Journeying Toward Wholeness

November 2018

Greetings Yoga and T'ai Chi Students and Lovers of Breema and The Painting Journal!


Raline Cotton, a Psychologist at Riverbend Prison was scheduled to teach an eight week Trauma Class with men at RMSI last month. She contacted me to see if I would lead one of the classes in Breathwork, Yoga, and Meditation. I agreed, and was most interested as I was reading The Trauma of Everyday Life by Mark Epstein a psychiatrist and Buddhist who is featured on the last segment of Netflix's film, On Meditation. The date had to be rescheduled which happens a lot, but when it happened, I believe the experience the men had, gave a ray of hope in discovering the power of their own breathing, and how to do these simple practices with the experience of lessening anxiety, and trusting this amazing vehicle of body-breathing with awareness......that it is inside, free, and always available! I spoke Mark's words several times during the class: “Trauma is a fact, not a failing.” We all have it!


It is also a fact that many workers have left the prison. They are shorthanded. When the man in charge of the gym has to go to a monthly meeting, there is no one to cover the gym, and Yoga is cancelled. That has happened twice now., and will continue once a month.Volunteers are also cancelled before executions. Unfortunately I have missed several classes in the last two months. I am heartened to know that our new Governor has a sincere interest in rehabilitation for those incarcerated. May we see some long awaited changes in Tennessee!





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

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

6:00-7:30 Blended Class...Friends Meeting House



2:15-3:45 RMSI Yoga Class



10:15-11:30 Beginner Yoga 2 The Martin Center; Brentwood





(7:15 @ Fidos) 8:00-9:00 @ Dragon Park...We will decide at Fidos whether to be outside or in the Church, but do prepare for cooler weather clothing.


9:00-10:00 @ Martin Senior Center

With help and special skills from Kirsten Damphier, the filming was completed in October for the coming DVD for T'ai Chi students. Editing and voiceover still to be done.

Lighten Up Your Soul-Part ll Workshop with Linda Mills and myself, included doing T'ai Chi facing their small lake in Kingston Springs last Sunday. New folks who had not ever done T'ai Chi were uplifted by the beautiful windblown morning, standing on the earth, and moving as part of the great natural world that often escapes us in the city. For most of us there, the moments were ecstatic and fulfilling.


Adyashanti will be teaching through a DVD Sunday Nov 25th at the Green Hills Public Library 2:30-4:30. All Welcome! There is no showing in November.


Breema Treatments are available Mondays, Tuesday afternoons and Fridays. If these times are not good for you, please call 615-498-4090 to create a more possible time.

“ The last time I had a Breema Treatment, I was having pretty severe knee pain. After

the Breema Treatment, my knee pain was totally gone. I can't explain it; it just works!

And Julie is great!” C.


Circle Dancing is the first and third Friday of each month. It takes place at Friends Meeting House, 503 26th Avenue N. at 7:00-9:00pm. The next evening is Friday November 16th. For those who like to visit and share good food, several folks meet at Calypso Cafe on Charlotte Ave. at 5:30 before dancing. All Welcome!


“The Art of dancing is a symbol for the law that everything passes.” Bernhard Wosien



Nashville Jung Circle has three Sunday afternoon offerings to the community at the Green Hills Library, 2:30-4:30. The following are:

Book discussion of Jung's Map of The Soul...Sunday November 18

“The Complexity of Complexes” ….Sunday December 2

“Imaginal: Dying and Rising in Story and Song...Sunday January 13


Laura Huffman: Dreamwork for the wider Nashville Community!

Laura is a certified Dream Consultant and Spiritual Director. Teaching since 1999, she holds a Masters in English and Psychology and completed trainings at The Haden Institute in NC.

Workshops: An Intro to Jungian Dreamwork

Wed, Nov.28 @Hadley Park Branch, 4-5:30

Sat, Dec.8 at East Branch, 11:00-12:30

Tues, Dec18 @ Madison Branch, 6-7:30

Contact Laura:


Hip Holiday Hang...10th Annual.....Sip * Shop * Snack * Mingle

Saturday, November 17 @ Art&Soul...4340 Sidco Dr. 37204...

I have been attending this wonderful Holiday Sale which includes

handmade articles of all kinds and a table of the most unique 2nd hand items available! Lots of goodies to snack on! Do put this on the calendar!


Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN is offering Reiki Level 1 with Carolyn Jones and Jana Kaavitz, November 30-Dec3. Contact Carolyn @ 865-712-9734 or


Amy Barnes is offering: Thanksgiving Sadhana at Pura Prema in Kingston Springs, TN., Saturday November 17...10:00-1:00pm. Come as you are! Play, pray, sing, and dance! “We will practice the ancient Hawaiian prayer of forgiveness, Ho'o Ponpono.” To register: htt// 

We have experienced a quick change from summer to some real cold spells, but still there is yellow and orange whirling from the trees, and winds that blow across our skin making us feel alive. May your times of stillness increase, and may your doings be fruitful and nourishing!




  Connection Practice

To help me remember that I am important, but not special, I say a Mantra for Daily Living: ”Just happening.” When I personalize what is happening as something that is being “done to me,” I find myself reacting to the event and forgetting my interconnection with all life. When I say the mantra, it is easier to remember that I am in the circle. Try it.

Living Your Yoga: Judith Lasater


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