Journeying Toward Wholeness

Feb 2022

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!

  RMSI (Riverbend Maximum Security Institution) in just under two years when Covid began, is allowing the Yoga Class to again take place, now in the Chapel, starting this coming Wednesday, February 16th. I'm not sure who it was that made this happen after all the former attempts, but grateful to be reconnecting with the men participating in this rejuvenating practice connecting body, mind and spirit!

Hopefully with the help of yoga students still within the walls, mats can be moved from the gym to the chapel and stored there for continuing classes. The men actually pick up and move the benches in order for the class to happen, and return them to the proper places after the class. I watch in awe! I plan to check with the Chaplain in hopes of Nashville Yoga practitioners again coming to join a class.

  Full Snow Moon happening Wednesday the 16th, and we will be doing Restorative Yoga this week. Do bring a booster if you have one.

  Yoga Classes~

Beginner: actual and zoom yoga class, Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45am, CST

Intermediate: actual and zoom class, Tuesdays, 11-00-12:15pm, CST

 Judith Lasater speaks on Savasana!

“ Taking time for 20 minutes to rest

is a gift you give yourself,

the world,

and your family.

This is your best gift!

It changes everyone around us..

(physical and mental stillness)

where ego lets go)

We'll have more compassion

for ourselves, more pleasure, more joy~

When the body softens, then the mind softens~,

When we step back into stillness,

we step back into the self that is inherently our

deepest self, that has never left us,

that's been in the background

waiting to be noticed.

In Savasana we wake that truth

that's already there.

Add nothing,

because nothing is missing.”


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!

If you wish to be a full-time student, the fee is the same, 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. Earlybirds meet

at “Fido” in Hillsboro Village at 7:30am for tea and coffee, etc., then go to Dragon

Park or Belmont Church for the class.


Self-Breema Zoom Session - A community offering during Covid, Fridays, 9:00-9:30am CST. If you wish to participate, send your email address to be placed on the zoom invitation that goes out on Thursdays.


Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN: Check website for information.

Don Oakley on zoom Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm CST. These talks are again alive.

Go to the website for the link.

“A shift in Perspective” meditation and inquiry retreat with Don and Patty

February 25-27…wait list only

“Stop At Nothing, Inc-High Impact Leadership..March 16-20th

“ Retreat w/ Paul Peterson…March 16th-20th


  The Nashville Jung Circle is hosting on zoom (Free) part of The Earth has a Soul: G.G. Jung on Nature, Technology, and Modern life, Edited by Meredith Sabini … February 20th, 2:30-4:30pm CST. For more info: https://www,

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

The last two days have nudged us toward feeling that Spring is not too far away. Nashville is moving toward the end of a real Winter, and warmth in the air is

a sign of less clothing the body, and thoughts of the garden!

Best wishes to all!



One's Ship Comes In


I swear

my way now will be

to continue without

plan or hope, to accept

the drift off things, to shift

from endless effort

to joy in, say,

that robin, plunging

into the mossy shallows

of my bird bath and

splashing madly till

the air shines with spray.

Joy it will be, say,

in Nancy, pretty in pink

and rumpled T-shirt,

rubbing sleep from her eyes, or

joy even in

just this breathing, free

of fright and clutch, knowing

how one's ship comes in

with each such breath.

~Joe Paddock


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