What Holds YOU Back? Request for questions


“If we become addicted to the external, our interiority will haunt us. We will become hungry with hunger no image, person, or deed can still. To be wholesome, we must remain truthful to our vulnerable complexity.” (John O’Donahue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

Maybe you’re feeling a little disconnected from your own self. Maybe your own complexity feels terribly overwhelming sometimes. 

It happens. No harm. No foul. 

But now that you’ve seen that about yourself…you can never un-see it. We all know how that is.

So, what’s a person to do? 

There are so many good Ways, so much wisdom to help us back to the whole self. 

And lots of ways to get side tracked or confused.  


I plan on writing a weekly blog that addresses questions and concerns that you all have in addition to my own musings and journey for cultivating ongoing wholeness and health, the fullest integration of my various aspects I can muster. 

So I really want to know, what do you feel gets in YOUR way? 

What holds you back? 

What would YOU like to change, want support in changing? 

What questions do you have about how to proceed on the path to remaining true to your own vulnerable complexity? 

What confuses or perplexes you? 

Do you try to establish good habits and then feel them fall away and wonder how to maintain them? 

Do you think that meditation is an act of DOING, just one more pesky thing to cross off your already very full to-do list? 

Do you feel a certain tyranny that your cell phone holds over you and sometimes wonder where all your time has gone? 

Have you read every self-improvement book on the shelf and still wonder why things feel kind of fucked up? 

There are no small or stupid questions. The only bad questions are the ones that go un-asked. 

Please send me your questions here in the comments or if you want a more private communication, send me an email or private message. 

Your questions will be the fuels that inspires new articles in my website and for a new weekly project on Medium

Make an amazing week folks! 

I can’t wait to see your questions and hear your thoughts. 

May you all find peace and fully become the artists of your lives you truly are.

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Hillary 

Spring Yang Tai Chi 24 Class


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Tai Chi Yang 24 Form

Beautiful mindful movement for everybody!

THE MOST POPULAR FORM OF TAI CHI IN THE WORLD, PERFECT FOR ALL AGES. THIS MINDFUL MEDITATION REDUCES STRESS, INCREASES IMMUNITY AND HELPS US GREAT EACH MOMENT WITH MORE GRACE.  WE BEGIN WITH BASIC MOVEMENTS AND SLOWLY BUILD FROM THERE. IF YOU’RE TIRED OF FEELING LIKE YOU ARE ALWAYS RUSHING AROUND AND WANT TO ENJOY GREATER SOFTNESS OF HEART, MIND AND BODY, THIS IS THE CLASS FOR YOU!
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Other Details:

Where: 1839 S Halsted St (just south of 18th St.)
When: Saturdays 10-10:45
Tuition: $80/mo Drop in Tuition $25
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Got any questions?
Shoot me a line and I’ll be glad to help you out.

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Free 1st Saturday Community Meditation


Are you feeling stressed, trying to balance life, family, work?

Do you feel like sometimes you’re just skimming life or missing out on something critical?

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve lost something you once had and can’t quite put your finger on it?

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Meditation can help you regain your compassionate, patient, adaptable center.

You will learn how to:

  • handle stress with greater ease
  • discover the true source of your unhappiness or suffering
  • understand how the causes of suffering operate
  • find the way out of suffering
  • cultivate step by step practices that support peaceful and happy life
  • be more present for your daily life
  • deal with difficult emotions
  • to recognize harmful and beneficial habits
  • let go of harmful habits
  • cultivate healthy habits
  • and much more

We offer free community meditation every first Saturday of the month.

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Donations gratefully accepted.

WHERE: 1839 S Halsted

WHEN: 1st Saturday of each month 9-9:45 am

OTHER: Please refrain from wearing perfumes and colognes. Wear soft comfy clothing. Layers are good.

 

Yang 24 Tai Chi Class


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Tai Chi Yang 24 Form

Beautiful mindful movement for everybody!

The most popular form of tai chi in the world.

Perfect for all ages and abilities.

This mindful meditation reduces stress, increases immunity and helps us great each moment with more grace.  We begin with basic movements and slowly build from there. If you’re tired of feeling like you are always rushing around and want to enjoy greater softness of heart, mind and body, this is the class for you!

Other Details:

Where: 1839 S Halsted St (just south of 18th St.)
When: 9-9:50am Saturdays
Tuition: $80/mo
Sign up now with Square of Chase Quick Pay (email me and I’ll send you the link. It’s secure, instantaneous and easy!)

Got any questions? Shoot me a line and I’ll be glad to help you out.

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Mindfulness for Children & Youth


 

I want Calm Chicago to offer mindfulness for little ones.

Please suggest 1-3 times and days which would best be suited for you.

Saturday is pretty much full already with other offerings. By little, I’m talking nursery school- kindergarten. Thanks!  Here’s a cool video of mindfulness at work with little ones.

Can’t wait to hear from you. Let’s make the world more peaceful one sweet child at a time.

Please suggest in comments below or in an email.

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16 Reasons Meditation is Good For You


Benefits of Meditation: a Short List

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Meditation…

  1. reduces stress
  2. improves focus and concentration
  3. supports healthy living through greater awareness of body and mind
  4. reduces reactivity
  5. increases capacity for flexibility and adaptability
  6. reduces rigidity of thinking
  7. increases creativity across the board
  8. reduces relationship stress by increasing empathy and compassion
  9. increases capacity for emotional regulation
  10. reduces anxiety, depression
  11. increases happiness
  12. makes it easier to deal with inevitable difficulties (acceptance)
  13. slows aging – maintaining great mental sharpness and reducing worry lines
  14. increases heart lung (cardiovascular health) as we reduce stress
  15. supports a strong immune system
  16. improves overall well-being

Not bad for sitting still and attending to the breath! And, unlike many medications, there’s no unpleasant side effects.

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Your Focus (and your beliefs) Really Do Determine Your Reality


And in case you’re feeling skeptical…here’s some psych and neuroscience to back it up.

  • Very often, what we believe to be true can be more powerful than anything
  • What we believe changes not only our minds but our bodies too

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So, for example, if we believe something will be hard or dangerous or stressful or just plain suck…Guess what? If will be hard, dangerous, stressful and sucky…but possibly, only to us. What we believe acts like a filter, or  a pair of glasses if you will, that colors, forms, shapes our experiences.

Another example.

If we believe our experience will be overwhelming; that we’re not up for it; if we lack courage or the heart for what’s coming – we’ll suffer emotionally, mentally and physically.

BUT…

If we believe that we are capable of handling what’s coming, that we are up for it’ that we have the courage and the heart to deal with whatever is going on – then we flourish, we thrive: our bodies and our minds deal are fine. Stresses are there but it’s okay. They are there but we’re not suffering.

IN FACT…

We die less.

AND…

When we intentionally set out to do things to help others, maybe through a simple reaching out; a call, email, social media shout out; maybe just a simple smile and a wave, a compliment to a stranger; a random act of kindness; getting up and giving your seat to someone on the train or bus because they have bags or look tired and could use a break; actually going and intentionally helping others – maybe with a little volunteering or perhaps in the choice of our careers (you see how this covers the full spectrum of our possible experiences) – when we help others, we find that not only is that warm fuzzy feeling its own reward,..

BUT

We die less.

Still not sure? Check out this amazing short TED Talk, by health psychologist Kelly McGonigal.

And remember, your focus and your beliefs change your reality. What will you choose to believe today?Be like the lotus flower, no matter how challenging is the environment, it spread its fragrance and non of mud water can attach on the leaves.