Understanding Enneagram – Introduction

August 11 and August 18  2:00 to 4:00pm
Hosted by Anna Zimmerman with Bodhi Martina

The study of the Enneagram points quite clearly to the pragmatic reasons why we sometimes struggle or feel discontent. It simply points the way into looking deep enough under the layers of conditioning to find our true nature. It clarifies who we are IN our day to day lives, what serves our inner awakening and what does not. It naturally follows that we will understand others and what causes habitual misunderstanding. Suddenly relationships begin to make sense and compassion has a chance to grow.

In the practice of Enneagram we learn to drop the blame for our fate and take a clear look inward using the map of the nine personality types. This map, developed over the centuries, is a system of self-observation and enquiry. Understanding the Enneagram is a practical guide.

Those who are serious about introducing this powerful tool of well-being and support into their lives are invited to two free introductory Enneagram workshops to be held in the La Misión area, one on August 11 and the other on August 18 from, both are from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

A LOVE-LY February Not Church

Love was in the air…Erin, as always offered some meaty considerations sprinkled with a good dose of self-effacing humor on the topic of blaming.  We had sharings on the importance of self-love, some helpful hints from Anna (see below), Carol and Jim’s readings of four short and poignant Mary Oliver poems,  Kevin’s metta meditation on extending loving thoughts to others and Steve’s deep talk on how our attitudes about our self and lack of compassion for ourselves manifests in our words and actions directed to others.   Ellen and John led us in a group sing of the Nat King Cole’s L.O.V.E. complete with flashcards and Ellen finished off our meeting with a powerful heartfelt rendition of La Vie en Rose. It was a beautiful day…Paul left us with a sweet taste of home-grown citrus (yum!) and Felix and crew at Poco Cielo served up a tasty brunch menu. It was a great one!

10 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Love Daily

From The Self-Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser

1. Lighten up.
Emotionally, spiritually, mentally, even physically, ask yourself, “Where am I taking life too seriously and how can I lighten up more?”

2. Look at yourself the way your dog (or cat) does.
Ever notice how your furry friends seem to think you are the best thing on the planet? They see your greatness—it’s time for you to see yourself the same way. If you don’t have a pet at home, learn how to see yourself the way loved ones do.

3. Listen to your inner guide.
Your inner voice is your truth, and it’s always giving you guidance. Whether it’s to reach out to a friend you haven’t seen in years or change careers, the most loving thing you can do is to start to trust your inner guide, because it knows what will make you the happiest.

4. Replace judgment with curiosity.
When you feel as if you are judging yourself (or even another person), go inward and ask yourself, “What does this situation bring up for me? Why do I feel the need to attack emotionally?” When we judge, we remove ourselves from love. Return to love by turning to curiosity instead of fear-based thoughts.

5. Smile more.
Look at the things that are going well in your life instead of what isn’t working. Smile at the good and grasp it daily.

6. Share your story.
Being honest and open about your experiences will help you heal and grow. When you share your experiences with others, you connect on a deeper level, which gives you purpose. Plus, your personal story can help others.

7. Write a letter to your future self.
Sit down and visit future you, the one who is through the struggle, over the pain, and has it all figured out. She/he will offer you guidance and comfort.

8. Schedule “Me Matters” time.
Creating a “Me Matters” list—a feel-good list of the situations when you feel like your best self—and doing some things on that list daily will help you feel more balanced and alive.

9. Start speaking kindly to yourself.
What you say to yourself matters. You can start by looking in the mirror and saying nice things about yourself.

10. Listen to your body and give it what it needs.
Your body has infinite wisdom and knows exactly what you need to feel better. Don’t feel guilty for taking an afternoon snooze or for needing to skip a workout. If you are listening to your body, everything will feel better. Maybe it’s guiding you to start a new diet or change your environment. Listening to your own body is one of the most loving and nurturing things you can do.




Not- Church Expands Mindfulness Studies!

MindfulnessNot Church is pleased to announce new (and continuing) opportunities
to explore Mindfulness, the energy that makes it possible for us to be aware of what is happening in the present moment.

Alicia Dominguez4-Day Workshop – Listening and Talking with your Heart with Alicia Dominguez
February 11 & 12 and February 18 & 19, 2016

Listening and Talking with your Heart is a powerful process for inspiring compassionate connection and action.  It provides a framework and set of skills allowing us to speak from the heart and talk openly about what is going on for us without judgment, without provoking defensiveness, resistance and counterattack.

