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Not Church, in our support of individual spiritual growth offers several opportunities for study. Visit one of the pages below to find out more and learn how you can join one of our groups:

• Monday Meditation with Ron
• Happiness Study Group in La Misión
• Norte Study Group
• Enneagram

Happiness Study Group – Next Book

MINDFULNESS, BLISS, AND BEYOND
A Meditator’s Handbook

This is going our next book starting April 2nd.

Ajahn Brahm is a British Theravadan monk currently practicing in Australia. You can learn more about him here.

Download a sample and check out the book here. We’ve delved in depth into theory in our last book and it seems like a good time to dive into some technique.

I look forward to your thoughts and comments. Drop me a line at nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com with any questions as well.

By |2019-03-29T10:17:14-07:00March 1st, 2019|Happiness Study Group|Comments Off on Happiness Study Group – Next Book

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.

By |2020-01-31T15:33:47-08:00August 8th, 2018|Enneagram, Events|Comments Off on Understanding Enneagram – Introduction

Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys

sharing Our Spiritual Journey

What can be done to quiet our raging or worried mind and give us peace? What are your life’s lessons that you’d like to share?

At a special Summer Not Church on August 22, we will gather to listen to one another share about each other’s spiritual journey. In this safe place we hope to hear what has worked for you, is working for you to feel more grounded, more in love with this life, with ourselves and one another.

from “Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys” by Mary Contreras/Baja News, August 2018

By |2020-02-15T13:00:33-08:00August 8th, 2018|Events, Happiness Study Group, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys

CURRENT BOOK – AWAKENING

We started a new book on June 12th:  MINDFULNESS, A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein. The book is available on Amazon in Kindle, Softcover & Hardcover and used from other booksellers at lower prices.

Please contact Nadine if you’re interested in joining the study group.  We meet every Tuesday between 2-4 and anyone is welcome to participate.

“Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom.

“Goldstein’s source teaching is the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s legendary discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana (or insight meditation) found today. Exquisite in detail yet wholly accessible and relevant for the modern student, Mindfulness takes us through a profound study of:

  • Ardency, clear knowing, mindfulness, and concentration—how to develop these four qualities of mind essential for walking the path wisely
  • The Satipatthana refrain—how deeply contemplating the four foundations of mindfulness opens us to bare knowing and continuity of mindfulness
  • Mindfulness of the body, including the breath, postures, activities, and physical characteristics
  • Mindfulness of feelings—how the experience of our sense perceptions influences our inner and outer worlds
  • Mindfulness of mind—learning to recognize skillful and unskillful states of mind and thought
  • Mindfulness of dhammas (or categories of experience), including the Five Hindrances, the Six Sense Spheres, the Seven Factors of Awakening, and much more

“There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways,” writes Goldstein. In Mindfulnessyou have the tools to mine these riches for yourself.”

By |2020-02-15T13:01:30-08:00May 31st, 2018|Happiness Study Group|Comments Off on CURRENT BOOK – AWAKENING

Book Study – Jump Right In!

When I was asked to write something about the book study groups, the one Nadine leads in La Misión and the one Mary Conteras and Carol Clary have in north Rosarito, the thought that inspired me to do this was about fear. Fear and aging.

I’m remembering that the idea of posting something was to make sure everyone who may be considering joining who’s new and never been before, or hasn’t been for a while, knows it is easy to join right in where you are. Even though the La Misión group is in it’s 4th year, Nadine uses past as well as current books as illustrations which ties things together. Even though the Rosarito group is newer, I imagine Mary and Carol do something similar. So if you’re thinking of getting in touch with them about joining as these new books are beginning, both on Tuesday afternoons, please feel free to do that.:

Buddha is as Buddha Does by Lama Surya Das in La Misión
Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein in the north
(Click on the book images to purchase books on Amazon)

Buddha is as Buddha Does by Lama Surya Das

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a great reason to do that is to learn alternatives to the fear based living that most of us were indoctrinated into by just living in today’s world. We are learning and experiencing that there are simple ways of changing the way we think, our perceptions turn out to be choices! Who knew. So when we become aware of that, we can consciously make different choices and that can just automatically and naturally change everything. Yep, pretty much everything—relationships of all kinds, from life partners to kids, neighbors, even people you only see on TV!

Most of the people in these groups will tell you they are freer of fear in general, more peaceful and happier, kinder, gentler.

Observations have shown over these many decades that if we’re fearful in our thirties, forties etc., unless we do something about it, unless we really take on learning new ways of being in life, fears, insecurities, feelings of vulnerability increase exponentially. You know older people who are angry, hostile, depressed, and the basis for most of that is in fear.

It does take time, like reading and getting together to discuss and share experiences every week. Those of us who are doing it are here to tell you it’s worth it—for us. Might be for you too. You’re welcome, jump in!

~Anna Zimmerman

By |2018-03-22T16:16:08-07:00March 22nd, 2018|Happiness Study Group, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Book Study – Jump Right In!

NEW BOOK – March 27, 2018

Buddha is as Buddha Does by Lama Surya Das

The Happiness Study Group will begin a new book, Buddha Is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living by Lama Surya Das on March 27th.

About the Author

From the Amazon Description: The Dalai Lama who calls Lama Surya Das the American Lama, said to an American audience, “It is not enough just to meditate and pray, which are always good things to do, but we also must take positive action in this world.”

The Buddha realized that all of us, deep within, are inherently perfect and whole, with the capacity to overcome suffering and transform ourselves into forces for good. In this book Lama Surya Das offers a thorough, tried-and-true map to the richest treasure a human being can find—Buddha’s advice for living to your true potential. By following these guidelines, you will enter into a life of greater joy, clarity, peace, and wisdom than you ever thought possible.

Whether you consider yourself a Buddhist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, atheist, or agnostic, Buddha Is as Buddha Does enables you to reflect more deeply upon how you think, speak, and behave in each moment and to explore more intently your relationships with others. Accompanied by lively anecdotes and practical exercises, this is  accessible book delivers timeless wisdom of the Buddha and is for everyone who seeks to become a better person and share in the bounty of true Buddha nature.

Learn more about Lama Surya Das in this Wikipedia article and here on Surya.org, his own organization’s website .

The book is available at Amazon in all formats.

Please check the Happiness Study Group  Facebook page for updates and information about our weekly meetings.

By |2018-03-04T13:18:52-08:00March 4th, 2018|Happiness Study Group, Uncategorized|Comments Off on NEW BOOK – March 27, 2018