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New Book – Happiness Study Group

The Way of Effortless Mindfulness by Loch Kelly

Happy to announce our new book:

We finish this 6th year, continuing our study of the path to greater happiness and well-being with Loch Kelly’s, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life. (our 15th selection)

Kelly reports that “Students who consistently practice effortless mindfulness describe a relief from judgmental thinking, a deep sense of safety and well-being, a sense of openness and interconnection, and an ability to welcome  strong emotions with less worry, fear, and shame.”

Purchase the book from Amazon or from your favorite book source.
https://www.amazon.com/Way-Effortless-Mindfulness-Revolutionary-Awakened-ebook/dp/B07FDR6M2T/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1DSGJB0GRPB6T&dchild=1&keywords=loch+kelly+effortless+mindfulness&qid=1603901232&s=books&sprefix=Loch+Kelly%2Cstripbooks%2C259&sr=1-3

The Group meets on ZOOM (for now) Tuesdays from 2pm – 4pm. The ZOOM link and study outline will be mailed to group subscribers around the 9th of November and subsequent Mondays.

Please email Nadine @ nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com or notchurchbaja@gmail.com if you would like to join our study group.

I’ve missed you all and look forward to seeing you on ZOOM on Tuesday, November 8 at 2pm.  Please read the introduction and Chapter 1.

Stay tuned for the ZOOM link and Outline…coming soon!

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NEW BOOK – November 10th

The Way of Effortless MindfulnessWe finish this 6th year, continuing our study of the path to greater happiness and well-being with Loch Kelly’s, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life. (our 15th selection)

Kelly reports that “Students who consistently practice effortless mindfulness describe a relief from judgmental thinking, a deep sense of safety and well-being, a sense of openness and interconnection, and an ability to welcome  strong emotions with less worry, fear, and shame.”

Purchase the book from Amazon or from your favorite book source.

The Group meets on ZOOM (for now) Tuesdays from 2pm – 4pm. The ZOOM link and study outline will be mailed to group subscribers around the 9th of November and subsequent Mondays.

Please email Nadine @ nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com or notchurchbaja@gmail.com if you would like to join our study group.

By |2020-10-28T10:43:07-07:00October 28th, 2020|Happiness Study Group|Comments Off on NEW BOOK – November 10th

New Book – Tao Te Ching

Tao Te ChingI am excited to announce that the Happiness Study Group will be starting our new book on March 17th, The Tao Te Ching. With some much-needed and appreciated guidance from our dear friend and scholar, Daniel Bisgaard, we will explore one of the most translated books in world literature. This twelfth selection is a bit of a departure, though most assuredly related to our continuing study of the Middle Way.

Authorship of the Tao Te Ching is credited to the 6th-century BC sage Laozi and the oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BC. The Tao Te Ching… is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism. It strongly influenced other schools of Chinese philosophy and religion, including LegalismConfucianism, and Buddhism. In its 81 verses it delivers a treatise on how to live in the world with goodness and integrity: an important kind of wisdom in a world where many people believe such a thing to be impossible.

The edition we have chosen is: Tao Te Ching: With Over 150 Photographs by Jane English Paperback – November 1, 2011 by Lao Tzu (Author), Gia-Fu Feng (Translator), Jane English (Translator), Toinette Lippe (Translator), with introduction by Jacob Needleman.

Here’s the description from Amazon:

“For nearly two generations, this bestselling translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought. Now Jane English and her long-time editor, Toinette Lippe, have refreshed and revised the translation, so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, while taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities. This beautiful oversized edition features over a hundred new photographs by Jane English that help express the vast spirit of the Tao. Also included is an introduction by the well-known writer and scholar of philosophy and comparative religion, Jacob Needleman.

Lao Tsu’s philosophy is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks. It does so without discrimination. So let us present the same face to everyone and treat them all as equals, however they may behave. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop “trying,” if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. Te—which may be translated as “virtue” or “strength”—lies always in Tao meaning “the way” or “natural law.” In other words: Simply be.”

The book is available from Amazon, ABE.com and other sellers. Other editions of the Feng and English translation are also suitable…particularly versions without photographs at lower prices.

Please contact Nadine if you would like to join the […]

By |2020-04-22T12:51:55-07:00February 28th, 2020|About Events, Happiness Study Group, Study|Comments Off on New Book – Tao Te Ching

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