How are you I hope you are well. Summer is over and the new Yoga term begins with a bang literally it has been lightening and thundering since the early hours of the morning here and pouring with rain, which is needed in this area of ours.
(Since writing this we have been without phone and internet for a few days some water came into our guest room but other than that not much damage to our house, people have suffered a lot of damage in the area and the roads and bridges in some places are non existence. The power of nature can be very harsh, and I hope and pray you are all well and no damage has occurred in your houses). Please let me know if you need any help.
Last week I was on the beach and now I am wearing a sweater, change does come with a big bang sometimes doesn’t it? Other times change can be very gradual and slow. We can be practitioners of meditation or of the Yoga postures and be practicing for months or even years when we notice there is a subtle difference to our practice, sitting to meditate the mind is calmer and the restlessness we experienced previously has vanished a calm has descended upon us and we are aware that whatever rises in the mind is o.k. as we are the witnesses of the thoughts. When did this happen or how did this happen – by consistent and dedicated practice. With the practice of the Asanas (postures of Yoga) we begin to notice that we can hold postures for longer that we are no longer pushing in a pose the body has relaxed and we accept what is, enjoying the process of the practice rather then aiming for the perfect posture. Though change happens gradually it is the fruit of consistent practice. Swami Sivananda taught that being regular in our practice is of outmost importance, it assists us to train the mind and develop habits which benefit us. This applies not only to our Yoga practice but to all walks of life; learning a new language necessitates practice, learning a new skill or developing healthier habits takes patience consistency and dedication. As we begin a new Yoga term let us all develop the qualities of patience, dedication and consistency which will assist us to change gradually or sometimes with a bang bringing with it a more supple and healthier body and more importantly a calmer and more peaceful mind. Many students acknowledge that one of the qualities, if we can use that word that comes from the practice of meditation, relaxation, yoga, is the ability to accept what is in life and even more so to LOVE what is at every moment. Learning to Love and accept ourselves for the unique beings we are is an important part of life and the whole wide spectrum of Yoga assists us to do just that. Yoga is such a broad practice and in a Yoga class we can only touch on some of the practices where a Yoga day gives us the chance to learn more about this wonderful system. We are offering now a Yoga day instead of our Yoga retreat which was scheduled for the last weekend of October. Instead on Saturday the 27th of October we are holding a Yoga day at El Naciemento in the Cabrera mountains. This will allow more people to attend who could not perhaps afford a whole weekend. Ziv Porat who will be teaching the day with me is a much loved teacher many of you have enjoyed his teachings over the years and I hope you will take advantage of his visit from America and join us on this day more details are below. All are welcome on the Yoga day no previous experience is necessary. Please let anyone know who may be interested. The subject is Yoga for Harmonious living. We all want to live a harmonious balanced and happy life, we will learn different ways to apply this in our lives on this Yoga day. Let me know if you wish to attend.
We resume the activities of the Divine Life Society Almeria branch this coming Friday the 5th of October with an evening of Meditation, chanting and a talk. As always it will be held at the Lotus Yoga centre in Mojacar at 7.30pm. Ziv will be with us and this will be a good chance to meet him.
We will have a Reiki share evening at the Lotus Yoga centre for all levels of Reiki on October the 30th at 7.30 pm it is by donation and an opportunity to practice Reiki and receive Reiki healing.
Spiritual Cinema will resume on October the 19th and I will let you know closer to the time what film we will be watching.
I am offering a Reiki level 2 course in November at the Luz de Luna retreat it will be over 4 Fridays starting November the 9th from 10-2pm if you are interested please let me know. Yoga classes will resume totally next week Mondays at the Lotus Yoga centre and Wednesday mornings in Vera, at the Centro de Cultura and Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm at Indigo gym in Mojacar. Feel free to invite friends to a Yoga class the best way to benefit from Yoga is to experience it!!!#
Well as you have noticed there is a lot on this month and hopefully you will join us for some of the activities.
Below is a summary of Dada J.P. Vaswani teachings, universally acclaimed as a humanitarian, philosopher, educator, acclaimed writer, and non-sectarian spiritual leader.
Wishing you all a wonderful Autumn, enjoy the changing of the seasons, the autumn flowers, the cooler weather and all the activities on offer.
Love and Light
Summary of the Months Activities
Friday 5th of October –Satsang at 7.30pm-Lotus Yoga Centre Mojacar
Friday 19th of October-Spiritual Cinema-7.30pm-Lotus Yoga Centre Mojacar
Saturday 27th of October-Yoga day –10-5.30pm-El Naciemento Cabrera
Tuesday 30th of October Reiki share-7.30pm-Lotus Yoga Centre Mojacar
More details below.
Yoga Day at El Naciemento on the of 27, October 2012 from 10-5.30pm
Location: El Naciemento ecological retreat in Cabrera Mountains
This Yoga day will offer us an excellent opportunity to deepen our practice and assist us to find greater inner harmony, peace and joy in our everyday lives. We will practice yoga asanas, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, meditation and discover ways to promote our overall well being, all in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
This day will be jointly guided by Sharon Fisher and Ziv Porat, both teachers of the Sivananda Yoga Tradition with many years of experience in practicing and teaching Yoga in all its aspects. Sharon and Ziv have taught retreats in the Mojacar area for some years now, with great success. All are welcome and no previous experience in yoga necessary.
The day is being held in the El Naciemento, which is nestled in the Cabrera mountains, where nature displays itself is in its most pristine beauty. There will be a meditation walk in nature to immerse ourselves in the beauty around us. A delicious vegetarian meal will be served mostly organic and cooked with a unique Spanish flavour.
