Tammy Harrison Enlightenment Centers

Tranquility Within

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03/24/2021

Buddhist Boot Camp

Buckle up, I’m gonna try to explain how my mind works, and I think it will make sense by the end, so stick with me...

You know how the Buddha taught that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional? It means the pain of old age, sickness, and death is inevitable, but we don’t have to suffer through it. In mathematical terms, pain plus resistance equals suffering. The cause of suffering, therefore, is not necessarily any experience in and of itself, but our resistance to it (our opinions and feelings about it).

If you think of suffering as the gap between the life you want and the life you’ve got, then the problem is wanting a different one. That desire for something other than what’s right in front of us is the problem. Luckily, there is an easy fix for that, but I only mean “easy” in the sense that you only need to change one thing: your perspective.

Have I ever told you the story about Carol, the elderly woman whose husband died after a long battle with cancer? Her son didn’t want her to live alone, so he invited her to move in with him in Europe. During their flight to England, he started to describe the house to her, and she immediately said, “I love it!”

“But you haven’t even seen it yet,” he laughed, “just wait until we get there!”

That’s when Carol said, “I don’t need to see it to love it. Happiness is something we can choose ahead of time. How much I like the new house has nothing to do with the exterior paint, the way you have decorated my room, or how you’ve arranged the furniture, it has everything to do with how I choose to look at it, and I have already decided to love it!”

We don’t always get what we want in life, but we DO get what we need (more on that later). So whenever I find myself in less than ideal situations or unfavorable circumstances, I just mutter to myself, “I must need this...” and that thought alone takes the sting out. It’s one thing to think back about an experience in the past and be grateful it happened, it’s a different practice altogether to live in gratitude all the time. Keep in mind that I didn’t wake up one day and magically start living in gratitude for everything; it was the result of multiple experiences stacking up to finally make it clear to me that much like Carol, I can choose to be happy ahead of time (not just when I look back).

In the summer of 1990, my family and I flew from Israel to the United States to see if we like it enough to maybe consider moving to California someday. We each packed a small suitcase, boarded the plane, and much to my surprise, never got to see our house in Israel again because my parents decided we’re all going to simply stay in San Francisco for good. My dad flew back for a couple of weeks to sell, donate, or trash all of our possessions, and the rest of us just had to mentally let go of our belongings and move on. There is no way I could have known at the time that starting over at 13, learning a new language, and adapting to a sudden change in culture and circumstance would turn out to be a tremendous gift and life lesson that is a fundamental part of who I am. I think it's why leaving for college at 18 wasn’t scary for me, why I still don't get attached to material possessions, honestly dealing with the death of a pet when I was a child helped me better understand the loss of my grandparents later on, and getting dumped by an ex or fired from a job helped me process rejection and redirection when I got older. Each and every one of those experiences was always an incredible life lesson, of course, but at the time, I just considered them “hardships.” It’s easy to look in our rearview mirror and see the lesson in every experience, but I think we can do better than have great hindsight, we can train ourselves to have immediate insight. Here’s how…

At one of our monthly Buddhist Boot Camp discussion circles, a woman mentioned how a jar of sesame seeds slipped from hands and spilled all over the kitchen floor. Instead of getting frustrated, she simply muttered to herself, “Well… that was supposed to happen!”

How great is that?!

When I talk about "living in gratitude," I don't mean actually wanting every experience, I mean understanding that it NEEDS to happen. The reasons may not be clear to us right away (or ever), or they may be far beyond our limited comprehension, and the reasons don’t always revolve around us. We can be grateful our picnic gets canceled due to rain because we know the rain is necessary for reasons much bigger than ourselves.

From the good to the bad and the most horrific, from my abuse growing up to moving to a new country as a teenager, getting bullied at school, marriage, divorce, surgeries, sky diving, sickness, and health, literally everything, all of it, needs to happen or it wouldn’t (from personal trials to global mayhem). Nothing ever happens TO us, it all happens FOR us (to learn from, grow from, and most importantly, move on from). We may not like it, but it is necessary. Can you make peace with that and maybe learn to like what is necessary, or at least be grateful for it?

