Our teachers Lama Marut and Cindy Lee will be returning to Singapore between the 23rd of October and the 1st of November 2015…save the dates! More information on teachings and events to follow shortly, so watch this space.
What and where is your sacred space?
A Final Thought…
“ We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Teachers’ travel plans have been disrupted and they cannot make it to Singapore for the talks. As such, the talks have been cancelled. The Teachers send their love and regrets.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Defect from the cult of busyness
Cure yourself of the modern epidemic of frenzied activity. This four-part workshop will impart time-tested spiritual methods for regaining true peace and fulfilling your responsibilities in a calm, relaxed manner.
Where: Oasis Holistic, Block 10 Selegie Road, #01-50, Selegie House, Singapore 180010
When: Fri 22 May, 7-9pm
Sat 23 May 3-5pm and 7-9pm
Sun 24 May 1.30-3.30pm
Cost: by donation.
For more information and registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Meditation is a balancing act between attention and relaxation” ~ Alan Wallace
Wow, what a month it has been for our spiritual community: several talks by Cindy Lee and Lama Marut, an interesting mix of volunteers leading the Friday night meditation classes and a surprise visit from Doug Veenhoff!
Whilst I was reflecting on what an amazing month it has been, it suddenly dawned on me that these visits, sessions and talks don’t come from nowhere. They come as a result of someone caring and wanting to share and liberate. The concept of this made me really appreciate how much work goes into organizing these sessions and all we have to do is turn up and relax. Thank you to those of you who set up this spiritual community and for those of you helping it to blossom.
And talking of turning up and relaxing. It has become more apparent to me recently how important cultivating relaxation truly is whilst meditating. Allan Wallace and Doug Veenhoff consistently emphasize this, and Doug really emphasized this on his way back to USA after an 8-week retreat in Phuket.
When doing mind work, we should be relaxed and practice without tension, without forcing ourselves. The emphasis is not on ‘concentration’ but on ‘awareness’ or ‘observation’.
Alan Wallace’s audio teaching from Spring 2011: 61 Cultivation of Relaxation. (Streaming daily from Phuket) is an excellent summary of why relaxation is so important. He encourages meditating in shavasana to facilitate total relaxation and to quieten the mind. In particular, he focuses on the out-breath to help us relax more deeply. He guides us through several meditations by starting, “With the out-breath, release any tension in the shoulders, softening and relaxing the face, especially around the eye….relax more deeply with each out-breath.”
Enjoy your month ahead and don’t forget to relax!
“There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.”
~ James Carroll
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Lama Marut and Cindy Lee recently gave a series of three talks on Mindful Relationships: exploring how to apply spiritual principles to our relationships so as to maximize the rewarding aspects and minimize the difficulties.
The talks are structured around “beginning,” “maintaining and deepening,” and “letting go” of holding too tightly to our close connections with others. In this series, they also focused on cultivating the qualities outlined in a practice called the “Six Perfections.”
To download the audio files from the first Session, please follow this link: http://siddha-songs.com/downloads/mindful-relationships/
More audio files will be up soon!
Yoga and Me
One year ago, I decided to take a break from yoga. I didn’t love the practice any more despite developing a solid practice over many years. Of course I knew that yoga was good for me but my relationship with yoga had become one of ‘must’. I needed to practice; I had to practice.
When I stopped teaching, I didn’t feel compelled to practice. I stopped attending workshops, and didn’t feel the pressure to keep it up. I rested as much as I needed and did only what I felt like. Some days, I felt resistance. Some days, I didn’t want to stop. But rather than telling myself ‘I must’, I asked myself whether I was truly tired or if I was making excuses. Am I as tired as I thought? Can I not do just one asana? Slowly, by challenging my underlying motivations I built up my practice again.
Working from the frame of mind of ‘must’ there was no room for query and for compassion. In letting go of ‘must’, there was room to gauge my feelings and energy levels. And that brought a more mindful and kinder relationship between my practice and myself.
Do I love the practice now? I am enjoying it and committed to it.
A Final Thought
“If there ever comes a time that you forget where you came from, you’ve gone too far.”
― Comic Strip Mama
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Lama Marut and Cindy Lee will be giving a three-part series of talks about how to have Mindful Relationships. We’re all always and already in relationship with others – with people at work, our friends, partners, and family members. In this three-part workshop, we’ll explore how to apply spiritual principles to these relationships so as to maximize the rewarding aspects and minimize the difficulties. We’ll begin by investigating the preconditions for entering into a new relationship, move on to how to maintain and improve relationships we are already in, and conclude by discussing how to successfully “break up” and transition a relationship from one type to another.
31st Oct 2014 | Friday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 1
1st Nov 2014 | Saturday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 2
2nd Nov 2014 | Sunday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 3Venue: Cocoon Studio 315 Outram Road #02-07 Tan Boon Liat Building
Please register here.
Join us for more opening of the heart, awakening of the mind, and fun in the sun at our annual Bintan Island retreat led by Lama Marut and Cindy Lee. Learn how to compassionately cultivate a mindfulness that protects your life’s highest intentions, how to stop anger from destroying your peace of mind, and how to develop joyful effort and enthusiasm for doing the things that will bring true happiness. Morning yoga and meditation as well as plenty of time to relax alone or with others in an idyllic beach setting will complete this exciting four day opportunity to revive, renew, and refashion your life.
* Bintan Cabana Beach Resort, Indonesia
* 27-31 March 2013 (5D/4N)
* Small exclusive group of about 35 participants
|Twin Share||Single Occupancy|
|Member 10% discount||$519||$662|
(Fee includes Ferry ticket to Bintan, transfer to Resort, vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks, yoga, meditation and teachings.)
* $200 deposit payable now to secure your space, balance payment to be paid before 10 March 2013.
Payment by cash or cheque payble to “Asian Classics Institute (Singapore)”, mail to 36 Binchang Rise S(579903) – please don’t mail cash! OR internet banking transfer to DBS bank – please email us for bank account details.
Closing date: 10 March 2013
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A three-hour workshop with our visiting teacher Cindy Lee who will guide us on a journey though the chakras using movement, meditation and mantras. Bring a notebook, pen, open heart and willingness to take inner steps towards your Self!
When: Sunday, June 2nd
Time: 2:00 – 5.00pm
At: 7A Cambridge Road, Singapore
Registrations & enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by Satsanga: http://www.singasatsanga.com/absoluteinfinite.htm