Kannan and Suganthi Marry!
Our manager Kannan here on the right married Suganthi who is one of the children’s house mothers! So we have a love connection here at the Children’s Home,
When I was in India this past January I spent an afternoon with Kannan who manages our Children’s Home in South India. Kannan was himself an orphan and Satya has been his mentor for the past ten years. Satya decided to put Kannan to work at our Children’s Home to take over management of the kids. That was over four years ago now and he has done a fantastic job with the children. Since Kannan is 32 years old I had a discussion with him about the possibilities of him marrying soon. I told him that he would have to find someone who loved the kids as much as he did and he completely agreed.
Living a spiritual life begins with allowing things to be as they are. If you do anything else you are caught in ego, you are trying to control. How much are you able to allow your life to unfold? Do you accept everything about yourself? Do you accept others or do try to control the lives of the people you love? Letting go and letting God is probably the most important spiritual practice I have learned. I can honestly say that I accept everything that comes my way. Whether I like it or not, I accept it. Now that doesn’t mean I lay down and have stopped living, quite the opposite in fact. Only when we relinquish control of our lives, do we really start to live. The way you approach your meditation, is the way you approach your life. If you engage in meditation from an egoic standpoint you will constantly be trying to control your experience. When ultimately meditation is about letting go and allowing whatever happens to happen. There’s no outcome wanted both during or after meditation. During meditation there’s nothing you need to do know and nowhere you need to go. It is the one time in your day when you just simply do nothing. My mantra each day is to allow, allow, allow things to be as they are. I believe I have gotten here by meditating for 23 years. That means situations, people, everything, I do my best to accept it all as it is. Now that does not mean I no longer strive to make things different in the future. It is in the acceptance of what is, here and now, where the power to change the future is. Creating new and different situations in the future requires making new and different decisions in the present moment, and you need clarity and focus for that. This is one of many things that meditation has taught me. So this will be the focus of our upcoming half Bliss Day next Sunday. How to let go in meditation. How to let go in yoga and then ultimately how to relinquish control of our lives. Surrender and allow life to unfold. Listen, life happens anyway, so you can either enjoy the ride or try aimlessly to control xit. Your choice.
Life doesn’t have to be hard, we don’t have to feel pain to grow.
After many years of getting my lessons with a brick over my head from the universe, I now listen to the whispers. One of the bricks over my head was having to close down my first Yoga Studio, House of Bliss. That was a tough one. After that I made a deal with God. I knew that I was meant to serve and help people, but it could no longer be at the expense of my own happiness and energy anymore. I had a long conversation with God about the fact that I needed support to do my work. Now, six years later after saying no to many things along the way, and having huge gut feelings for my yes’s, we now have Ivy House, an Orphanage in India and Satya’s Guesthouse in India. So now here we are at the Ivy House. Full of energy, service, love and guidance. We just came off of a week of powerful healing energy with Father Joshua and Ricky Yutuk. Come and soak up the vibes with the many upcoming events we have planned. Please double check the website for any last minute changes to any of our events. Love Corrine
Join us for delicious food and lots of music and visit with a fun community
We are kicking of the Spring season with a party of music and food on Saturday, April 27th, 4pm to 10pm. All are welcome. We are on rain or shine as we will hold it inside if the rain continues. Our dear friends Elliot Root have promised to show up and I will be playing some music as well as many more surprises. Rumor has it that it is a pretty big birthday for me just a few days after so we will have cake to celebrate my big 5 0 b-day…wow, how did that happen!! Have a BLISSED WEEKEND!
The Spring Party is also in honor of the very powerful and talented Healing team of Father Joshua and Ricky Yutuk who have returned to Ivy House all next week.
Healing Sessions with Father Joshua and Ricky Yutuk taken from Sunday, April 28th to Saturday, May 5th. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a session. You can also visit http://globalheartgatherings.org for more info about these powerful healers.
After 5 months in India, Satya is back!
ONLY THREE CLASSES THIS YEAR
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, June 2
Saturday, July 6
5pm to 9pm
$45 per person or $80 for 2 ￼
Don’t want to take a class but want to experience Satya’s amazing food? Once a month join us for a delectable home cooked Indian meal.
