$15 at the door
Mystics & Poets Series | May-August 2019
Over the next 4 months we will cover 4 poets: Rumi, Mary Oliver, Thomas Merton and Rabindranath Tagore.
Poets have an elegant way of using language to express the sacred. Their poems have the power to trigger experiential sublime insights. You might agree that great poetry has a way of speaking directly to the heart and soul. It can spark a feeling of wholeness, to help correct the broken or dis-“eased” places that are deep inside every one of us. Poetry even has a way of radically changing views of the world and our story in it. Anything that can help us do this is valuable to the human spirit.
This Month’s Poet:
This month we will discuss and meditate on the words of Rumi.
During the 13th century Rumi was a Persian poet and top Islamic scholar and theologian. Today he is the best selling poet in the United States. His inspirational quotes are profound and timeless.
Host: Maria Fregeau
20 min: Inspirational and educational discussion on the theme and meditation
30 min: Gentle Yoga Asana
20 min: Seated meditation practice + restorative Shavasana
To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally.
Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.
It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go.
Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together.
Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.
$15 at the door
Learn more about the venue here: Aloha Yoga Kula - Aikahi Studio
Maria is a mother, massage therapist, yoga instructor and lover of the ocean and nature. In 2010 she earned her 200 hour yoga certification with Aloha Yoga Kula in Kailua. She has also been a healing bodyworker for over 15 years. After years of devoted yoga and meditation practice, assisting yoga retreats worldwide and exploring India her love of this ancient practice only continues to deepen. Yoga is a cornerstone for Mariaʻs lifestyle of health, peace, well-being, & true happiness. Her newest adventure of motherhood keeps her focused on the simplicity of life and it’s sacredness in every little moment. Maria’s classes are light hearted, inspirational, full of joy and will leave you feeling cared for in every level of your being. Her intention is that, regardless of age, gender, or past experience you will be inspired to shine your brightest! She believes that by tapping into your own intuitive nature you can find ease, strength and healing straight from your body, mind, & spirit! You can practice with Maria at Aloha Yoga Kula on Wednesdays at the Pali studio in Kailua and find her co-hosting Yoga Unplugged events such as Meditation For Peace.