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October 3

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Brenda Shoshanna

“Find Love By Doing Nothing”

We spend most of our lives searching for love, recognition and approval. We long to be seen, known, and to connect with one another. This may seem difficult or elusive. One moment love is here. The next it may appear to be gone. Yet all the while, we live surrounded by love, bathed in acceptance and endless opportunity. In truth, each person we encounter is our teacher as we learn what it means to truly love. In our Morning Star gathering you will be led to discover the simplicity of finding love, how to practice love, and how to be fully embraced by it. Brenda Shoshanna is a psychologist, long time Zen practitioner, speaker, author and inter-faith counselor. Her work is dedicated to integrating the teachings of east and west and making them real in our everyday lives. Besides her talks, workshops and books, Brenda offers a weekly podcast “Zen Wisdom for Your Everyday Life” at www.zenwisdomtoday.com. Her website is www.brendashoshanna.com or you may contact her at topspeaker@yahoo.com.

 

October 10

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Rev. Connie L. Habash

“Trust the Process: Sacred Surrender in the Midst of Challenge”

Spiritual surrender is powerful, enlightening, and transformative – but how do we practice it in such times of chaos, fear, and the unknown? Join Rev. Connie to explore the universal spiritual practice of surrender, known as Ishvara Pranidhana, from a yogic perspective.

Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, yoga and mediation teacher, ecotherapist, spiritual mentor, and author of Awakening from Anxiety: A Spiritual Guide to Living a More Calm, Confident, and Courageous Life. Over the last 28 years, she has helped thousands of students and clients overcome stress, anxiety, depression, and spiritually awaken. She leads online programs worldwide, as well as retreats, workshops, ecotherapy sessions, and yoga teacher trainings in the San Francisco Bay Area. Discover more at her website awakeningself.com or at facebook.com/awakeningself.

 

October 17

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Sandy See

“Cultivating Compassion”

Since retiring from the University of Oklahoma Press in 2017, Sandy See has focused on studying meditation, movement, and sound immersion and was certified as a yoga instructor in 2020. She began studying meditation with Audle Allison at the Lotus Center in the 1980s and has explored a variety of practices over the years. She draws from decades of study and teaching to offer a variety of techniques in her weekly Movement and Meditation class. As a volunteer and a member of the board of Norman Cultural Connection, Sandy has assisted with visits by Tibetan monks since 2008.

Drawing from Buddhist teachings, Sandy will discuss Cultivating Compassion through developing empathy and being kind. She will share practices that can have a positive impact on our daily lives including a loving kindness meditation and the Tibetan tonglen practice of giving and receiving..

 

October 24

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Rev. Jeannette Bessinger

“Spaciousness and Compassion vs. the Spiritual Bypass”

The eminent psychotherapist John Welwood coined the phrase ‘spiritual bypassing’ to describe a common behavior he first witnessed in Buddhist communities, a kind of premature transcendence, trying to rise above the raw and messy side of our humanness before we have fully faced and made peace with it. At Morning Star, we will unpack the term and explore ways that compassionate presence in the face of uncomfortable feelings and situations can help us avoid spiritual bypassing in ourselves and in community.

Born in Norman to a long line of Okies, Rev. Bessinger now resides in Newport, Rhode Island with her amazing husband and perfect pup, Gabe. As an ordained interfaith minister and Board Certified Health Coach, she brings a uniquely holistic perspective to her work. Her books, recipes and spiritual lifestyle perspectives have been showcased in hundreds of speaking venues and media outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Washington Post, NPR, and NBC News. By challenging the divided way we view body, mind and spirit in this country, Rev. Bessinger advocates for an approach to healing and resilience that honors the truth of who we are as powerful beings and beacons of light for others.

 

October 31

(Please see Zoom instructions below to join the service.)

Dayna Dunbar and Julia Nadine Padawer

“Making the Leap: The Tipping Point Toward a New Consciousness”

Dayna Dunbar is a longtime meditation practitioner with a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She is an award-winning novelist and her most recent publication is the novel Awake, The Legacy of Ankara. It is widely acclaimed as a visionary page turner. Awake tells the untold story of why the world didn’t end December 21, 2012 as predicted by Mayan prophecy, and how we were saved by an alien civilization far more evolved than our own. Mixed with the fast paced plot are messages of hope for the future offered by the characters from Ankara. Inspiration for the novel came to Dayna from an encounter with a profoundly loving, light-filled extra-terrestrial being while she was camping in Sedona, Arizona in 1994. She will share with Morning Star the incredible true story and impart some of the teachings that were given to her from Spirit.

 

 

HOW TO JOIN OUR VIRTUAL ZOOM SERVICE

The virtual meeting room will be open at 9:30 a.m. for virtual visiting and the service will start at 10:00 a.m. We are trying different methods to improve our sound issues, so please be patient with us.  If you have trouble connecting or have technical issues on your end, please don’t worry or concern yourself about it.  Just disconnect, go on about your Sunday, and wait for the recording to be posted on Facebook and the website.

Instructions for you to download ZOOM and connect are included below.  This Morning Star service will be recorded in full and made available to the community on our public Facebook page (Morning Star Center for Spiritual Living) and on our website (www.morningstarcenter.org) under the Speaker’s tab.  So, if you cannot make it Sunday morning LIVE, rest assured you can watch the recording later at your convenience.

You have 2 options.

  1. Attend by using the computer or laptop.
  2. Attend by using your mobile phone.

Choose the option that works best for you. Be sure to prepare and install ZOOM in advance. It takes a few minutes to set everything up.

Know that using ZOOM as an attendee is always free. You don’t need to buy an account.

Instructions for using ZOOM on the computer or laptop.

  1. Be sure that you have internet.
  2. Click on this link to download the software >> https://zoom.us/download
  3. Install ZOOM.
  4. Accept all the features and questions (don’t worry. It’s safe!)
  5. On Sunday morning, click on this link around 9:30 to join the meeting. We want to be sure everything is working. Be on time so we can help you out! https://us04web.zoom.us/j/441871663
  6. Turn up your sound so you can hear us.

Instructions for using ZOOM on your phone:

  1. Be sure that you have internet.
  2. Go to the app store on your phone and download the ZOOM app.
  3. Accept all the features and questions (don’t worry. It’s safe!)
  4. On Sunday morning around 9:30, open the app on your phone and click on ‘ join meeting’.
  5. Fill in the following meeting id number: 441-871-663.
  6. Accept using camera and phone (otherwise you can’t hear us).
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