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#49_August 2016 – Lama Marut & Cindy in Singapore 17th to 23rd October

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Lama Marut & Cindy Lee
in Singapore
17th to 23rd October 2016

17th to 19th October 7.30pm to 9pm
(Save the Date …..Details coming)

21st to 23rd October – The Spectrum of Yoga at PURE Yoga
Yoga is much more than physical exercise – it is a way of life. This weekend workshop will cover the main practices that will help practitioners integrate the full spectrum of yoga into every aspect of daily life.
Complimentary Session – Friday, 21 Oct
7pm-8.30pm: The Meaning, Purpose and Method of Yoga
Session 1 – Saturday, 22 Oct
10am-12pm: Karma Yoga: Ethical Living and Egoless Action
Session 2 – Saturday, 22 Oct
2pm-4pm: Yoga of the Heart: Bhakti, Guru, and Deity Yoga
Session 3 – Sunday, 23 Oct
10am-12pm: The Yoga of Wisdom
Session 4 – Sunday, 23 Oct
2pm-4pm: The Yoga of Sound

Venue:
Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View
#06-02 Singapore 018961

PURE Yoga is offering a 20% early bird discount (ends 30 September).
click here for more details.
Book through ASC (info@asc-sg.org) to get an additional 10% off

Final thoughts

“If it’s not paradoxical, it’s not true.”
~Shunryu Suzuki

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#48_July 2016 – Play as a Spiritual Practice

Play as a Spiritual Practice

When I first heard in a teaching that play could be incorporated into a spiritual practice, I was not only relieved but really happy that the spiritual practice was not all work. After all, that’s why there is this proverb ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ right?

Summer time seems to be the perfect time to take a break from work – half the year has gone by, there is another half more to go. Some of us could already be feeling disinterested at work or our bodies could be yearning for a sunny vacation – beach, sun, sea or just hanging out with people we want to spend more time with.

When I am on vacation, I try to watch what is it about the vacation that I like? This often gives me a clue to what is missing from my work….. Is it doing the things I don’t feel like I have to do? Is it having time and space to laugh and be silly? Is it the carefreeness feeling of doing the things I like without having to watch the clock? Is it spending time on creative projects, allowing myself to make mistakes along the way?

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of relaxing into the practice – for long-term progress and sustainability of what we do. If we could learn from our vacations and incorporate the elements of play – the innocence, the wonder, humor, light heartedness, openness, playfulness, creativity, not taking ourselves too seriously….. etc., into our daily life, our life could be one big holiday !

The ASC team

Final thoughts

A teacher asked her students to use the word “beans” in a sentence. “My father grows beans,” said one girl. “My mother cooks beans,” said a boy. A third student spoke up, “We are all human beans.”

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#47_May 2016 – Take a Break

Take a Break.

….before you have to. For some reason holding down two jobs, doing charity work helping small businesses, managing a household and planning an international move was not enough of a signal to clear some space for some inner work.
There are times when stretching yourself with multiple challenges leads to great breakthroughs, whether in knowledge, understanding or the sense of wholeness that comes through helping someone else achieve their goals. Other times you may be filling your time, running about being ‘busy busy’ because you are avoiding being with yourself, being quiet; facing the reality of who you really are in that moment.
For me, during those few months when one year ends and another begins – in this case 2016 – I was transitioning from being in one country to moving to another, physically and mentally. I became disconnected and distracted by to-do lists rather than taking time to honour the momentum of this change. In the past, if I didn’t find space for myself, events would force it on me.
This time the first whisper was when I fell down a very long flight of stone steps at the new Art Museum on the Padang. I apologise for scaring everyone in the ticket hall who had to witness my messy tumble. Other than severe bruises and a chipped elbow, I was fine.
Did I listen? The louder klaxon came early in January when I turned my ankle and broke it. So now, no choice; I had to take a break. Literally. I recognised the situation that had been created by my actions immediately whilst waiting for the x-ray, and laughed. Don’t wait for the whisper, take that break.

Susan

Final Thoughts

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not, remember that what you now have was once amongst the things you only hoped for.”
~ Epicurus

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#46_April 2016 – Unplug.

Unplug.

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Many of us live like this our whole lives and we often end up feeling tired, bored, restless, frustrated, hopeless or helpless. If this sounds familiar to you, it might be a good time to unplug and go on retreat.

