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#42_December 2015 – Happy Holidays


warm holiday lights

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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#38_August 2015 – Recognizing Love


Recognizing Love

Franz Kafka encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was desolate. Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met. “Please do not mourn me; I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures.”  This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met he read her from these carefully composed letters the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.

When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented her with a doll. An attached letter explained: “my travels have changed me… “
Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll. It said: “everything that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.”
What we love never leaves us; it is only that we get fixated on a particular form and fail to recognize its transformation.



Final Thoughts

“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.

~Walt Disney


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#24 June 2014 – Forgiveness, Acceptance and Love

Forgiveness, Acceptance and Love

Recently I’ve started painting lessons and on my second lesson my teacher, Cleo, handed me a large painted canvas from her collection – she’s a professional artist.  She saw my shocked expression and explained: “You can paint over them. If you don’t like something, paint black or white over it and use it as a base to start again.” She went on to say that she preferred painting over in white so that some of the previous painting showed through and integrated with the new one. So we painted the canvas white and I started painting.Each time I made a mistake I berated myself, but my teacher showed me how paint when applied in layers can correct what I didn’t like. And right there I had the most profound realisation. Half our lives we worry about how imperfect we are and painting has showed me : dont like it? – start over again and again and again.  Cleo is fond of saying: “you’ve got to love your art, if not, how will others love it?” Which reminds me of the ‘you have to love yourself’. Isn’t it a bit unfair to expect another to love you when you don’t love yourself?I’ve learnt that we don’t have to be perfect to accept ourselves, we just need to be whole, and to be whole means forgiving ourselves for the mistakes we have done and accepting that we are not perfect. And more importantly knowing that we can start all over again! My art sessions are on-going with Cleo and I am curious to uncover more bits and pieces of my self-discovery.

Jennifer RK


“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr

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