Next Meeting February 17th

Whether you stretched and held poses, or sat and waved “bye-bye” to your thoughts last meeting, chances are you needed that break.  Congratulate yourself for creating that space in your day!  We wish to extend our gratitude to yoga instructor Jen Breen, for the generous gifts of her time and skill.  If you would like to take classes with Jen, check out her beautiful and uplifting website:  Bainbridge Yoga House.  Jen also teaches yoga to high school students, and writes about this wonderful journey on Facebook.  Take a peek at High School Yoga.  Thank you Jen!

For those who sat in meditation with Bev Gaines, what did you think?  Do you have any questions?  Please feel free to ask Bev anything about technique or ideas and thoughts that came to you.  Sitting with yourself has its “rewards”, but they aren’t always crystal clear at the moment they arrive.  Like yoga, meditation is a practice that may feel easier, and go deeper with time.  Try connecting with yourself, daily, in whatever way feels right for you.

This week at our February 17th meeting, we will talk about What Gets In the Way of Joy (Part 1).  Bev will outline a few of the “givens” that visit all of our lives, things that we may forget, but that sooner or later we will experience because we are alive.  A few examples are, “Nothing stays the same”, “Life isn’t fair”, “People can be disappointing”, and “Pain happens in life.”  These truths do exist, so it is important that we acknowledge them.  They don’t need to define our lives or keep us from joy, however.  They are one side of a coin, and we will study it before we flip it over and reveal the other side.  Can you think of something that you have identified in your life that is a barrier to joy?

HOSTING

This next meeting, the Green Group will do set-up, clean-up, and provide food.  One of your group members will contact you soon via email with details.  Set-up starts at 8:45.

HOUSEKEEPING

As another reminder to people who paid half the registration fee at the start of the season, the rest, $50, is now due.  For those who just joined Mom’s Morning Retreat, the fee, $50, is also due now.  Thank you!

What Are You Doing With Your One Wild and Precious Life?

Below is a valuable teaching brought to our attention by a Mom’s Morning Retreat mom.

An old Cherokee Indian was speaking to his grandson:
     “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.  “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.  One is evil- he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.  The other is good- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.  This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.” 
     The grandson thought about it for a long minute, and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
     The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
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