Dear Friends,

I’m writing to you from the bleachers. I’m inside a high school gym watching my son’s basketball team warm up for their game. We drove 1 ½ hours to San Antonio for my son to play for probably 5 minutes. That’s what being on a team requires sometimes. Maybe he’ll have a brilliant 5 minutes, or maybe he will barely touch the ball. Regardless, the most important thing he did was show up, ready to give his best effort.

Isn’t it so with meditation? Don’t we sometimes feel like we have to make a big effort for apparently little “reward” or “playing time”? Aren’t there times when we feel we’re just sitting on the bench waiting for some action? It happens to every meditator at one time or another — a dry, restless, or seemingly fruitless event that makes us question our ability or worse, dampens our motivation. However, the most crucial step is to start, to show up, to be willing, full of potential and positive expectation that your practice, at any unbidden moment, will surprise you. It always helps me to remember that the divine is already present and loving us no matter what we do on our end.

Save the date! I will be teaching a 2-part meditation class on Feb. 3rd and 10th at Be Well Yoga Studio. Attend February 3rd class for $30 or both 1-hour sessions for $40. We will cover the basics of meditation as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, plus touch on other supportive practices, such as energization exercises, chanting, and healing prayers. Look for another email on this soon with more details.

Hope to see you this Sunday for our weekly meditation!
Where: Be Well Yoga Studio
1906 W. Koenig Lane
Austin, TX 78756

When: Sundays 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

What: Energization, prayer, chanting, meditation, affirmations, healing prayers

Details: Park behind the house. Look for the driveway between Be Well Yoga and Bare Body Day Spa to park in back. It’s OK to park behind 1908 as well and walk through the gate. Take the outside staircase up to the deck to enter the yoga studio. Bathrooms can be accessed through the downstairs back door. Suggested love offering $10 for rent. Venmo: @Kim-Pradhan or cash, check, or Zelle works as well.

Afterwards: Optional brunch at Brentwood Social House, walking distance down Koenig Lane.

Joy is within us,
for Ananda Austin,

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