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Tony D’Souza – Discovering Awareness 2016 Retreats

Tony D'SouzaFriends, I realize that I have been giving awareness seminars and Retreats in the States for nearly 20 years. My annual visits for a month gave me an opportunity to visit different parts of USA. Though most of the retreats/seminars have been in Denver, I had opportunities to travel to Florida, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia and numerous other places and address different groups seeking a way of living mindfully and choicefully.

Now that many have been exposed to the shorter version of the programmes I conduct, it was suggested and requested by many to have the 10 day awareness retreat in the States to reduce the travel time and expenses of coming to India, though those who have come, know that it was worth the trip. As a compromise, I conducted one 8-day retreat in Atlanta last year. The response was very good. The retreat house requested me to conduct it this year too.

Here is what I am doing for the benefit of those who plan to attend for the first time. The retreat is a non-violent approach where you get in touch with yourself and discover the power of love and joy that is the base of each one’s being. In order to discover this source, one has to clear the ground of one’s past negative experiences as well as habitual coping habits and beliefs that limit them, and this process in turn will generate freedom to be what everyone is meant to be – joyful and free.

Through inputs, and meditation exercises, retreatants are invited to get in touch with
oneself, with compassion and deal with challenges and difficulties one has encountered in the years that have gone by. The retreatants discover the joy of being in the present and enjoy the beautiful things life offers.

The awareness retreat is an integration of research in psychology, neurology and spirituality from an Eastern perspective. It is meant for people of all faiths or no faith. It is just an invitation to get in touch with yourself. TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.
This year, we are taking the theme of Mercy or Compassion which is the fruit of being
centred in one’s TRUE SELF. It is like tapping the artesian well that spurts out love for self, others and the whole of creation. It is THE WAY of FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS. You are invited to ‘COME HOME’ to your TRUE SELF through this retreat and does not end with the 8 days with me but continues as WAY OF LIFE.

Retreat Information
Sept. 14-22: Wernersville – – www.jesuitcenter.org
2015 Jesuit Center, 501 North Church Road, P.O. Box 223, Wernersville, PA
Contact the retreat house for registration: (610) 670-3642
Sept 26 – Oct 4:Atlanta: Ignatius House: Silent Retreats & Spiritual Retreats

www.ignatiushouse.org
Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center
6700 Riverside Drive, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Phone: 404.255.0503

Tony D’Souza Christmas Message 2015

Dear friend(s)

This Christmas I am reminded of a popular story of a father who returns home after a tiring day at work and hopes to relax with a cup of tea and the newspaper. Before he has barely settled down, his three old son comes and complains that he has been bored and would like daddy to play with him. The father looks for a way to keep his little son engaged and chances upon a world map in the newspaper. He shows the map to his son and explains that he would cut the map into pieces and he is required to put the pieces together and reassemble the world map. The son enthusiastically sets on the task while the father thinks of relaxing, having got his son engaged on a project that would take him at least an hour.

But to his surprise, after about ten minutes, his son has put the world map together. He asks his son how he managed to do that so quickly. His son says, “Daddy, it was so easy. At the back was the picture of a man. When I put the man right, the world became right.”

The recent discussion in Paris to save our Planet earth, involving laboured discussions and negotiations between over 190 nations, was more a discussion about man…. How to put man right…

Last year, I witnessed a school boy preparing a crib outside his home. He had grown wheat grass, got some flowering plants, created a little pond of water, made hills of paper painted brown, some trees of cardboard stood around with paddy straw bed…. There were statues of Jesus and Mary and also sheep, goats, cows and other animals…… But baby Jesus was missing.

At midnight on the 24th he reverently placed baby Jesus in and little lights came on and lit the crib.

Perhaps, that is the message of Christmas for all of us…. Jesus was put into our world to make humanity right so that our planet Earth becomes right….. Placing Jesus in our hearts make us right and this in turn shows us the right way of looking and seeing the world…making our world right.

I wish this gift for the whole of humanity – you and me…. Merry “Jesus Bringing” and “Rightful Looking” New Year.

Love, Peace & Joy,
Tony

James Finley

The Spirituality of Healing with James Finley

The 2014 Spiritual Direction Colorado Spirituality Conference features Dr. James Finley, who will share his latest work on the contemplative approach to healing trauma and all forms of suffering.  Drawing on his experience as a clinical psychologist and his knowledge of the contemplative traditions, James Finley will guide us in exploring the seven steps to becoming a healing presence in the midst of a suffering world.

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Jane Vennard

Jane Vennard

Spiritual practices are often understood to be those disciplines we commit to and do on a regular schedule. They are surely an integral part of living our lives of faith, but they are not the only way to practice. Around us is a vibrant world waiting to draw us closer to the holy when we are willing to open our eyes, our ears and our hearts. When we bring our attention and intention to the inner and outer worlds we can discover the many ways spiritual practice can become a way of life.

JANE VENNARD is a Louise Warren Iliff Senior Adjunct Faculty in prayer and spirituality at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.  After seminary she was called to a special ministry of teaching and spiritual direction and is ordained in the United Church of Christ.  Jane is a spiritual director in private practice and a long time member of Spiritual Directors International. She teaches classes in a variety of ecumenical settings, leads retreats internationally, and is the author of numerous articles and seven books, the most recent of which is Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul (2013).

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Jane Vennard

Spiritual Practice with Jane Vennard

Spiritual practices are often understood to be those disciplines we commit to and do on a regular schedule. They are surely an integral part of living our lives of faith, but they are not the only way to practice. Around us is a vibrant world waiting to draw us closer to the holy when we are willing to open our eyes, our ears and our hearts. When we bring our attention and intention to the inner and outer worlds we can discover the many ways spiritual practice can become a way of life.

