of this kindness and compassion that cannot be destroyed or diminished.  Well, because the egoic and fear-based mind wants what it wants and what it wants is....comfort, pleasure, security and protection from this precious human life that is constantly changing, appearing and disappearing, rising and falling and in which there is nothing to hold onto besides this moment.  Just this??  Who likes this idea?  There is no predictability or reliability in any moment other than the one we are in, and even then, this does not secure what it is we prefer, want, believe we are entitled to or like.  Mindfulness offers us the possibility of being awake to what is present here and now and then with unwavering, unshakeable reliability, inviting us to show-up (think, speak and act) with the truth of the present moment in a way that aligns with life.  The result of this keen awareness equals a skillfulness, care and a responsiveness that contributes to greater ease, joy and freedom for you and others.   So, how do we begin?  Know the body as the body; itchy, tight, hot or achy-just like this, as it is.  Know the breath as the breath; in and out, long and short, pleasant and unpleasant; just like this, as it is.... and so on.  In this way, we train to see clearly the true nature of all things--coming and going, and in the knowing, see that not this body, not this breath, not this thought, not this feeling is actually me, mine, or I.  No problem, no struggle, no distress or worry.  Free from the clinging and rejecting mind of bias and preference.  And in this, we can take great delight, be joyful and glad.  If we could only get this in pill form, wouldn't we all take it.  There is an antidote to our distress, disease and unhappiness...it is the practice of mindfulness itself.  What is the excuse for not doing it again?  There are none.
So let's begin now.....breathing in, knowing that you are breathing in; breathing out, knowing that you are breathing out;....PERFECT PRACTICE THIS MOMENT---ardent, resolute, clear-seeing and mindful.  And thus, we train!!!
AWAKENING JOY INFORMATION:Archived meditations, video teachings and practice notes for the AWAKENING JOY 16-week series will be available each week on our everydaymind.com site under the AWAKENING JOY COURSE tab.  The series is also available live through ZOOM on Tuesdays at 7:05-8:30am at this link.  You can choose to participate by going to the Zoom.us website and using this meeting number: 491 481 520.
REGISTER: The practice intensive AWAKENING JOY RETREAT is being offered from April 3-6, 2019 at Questhaven Retreat Center.  The retreat includes both residential and commuter options.  Please go to learn more and register and secure the 15% early bird discount at: http://www.encinitasmindfulness.org/retreats/Thank you always for your practice, your presence and your being.  May we all be happy and have the causes for happiness.  May our thoughts, words and deeds contribute.

love and blessings to you, now and always, di

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EMC SPRING Retreat

Fast Approaching—15% Discount on Early Bird Registration has begun through March 25.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR EMC'S  SPRING 4-DAY RETREAT ON

AWAKENING JOY: 10- STEPS TO A HAPPY LIFE 

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3-SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

WHERE: QUESTHAVEN RETREAT CENTER, San Marcos:  

Residential and commuter options available

WHY:  BECAUSE YOUR HAPPINESS AND THE HAPPINESS OF OTHERS DEPENDS ON IT

Early bird discount of 15% begins now through Oct. 1, 2018.

 

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TUESDAY STUDY GROUP

"The Tender and Boundless Heart"

Orientation: Tues. Sept. 11

8-week course: Sept. 18-Nov. 6

Dana: $5-10 per class-

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

ORIENTATION: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH;  6:30-7:30 PM

FIRST CLASS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH; 6:15-8:30 PM

(Friday morning class beginning Sept. 21 will be offered if 6 or more participants sign-up)

ORIENTATION LOCATION:  SOUL OF YOGA 627 N. ENCINITAS BLVD, ENCINITAS.

PLEASE GO TO: everydaymind.com/register/ to sign up for course orientation and/or 8-week series.  Payment not required.

 

 

 

 

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This is not come about by my personal fatigue at the aspiration, but by the reality that when others see that you are not balanced, have created caring time and space for yourself and are committed to your own health and well-being, out of their own care and love for you, they will not rely on you.

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