Dinner schedule Indian Dinner
May 5th and June 29th
Dinner is served at 6pm $25 per person or $40 for 2
Sunday, June 30th
Half Bliss Day
9am to 2pm
A half day yoga and meditation immersion. 2 hours of Awareness Yoga 2 half hour meditations Delicious healthy lunch Learn techniques to help bring about balance in your life. Share in yummy food and spirituality in community.Mantra Meditation with Corrine Sunday, May 12, 3pm to 5pm We believe that meditation is the key to leading a more conscious and aware life. We honor and teach many different styles of meditation. The technique that we most recommend is Mantra Meditation which was founded and created by Corrine and Satya. Satya is a Vedic Astrologer and chooses the mantras based on your birth information. Sunday, May 12th 3pm to 5pm Sunday, July 14th 3pm to 5pm Corrine also puts classes together upon request so just Email ME if you are ready to take the course.
Medical Chi Gong
with Gary Hoffman
Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8pm
QiGong is an ancient practice of cultivating the flow of universal energy by accessing the breath, maintaining posture and focusing intention. Each organ within the body flows with Yin & Yang energies. Gary will discuss the how QiGong interacts with the body and the surrounding energy fields and how Qi (Chi) energy flows through the body’s energetic system. Then we will go proceed with a opening series of QiGong exercises designed to purge, tonify and regulate Qi energy through the body.
Cost for the class is $15
Wednesdays starting May 1st 6:30pm to 8pm
Group Meditation two Sunday nights a month
After I had to close my first yoga/meditation Center in 2000, I didn’t know that I would have another opportunity so soon to help support my students with their daily meditation practice. I know that the most challenging aspect of meditation is the discipline to do it twice a day. We are here to support your meditation practice. So join us two Sunday nights a month for a 30 minute silent meditation practice. Sunday, May 5th Satya will good a wonderful Indian Veggie array of sumptuous delicacies. Childcare available so Mom’s and Dad’s, no excuse not to come this Sunday at 5pm!
To quote a hit teen movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, “we accept the love we think we deserve. Wow, isn’t that the truth. Take a look around you and see who is with whom…just observe.
In my thirties I remember trying to figure out why all of my amazing, competent, smart and beautiful girlfriends were dating guys who were not shall I say, quite their equals? I looked around and saw gorgeous, driven and focused women, dating guys with no brains or drive. It took me some time to realize that I was doing the same thing and from that moment of realization on, the healing began. Awareness lit a spark and I started to pay attention to the guys I was drawing into my life. My self confidence began to grow with meditation, yoga and age I suppose as well. It took time but finally I was ready to meet Satya and accept his love. I must admit that the first two years of our relationship blew me away because honestly, I didn’t even know that level of love even existed. I was blown away by his unconditional love. Yet I was ready, I was ready to accept the love I finally knew I deserved. What do you deserve? Look around at your friends and see if they are in relationships that are worthy of how amazing you think they are. I hope you feel worthy of unconditional love and that you have accepted into your life fully.
Have a BLISSED WEEK!
India always gives me a fresh, new perspective.
After 30 hours of travel, coming from the other side of the world, I arrived to Nashville last week from a short stint in India. This was a brief trip, just three weeks yet still the magic of India is alive in me. One of the things I love most about India is how crazy it is. Sometimes India is so incredibly uncomfortable that it actually accentuates the stillness I have within. This is the lesson that India has blessed me with over the years. How to find the stillness inside me, even in the midst of chaos. There is an awareness behind your eyes that great teachers like Ramana Maharishi and Eckhart Tolle describe. The stillness that is watching your life. There is a presence there listening and watching. Your personality changes, your body grows, your hair and nails get longer, but that still silent witness within you was always there even when you were a baby. Find this in the midst of your busy life. The way to do this is to create space in your mind and in your life. If you fill up every spare moment doing, seeing, talking, turning things on, then you may not have experienced what I am talking about. Yet even if your mind has constant input underneath this chaos watching, always there, still and silent, even as you read this, you can feel a presence there listening. Feel your aliveness, be consciously conscious of who is aware of the one who is reading. Most especially in the busy-ness that prevails all of our lives, let consciousness reside more deeply. Can you feel it? It is palpable if you invite it into the present moment. This is one way to create space in mind. If you look at life from a physics point of view, we are made up of more empty space then matter. So why don’t we experience space in our minds then? It is because we are not looking in the right direction. The direction is inward, not outward, not in the thoughts or even concepts, but the awareness of those thoughts. Another way to create space is to do your best not to get caught up in any one else’s story. Your story is enough for you to try to be consciously aware. Learn to be at ease with each moment. Accept everything and resist nothing. The pain comes in the resistance of what is. Pain comes when you try to poke your nose into someone else’s story. If you read this and can’t understand what I am saying then considering coming to Ivy House and joining in the Course in Miracles discussion group two Thursday nights a month. Meditation also will help you cultivate this awareness. Yoga is a tool and also jogging or doing anything you love. Every moment of every day is an opportunity to become free. To be consciously conscious. ! The Ivy House is here to support you on your spiritual journey. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, then it is time you come and see us. Be the change you wish to see. No human being is meant to wake up in the morning and dread the day. Human beings, each one of us, has the potential to be blissfully happy each and every day. Come and see us at Ivy house. We are here to help you find the bliss that resides within you.
