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November 2019

IJS: Opening the Heart, Befriending the Mind, Acting Wisely, A Jewish Mindfulness Retreat

November 17, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - November 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Mindfulness practice helps us welcome each moment of our experience with kindness, balance, and discernment. In this way, we learn to make friends with our own minds, open our hearts to the fullness of life, and show up more lovingly and wisely in relationships. On retreat, these new ways of being with our experience are facilitated by periods of silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, and soulful communal prayer.

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Upper West Side Yoga: Yoga Retreat for Women: Calm in the Chaos 6.0

November 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - November 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for our sixth annual women's yoga retreat and be nourished by a warm and supportive circle of powerful women as we practice yoga, share our stories, enjoy wonderful meals, walk the labyrinth, explore Garrison Institute's natural beauty, and restore together. The intensity of the yoga practice will range from gentle/restorative to strong -- practitioners of all levels are welcome, and we will modify as needed.

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His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa: Retreat on Tara: The Wish-Fulfilling Buddha

November 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - December 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will focus on meditation and the Practice of Tara in order to understand the interconnectedness of external difficulties of life as well as inner hopes and fears. The goal of this practice is to lead to the realization of the inner Tara which is beyond both hope and fear.

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December 2019

Meredith Monk: Voice as Practice

December 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

The voice, the original human instrument, is an eloquent language of the heart that delineates energy for which we don’t have words. This workshop offers a place where voice, movement and image intersect to create a unique opportunity for participants to discover their own personal richness.

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The Feldenkrais Method: Passing The Torch Legacy Forum

December 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - December 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

We are an independent group of Feldenkrais* educators and sponsored invitees committed to professional development.

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Brooklyn Poets: Poetry & the Contemplative Mind

December 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - December 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for the inaugural Brooklyn Poets Hudson Valley Retreat the weekend of December 6–8, 2019, for poetry classes, workshops, readings, guided meditation and yoga. During this retreat we'll draw upon contemplative practices and the art of poetry to seek deeper engagement with ourselves, each other, the world around us, and our own work.

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Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Foundation: People Who Care for People

December 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

People who care for people play a vital role in our communities, whether in intimate family circles, larger social networks, or the wide array of helping professions in healthcare, education, social justice, and more. Often it is caregivers who support the front lines of our society: helping those who face challenges on a daily basis. However, this support can come at a high personal cost, leading to frustration, exhaustion, and a fast track to burnout. No prior meditation or yoga experience is necessary to attend.

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Winter Solstice Retreat: Women, Poetry & Spirituality with Annie Finch and Marianela Medrano

December 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - December 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

This Winter Solstice weekend retreat offers you the opportunity for rebirth through deep reading of poems by women—including ourselves. Interweaving the poems with exercises in writing and self-discovery and with ceremony honoring the Divine Feminine, we will nourish the five core aspects of women’s lives: vision/manifestation, physical/abundance, social/emotion, passion/creativity, and intuition/spirituality.

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Cultivating Inner Stillness for the Winter Solstice: A Special Retreat on How to Meditate

December 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - December 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

This special retreat will focus on learning how to meditate, and include talks, sitting and walking meditation, yoga, guided meditation, group discussion, and optional one-on-one interviews with a meditation instructor. The classic meditation technique, mindfulness/awareness or cultivating inner stillness, will be the focus of the weekend. All levels of experience are welcome to attend.

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Village Zendo Year-End Meditation Retreat with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

December 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - January 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

The Village Zendo's year-end meditation retreat is the perfect place for meditation, reflection and deep silence. There are daily dharma talks and opportunities to meet with Village Zendo teachers, as well as time to rest and walk along the Hudson River.

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January 2020

Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat

January 3 @ 3:00 pm - January 5 @ 2:00 pm

Begin the New Year with a resolution and intention to become more aware of the body and trust in its innate wisdom.

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Grand Master Nan Lu: Tao of Healing – January Qi Weekend

January 10 @ 3:00 pm - January 12 @ 2:00 pm

This unique "Qi Weekend" brings together students who are studying Wu Ming Qigong under the guidance of Grand Master Nan Lu, OMD.