JANE VENNARD is a Louise Warren Iliff Senior Adjunct Faculty in prayer and spirituality at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.  After seminary she was called to a special ministry of teaching and spiritual direction and is ordained in the United Church of Christ.  Jane is a spiritual director in private practice and a long time member of Spiritual Directors International. She teaches classes in a variety of ecumenical settings, leads retreats internationally, and is the author of numerous articles and seven books, the most recent of which is Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul (2013).

The price includes mailing anywhere in the USA.

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Field Guide to Awareness by Bud Wonsiewicz – September 6

Field Guide to Awareness

Bud Wonsiewicz
6 September 2013

Awareness and Mental Health

A major upheaval is occurring within the mental health industry. Many practitioners are emphasizing the basic techniques of Awareness, namely the simple practice of being in the present moment and observing without evaluation or judgment. Simple meditation has been proven in a host of clinical studies to be effective especially for depression. A lower relapse rate has also attracted attention of the professionals. No drugs, no eternal talk therapy, fewer relapse, what’s not to like?

So that’s what accounts for the shingle you seen in a snapshot we took in the beautiful Victorian town of Port Townsend, Washington on the Olympic peninsula. It merely says “Mindful Counseling”. Professionals can attend conferences and seminars nearly every week on this topic not so much because its a fad but because it’s simple and it works for a significant number of patients.

For a decade or more, Fr. Tony has noted that many issues that cause a person to seek counseling can be self-treated by Awareness techniques with the exceptions of serious traumas and phobias. Seems the practice is catching up with the assertion. For an in depth secular account see The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn You can read more about a mindful approach to depression in this book. It has a great clinical description of what happens in depression and the therapeutic approach.

You can use the exercises in Discovering Awareness to deal with your own issues as they arise. You may find that they shrink to a manageable size or just disappear. The exercise “Using Awareness to Deal with Past Negative Experiences” in Chapter 8 is particularly helpful. Awareness particularly the insights gained in the Coming Home exercises (pages 76 and 83) deepen the value by extending it from a purely secular to a spiritual dimension.

If you have experience with this approach, we’d love to start a conversation here.

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Bud – Writings on Awareness

How do you bring awareness into daily life?

Bud's Essays on Awareness
Bud’s Essays on Awareness

 

Here are some of Bud’s recent writings on awareness.  These are short essays on some application of awareness to everyday life.  Others are just the notes of building a daily practice.

Field Guide to Awareness – September 1, 2013

Field Guide to Awareness – September 6, 2013

Field Guide to Awareness by Bud Wonsiewicz – September 1

Field Guide to Awareness

Bud Wonsiewicz
1 September 2013

Five Breaths

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How do we take meditation out of the sitting room and into the wilderness? Thomas Keating reminds us “The fruits of meditation are not found in the sitting room but in everyday life.”  This field guide explores ways to bring awareness to everyday life and everyday life to our awareness practice.

Here’s a practice I’m trying out and trying to make a part of my routine.

Every day I’m trying to use just five mindful breaths to start the day and five mindful breaths to end the day.

So just before my feet leave the floor at night, I take five breaths in awareness…observing each without judgment or evaluation.

First thing in the morning, same thing. When my feet hit the floor I take five breaths in awareness.

I may or may not go on to do a longer practice.  For me that’s usually 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the late afternoon. But either way, this simple practice makes  sure I start and end on a peaceful choiceful path.

 

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Bud Wonsiewicz

Bud Wonsiewicz

Bud Wonsiewicz has spent a lifetime as a scientist, engineer and business leader.  He regards the human spirit as our greatest resource and sought to create work environments and tools that nurture creativity, freedom and strength.  His lifelong-search for cleaner, clearer and more compassionate ways to live and work eventually led him to Tony DeMello’s books on awareness.  When he learned that DeMello’s student, Tony D’Souza, would be in Colorado talking and giving retreats, he dropped everything and attended.  D’Souza’s message was so practical and hard hitting that Bud has devoted a good part of the last six years working to get it on paper and into digital media so that others have the opportunity to taste the sweetness of awareness.

Bud helped Tony write Discovering Awareness and get it published. Tony and Bud had lots of fun working together.  The book was written, edited and published through email, phone calls and meetings.  Mumbai and Boulder are about a half a day apart, so when Tony finished typing and emailed a draft to Bud it arrived as Bud awoke and Tony retired.  Twelve hours later the revised draft appeared as Tony awoke.  It was a blast!

Read Bud’s insightful writings on Awareness here.

Graham Cooke

 

Graham CookeGraham is a popular speaker around the world with a passion to empower the people of God to walk in their true identity. He is a powerful, revelatory communicator with a radiant idea of Jesus, himself and the Kingdom of God. His life and ministry are marked by his delightful, intimate, and unreserved two-way friendship with the Lord.

 

Graham has been involved in apostolic teams since 1981, and has cultivated a wide range of expertise in transitional development, corporate reinvention, and personal redefinition. He is a consultant to numerous churches, organizations and businesses. He is a mentor and wise counselor to those transitioning toward a higher dimension of personal and corporate life in the Spirit.

 

His prophetic insights are much sought after in the boardrooms of a variety of organizations. He is present/future in outlook. Outcome focused by design. Process oriented in planning. He is a specialist in exploratory dialogue, thinks beyond the box and is a designer of creative action plans that release breakthrough and momentum.

 

Graham is an author and a publisher with currently 20 books that bear his name. His books and teaching materials can be found at www.brilliantbookhouse.com.

 

Originally from Manchester, England, Graham now lives in California with his wife, Theresa.

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