Journeying Toward Wholeness

Aug 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!

During meditation in several of the Yoga Classes this month we have been practicing one of the Purna yoga meditations presented by Linda Mills at our “Soul Play” Retreat at Studio Mills last year.
Here I Am

To find your Heart Center precisely, draw a line
from your armpits to the center of your chest. The centermost
spot on the line is the Heart Center. Bring the middle finger of your
right hand to this spot, ideally skin to skin, and gently massage, press,
or tap the finger. As you inhale, think to yourself,' I am Here.' As you exhale,
think, Here I am.' Hold for a few minutes, feeling love and gratitude and imagin-
ing a flame of light in your Heart Center. Let this technique deepen your intuition
and your connection to your spirit within. Think of your spirit as a dear
friend who is always there, always with you, always willing
to help you live your dharma.

As there were two lockdowns, the 4th of July, and my being away, yoga at RMSI did not happen in July. I returned yesterday. The men were eagerly ready to participate in the class, and three new men appeared. None on the new men had experienced yoga or meditation. They were definitely experiencing something new in finding themselves in a space where all was silent (except for the A/C), where movement is being coordinated with breathing…where the body is moving in unfamiliar and sometimes amazing ways…and all in an atmosphere of non-judgment.
It is a joy to share the gifts and benefits of yoga and Breema to wide-eyed faces as they move into the unknown, and at the end of class see the contented smiles, and little bursts of laughter. A seed has been sewn.

Yoga Classes

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

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

T'ai Chi Classes
Tuesdays (7:15 @ Fidos) 8:00-9:00 @ Dragon Park
Thursdays 9:00-10:00 @ The Martin Center in Brentwood

Breema Treatments are available Mondays, Tuesday afternoon and Fridays. Please call 615-498-4090 to make an appointment. A client who had had two big surgeries this summer, received a Breema treatment and later sent me a text. “…..I don't know how to thank you. I woke up Monday morning with no more depression. No more lethargy. Feeling like me again for the first time in at least a year…..” M.

Art&Soul has a new home! The address is; 4340 Sidco Dr. Nashville, 37204. Check their website for the latest offering…”Zenturruption”. The first evening isAugust 24 7-9pm.

Circle Dance is happening Friday August 3rd and Friday the 17th at Friends Meeting House. Folks are welcome to get a bite at Calypso on Charlotte Avenue at 6:00 and dance 7-9pm. All welcome!

Dances of Universal Peace will take place for the second time at.. Friends Meeting House Friday August 10th. Douglas Stevenson will be leading the dances and chanting with a drummer friend from the “Farm.” All are welcome. You do not need to have any experience to enjoy the sense of community this brings.

“ Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice
employing evocative movements and singing
sacred phrases and poetry from the world's traditions.
The steps are simple and easy to learn,
everyone in a circle, sometimes moving in one
direction or the other, at other times with a partner,
all while chanting and singing together.
As we dance and sing in unison, the vibrations from our
voices and musical instruments become as one.
There is an uplifting energy that connects our hearts
to one another and to the essence within us.
It is a very powerful spiritual experience and an
incredible way to create a heat connection
and build a sense of community.

~ Douglas Stevenson

Well Being Retreat Center offers a weekend with Will Pye …”Blessed with a Brain tumor; realizing it's all gift and learning to receive” Living the Awakened Life!…August 17-19 in Tazewell TN. Contact Don Oakley at: 423-626-9000 or

Linda Mills from StudioMills if offering the 4th Annual Yoga Retreat September 28-30th at Bethany Hills in Kingston Springs. or. 615-952-4864

It's still summer in the minds of some of us, but school started in Dickson this week, and next week in Nashville! Wishing everyone well as we approach the ending of summer, and some coolness in the early mornings!


“ All is well, practice kindness, heaven is nigh.”
~ Jack Kerouac, visions of Gerard




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