"In search of balance, it is helpful to think of everything--every quality, action, or object--as inseparable from its opposite: male as inseparable from female; night and day; inside and outside, ad infinitum. No matter how much you might like to have only the positives in life--freedom, peace, love--if that static state is what you are seeking, you will always be disappointed. For every thing also contains its opposite and both sides must be balanced: form and space, creativity and receptivity, activity and rest, growth and decay, manifest creation and the unmanifest source of all creation. The good news is that, as your sense of balance grows, you'll find it easier to integrate the other side into your life and to discover the clarity in the midst of confusion, the stillness at the center of motion, and the love present behind fear and anger. What it requires is learning to dance with the innumerable paradoxes of your life while anchoring yourself in an extraordinary suppleness and flexibility that will provide the stability necessary to actually find balance in your life."
Excerpted from Joel & Michelle Levey's book Living in Balance(Conari Press, 1998)
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"Only when you drink from the river of silence
shall you indeed sing..."
2012 Art Monks Meditation Retreat
With Joel & Michelle Levey and a circle of Creative Souls
February 10 to 18, 2012
near Bolinas, CA
(Just north of San Francisco)
We at the Art Monastery Project have much to be grateful for.
This winter, we're thrilled to again be working with the Leveys to curate an exciting new piece of social sculpture that explores the living interplay among contemplation, creativity, and community. The team of artists doing this amazing work... could include YOU.
"At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process
arise from a single source.
When you are an artist, you are a healer;
a wordless trust of the same mystery
is the foundation of your work and its integrity."
~Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Mark your calendars for 2012:
Strategies for Change Resilience & Wisdom at Work
With Joel & Michelle Levey
In2In Thinking Network, LA, April 23, 2012
The Leveys' pioneering work has enlightened thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations around the globe. Joel & Michelle invite us to pause and reflect more deeply on our learning journey as leaders, and to explore new frontiers of learning and personal development necessary to add new dimensions to our personal and organizational capacity in these times of radical change. This session will blend insights, principles, practices, case studies, data, and potent examples of extra-ordinary success that invite us all to consider new frontiers of possibilities in our own lives, work, and relationships. The Leveys will offer an experiential grounding in the core disciplines of mindfulness and mastery of attention that each of us can rely upon to realize our potentials for juggling the many dimensions of our lives with greater harmony and balance - even in the midst of these extremely complex and rapidly changing times.
with Michelle and Joel Levey
Thriving with All Our Relations:
Meditation, Nature, and Community
August 21-26, 2012
Indralaya, Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, Washington, USA
Nurture yourself with a wintertime Hawaii vacation,
or, work remotely from Paradise...
Are you looking for a life-affirming winter vacation immersed in the beauty
of nature and the warm embrace of Hawaii?
Visit the Leveys' Sanctuary on the Big Island of Hawaii with family and friends.
A zone of peace, beauty, and harmony
perfect for deep reflection, adventure, and renewal!
See - http://KohalaSanctuary.com
Contact us for details.
For more information on our special programs for leaders, teams, organizations, and communities, contact:Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey