Journeying Toward Wholeness

Dec 2018

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!


There were no volunteers allowed at RMSI this Wednesday after 1:00pm as there was yet another execution there today. Hopefully some kind of normalcy will return to those who volunteer at the prison and to the recipients who look forward to these times of nourishment, inner growth and well-being.


Through the last month or so the Yoga classes in Nashville have been experiencing meditation from the work of Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel who shares his discoveries in Big Mind – Big Heart. In working with Hal and Sidra Stone in Voice Dialogue and subpersonalities, he opened up a vehicle for talking to and becoming different aspects of ourselves.


 The Big Mind process allows us to find our neutral, to find

that place where the mind is not in gear and not desperately

seeking. If we can shift into neutral, to be at peace, to be at

ease, to not be seeking, not be so desperately wanting, we

discover what I call the mind of nirvana, the mind of

complete peace and freedom.

So if you sit down on your cushion or your chair to

meditate, and you simply ask to speak to the

Non-Seeking NonGrasping Mind, and say

Yes, I am the the Non-Seeking Non-Grasping Mind 

in other words you identify as this mind

rather than unconsciously being identified

with the seeking and desiring mind, then

what you are doing on your chair or

cushion is truly meditating.

This is the meditation that

we call “just sitting”

where there is no goal, no aim,

no ambition involved in the sitting.”


Beverly Plummer will turn 100 this Thursday December 6th. She first began taking Yoga with the 9:30 Tuesday morning class on July 29th 2003, at age 85. She has been in the class until a little over a year ago, and made a deep impression on us all with her zest for life, her wisdom, and knowing that she was many times the last to be through the door and into “Morningside” after her evenings “out”. A night owl for sure! Her incredible life story includes early years raising a family in Gary Indiana during the depression, and later in North Carolina where she taught paper-making, was involved at Penland School of Crafts, and engaged with wonderful artists and musicians. She plays the guitar! Her book, Give Everyday A Chance was written about birthing and caring for a daughter with Brittle Bone Disease. Although an accomplished artist, craftsperson, writer, etc., what we all are moved by is her engagement with life that shows through that wonderful smile and twinkling eyes, and the contentment that rises from a heart that has felt all that life can bring, and still glows with compassion.

The 9:30 Yoga class says “We Love You” wishing you a special 100th Birthday!!!


The Full Cold Moon comes on the 22nd, a day after the Winter Solstice, and we will be doingRestorative Yoga the week of the 17th.




TUESDAYS ( No classes Christmas and New Years Day)

9:30-10:55am Beginner Yoga @ Friends Meeting House

11:00-12:30pm Intermediate Yoga @ friends Meeting House

6:00-7:30pm Blended Class @ Friends Meeting House



2:15-3:45 RMSI Yoga Class



10:15-11:30 Beginner Yoga @ 50 Forward, Brentwood







(7:15 @ Fidos) 8:00-9:00 @ Dragon Park or Belmont Methodist. Call 615-498-4090 for location during winter weather.



9:00-10:00 @ 50 Forward, Brentwood


Handmade Gift Certificates are now available for Breema Treatments, and individual or group Yoga and T'ai Chi Classes. I will be bringing these to the classes, and you may also call for one to be printed out and sent by mail.


Breema Treatments are available Mondays, Tuesday afternoons and Fridays. If these times are not suitable, please call for arranging another time. 615-498-4090


 The unending gift of Breema is seeing that all of life is “a treatment.”

Every movement my body makes can be a reminder. To every event,

every encounter, I can apply the Breema Principles. When I do so,

my experience of these events changes – I no longer operate from

a conceptual place. Instead, I am present, receptive, and open -

connected to an inner wisdom that sees

things as they are.”


Self~ Breema
:Exercises for Harmonious Life; Jon Schreiber+Denise Berezonsky


Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN offers “The Grand Undoing” a retreat

led by Don Oakley, Dec. 7-9. $40 fee for Housekeeping, and food for one meal is what is asked for. Contact Don: 423-626-9000


Winter Solstice Community Kirtan with Amy Barnes + Friends will be happening at Kundalini Rising, 1218 Wedgewood Ave. Nashville, 37203 Saturday Dec. 22nd,

4:30-6:30. “Everyone is part of the celebration, and everyone makes music.” All Welcome! $20...Children under 10 come free.


Annual Holiday Gathering at Jonathan and Jocelyn Kaspers is happening Saturday

December 15, 7-10pm, 927 Battlefield Dr., 37204. This is a potluck, and homemade dishes are appreciated. But....if the day is too busy, come anyway! This is a time to see old friends, make new ones, and enter the holiday spirit with song, conversation, and good food! Their beautiful and friendly dog may again be decked in his Christmas outfit, and loves welcoming guests! All welcome!


Adyashanti will be teaching through a DVD this Sunday December 9th, 2:30-4:30 at The Green Hills Library. All welcome!


Circle Dance will be happening Friday December 7th and December 21st @ Friends Meeting house, 503 26th ave. N, 7:00-9:00. Please join those of us who like to get a bite at Calypso Cafeon Charlotte Ave at 5:30 before the dancing begins. All are welcome!


 We move through the form of a dance, and release the form at the end

of it while integrating the inner life, the essence of the dance;

we then move on to experience another form and so on

and so on; this process teaches us how to be flexible, spontaneous,

and adaptable to life and gives us a continuous experience

of the impermanence of form and

the permanence of spirit.”

~ June Watts


Tennessee Women's Theater Project offers The Twelve Dates of Christmas December 6,7,8 @ 7:30pm and December 9th 2:30pm, at Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa Parks Blvd. This production has been given rave revues featuring Tamiko Robinson Steele! This is a fundraiser for the company and tickets are $25.




May the holidays come with ease and delight to each of you! Joe Z. reminds us to 'lower our expectations' especially through the business, and bring the awareness of good breathing and good cheer to ourselves and others! As the holidays are on Tuesdays, I will resume teaching after New Years! May peace and justice weave their threads into 2019!





Moon and her Star


Moon and her star

hanging in the pale

blue of evening,

sparks hope

like kindling crackling

beneath the large logs,

popping and sputtering,

as warmth


the torn family remnant,

hungry to hold

the light that


a kind of kindness,

born in a stable

for everyone.


~ Julie Russell 12-01-2000



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