Our life lessons take whatever shape they need in order for us to learn them. You may ignore your spouse begging you to take time off work to relax, disregard your doctor’s orders to change your diet, or dismiss your friend’s suggestion to start doing yoga or meditate to calm your nerves, but you won’t ignore the heart attack that finally forces you to slow down! Actually, that's not true, you may very well ignore the first heart attack, which will make the second one necessary. So don’t resist the lessons (what you resist persists). Pay attention and consider everything a necessity.

Next time something happens, instead of judging it as “good” or “bad,” simply think to yourself, “Well… that was supposed to happen!”

It’s a mantra that can melt away resistance, expectations, and attachment (the very causes of our anguish). The Buddha didn’t just teach that “life is suffering,” he taught there is a way we can end our suffering, and I believe it’s through acceptance, gratitude, and letting go.

Accept the things you cannot change, have the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

With much love from your brother,
Timber Hawkeye

himalayanyogainstitute.com 03/20/2021

What Is So Sacred About The Number 108?

During last Thursday's Yoga Nidra we used the counting breath technique that begins with 27. I was asked the significance of that number. Why 27? Well, 27 is a multiple of 108 and 108 is a sacred number. https://www.himalayanyogainstitute.com/what-is-so-sacred-about-the-number-108/

himalayanyogainstitute.com Astronomer, mathematician, and physicist Galileo Galilei made an interesting statement. He said that the universe is written “in mathematical language”. He maintained that the mysteries of creation itself could be solved through numbers and mathematical equations. Mystics of all traditions aroun...

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The Impact of Yoga Nidra and Seated Meditation on the Mental Health of College Professors - PubMed

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30233115/
This is a testament to meditation and Yoga Nidra meditation more particularly. I know this first hand, anecdotally. I have been dedicating everyday to a Yoga Nidra and feel the results personally. I love to share the benefits and would love for you to join me.

pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Prepost results indicate that both interventions represent an effective therapeutic approach in reducing anxiety and stress levels. However, there was a tendency toward a greater effectiveness of the Yoga Nidra intervention regarding anxiety, which might represent an effective tool in reducin...

03/06/2021

Buddhist Boot Camp

After a few deep breaths, rationality returns to deal with the mess that emotions created.
The key is to pause for those breaths.

02/25/2021

Thursday, 8 pm for yoga nidra guided meditation to relax, heal and rest deeply. Eighthlimb.com

02/25/2021

Buddhist Boot Camp

You can't want something more for someone than they want it for themselves.

02/16/2021

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ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 02/05/2021

Meditation and Yoga for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analytic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Just going to leave this here for those who love to see the scientific data on how yoga and meditation can help.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic and debilitating disorder that affects the lives of 7-8% of adults in the U.S. Although several interventions demonstrate clinical effectiveness for treating PTSD, many patients continue to have residual ...

eighthlimb.com 02/04/2021

Enlightenment Centers Peace Balance Tranquillity

Join me for Yoga Nidra tonight. Deep rest and relaxation. Eighthlimb.com to sign up.

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01/31/2021

Buddhist Boot Camp

Develop the ability to listen to ANYTHING without losing your temper. If you fail, don't worry, you'll be tested again soon. 🙏🏼

eighthlimb.com 01/18/2021

Enlightenment Centers Peace Balance Tranquillity

Join me for yoga:
Monday, Gentle Yoga 10 am
Tuesday, Chair Yoga 10 am
Wednesday, Gentle Yoga 5 pm
Thursday, Yoga Nidra 8 pm
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01/12/2021

Buddhist Boot Camp

An angry person chooses anger. A peaceful person chooses peace. A loving person chooses love. A fearful person chooses fear. What kind of person do you choose to be?

01/10/2021

Gentle yoga stretching Mondays, 10 am MST. All you need is wifi/internet to tune in and participate. Sign up for class at eighthlimb.com and join me for a beginner friendly experience.

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11/23/2020

Pema Chodron

"Being satisfied and grateful with what we already have is a magical golden key to being alive in a full, unrestricted, and inspired way."
~Pema Chödrön

In this season of gratitude, tell us what inspires you to be grateful. Go!

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Harrison Holistic Healing

Join me Thursday night on zoom for Yoga Sleep (Nidra) 8 pm. Sign up here https://harrisonholistichealing.as.me/nidra Feel the deep relaxation and peace you are craving in your life.