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Beginner’s Mind Sesshin: A Winter Silent Retreat of Wholehearted Practice

January 16 @ 3:00 pm - January 19 @ 2:00 pm

Sesshin means “touching the heart-mind.” It is a cornerstone of Zen practice. Sesshin is an intensive practice period offering an opportunity to experience your essential nature. At our annual summer silent retreat, we will practice zazen together under the guidance of NYZCCC teachers Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell and Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, their teacher, Sensei Dorothy Dai-En Friedman, and Guest Teacher Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma.

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January Personal Retreat Weekend

January 17 @ 3:00 pm - January 19 @ 2:00 pm

A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

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Journey to Stillness: A Women’s Healing Weekend

January 31 @ 3:00 pm - February 2 @ 3:00 pm

During the Celtic Holiday of Imbolc (Jan 31st - Feb 2nd), we journey into the heart of the Goddess through tea meditation, dance, and bespoke healing Ceremonies. Within this intimate circle of like-minded women, you’ll emerge from this gathering revived and inspired for the year to come.

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Ron Young: Three Empowerments for the Spiritual Healer

January 31 @ 3:00 pm - February 6 @ 2:00 pm

This will be a yogic meditation-based training open to the serious student. We will work directly with Spiritual Healing in different forms, stabilizing within a deep meditative base.

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February 2020

Jacob Burns Film Series – The Meditative Life: Consciousness, Meaning and Connection

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - February 19 @ 10:00 pm

Jacob Burns Film Center presents the film series The Meditative Life: Consciousness, Meaning, and Connection.

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Courage of Care: Reclaiming the Joy in Service: Maintaining Love & Hope in Dark Times

February 7 @ 3:00 pm - February 9 @ 2:00 pm

It takes courage and care to stay open, connected and hopeful in dark times. Join us for a weekend of practice to replenish, resource and reconnect to the purpose and joy of service and social action.

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Profound Treasury Winter Meditation Retreat

February 7 @ 3:00 pm - February 14 @ 2:00 pm

During this 7-night immersive retreat, participants will focus on the practice of mindfulness and awareness meditation. Meditation practice provides us with the tools needed to reflect deeply and directly on our own experience and connect to our hearts, body, and sense perceptions as the ways through which we connect to our world. In particular, we will explore the way meditation was taught by the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and how it is presented in the The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.

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Still Mind Zendo Winter Retreat

February 7 @ 3:00 pm - February 9 @ 2:00 pm

This weekend of silent meditation, which includes an Introduction to Zen component, consists of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and an opportunity to meet privately with one of our teachers. There is also time for rest, exercise and outdoor walks. All of this is held together by a warm and supportive community of dedicated practitioners.

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The Path of Devotion: Immerse in Bhakti Practices with Krishna Das and Friends

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - February 16 @ 2:00 pm

Join Krishna Das for a weekend retreat of yoga, chanting and devotional heart-opening practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a group of dedicated seekers and immerse yourself in practices, teachings and discussions.

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Friday Kirtan with Krishna Das and Friends

February 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Join us for a special evening of call and response chanting with Krishna Das and friends.

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Saturday Kirtan with Krishna Das and Friends

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Join us for a special evening of call and response chanting with Krishna Das and friends.

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The Art of Solitude: An Evening with Stephen Batchelor

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

When world renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor turned sixty, he took a sabbatical from his teaching and turned his attention to solitude, a practice integral to the meditative traditions he has long studied and taught. He aimed to venture more deeply into solitude, discovering its full extent and depth. Batchelor’s new book, The Art of Solitude, documents his multifaceted explorations.

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Secular Dharma in Theory and Practice with Stephen Batchelor

February 20 @ 3:00 pm - February 23 @ 2:00 pm

Secular Dharma is a radical project to rethink the Buddha’s dharma from the ground up in order to address the condition of modernity. This workshop will explore the foundational insights of secular dharma and consider how they contribute to our contemplative, ethical and social practice of human flourishing.

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March 2020

Pathways to Planetary Health Symposium: Ethics in the Age of the Anthropocene

March 4 @ 12:00 pm - March 6 @ 2:00 pm

This March, the Garrison Institute is pleased to hold the second convening of the Pathways to Planetary Health Symposium. Building on discussions from the 2018 Symposium, we will explore necessary steps in creating a foundational shift toward an altruistic society.

