Journeying Toward Wholeness

Dec 2022, Jan 2023

Greetings Yoga and T'ai Chi Students and Lovers of Breema and The Painting Journal!


Greetings Yoga and T’ai Chi Students and Lovers of Breema and The Painting Journal!

Yoga Classes during most of 2022 have become Actual as well as Zoom for many students, and I have enjoyed being back at The Quaker Meeting House with room to move, and folks to bring their energy to this generous space. We have missed Margaret Howell who passed away in March, a regular in the classes, and also Anne Plummer who still deals with shoulder issues. We’ll keep the healing vibes
coming Anne! Kandace Starr has been an invaluable Yogini who lives close to the Meeting House, doing preparations needed for the classes, and making it easy for me to attend teaching, and not look after all the house details! Thank you Kandance!

Having a Regular Yoga practice reminds us to consciously breathe, listen inwardly, let go when needed, feel amazing support and energy in our bodies, and connect with something greater. It lets each one of us experience our body
doing its best no matter what its condition, allowing the breadth of emotions to be
experienced and released, not kept away, and to feel more moments of peace and joy as we live each day. I know we each feel such gratitude for this practice, and those who have inspired and taught us along the way.

Full Wolf Moon comes on the 6th of January, and we will be doing Restorative Yoga on January 3rd. Do bring a bolster if you have one, and a small scarf for the head.
Yoga Classes~
Beginner: Actual and Zoom Yoga Class, Tuesdays, 9:30-10;45am CST
Intermediate: Actual and Zoom Yoga Class, Tuesdays, 11:00-12:15pm
No Classes December 26th-30th.

The T’ai Chi Class continues at Dragon Park on Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30am, at the corner of Blakemore and 24th Avenue. All Welcome! In January “Earlybirds” are welcome to meet at Fido for tea/coffee/visiting at 7:45am, then over to the park or Belmont Methodist Church at 8:30 for the class.Weather depending.
If you wish to be a full-time student, the fee is the same as for Yoga, and if you wish to come on a drop-in basis, you may bring a love offering or donation the day you attend.
We are doing Chi Gong and the Chungliang Al Huang forms: The Five Element Form, and the 5 Circles. We are now again able to have the class on unsuitable weather days at Belmont Methodist Church in Hillsboro Village.

Self-Breema Zoom Session - A community offering during Covid, Fridays,
9:00-9:30am CDT. If you wish to participate, send your email address to be placed on the zoom invitation that goes out on Thursdays. No Session December 30th.

Amy Barnes and friends will be offering a Winter Solstice Community Kirtan at “Friends Meeting House” 530 26th Ave. N., Nashville, 37209, Saturday December 17th 2-4pm. Musicians playing with Amy are, Gayatri Das, Gadi Das, & James Weinberg along with Carissa Camille their sound weaver. No fee, but donations appreciated. All Welcome!

Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN offers a number of retreats
each month that are listed on their website.
Don Oakley continues his Tuesday night talks on zoom 5:30-7:00pm CDT, the first and third Tuesdays on each month. (Link is on website) Tuesday December 20th Don’s talk will be “God Playing Hide and Seek”
January Retreats:
January 20th-22nd…”Silent Non-dual Weekend Retreat w/ Alaya Dickinson
February 2-5th “Discover Your Inner Peace” w/Don and Patty
Website for details on Retreats:

Joe Zarantonello of Loose Leaf Hollow in Bardstown KY is on Zoom Sunday mornings @ 10:00 -11:30amCDT with a virtual Retreat starting with inspiration, then Meditation, and lastly Quaker-like conversation among those gathered on zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting:

Wishing you each much love, ease, and joy through the Solstice, and into the New Year! “Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” ~Kahlil Gibran



How Does It Feel To Be A Heart?

Once a young woman asked me,

“How does it feel to be a man?”
And I replied,

“My dear,
I am not sure.”

Then she said,
“Well, aren’t you a man?”

And this time I replied,

“I view gender
As a beautiful animal
That People often take for a walk on a leash
And might enter in some contest
To try to win strange prizes.

My dear,
A better question for Hafiz
Would have been,
‘How does it feel to be a heart?’

For all I know is Love,
And I find my heart Infinite
And Everywhere.”

~Daniel Ladinsky


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