Aloha Dear One,
I’ve been metabolizing a lot of grief lately.
Recently, a beloved colleague, friend and sister-in-sobriety died of ALS. Diagnosed in January, her body shut down rapidly as I imagine her mind sharpened and her heart widened. She gave us, our family, all of whom loved and adored her, a tremendous and bewildering gift. The gift of her confidence. Her powerful knowing that, “in the bigger picture” she was okay.
That the insight of knowing that she is enough, this world is enough, and we are all enough was a powerful reminder of how much we, collectively, struggle with scarcity mindsets. Lack energy breeds fear and keeps us isolated.
I want you to know I see your brilliant sanity. Your enough-ness. And I’m ready to circle up with you virtually. Ready to meet regularly in Zoom through the end of the year?
I know I dreamed and dared to mention in-person retreats in Hawaii, I’m just not ready to release dates or details. I’ve had no resources (literally or energetically) to put toward it.
Thank you for your patience. Stay tuned…
For now, let’s gather in my Zoom Room on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 – 10:45 Hawaii time.
Remember, my Zoom rooms are intimate gatherings where I ask you to be fully present and engaged. I’m looking for a minimum of 5 and maximum of 14 people to show up, starting next week, to do the deeper dive into extraordinary living.
Elements of Everyday Enlightenment is the lofty name of this gathering that I humbly offer to host as your guide from the side, versus pretending to be a sage from the stage.
Elements of Everyday Enlightenment, a 12-week virtual gathering
Based on personal experience
Contributed by Amy Elizabeth Gordon, M.A., Licensed Imago Therapist & Relational Health Coach
Shatter the Illusion
There is a pervasive illusion that enlightenment happens on a mountaintop for men and women who have taken vows of epic proportion and somehow float above everyday life. Let’s try the householder’s version of enlightenment. We can practice the principles of our own chosen standard. We can determine what enlightenment looks and feels like for us.
Everyday enlightenment is achieved through mundane discipline to spiritual practices. These practices are through my viewpoint and completely colored by my personal experience. It may be different for you. All I ask if for your open-mindedness to consider the possibility that some of these may spark your own brilliant sanity to shine forth a wee bit brighter. To shine your own inner light on what sparks enlightenment in your life.
Intention: Deeper Dive into 12 distinctions of an extraordinary life
Moving from despair to repair requires loyalty to an extraordinary way of living that uplifts the world through radical self-enlightenment and unconditional forgiveness. My intention is to provide the map of how I got where I am today, in hopes of inspiriting others to own their sovereignty and use their power as a strong inner guidance system to cultivate an extraordinary life of everyday enlightenment. We will explore in more depth the 12 distinctions of extraordinary life; these are the ideas I’ve contemplated and taught for years.
Is doing what you’ve been doing getting you where you want to be? If you are anything like me, you come from hard times. Me? I’ve been robbed, raped and ridiculed; abused, abandoned and assaulted; kidded, kicked and kept. By myself. And by others. And yet all my lofty efforts kept me hustling.
Quite simply, I was creating a life of strife through positive intentions. Yet the non-stop striving didn’t get me where I wanted to be. Regenerating relationships through daily spiritual maintenance is what helped in my life.
Stop striving and surrender to thriving. That’s what’s worked for me. Thriving in everyday enlightenment, tolerating discomfort, and no longer manufacturing my own misery. This is for people who are not in crisis or dangerous circumstances. Reach out for help and contact me if you don’t know where to turn.
Each week we will explore a mundane spiritual practice. We’ll do a deeper dive into how the distinction can anchor our intentions. And we will ground in an elemental feature for additional inspiration. (see more juicy details below)
Our time together gathering in my Zoom Room will be uplifting, engaging, and energizing.
Cost: opportunity to pay what you can love offering:
suggested cost is $1200
this includes 3 private calls w/ me (if you desire)
Cost Objections: You may be quite cozy in your comfort zone with daily judgements and resentments brewing. Enlightenment has a high cost. And it’s not about spiritual materialism, like buying the right yoga mat or special aromatherapy.
It’s the cost of freedom. Releasing the toxic trio of shame, blame and criticism. Of self and others. Daily. Investing in this Gathering is up to you. A love offering makes cost objection obsolete.
Mark your calendars:
- September 28, 2022
- October 5, 2022
- October 12, 2022
- October 19, 2022
- October 26, 2022
- November 2, 2022
- November 9, 2022
- November 16, 2022
- November 23, 2022
- November 30, 2022
- December 7, 2022
- December 14, 2022
TIME OF DAY: Wednesdays at 9:30 – 10:45am Hawaii Time. 12:30pm Pacific. 3:30pm Eastern. click here for time zone converter
Time Objections: You may be busy enough already and are cautious to not take on more practices in your already busy life (which is perhaps riddled with good intentions). I’m here to nudge you. Anybody has 20 minutes to do something. That’s what it takes, in my opinion, at a minimum, to do your daily spiritual practices. After this weekly investment of an hour in our Gathering, you will have designed your own 20-minute practice that resonates in your tender heart.
Imagine, if you will, stepping into your own sovereignty. Sovereignty in a pure sense of the word. To quit blaming, shaming and criticizing others. Watching what goes in your mouth, body, eyes, ears. Being fully responsible for how you show up to each day. Quitting waiting for time to show some better thoughts.
Sign up by sending me an email to [email protected] with subject line: Gathering.
First 14 responses fill this group’s capacity. Feel free to invite your beloved or friend. They will need their own registration, their own computer (or Zoom square).
More juicy details
Gathering 1. Practice: Arriving Here. Distinction: trust. Element: sunrise
Gathering 2. Practice: Nurturing Sovereignty. Distinction: focus. Element: ocean
Gathering 3. Practice: Learning to Listen & Finding Forgiveness. Distinction: repair. Element: clouds
Gathering 4. Practice: Metabolizing Grief. Distinction: faith. Element: earth
Gathering 5. Practice: Eliminating Excess. Distinction: clarity. Element: air
Gathering 6. Practice: Releasing Resentments Distinction: openness. Element: fire
Gathering 7. Practice: Titrating Anxiety. Distinction: Reactivation. Element: water
Gathering 8. Practice: Pacing Oneself & Surviving Stillness. Distinction: energy. Element: moon
Gathering 9. Practice: Cultivating Serenity & Silence. Distinction: interdependence. Element: stars
Gathering 10. Practice: Embodying Enough. Distinction: Responsibility. Element: sunset
Gathering 11. Practice: Generating Gratitude. Distinction: generosity. Element: trees
Gathering 12. Practice: Celebrating Completion. Distinction: consciousness. Element: planet
These gatherings are live. Please commit to at least 10 of the 12 sessions. No recordings.
Email me with your questions, concerns or commitment.
Your relationships matter.
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