In his book Aware Awake Alive, medical doctor and philosopher, Elliott Dacher says two of the components of integral health “…relate to our interaction with others—our interpersonal relationships and our relationship to the larger culture and planetary community.”  As Dr. Dacher points out, numerous recent studies have shown the effects of relationships, good and bad on our physiology and well-being.

Alicia Dominguez taught this course and other personal empowerment workshops to groups of 300-500 people for 13 years all over Mexico and South America.  We are fortunate she has agreed to run a small private intensive workshop here while visiting her sister, Carmen.

SPACE IS LIMITED to 10 people!  It will begin each day at 10am and end at 5pm with a ½ hour lunch break.  Cost is $80 US for the Workshop.

Contact Carmen Dominguez mcdomdur@gmail.com to reserve your space!

Matthieu RicardMindfulness Study Group – La Misión
February 16, 2016

After completing two sections on  Aware Awake Alive, by Dr. Elliott Dacher, we continue our study of mindfulness with an exploration of Mathieu Ricard’s, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill.

Matthieu Ricard  is Buddhist monk, French translator and right-hand man for the Dalai Lama, author of books, published photographer and was one of Dr. Elliott Dacher’s spiritual teachers.  He has been the subject of intensive clinical tests at the University of Wisconsin to prove the effects of meditation on the brain, as a result of which he is frequently described as “the happiest man in the world.”

Ricard  is the son of the late Jean-François Revel, a renowned French philosopher and the lyrical abstractionist painter and Tibetan Buddhist nun Yahne Le Toumelin.  He  grew up among the personalities and ideas of French intellectual circles.

Ricard  worked for a Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics at the Pasteur Institute under French Nobel Laureate François Jacob, but in 1972 decided to forsake his promising scientific career and concentrate on the practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas where he has lived and practiced for over 40 years.

The study group will be held Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm starting February 16.  Contact Nadine de Jong – nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com for more information.

**We request you obtain the book and read at least the first chapter by the start of the first class. The book is available in Kindle, Hardcover & paperback on Amazon.

Aware Awake Alive - by Elliott Dacher, MDNEW Aware Awake Alive Study Group
March 1, 2016

If you missed the first two groups, here’s your chance to study Dr. Dascher’s book, Aware Awake Alive and begin your journey of transformation to an optimal state of well-being, peace, wisdom, happiness, freedom & love—to attainment of human flourishing.

The Northern Rosarito  Aware Awake Alive group will start on the first Tuesday in March, March 1, 2016 – at 2:30pm.  To join the group, it is requested that you have read the first chapter by the first meeting.  You may contact Dr. Mary Contreras for more information, location and directions.  dr.marycontreras@gmail.com

The book is available in Kindle and paperback on Amazon.
More on the author:  http://www.elliottdacher.org/

with Ron de Jong
Monday Mornings, 8:30 am – Plaza del Mar

The class includes an introduction, a 20-30 minute meditation and a discussion afterward.
It’s a great way to start your week and a wonderful introduction to meditation.

Contact Ron: ron@dejong.org

Meditation & Mindfulness

Ron de JongEveryone who has attended is enjoying Ron’s Monday Meditation Class and he has agreed to continue as long as people are interested.  It includes an introduction, a 15-20 minute meditation and a discussion afterward.  It’s a great way to start your week and a wonderful introduction to meditation.  Mondays 8:30 am at Hacienda del Encanto.

Topics include: meditation, mindfulness, overcoming afflictive emotions, the heart of otherness, work as practice, the transformation of adversity, integral health, and human flourishing.In a similar vein, we are starting a study group of Elliott Dacher’s book, Aware, Awake, Alive: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Science of Integral Health and Human Flourishing the second week in February.  “Aware, Awake, Alive draws upon ancient wisdom, contemporary science, and modern understandings of consciousness to offer the reader a physician’s time-tested program of self-study and practice, which guides the reader towards a life of optimal well-being, integral health, and human flourishing…Topics include: meditation, mindfulness, overcoming afflictive emotions, the heart of otherness, work as practice, the transformation of adversity, integral health, and human flourishing.”

Erin and Terri have been in contact with Dr. Dacher and we’re excited about a possibility that he may pay us a visit in early March.

If you’re interested in participating in Ron’s meditation, all you have to do is show up on Monday mornings.  If you’d like to join the study group, check back here and on Facebook for details and please send Nadine an email so we have an idea about the number of participants. And order the book!  It’s available on Amazon in print and in a Kindle version.