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OneDanceTribe New York

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - March 11 @ 2:00 pm

OneDanceTribe is an international conscious dance gathering where teachers and dancers of different modalities and walks of life come together to celebrate the power of Moving as One.

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April 2020

Live with Loch Kelly | Effortless Mindfulness: Tools to Access Essential Support

April 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Loch Kelly will lead us in a live, interactive webinar to share ways to shift out of our chattering mind and into the compassionate support of our heart mind.

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Live with Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell | Resilience and Compassion

April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Garrison Institute presents a live webinar with Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, co-founders of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

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Live with John Tarrant | The Paths in the Underworld: Meditation, Music, Koans and Stories

April 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Garrison Institute presents a live koan seminar with John Tarrant.

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Webinar: Live with Krishna Das | Self-Practice in Challenging Times

April 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Krishna Das will lead some chanting of Mantras and discuss how the use of Mantras and breath work can help us move more deeply into the Heart Space within. This trains us to change the way we experience our daily life and allows us to release negative emotions and  find peace within, regardless of what is happening outside in the world.

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Webinar: Live with Michael Miller | Mastering the Present Moment

April 30 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

In this time of increased demand and rapid change, it's challenging to stay grounded and aware of the present moment. And it is at times like these that we need to be alert to what is actually going on. When we're fully awake to nature's signals, we can connect to and make decisions based on truth, rather than fear and speculation. In this session, Michael Miller, founder and director of New York and London Meditation Centres, will give you practical skills to master being present so you can stay strong, well, and available to others.

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May 2020

Webinar: Live with Jessica Morey | Climate Resilience and Response, Learning from this Great Pause

May 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

During this interactive webinar, Jessica will guide participants through earth-based contemplative practices that connect us with our belonging to and love and grief for our world and all the beings with whom we share it. Together we will reflect on what we might learn from this time of pandemic about how to respond to the even more devastating global climate crisis. We will practice to build the inner resiliency, compassion and embodied interconnection to thrive in the crucial work of advocating for a livable planet for all.

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Webinar: Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim and Jonathan Rose: The Flourishing of the Earth Community

May 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A long-standing member of the Garrison Institute advisory board, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and her husband John Grim, will join Garrison Institute co-founder Jonathan Rose in conversation around how we as a global community can transition to an ethics of interdependence that can serve as an inspiring vision for integrating ecology, justice, and peace. The religious and spiritual traditions of the world transmit ecological and justice perspectives in their scriptures, rituals, and contemplative practices as well as in their moral and ethical commitments. In this webinar, we seek to identify those perspectives in the service of finding collaborative solutions to our global environmental crises, and as an invitation to survive and thrive as an earth community.

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Virtual Retreat: Mindfulness and Social Justice in a Time of Pandemic

May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How can our mindfulness practice support us in working together in a time of growing awareness of structural inequity and increasing oppression against many of the most vulnerable? Join Rhonda Magee and Rose Cratsley for a half-day mini-retreat focused on mindfulness practices, discussions and planning to support you in finding a deeper ground for collaborating with others.

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Webinar: Live with Gayla and Aaron Stiles: THRIVE: ~ Practices for Transforming Stress into Vitality

May 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Finding ways to move from a place of resilience and balance are essential tools in navigating the uncertainty before us, between us, and within us. THRIVE: For One and All is a mindful movement and massage practice to help us reconnect to our most skilled selves. It is rooted in the Taoist teachings of Mantak Chia and Chinese Medicine. Our hope is to share practices that soothe the nervous system, support immune function, and promote sleep so that we can better access our innate resilience and respond from a place of abundance and grace.

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Webinar: Lama Surya Das: Deepening Your Meditation Practice: Pithy Instructions Dzogchen Tradition

May 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mindful awareness and meditation practice is the foundation of true happiness and contentment, self-knowledge, inner peace and relational harmony. Lama Surya Das, "The American Lama" a meditation master with almost 50 years of regular experience and traditional Buddhist retreats under his belt, will guide participants through meditation practice while applying many of the especially pithy whispered tips and personal pointers from the Himalayan master meditators and yogis. Participants are encouraged to bring their most pressing questions about their meditation practice, yoga or prayer life, religion or path, and how to live and further the authentic spiritual life today.

