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The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved stories of all time and with very good reason.  The images and symbolism in this story contain profound guidance and wisdom that speak to the heart to the human condition.   By reflecting on Dorothy’s search for home, the Tin Man’s quest for love, the Scarecrow’s desire to learn and the Lion’s need to face his fears, powerful insight and wisdom can be realized on your own journey along the Yellow Brick Road of life.

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VIDEO: Inner Tranquility: A Guide to Seated Meditation

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In this hour long course, meditation teacher Darren Main shares how to set up and engage a regular seated meditation practice.

Using relatable analogies and personal stories, he artfully explains why it is so important to include this ancient practice in a modern lifestyle.

If you have ever wanted to try meditation but were confused by all the different techniques, or felt bewildered as you sat down on the cushion, this short course is the perfect introduction that explains why you should even care about meditating, how to physically set up the posture, what to do as you sit there, how to maintain your motivation for practicing, how to overcome common obstacles, and how to set up an ongoing practice structure that works for your life.

Yoga and Mindful Politics

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NOTE: This episode was filled just before the November 2016 Election in the USA.

Is it possible for a yogi to be politically involved? Can a yogi be a force for change in this world without losing one’s center? In this episode we will explore the practice of mindful involvement in the political system and how to maintain your equanimity when things don’t go the way you like.

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Intro to Yoga Philosophy

Philsophy_Intro_BadgeSunday, March 20, 2016 • 8:00 AM PST
Online Event • 90-Min • $15
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Yoga is a life-changing practice.  Perhaps, like many students, you started your practice for physical reasons, but have come to realize that yoga heals and transforms the mind as well as the body.

In this ninety-minute webinar,  we will explore the basic tenets of yoga philosophy.  When one more fully understands the philosophy of  yoga, the practice takes on an entirely new dimension, allowing for a radical shift in the way we perceive the world and the relationships that define our lives.

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Panel Discussion: Pujya Swamiji , Bishop Andrus & Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

On July 21, 2015  Grace Cathedral hosted a panel discussion moderated by Darren Main.  Speakers included renown spiritual leaders Pujya Swamiji, Bishop Marc Andrus and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati.   If you enjoy this free recording please consider making a donation the Grace Cathedral Community Preschool 

About the Speakers

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati 
(often called Pujya Swamiji ), is one of India’s most revered and beloved spiritual leaders. He is the President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, and the founder of the Hindu Jain Temple in Pennsylvania. He is also the founder of numerous humanitarian and environmental organizations, and actively engaged in interfaith work for world peace, eradication of poverty and environmental protection with prominent organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations, the Parliament of Religions and more.
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Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
For nearly twenty years American born Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati has lived in the lap of the Himalayas  on the banks of the Ganges River.  Since her arrival in India she has worked tirelessly to promote women’s rights,environmental awareness and an end to poverty.  At her gurus’s ashram she has hosted countless dignitaries including the Dalai Lama and Prince Charles and has spoken before the United Nations and at many other venus around the world.  She is known the world over for her gentle spirit, engaging talks and humanitarian efforts.
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The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California. His leadership has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, climate change, civil rights for LBGT persons, and health care. An example of his local engagement includes co-chairing a community-wide planning process for rebuilding St. Luke’s hospital in San Francisco. Bishop Andrus serves on the boards of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, California Pacific Medical Center, Episcopal Charities, the Episcopal School for Deacons, Episcopal Community Services, and the American Bach Soloists, among other foundations.
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Learning to Sit: An Introduction to Meditation

inner_tranquility_thumbnailBy Darren Main
Reprinted From Inner Tranquility: A Guide to Seated Meditation

The Buddha was once asked which meditation technique was the most effective. The master’s response was both simple and profound. “The one you practice.” Therefore, start your practice with this simple technique and explore others as well. The important thing is that you get started and that you practice consistently.

Sit in a comfortable upright position. Some people sit cross-legged, and others prefer to kneel. It is also acceptable to sit in a straight-backed chair. Allow your body to relax and take a few deep full breaths to shift into a quiet space.

As you begin to quiet down, focus on the sensation of the breath flowing in and out of the nose where it touches the upper lip. There is no need to change the quality of the breath. Simply watch it move in and out. You will find that the mind will frequently wander. This is natural. Once you notice that the mind has wandered, bring the mind gently back to the breath.

The whole process is one of bringing the mind back to the breath over and over again. Try not to be discouraged by how much the mind will wander. You have been letting your mind wander without discipline for many years. You can’t expect it to sit still overnight. Rather than chastising yourself for letting your mind wander, praise yourself for noticing and gently bring it back.
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SF Bay Guardian Features Yoga on the Labyrinth

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 This beautiful Episcopal cathedral is home to awe-inspiring architecture, stained glass windows of Biblical scenes, and the famous indoor Grace Cathedral labyrinth, the walking of which evokes sweet, honey-glazed mind states. You can cruise the labyrinth any time during regular church hours, take a candlelit labyrinth walk on the second Friday evening of each month, or do yoga in the labyrinth each Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. with Darren Main.

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