Gifts for you and last words from the SAF in 2016!

Sensory Awareness
Foundation

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Thank you to everyone who has responded to our annual fundraising appeal!

If our letters and e-mails have gotten lost among the many others that come at this time of year…or you have simply been distracted by the activity of the season, here’s a gentle reminder:

You can still make a tax deductible donation for 2016 until midnight on December 31.

Bringing Sensory Awareness home: Save this newsletter!

Here is a final gift to you in the last days of 2016 to thank you for your support and interest in this life-changing work. Here you will find many resources to help you through these difficult times in this wounded world.

 At our workshops many of you have asked: 

How can I make Sensory Awareness part of my daily life?

Use our website! There are a number of free audio files of Sensory Awareness experiments led by seasoned leaders. You will find them here.
It is a good way to experience this work if there is no authorized leader in your area…or even if there is! 

Several of our leaders gave these suggestions:

At our East Coast Workshop, Stefan Laeng Gilliatt, our incoming Executive Director,  gave an example of lifting a stone as a practice. He said that after one or two or three years, we could change to something else! That might have sounded facetious, but his suggestion is truly a rich practice.

As you may have experienced at workshops, simple tasks can be profound and are never really the same twice. We move and lift weight every day. Our own weight, a child, a cat, a cup, with each step that we take…That daily exploration with a stone can offer us a great deal that is relevant to so much that we experience.

 

Find more resources & audio files of experiments led by Stefan on his website:

  

Lee Klinger Lesser speaks often about developing a practice of pausing and just noticing the next three breaths. The ‘pause’ doesn’t necessarily mean to stop what you are doing, but just to shift into noticing how you are breathing at that moment and for the next three breaths. It is a simple but powerful beginning (and just as powerful after many years of practice.) Try it right now! You will probably be taking three breaths anyway.

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Lee also sent us this link to a free, downloadable document of twenty-two activities that are common for most of us.

From drinking a hot beverage to washing the dishes or eating or typing or opening our eyes, Lee invites us to explore what it is to be fully present for these every day experiences.

“Through the most simple things which we do all the time, we can feel out to which degree we honor everything with our inner attention.

Every moment can be cherished.”

                                                   –Charlotte Selver 

 
 
The hard part?  Remembering to be present for whatever we have chosen as a focus. Eventually, your focused practice will find its way more and more into your life, but in the beginning we usually need reminders. In fact, at any stage we need reminders! Falling asleep is so easy. What do you do everyday anyway? It takes no more time to engage in it while paying attention!

Make a commitment to set up whatever you need which will help you to remember to practice. Notes written in soap on your bathroom mirror! Alarms set on your phone! Sticky notes on the steering wheel of your car! A rubber band on your wrist!

A buddy who is interested in Sensory Awareness! Whatever it takes. 
 
 
Other opportunities:

The next Sensing Sundays series will start again on January 8, 2017. Offering Sensory Awareness experiments through conference calls has been successful for quite a few years.
There is s strong sense of connection and community.

One advantage is that you will engage in an experiment twice a month in your own home, with your own familiar objects, walls, chairs and the living world right where you actually live.

You will be in a community of people from across the globe coming together to deepen their practice. And you get to download the sessions to experience again as often as you like.

Sign up for Sensing Sundays!

“The Earth and all she holds that is life giving & life enhancing has always been a constant & amazing resource for me. Allowing my mind to come to quiet & be received, in quiet presence, not needing to “do” anything or “prove anything” is such a blessing!!
 
I am looking forward to experiencing again that resource, not alone, but in community.”

                                                                    Debra Kinninger, Sensing Sunday’s participant

Attend our workshops! Check the workshop listings on our calendar

There are also four videos of Charlotte Selver herself, leading experiments that you can participate in, here. (Once you are on the page, just scroll down to: Spontaneous Reactivity, Stools and Sitting, Standing and Poles, Sitting and Crawling.)

Many lives have been so enriched by this work. I hope yours will be too.

Thank you, Stefan for stepping up to be the SAF Executive Director in 2017.

I look forward to seeing any and all you at a Sensory Awareness gathering in the future.


If you haven’t already become a member of the Sensory Awareness Foundation,
please join us, the discounts will cover most of your membership costs.
 

 

Thank you so much for your support.