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Community Profile: Vanessa

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Community Profile: Vanessa

Community Profile: Vanessa Did you know that the Awareness Institute is a non-profit staffed entirely by volunteers? The organization is run by ”The Team”: a group of people who have experienced firsthand the value of the Institute’s classes, workshops, and events, and have been deeply touched by the authentic connections this community fosters. Volunteers individually dedicate anywhere from two to 20 hours each week of unpaid time to making these services available — from facilitating classes and workshops to creating this blog to...

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Loaves of Love Equinox Celebration 5th Annual Bread & Soup Party!

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Loaves of Love Equinox Celebration 5th Annual Bread & Soup Party!

Loaves of Love Equinox Celebration 5th Annual Bread & Soup Party! Saturday, Sept. 23, 6 to 9 pm 722 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento Join us for “Loaves of Love” – a few hours to reconnect, celebrate the transition to fall, and have some fun while enjoying wholesome food and the warmth of community. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your kids. We’d love it if you even brought your favorite bread – sweet or savory – though that’s not required. Most important is to bring yourself. We’d...

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What’s going on? One-day Workshop with John Ruskell

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What’s going on? One-day Workshop with John Ruskell

“What’s Going On?” One-day workshop with John Ruskell Saturday, September 23, 2017  |  11 am – 4 pm $77  |  722 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento Join us and special guest John Ruskell – founder of the Awareness Institute – for an afternoon of exploration, reflection and profound insight as we uncover the purpose behind this time of widespread upheaval and fundamental change. You’ll learn how the apparent “chaos” in the world – which may also be reflected in your own life – is both...

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Learning to love begins with you – an inspiring testimonial about the ‘Conscious Relating’ Workshop

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Learning to love begins with you – an inspiring testimonial about the ‘Conscious Relating’ Workshop

Why do we recommend “Conscious Relating” to everyone? Because it can be a profound turning point for your relationship with yourself and those you love.  Here’s what Tim & Shannon have to say about it: Somewhere in the middle of the”Conscious Relating” workshop, we both realized that we’d never really had the chance to know each other – even after 10 years of marriage. We’d been so busy initially with fantasies of what we wanted to believe and hoped about the other, and then later with our projections...

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The next step is always up to you! A Warm Invitation

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The next step is always up to you! A Warm Invitation

The next step is always up to you! A Warm Invitation by Shannon Eddy Feb 6, 2017 Well, 2017 is shaping up in ways that none of us expected and have ever experienced. As surprising national and global upheavals continue, we are all being challenged to stay present, centered and focused on the priorities in our lives. Over the years of doing this work, I’ve heard repeatedly from great teachers that the world we see is simply a reflection of what we believe, and is always reflecting parts of ourselves back to us, including things we dislike and...

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Self-Care for Stressful Times: Three Ways I’m Good to Myself When Overwhelm Threatens

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Self-Care for Stressful Times: Three Ways I’m Good to Myself When Overwhelm Threatens

Self-Care for Stressful Times: Three Ways I’m Good to Myself When Overwhelm Threatens by Keleigh Jan 25, 2017   A few days ago I was talking to a family friend and mentioned that I’d hit an overwhelm threshold the week before. His response: “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t overwhelmed.” I mean, for many of us, life itself feels pretty overwhelming, no? I recently spoke with a yoga teacher friend about “self-care.” She has dedicated her vocational life to educating and supporting people in the art — and necessity —...

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Asleep in Fear or Awake in Love

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Asleep in Fear or Awake in Love

Asleep in Fear or Awake in Love by Shannon Jan 2, 2017   I wake up many morning to a feeling of unease…dis-ease. Disease. The disease of fear. The persistent feeling that…Something. Is. Wrong. It goes on ad infinitum when you begin to be aware of it. We rename it anxiety, depression, jealousy, greed, anger, pride, control, blame, apathy, despair. It’s one thing to live in fear,  ignorant of this state in yourself. However, when you begin to wake up to this persistent state of high or low levels of fear in yourself, it becomes less and...

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Grace

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Grace

Grace by Anonymous Dec 15, 2016 After a recent Wednesday evening at the Awareness Institute, I was holding in some unexpressed feelings and seriously looking towards escaping out the back door, when a friend suddenly appeared in front of me and put her hand on my shoulder. She leaned in towards me, looked me in the eyes and sweetly asked, “How ARE you?” in a gentle, open and wide-eyed way, with a soft smile. I instantly dropped into a deep, feeling place; one of sadness and gratitude, acceptance and forgiveness, and suddenly all of my...

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Chains

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Chains

Chains by Rob Nov 3, 2016   The road your self must journey on lies in polishing the heart. It is not by rebellion and discord that the heart’s mirror is polished free of the rust of hypocrisy and unbelief: your mirror is polished by your certitude – by the unalloyed purity of your faith. Break free from your chains you have forged about yourself; for you will be free when you are free of clay. The body is dark – the heart is shining bright; the body is mere compost – the heart a blooming garden. “The Walled Garden of Truth” – Hakim...

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I’m Still Caught Off Guard on April 6

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I’m Still Caught Off Guard on April 6

I’m Still Caught Off Guard on April 6 by Cynthia May 22, 2016   Thursday Truc Bach Hopper Koffee   Yesterday was incredibly powerful in the most subtle of ways.  It challenged all my notions of loyalty, relationship, experience…  All my beliefs about what it means to have a son who died at 29 and how I am supposed to live with that…  I’ve been working on it for a long time now, since 2003, and it has become easier but no less profound. I can step back a bit and watch how I have reacted in the past to April...

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