We are living in an epoch of human history where what we do now, the decisions we make, will be the deciding factor to whether we thrive or parish. You are a part of this. We are are all in this together people! Who are you? Somewhere inside each of us is a calling, a longing to be something, to have a purpose.
The Ivy House is here to support you in finding your purpose and assist you on your spiritual journey. We are here to help you nurture the calling within you. If you have a nagging feeling that there might be something more to life then your to do list. If you are stuck and are sick of yourself or tired of being stuck or just plain ole sick and tired of being sick and tired, then it is time you come and see us. Be the change you wish to see. These all may sound like cliches to you but they are all truth, unless you are living in frenetic numbness, then it all sounds like cliche. The way I transformed over the years and found inner peace was through discipline with my meditation practice, like minded community, retreats and workshops. I use to be a retreat and workshop junkie. But I got so much out of it. Each time I would learn just a little bit more and transform to get to the next level, little by little. Everything that we do at the Ivy House, we believe in strongly. Now the basis of all that we do is meditation. So if you are not meditating yet, I encourage you to start now, today as soon as possible, no more putting it off until tomorrow. We have Intro to Meditation No human being is meant to wake up in the morning and dread the day. Human beings, each one of us, has the potential to be the greatest person you can imagine. But what happens? We get caught up in our to do list. Yet another days goes by when we don’t get to our ‘should’ list. What you need to do is somehow change your ‘shoulds’ into musts. We never, ever get to our shoulds, never. In the next newsletter I will talk more about turning your ‘shoulds’ into musts. In the meantime, try not to should all over yourself.
Do you have a passion for the possible?
Are You the Hero of Your Own Life Story
The Privilege of a Lifetime is to be WHO YOU ARE
We are living in an epoch of human history where what we do now, the decisions we make, will be the deciding factor to whether we thrive or parish. You are a part of this. We are are all in this together people! Who are you? Somewhere inside each of us is a calling, a longing to be something, to have a purpose. The Ivy House is here to support you in finding your purpose and assist you on your spiritual journey. We are here to help you nurture the calling within you. If you have a nagging feeling that there might be something more to life then your to do list. If you are stuck and are sick of yourself or tired of being stuck or just plain ole sick and tired of being sick and tired, then it is time you come and see us. Be the change you wish to see. These all may sound like cliches to you but they are all truth, unless you are living in frenetic numbness, then it all sounds like cliche. The way I transformed over the years and found inner peace was through discipline with my meditation practice, like minded community, retreats and workshops. I use to be a retreat and workshop junkie. But I got so much out of it. Each time I would learn just a little bit more and transform to get to the next level, little by little. Everything that we do at the Ivy House, we believe in strongly. Now the basis of all that we do is meditation. So if you are not meditating yet, I encourage you to start now, today as soon as possible, no more putting it off until tomorrow. We have Intro to Meditation No human being is meant to wake up in the morning and dread the day. Human beings, each one of us, has the potential to be the greatest person you can imagine. But what happens? We get caught up in our to do list. Yet another days goes by when we don’t get to our ‘should’ list. What you need to do is somehow change your ‘shoulds’ into musts. We never, ever get to our shoulds, never. In the next newsletter I will talk more about turning your ‘shoulds’ into musts. In the meantime, try not to should all over yourself. We have some very exciting things coming up at Ivy House this year. Next week for 3 days only at the Ivy House, we have two gifted Healers coming to Nashville to do private sessions and workshops. I encourage you to book a session and sign up for the workshop, they will rock your world. This kind of opportunity does not come around very often so please treat your spirit with this.