Spiritual retreats allow us to take time for ourselves; rest the body, work the kinks out of our system through yoga, sit in meditation to settle the mind and reflect clearly, and finally reload with good dose of spiritual teachings. This is just what we do at our retreat with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee every year. This year’s teachings aim to awaken us to our Buddha nature by learning how to work with anger, pride, jealousy, desire and ignorance – five common hindrances that prevent us from being our true self and living the life we want to lead.

There will be daily kirtan and a drawing workshop to let our creative juices flow and transformation take place. We also get 4 hours of free time each day to relax by the beach, soak in the sun and sea. With accommodation and all food taken care of, there is really nothing to stop us from discovering what’s really important to us and reflecting on what’s really going on in our life. For more details and itinerary, click here.

Hope to see you there!

Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final Thoughts

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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#45_March 2016 – Attitude is Everything

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Attitude is Everything

We recently had a young exchange student join our classes and Friday meditations. He first enquired about Yoga @ Macritchie, went for the class and really enjoyed it, He showed up next at one of our talks ‘Zen and Art’, and liked it so much, he tried our Friday meditation. He must like it quite a bit as he has been coming every Friday ever since his first sit.

He is always cheerful, friendly and very curious about the spiritual practice. When the teachers teach, he displays openness by listening attentively and asking questions when he is not clear about something. His positive attitude must be infectious as he always manages to bring his friends to our classes.

It just dawned on me that he embodies so many of the good qualities of the mind that we are trying to cultivate in our practice: willingness, energy/ vigour, curiosity/ investigation, friendliness, openness and honesty. And just being himself, he is unconsciously an inspiration to the people around him.
Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final Thoughts

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
~ Viktor E Frankl

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#44_February 2016 – The one you Feed

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The one you Feed

One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’

The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’
Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final thoughts

“Love is so exquisitely elusive. It cannot be bought, cannot be badgered, cannot be hijacked. It is available only in one rare form: as the natural response of a healthy mind and healthy heart.”
~ Eknath Easwaran

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#43_January 2016 – New Possibilities

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New Possibilities

Happy 2016!

The New Year always brings a spirit of renewal. As I charge ahead with my spring cleaning, I am wondering what are the thoughts that are akin to the things that I hoard but no longer serve me? The things I hide away in my cupboards that I no longer use but don’t want to give away, the emotions that I hold on to only because they are familiar. The initial uncomfortable feeling when I give away the things I hoard and the feeling of freedom that comes from it – along with the temporary feeling of hardship when I try to overcome my mental afflictions and the feeling of triumph when I do. There are so many things we can do differently in our lives to feel more free.

Here at ASC, we have also changed our curriculum to fit our busy lifestyle. We are doing away with 10 week long classes and replacing them with 4 week classes, short talks, light stories. We have started Yoga by the park and it will be an on-going class, along with our Friday night meditation. We want to incorporate more Charity work in our programme, following the successful food delivery we did last year. But we are definitely keeping the annual retreat and talks with Lama Marut as it has been transformational for many people.

We hope you will find something in our offerings this year to enrich your life.

Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final thoughts

“I am human and I need to be loved. Just like everybody else does.”
~ Morrissey, The Smiths

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#42_December 2015 – Happy Holidays

 

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Happy Holidays

ASC would like to wish you a very happy holiday season! May your celebrations be warm, loving and peaceful; may you rejoice in the company of family and friends; and may you enter the new year with renewed energy and wisdom.

We would like to invite you to come join our last event of the year: a midnight yoga and meditation practice on New Year’s Eve – absolutely free, made possible by the generosity of our volunteers. So just come on down and welcome the New Year with like minded friends : )

Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final Thoughts

Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous, and never seeking her own; for wheresoever we seek our own, there we fall from love.
~ Thomas A Kempis

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#41_November 2015 – Reflections

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Reflections

Having our teachers Lama Marut and Lama Cindy here last month has been so wonderful and inspiring. Every time they teach, I find my practice and understanding open up in new ways and taking new directions. As the year comes to a close, I’ll be taking some time to reflect on these teachings and how I can really live in the truth of what I learned. I invite you to do the same, and if you’ve been inspired like I have, do join our sangha by becoming a member.

I’m also very excited to be presenting our last event of the year: a midnight yoga and meditation practice on New Year’s Eve. Check out details below or on our website. I hope to see you there!

With all best wishes,
Vaishali

FINAL THOUGHTS
“Two forces pervade human life, the Gita says: the upward thrust of evolution and the downward pull of our evolutionary past.”
― Eknath Easwaran

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