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[10/17/20]   Just had a wonderful private session with a group of lovely people. They got to choose the day and time for the class which is really convenient. They also design the class with their own likes. Tonight I heard they love the different pranayama or breathing techniques. They also wanted to concentrate on hips and glutes...so we did! One of them had a headache when we started and it was gone after class. Come to class on zoom.

[10/12/20]   Today's reading from the Pocket Pema Chodron was #44. If you have this charming book follow along.
" Gloriousness and Wretchedness"-
Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that's all that's happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction.
On the other hand, wretchedness--life's painful aspect--softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right in to somebody's eyes because you feel you haven't got anything to lose--you're just there. The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we could all just go down the tubes. We'd be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn't have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.

[10/12/20]   I love yoga. Join in for Gentle Yoga 10 am mst, Mondays!

mailchi.mp 10/07/2020

Need some relaxation?

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eighthlimb.com 09/25/2020

Enlightenment Centers Peace Balance Tranquillity

This week in class:
Sunday, Kids Yoga 8 pm
Monday, Gentle Yoga 10 am
Wednesday, Yoga for Strong Bones 10 am
Thursday and Friday classes will resume next week.
For the full class schedule and details www.eighthlimb.com

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[09/25/20]   Kids Yoga relaxation on Sunday 8 pm. Wind down with some yogi says and sleep based relaxation. All ages welcome. www.eighthlimb.com Sign up early

eighthlimb.com 09/20/2020

Enlightenment Centers Peace Balance Tranquillity

this week in zoom yoga...
Sunday 8 pm Kids Yoga nidra
Monday and Wednesday 10 am Gentle Yoga
Thursday 1 pm Chair Yoga
Thursday 8 pm Yoga Nidra
Private class at your convenience.
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eighthlimb.com 09/14/2020

Enlightenment Centers Peace Balance Tranquillity

The only thing better than yoga nidra is Kids Yoga nidra! Kids ages 5+ can really benefit from this guided journey designed just for them. It's Sunday evenings at 8 pm. 30 minutes, with a few minutes of Yogi says before getting comfy for guided mindfulness. It is so good for every age! Imagine, giving yourself and your kids life coping skills disguised as deep restful sleep. Invite your family and friends. www.eighthlimb.com or send me a message with any questions.

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eighthlimb.com 09/03/2020

Enlightenment Centers Peace Balance Tranquillity

Join me for gentle yoga and guided meditation. Tammy Harrison is a Registered Experienced Yoga Teacher , Registered Children's Yoga Teacher and Advanced Yoga Nidra Practitioner. www.eighthlimb.com Thursday evening, 8 pm Yoga Nidra, Sunday evening 8 pm Kids Yoga Nidra, Monday and Wednesday 10 am Gentle Yoga.

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eighthlimb.com 09/02/2020

Enlightenment Centers Peace Balance Tranquillity

Thursday night Yoga Nidra on zoom at 8pm. Guided Integrative Relaxation, the yoga of sleep. Rest, release stress, balance hormones and handle what life throws you with this guided mindfulness meditation. www.eighthlimb.com

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Harrison Holistic Healing

Kids Yoga Nidra tonight, Sundays at 8 pm mst https://harrisonholistichealing.as.me/sleepforkids join from home on zoom. $5 per child

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08/26/2020

The change you seek:
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Sunday, Kids Bedtime Nidra 8pm
Monday, Slow and Gentle Yoga 10-11:30 am with the City of Tempe (Virtual)
Wednesday, Gentle and Slow Yoga 10-11:30 am
Thursday, Yoga Nidra 8-9 pm

08/24/2020

Sri Swami Satchidananda

Peace and Relaxation Heals

As a human living a human experience I have found yoga, meditation and the healing arts to be beneficial to leading a more balanced and happy life. At a very young age I was diagnosed with scoliosis. It became my mission to find a way to live with the consistent sensations. The life long journey led to many different helpful practices and treatments. After many years I noticed the one thing that consistently helped was yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation were the practices I kept coming back too. Through the practice of stretching, breathing, being aware of the body moving within space and the sensations and thoughts...in essence not living in denial and pushing through pain but honoring the body and loving it right where it is, as it goes through all life stages and changes...a peace filled relaxation starts the healing process. I am here to share my experiences with others.

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