You are who you hang out with!
Or as they say in sports, you are only as strong as your weakest player. If you want to work out, get fit and healthy, you have to hang with people or at least one person or two who love working out. Otherwise you just talk each other out of working out. If you want to meditate, you have to hang out with people who love meditating. If you have all kinds of ‘shoulds,’ in your life, in order to turn them into action, they have to first become a must. Somehow you have to make a list of why your should, should become a must. Brushing your teeth is a must. Eating is a must. What is a must for you? The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Have you been acting a little insane the past few years? Have you been wanting and needing to change a few things but a few years go by and nothing has changes? You don’t have to wait to 2014 to commit to change, each and every day offers you a new opportunity to make the changes you need to make to create the perfect life you desire. The Ivy House was originally conceived as a place to help support people in their spiritual practices. At the Ivy House, we love to meditate and do yoga. We love eating healthy and staying fit. We love feeling good and being happy, content and cultivating awareness. So we are your support in joy and inner peace. Below is a link to an amazing video that will help give you perspective on how magnificent that you are. It is called the Power of Ten and goes from your body and into deep space and back down through your skins and cells and it shows you are made up of the same stuff in your cells as in deep space, enjoy: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D0fKBhvDjuy0.
How Do You Find Peace Within Even in the midst of turmoil? It’s kind of like Hurricane Sandy or Hurricane Katryna. Even the most devastating hurricane has stillness at the deepest depths of the ocean. The eye of a cyclone is quiet. You have this awareness within you that is still even amongst your busiest day and craziest thoughts. And believe me, I know personally how crazy it can be over the holidaze! Take a breath and do your best not to play your usual role. We have these roles we play in our family that we keep playing over and over again. Eckhart Tolle calls it the pain body. Your pain body is like a little creature that comes out whenever you are feeling fear and pain. It is the hurt child within you, the damaged part of you that is not the real you. The holidays are one big gathering of the pain body creatures. The latest statistics are that you have 85,000 thoughts each and every day. 95% of those are the same thoughts you had yesterday. However the good news is that you are not your thoughts. If you visualize a triangle, a school bus, a kite in the sky, a stop sign, they come and they go in your mind as you read this. Your thoughts are just like each one of these visuals. You are not the bus or the kite, you are the awareness that is aware of those objects. Be in the awareness, the ever present witness that was the same when you were a child. I actually remember before I was born. Yup, I promise you I do. I have always been able to draw the incubator that they placed me in, on April 29th, 1963. But before the incubator I remembered how excited I was about where I was going and I even got a sense of where I was going. I knew that I would help people spiritually and that I would always have this memory. I remember how close to God I was and I remember saying goodbye. I awoke looking up to masks all around me and I was then placed in an incubator. I started drawing the incubator for my Mom when I was about five and I recently looked up an incubator image for 1963 and there it was, the one I remember. The next memory I have was when I was about 2 years old. Very clearly, I was sitting at the kitchen table in my high chair eating raspberry toast with my Dad as he was getting ready for work at 5am. I was thinking, I wonder if my Dad remembers when he was my age. I wonder if HE remembers before he was born. Then I decided then and there at 2 years of age, that I would remember this moment for the rest of my life. I have no idea how my 2 year old brain knew what to do next but I froze for at least one minute. As I was still I was thinking I am going to remember this moment when I am as old as my Dad (who at that time was only about 30 years old), seemed like 80 to me then. And now coming up to 50, I remember this like it was yesterday. This is the stillness within that I am talking about. If a two year old can do it, so can you!! It is the awareness that is witnessing your life. That is the real you. Not the thoughts, not even the memories, the real you, the real me is the stillness within that is always watching. Happy Holidays to you from the Ivy House, from India and from my heart to yours, NAMASTE. I honor the place in you, that is the same as the place in me, and when we are both in that place, we are one. Namaste. Love