Journeying Toward Wholeness

MAY 2017

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!


The Yoga classes outside the 'walls' are not concerned with 'lockdowns' that bring a sudden end to a class which might only have begun. This has not happened often, but when it does, as it did two weeks ago, it's informative to see what happens. A discussion on B.K.S.Iyengar and his path into yoga was well underway when a guard whispered to me that we were to leave immediately! There were no complaints, no sounds of discontent, not even raised eyebrows. The men quickly and silently rolled the mats, and we all left. These men are such teachers of taking life as it comes, and not wasting energy on “how I wanted it to be.”


The RMSI is into the 4th week of Saucha, the first Niyama (Purity), and the suggestion for the week is to 'set aside one undisturbed hour where you take the time to eat one orange.' Gerome, who has been in the class for some time and works in the kitchen, is going to see that they do get an orange....maybe it will not be an hour, maybe 15 minutes, but they are up for this.


The Yoga Classes outside the 'walls' are finishing the 4th week of Svadhyaya, or self-study, which is about knowing our true identity as Divine, and understanding the boxes we are wrapped in from our conditioning. Several of us feel that the Byron Katie work goes directly and easily to this, and is so liberating when we take the time to do it.

Below are thoughts form Deborah Adele; The Yamas & Niyamas in looking at Svadhyaya (self-study).


The witness is our ability to watch ourselves act and respond.

It is our ability to watch our thoughts and our emotional

disturbances. This ability is what gives us clues into our

matrix of belief systems. It is how we know ourselves and

the stories that run us. The witness is our ability to

watch the ego rather than identify with it.The pro-

-foundness of this watching is that we begin to

know ourselves as something different than

who we thought we were. It is this ability to


that begins to bring healing to our lives.


Restorative Yoga is happening this week, May8-11th, The Full Flower Moon showing itself on May 10th. Please bring a bolster, if you have one. (Yoga classes are listed on my


T'ai Chi Classes:

Tuesdays 8-9am at Dragon Park. (For early risers, we meet at Provence at 7:15 before the class to have coffee/tea and talk. All welcome.)

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm at Dragon Park, beside Harris Hillman School.

Thursdays 9-10am at Martin Senior Center in Brentwood


Carole Krones has been so active and present in our T'ai Chi classes for over 20 years. Her graceful presence, and lovely English accent added so much to keeping our classes light, and fun in the learning process. Carole died peacefully in Hospice Monday evening May 1st. For many days she has been surrounded by the love of family and friends who continue to be in touch with her amazing love of all life. Our hearts are sad, but our remembrances are warm and bright, with just a touch of her British flair, and her fun-loving way of being in the world! We all love you Carole! Continued happy journeying!


I am available for Breema Treatments, Mondays, Tuesday afternoons and Fridays. Please call (615-498-4090) in advance for your appointment time. Jon Schreiber, director of The Breema Center in Oakland, and author of many Breema books, sent this quote from his book: Waking Up to This Moment on email this week.


 Everything comes from light and returns to light.

Where does your life start? Where does the water you see flowing

in the river start?

From snow melting in the mountain peak. You can't look at a

section of the river

and say that its the whole river. By the time you say it, the water

you looked

at has moved on, and new water has taken its place. So how can

you say this is

your life, this seventy or eighty years in this container? How can

you separate

it from the flow of life? You are like a drop of water flowing in the

river. There

are countless drops of water flowing from the source and eventually

returning to

the source. That's the process of existence of the universe.

Everything is made

of light. Everything comes from light and returns to light.”


The teachings of Adyashsanti will be shown on the large screen (DVD) at Green Hills Library Sunday May 14th. This is from 2:30-4:30in the large room on the first floor. All welcome!


Circle Dancing is offered at Friends Meeting House on 26th Ave. N in Nashville every 1st and 3rd Friday evening 7-9p. This is happening Friday May 5th and 19th! Several dancers meet at Calypso Cafe on Charlotte Avenue at 6:00 to get a bite and visit before the dancing. All welcome! “To circle around the center is to be in constant relationship with the Source of Bring” ~ Unknown


Well Being Retreat Center offers two workshops in May. May 5-7, “Self-Limiting Beliefs” led by Don Oakley and Patty Bottari, which is free with the bringing of a 'meal' for the group. May 30-June2 is a retreat given by Susan Robertson and Rahkwees Keh ; “Creation's Way: Learning to live in Harmonious Balance. For further information or registration contact: 423-626-9000


What Can I do to support immigrants and refugees right now? Open House for new volunteers and supporters next Tuesday, May 2ndat CASA AZAFRAN, 2195 Nolensville Pk., 6-7:30 pm


Introduction to Tennessee Birds!

May 10, 17, 24, 31 With Richard Connors at Radnor Lake, Wednesdays 10-12pm. To resister or for more information contact Richard: 615-832-0521



May has arrived with such a variety of weather and the amazing greening of Tennessee.

Whatever path you are on, may it bring surprising blooms that radiate the beauty and aliveness that is here right now.


Blessings to all!




In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all

great teachers try to tell us.”

~ Peter Matthiessen


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