Awakening invites you into deep connection and a sense of belonging to yourself and to your life. By cultivating curiosity, compassion and trust, you become more present to your life, and in that presence, you are healed and you become a healing force in the world.
In Awakening, we cultivate both a curiosity about what is happening right now and a compassionate meeting of whatever is there. One of the core places we can learn this way of being with life is through the challenges of our lives. Rather than seeing them as problems to be solved, we can see them doorways to be opened into the healing that we long for. Our challenges are tailor-made to help us see our conditioned, reactive self so it can be dissolved and we can again fully engage with life.
One of the challenges we work with is compulsions. To some degree, we are all compulsive. By compulsive, we mean engaging in any recurring activity to manage our feelings, an activity that eventually ends up managing us. Ultimately, our core compulsion is to struggle. We live in a story in our heads that is always trying to get us to do life, telling us we need to make ourselves and our lives better or different from what they are. In our endless trying, we have forgotten how to be. We have forgotten how to open to the marvelous and magical adventure of life. We have forgotten how to trust ourselves, to trust our lives, and to live in joy.
Here is a 3-minute video presentation of the essence of Awakening.