Journeying Toward Wholeness

Oct 2020

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!

  “Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace"

Thich Nhat Hanh


To celebrate Thầy's “continuation day” on October 11th, we are inviting all of Thầy's hundreds of thousands of students to practice walking meditation, and to forgive and love those with whom they have difficulties. This is a beautiful way to continue Thầy in the world, and nourish his spirit while he is still with us. May the energy of the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion continue to embrace our Teacher, our community, and all those who face difficult moments during this time.


One of our great Buddhist teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh, very close to leaving his body, will be 94 October 11th.



I did not imagine we would be doing Zoom Classes into this 8th month…but we are! Learning to live so acutely with the unexpected each day is keeping us alive and on our toes! James Nestor reminds us to breathe through the nose, not the mouth, for healthier breathing. His friend Nayak explained, “the nose is the silent warrior: the gatekeeper of our bodies, pharmacist to our minds, and weather vane to out emotions.”


October has two full moons. The 2nd one Full Blue Moon on October 31st.

We will be doing Restorative Yoga the week of October 26th. Please have your bolster at hand if you have one, and extra supports for the body: pillows, towels,

eyebag, blocks.


Zoom Classes: Month of October


Beginner Yoga Class Tuesdays 9:30-10-30am CDT

Intermediate Yoga Class Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm CDT

Self-Breema Session Fridays 9-9:30am CDT


Don Oakley, Co-director at Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN, will be

Doing his Tuesday Satsang each week 5:30-7:00 CDT on Zoom. Simply go to

the Well Being Website and tune in. You may also contact Well Being to have your email address on the invitation list.


Well Being Retreat Center is offering Day Long Retreat, October 17th, 9-5pm “Finding Peace'

In Tazewell TN. Contact: or 423-626-9000


Nashville Jung Circle presents “Creating ‘Matter of Heart' 1970-1985 Sunday

October 11th, 2:30-4:00 on Zoom. Michael and Mark Whitney filmmakers of

“Matter of Heart” discuss the making of this classic documentary about Carl Jung. You may view the film on Utube ahead of this meeting. If you would like to become a member of Nashville Jung Circle, you may join through their website, and have access to all the Zoom offerings.


Linda Mills of Studio Mills in Kingston Springs is postponing their yearly Yoga

Retreat to April 23-25 2021. There is a winter Yoga retreat in Florida February 5-7, 2021. Check out the offerings at Studio Mills:



The first few days of October have been unbelievably picture postcard perfect, like New England at her best! Wow! What a beautiful and much needed surprise

for each one of us during this challenging and somewhat isolating time! Yeah for the teachers, the practices, the friends and animal friends that keep us smiling and our hearts open! Blessings to each and everyone!







“In fact, for those who find guidelines helpful,

this is a decent one: when in doubt, be grateful.

Gratitude is a pretty darn good, all-around, gen-

eral-purpose, default setting. I'd even wager that

if you could remain in a state of total gratitude for

just twenty-four hours - I mean resting in utter

gratitude for everything that's ever happened to

you, for your own shortcomings, for that ex-boy-

friend, for your parents or lack thereof, for your

boss, and for everything that could ever happen

to you in the future - awakening would be nearly


~ It's Time to Wake Up Now

The Top Ten Myths

That can Hijack Spiritual Awakening

Don Oakley



No Volunteers, including myself, have been allowed to participate at Riverbend

Prison since mid-March. I received a letter from Mike Maraschiello, an inmate, and longtime member of the Wednesday Yoga Class, who was allowed to work last week for two hours “A little freedom goes a long way”, during an almost month-long lockdown. He is hoping the lockdown will end at the end of this month. 20 men have contracted the virus in Unit 6. Mike asked if I would thank all the generous Yoga students in Nashville and Brentwood who purchased books for him to finish his doctorate. He said,” I'm the only one in the state so far this year in TDOC to get my doctorate. Not bad for an old pilot.” It was thrilling to see him graduate with all the other men before Covid.


