April 2014 Newsletter

Fall Trees

Hello, Everyone

It’s hard to believe that the Holidays came and went so quickly! I am absolutely blessed to spend time with my folks, and the Holidays are truly a highlight of every year. I only get to see them three times a year, so each moment is precious to me. Quite naturally, things are changing with them as they grow older; I, too, am changing, and there is most definitely a part of me that wants to cling to all I hold dear.

The fear of change is actually wanting things to remain the same; we know, though, that we have no control over external things (or other people) in our lives. We learn eventually – through meditation and practice — that if we can flow with THE WAY (The Dao) of our life circumstances, we are far more likely to be truly serene and happy.
Our pain dissipates proportionately with our acceptance of Life on Life’s terms.

Can we “learn” to accept what is? The point of meditation is to learn the art of remaining centered and at peace with whatever is happening around us and “to” us, thereby vastly increasing our quality and joy of life.

Yes, we must continue to do the things necessary to improve our lives spiritually, mentally and physically; in the moment, however, we are able to peacefully accept what is. Meditation assists us in letting go, allowing life to be as it will; we can see all things from a different perspective. We learn to appreciate the joys in our lives on a deeper level. We learn to revisit various challenges or difficult periods in our lives, perhaps better able to appreciate them for the lessons they offer.

Our meditation practice is designed to allow us to see new options. Surprisingly, if we stay present and are open to thinking in fresh ways, many times the answer will appear without as much effort, and with far superior results!
Blessings,
Daniel

Thoughts for the Day

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ~Rumi

“What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.” ~ Confucius “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

Lite Thoughts

“A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe fruit at length falls into his lap.”
— Abraham Lincoln
“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury-to me, these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.”
— Albert Einstein

Workshops and Retreats

Sunday March 8th 1-3 p.m. Cost: $35, Evergreen Yoga, 1514 Overton Park Ave.
Saturday April 5th 1-3 p.m. Cost: $35, Evergreen Yoga, 1514 Overton Park Ave.
Saturday April 26th 1-3 p.m. Cost: $35, Evergreen Yoga, 1514 Overton Park Ave.

Meditation, Mindfulness & Connecting with Nature, St Columba Retreat Center, Memphis, TN ( we still have space available, make your reservation now)
Spring Retreat April 18-20th (Go to Website for details, space still available) www.meditatewithdan.com RETREATS

GIFT CERTIFICATES:

Gift certificates are available for meditation classes, Breathwork Workshops, and private sessions. What a great gift…. From
The heart, for health! Call Daniel at 901-685-2462

MEDITATION TALK:

Why Meditate: I will be at Whole Foods on Thursday night, March 13th and April 3rd, 7:00 p.m. to discuss the many benefits of meditation. Please join us, and bring a friend. I look forward to seeing you there!

Please forward and let your friends know about my upcoming classes.

Namaste

Daniel

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