Come and Join us for a peaceful and inspiring yoga day, all welcome no experience necessary
Cost for the day is 40€ which includes a full vegetarian lunch. To see pictures of El Naciemento and its beautiful location click on this link omshantiyogaspain.com then go to the retreats page.
To reserve your place a deposit of 20€ is necessary. For information call Sharon on 950469122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly ‘Satsang’ of the Divine Life Society, Almeria. October the 5th at 19.30 pm.
At the Lotus Yoga Centre, Mojacar at 19.30pm. (An evening of meditation, chanting and a talk guided by Brahmananda (Brian Fisher) and Sharon Fisher). All are welcome no experience necessary, entrance by donation.
Yoga Classes with Sharon
Monday’s 10 am – A mixed level Yoga class at the L.O.T.U.S Yoga Centre in Mojacar.
Monday’s 2.30pm -An intermediate Yoga class at the L.O.T.U.S Yoga Centre in Mojacar.
Wednesday’s 10 am -A multi level class at the Centro de Cultura in Vera
Wednesday’s 2.30 pm- A multi level class at Indigo Gym - Mojacar
All are welcome for information call Sharon 950469122 Cost of the classes 22€ for 4 classes 7€ for a single class. Reiki Share Tuesday the 30th of October at 7.30 pm at the Lotus Yoga centre in Mojacar all Reiki practitioners welcome entrance by donation.
What is Dada J.P Vaswani's philosophy and teaching?
DADA J.P. VASWANI is universally acclaimed as a humanitarian, philosopher, educator, acclaimed writer, powerful orator, messiah of ahimsa, and non-sectarian spiritual leader, Dada J.P. Vaswani has captivated the hearts of millions worldwide. In the eyes of many, Dada J.P. Vaswani is a man who symbolizes the true spirit of the India of the rishis as a harbinger of love, peace and hope.
Today, Dada J.P. Vaswani is the spiritual head of The Sadhu Vaswani Mission, and also the moving, inspiring, life-giving and life-sustaining force behind its multifarious activities. Holding aloft in his hands, the torch bequeathed to him by his Master, Dada carries across the globe the message of India's deathless culture. Through him, the joy of faith and peace flows out to many. In him, thousands of faithful devotees behold the image of their Beloved.
The following is a reproduction of a section of Dada's article in East and West series, May 2000 titled “What life has taught me.”
1. In the endless adventure of existence, God and man are comrades. God is our one unfailing companion. He will never leave us. We may try to run away from him. But he will continue to follow us as our own shadow. In the words of Thompson, he is the “Heavenly Hound.”
2. There is a meaning of mercy in everything that happens to us. For God is All-love. He is All-wisdom. He is too loving to punish, too wise to make a mistake. Whatever happens in the Divine Providence happens for our own good. Nothing happens a moment too early or too late…..therefore wherever God takes us, let us go, wherever he keeps us, let us remain. Let us never forget that all is well, all was well, all will be well both tomorrow and a hundred years hence.
3. Thought is a tremendous force in the life of any individual. Thoughts shape our attitudes. Attitudes mould our character. Character influences our life. By changing our thought pattern, we can change our life.
4. Problems and challenges are not a dead end; they are only a bend in the road. Problems are not stumbling blocks; they are stepping stones to a better, richer, more radiant life. Not unoften, problems become the door through which God enters our life. We have surrounded ourselves with hard shells which keep God away from us. Problems crack the shell and God easily enters our lives.
5. Neither rites nor rituals, neither creeds nor ceremonies are needed to improve the condition of the world. All that is needed is to love one another.
6. How may we know that we are drawing closer to God? The closer we draw to God, the more tender and compassionate become our hearts to the needs of those around us.
7. What is the best exercise for the heart? Reach down and lift up as many as you can.
8. Misfortunes are blessings if we handle them well. They are like knives which hurt or help as we hold them by the blade or handle.
12. Life is too short to be spent in fault-finding, holding grudges, or keeping memory of wrongs done to us. Forgive even before forgiveness is asked. Forgive and forget.
13. The worst thing that can happen to a man is that he has a hot head and a cold heart.
14. If a person has moved in the wrong direction, he can always take a U-turn. The angels of God will be with him. The past does not – cannot – bind us!
15. You who are looking for miracles, open your eyes and see! All around us are the miracles of God.
16. A tiny seed grows into a huge banyan tree. A caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
17. Open thine heart and let love enter in – and all things in the universe will gravitate to thee. For love is the power that pulls!
18. Give, give, give – until it hurts to give! This will release you from bondage to the ego - and to things.
19. I must never forget that every thought I think, every word I utter, every action I perform, every feeling, every emotion that wakes up in me, is recorded in the memory of nature. I might be able to deceive those around me, I may even succeed in deceiving myself. But I cannot deceive nature.
21. The aim of life is to realize that we are immortal spirit – not the bodies we wear!
22. An infinite potential lies hid within us. We are unaware of it, because we think of ourselves as limited, restricted creatures. We have identified ourselves with a biochemical mental organism. Our true self is the atman. Tat twamasi! That art thou! There can be no limit to what we can do – and achieve!
23. The greatest illusion which man suffers from is perhaps the illusion of death. In reality, there is no death. Death is very much like the sunset. When the sun sets here, it has already risen elsewhere. Likewise, death here is birth elsewhere. For life is eternal.
24. The greatest intoxication is that of the ego. The worst madness is that of anger. The person who is free from arrogance and anger finds goodness and beauty wherever he goes.
29. Has someone offended you or insulted you? Insults are like bad coins. You cannot avoid them, but you can refuse to accept them.
32. Think positively. Eat sparingly. Exercise regularly. Walk as much as you can. Be careful to see that your thoughts and actions are clean. A guilty mind breeds many diseases. There is the way to live a happy, healthy, harmonious life.