Rahim Buford, a longtime member of the RMSI Yoga Class, and now here in the community for 5 years, lost his brother Robert N. Buford two weeks ago. Rahim led a beautiful service in his remembrance which included family and many friends. Rahim wears many hats in his community work which is making a positive mark on the city of Nashville. To see and hopefully support this work,

Check out: &.



Zoom Classes: Month of September

Beginner Yoga Class Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am CDT

Intermediate Yoga Class Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 pm CDT

Self-Breema Session Fridays 9:00-9:30 am CDT



( If you would like to do a class and are not yet on the invitation list,

Contact me:



T'ai Chi Classes are presently on hold, but we are doing Qi Gongs in the Yoga

Classes on Zoom. The T'ai Chi class at Martin Center will restart in January.



Monday Night Vigil practicing “Loving Kindness” meditation in response to police brutality and the unjust killings of black men by police officers, has been happening for over two months, and continues until Election Day! Folks meet on the East side of the “walking bridge” in Nashville at 7pm, and walk the bridge with

or without a sign. We settle into meditation (mask on) from 7:15-8:00pm on the oval of grass by the the Cumberland River at the end of Broadway. A bell is rung every 8 minutes and 46 seconds. All welcome! This was initiated by a woman meditator in Nashville, and is now happening in three other states! Starting this week we are asked to bring small candles that click on, as it will grow dark during the sitting.



Don Oakley, Co-director at Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN, will be doing his Tuesday evening Satsang,September 2nd 5:30-7:00pm CDT. Go to the Well Being Retreat Center website to tune in.



Laura Hileman, Ma.,MS,. Is offering “Fall Dream Groups” starting September 8th every other week on Zoom. Check out her website to learn more.



“A Day Long Retreat of Meditation and Inquiry” with Don Oakley & Patty Bottari @ Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN, Saturday, September 5th.

Contact: 423-626-9000



A Course In Miracles is being taught each Sunday with Candace Adelson and Jerry Y. Rossman. They are set up to work by zoom and phone, and have websites to tune into during the week to keep up with the present class material.

Candace and Jerry have been working with the Miracles Course for many years, and continue this offering to those who are seeking such teaching.

Contact: 615-415-2097



Linda Mills of Studio Mills in Kingston Springs is postponing their yearly Yoga

Retreat to April 23-25 2021. There is a winter Yoga retreat in Florida February 5-7, 2021. Check out the offerings atStudio Mills:



Julia & Jim Gilligan are inviting Circle Dancers to a Circle Dance Party at their home in Bon Aqua, Saturday September 5th. Because of Covid, no potluck, but bring what you want to eat for lunch. The pool is open all day, there will be social distancing, and late afternoon, dancing on the grass. Please RSVP 615-426-9890 ~




If change is the name of the game, we have certainly plunged into a whole new venue of Zoom, with devices that bring us close to friends, new horizons in learning, and a kind of intimacy that feels quite real as we listen and talk with faces on a screen. Without the opportunity to see your faces through the classes, and actually move and breathe together ‘All over this land', I would not have the energy I now have. Thanks so much for being there on the screen each week, and I look forward at some point to walk out of the house and be with you all!







The following is from a man who sat on his cushion for several years on street corners in Chaco CA for peace.




briefest moment is to be vulnerable, without defenses

of any sort. It is here that the boundary that fear con-

structs between myself and others dissolves. The heart

is drawn out of hiding and the inherent sympathetic

response called compassion arises. I cease seeking my

own personal happiness at the expense of others

because I see that the suffering of others is my suffer-

ing as well, and I see too that my happiness is insepa-

rable from that of others. Stripped of personal

preference I'm left exposed to the circumstance of the

moment and find myself in the one place where I truly

enter my life as it is.

I wish my country and its people were known for

their qualities of mercy and kindness rather than

for their reliance on the use of force. I might rather

remain in the seclusion of my own house and read

novels by Jane Austin and Thomas Hardy, novels

where goodness wins out, justice is served, and

order restored. But I've chosen instead to show up

for life as it is, to bring whatever gentleness I can

manage to the streets of my own town, where anyone

and everyone can see that I'm here.”

~Pavement, Reflectons on Mercy, Activism,&

Doing Nothing For Peace: Lin Jensen








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