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Thanksgiving Edition


In daily life, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful But gratefulness that makes us happy.  

- Brother David Steindl-Rast


It has been some time since my last newsletter. Life has been rich and full and I am so grateful for the life I have been given and the many friends, students, readers and listeners who make my life worth living and give me a sense of meaning and purpose. I would like to share some of my thoughts and favorite quotations about gratitude in this newsletter. I am learning that gratitude is not just a feeling you occasionally have when something good happens to you. It is a practice that leads to greater happiness and deeper fulfillment in our lives! 



One could say that the foundation of shamanism, the world's oldest spiritual healing tradition, is gratitude. Shamans are continually expressing their gratitude for life, for the elements, the seasons, the cycles, the directions, the universe and the spirit that lives in all things. Shamans believe that they draw their power from their gratitude for and communion with the natural world. Native Americans have a saying, "may you walk in beauty", which to me means to recognize and be grateful for all the beauty that surrounds you. When we walk in gratitude we bring a sense of wonder and curiosity to everything around us. We realize the enormous bounty that is already present in our lives. When we deepen our appreciation for all we see, we get a sense of our interconnectedness the web of life. 


What we appreciate, appreciates! 

- Lynn Twist


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Embodiment: A Special Eugene Offering with dj Divine

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Book of the Month

The Grateful Life is a guide to discovering and achieving one's dreams by harnessing the power of gratitude. In years of research and practice, authors Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons have discovered that grateful living can transform lives. Grateful people are happier people. They are healthier and less stressed. They report much higher levels of satisfaction with their relationships and are less likely to credit luck with the good fortune of others. This book contains inspiring stories about those who exercise gratitude as a spiritual practice to rise out of adversity to new life. It also shows how grateful living is central to the good life and to attracting abundance.


Nina Lesowitz is an award-winning marketing professional who runs Spinergy Group, which represents authors, corporate clients, and nonprofits. She, along with Sammons, co-authored the best-selling Living Life as a Thank You, and What Would You Do if You Knew You Could Not Fail?: How to Transform Fear into Courage. She lives and sails in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, and produces events for Litquake, San Francisco's literary festival.

Mary Beth Sammons is an award-winning journalist and author who has contributed to Family Circle, the Chicago Tribune's lifestyle section, and various online health and wellness websites. The author of seven books in the women's self-help and health and wellness fields, including We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life's Toughest TimesMy Family: Collected Memories, and Gifts with Heart.

Nina and Mary Beth will be guests on Conversations on January 20th from 1-2pm PST.


New Website 

For the past year I have been working on a new website. Actually it is a mandala of five sites in one. Now you can listen to any of my shows for free and down load them to your ipod or music device. I would love your feedback on the sites and any ideas of how I can make it better serve you would be welcomed... michael



Tech Corner

Transmutation App by Sandra Ingerman


I love this new app that Sandy has created. I have it reminding me to breathe and be grateful every 30 minutes (you can set the reminder time to whatever you like). Check it out! It is a constant reminder to stay present, reboot your intention and it is filled with inspirational quotes, blessings and inspiring pictures. 


Apple App Store: Transmutation



Inspiring Videos


Poetry Corner


A Brief For The Defense


Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
are not starving someplace, they are starving
somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that's what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not
be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not
be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
at the fountain are laughing together between
the suffering they have known and the awfulness
in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
in the village is very sick. There is laughter
every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta,
and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down,
we should give thanks that the end had magnitude.
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
We stand at the prow again of a small ship
anchored late at night in the tiny port
looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront
is three shuttered caf�s and one naked light burning.
To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat
comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth
all the years of sorrow that are to come.

 - Jack Gilbert



For the Senses


May the touch of your skin
Register the beauty
Of the otherness

That surrounds you.


May your listening be attuned
To the deeper silence
Where sound is honed

To bring distance home.


May the fragrance
Of a breathing meadow
Refresh your heart
And remind you, you are

A child of the earth.


And when you partake
Of food and drink,
May your taste quicken
To the gift and sweetness

That flows from the earth.


May your inner eye
See through the surfaces
And glean the real presence

Of everything that meets you.


May your soul beautify
The desire of your eyes
That you might glimpse
The infinity that hides
In the simple sights
That seem worn

To your usual eyes.


- John O'Donahue  


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12/02 Claude Poncelet, PhD: The Shaman Within: A Physicist's Guide to the Deeper Dimensions of Your Life, the Universe, and Everything


Claude Poncelet, PhD is a physicist specializing in nuclear physics, astrophysics, and cosmology who taught at the university level. Dr. Poncelet is involved in many environmental initiatives, and served as chief staff liaison on President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development. He has taught shamanism in Europe and North America for more than 25 years along with his wife, Noelle. He resides in Mill Valley, California.


12/09 Leonard Jacobson: Journey Into Now


Leonard Jacobson is deeply committed to helping others break through to the joyous experience of living in the NOW. He teaches how to become fundamentally present and how to arise in mastery of your mind and ego, so that you are no longer involuntarily pulled out of Presence. He has been teaching people how to be present for over 30 years. Leonard has the unique ability to support others in entering directly into the experience of the awakened state.


12/16 Dee Joy Coulter, EdD: Original Mind


Dee Joy Coulter, EdD, is a nationally recognized neuroscience educator with a master's degree in special education and a doctorate in neurological studies and holistic education. In addition to 14 years as a special education teacher and program director, she served on the faculty of Naropa University for 20 years. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


12/23 Andrew Harvey & Friends: A Holiday Special
Andrew Harvey is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, and spiritual teacher. He has written and edited more than 30 books - including
The Hope and

Radical Passion. He has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith colleges, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the US. He is the founder and director of the Institute of Sacred Activism.


12/30 Conversations with Bradford & Hillary Keeny:

Seiki Jutsu


The Practice of Non-Subtle Energy Medicine


Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., is a renowned traditional healer, teacher, therapist, and professor at the University of Louisiana. Chosen as the authorized successor to Ikuko Osumi, the foremost practitioner of seiki jutsu in the 20th century, he has spent more than 40 years studying seiki in diverse healing cultures. He is the author of many books, including Bushman Shaman and Shaking Medicine.


Hillary Keeney, Ph.D., is a traditional healer, senior research fellow at the University of Louisiana, and distinguished visiting professor at Benem�rita Universidad Aut�noma de Puebla in Mexico. Together the authors cofounded the Keeney Institute for Healing in New Orleans.


01/6/15 Jim Hightower: Swimming Against the Current


Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow. Jim Hightower has spent four decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top.


01/13/15 James Baraz: Awakening Joy


James Baraz has been teaching meditation ofr more than thirty years. He has taught the Awakening Joy Course, both onsite and online, since 2003. A co-founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, Baraz lives in Berkeley.



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