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Webinar: “The Direct Path to Peace and Happiness” with Rupert Spira

May 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

With almost everyone confined to their homes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Rupert has increased the number of online events to enable the Non-Dual understanding to be available to as many people as wish to receive it.

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“Waking Up Fabulous: Taking Refuge in The Time of Corona” – A Half-Day LGBTQIA+ Community Retreat

May 23 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This retreat is an opportunity to come together and care for ourselves: to remember who we really are and to reconnect with our innate goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a clear and open mind, a kind heart, and a strong body. And we will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate wisdom, kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity, and skillful actions.

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Webinar: “The Unshakable Core – Growing Calm Strength for Turbulent Times” with Rick Hanson

May 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The deepest roots of the highest happiness are in the living body. At the intersection of modern science and ancient wisdom- which could be called neurodharma- we can find very effective tools for resilient well-being. Join Dr. Rick Hanson for a practical and experiential exploration of brain-savvy ways to grow lasting happiness and inner peace.

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Webinar: Ethan Nichtern in Conversation with Jane Kolleeny

May 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Teacher and author Ethan Nichtern will join Garrison Institute Retreats Director Jane Kolleeny in conversation about some of the profound, and often painful and life changing lessons being learned from the global pandemic and its effects on our psychological state of mind.

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June 2020

Webinar: “An Hour of Contemplation for Our Time” with Mary Anne Best

June 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Joining with others in an hour of intentional silence to bind the wounds and anxieties of humanity is powerful, freeing, and healing. The program will include 25 minutes of silent practice of your choice, followed by the ancient monastic practice of Lectio Divina, followed by the opportunity to share.

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The Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – David Simas and Jonathan F.P. Rose

June 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On Thursday, June 4th at 4:00pm EDT, we launch The Garrison Institute Forum with a conversation between David Simas, CEO of The Obama Foundation, and Garrison Institute Co-Founder Jonathan F. P. Rose. These interactive sessions aim to expand our understanding around how each of us can play a role in supporting a regenerative, just and prosperous world, nurturing the health and wellbeing of all of life.

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The Garrison Institute Forum: Education – Mark Greenberg and Dan Siegel

June 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, June 10th at 5:00 PM EDT, we continue The Garrison Institute Forum series with two leaders in the field of education, Dan Siegel, M.D. and Mark Greenberg, Ph.D.. Beginning in infancy, we learn to regulate our emotions, thoughts, and behavior by the co-regulation of others. As we develop, we also learn new ways to self-regulate which can strengthen our ability to cope effectively and increase our resilience. Dr. Greenberg and Dr. Siegel will discuss these topics and take questions from attendees around how parents and educators can support children and youth, especially in these times of stress and isolation.

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The Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Gerald Torres and Jonathan F.P. Rose

June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

On Thursday, June 11th at 2:00pm EDT, we continue the Garrison Institute Forum with a conversation between Gerald Torres, Professor of Environmental Justice, and Garrison Institute Co-Founder Jonathan F.P. Rose.

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Webinar: “Dharma and Racial Injustice” with Atman Smith, Andres Gonzalez, and Ali Smith

June 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Garrison Institute presents a live, interactive webinar with Atman Smith, Andres Gonzalez, and Ali Smith.

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The Garrison Institute Forum: Social Justice- Rhonda Magee, Dr. Angel Acosta and Jonathan L. Wiesner

June 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Thursday, June 18th at 5:00pm EDT, we continue the Garrison Institute Forum with a conversation between Rhonda Magee, Law Professor and Mindfulness Expert, Dr. Angel Acosta, Contemplative Scholar Practitioner, moderated by Garrison Institute CEO Jonathan L. Wiesner. This interactive session will examine how through the practice of embodied mindfulness, we can increase our emotional resilience, recognize our own biases, and become less reactive as we work toward social justice.

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#BreatheForEight Gathering For Justice (Queens, NY)

June 27 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

#BreatheForEight is a national collective that recognizes the importance of standing up for Black lives and the value of each individual in the racial justice movement. We wish to support and encourage effective action in our communities through supporting our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Join the Garrison Institute as we partner with #BreatheForEight in launching this movement at the Gathering For Justice on June 27 in Southside Jamaica, Queens, NY.

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Virtual Workshop: People Who Care for People w/ Sharon Salzberg, Ali & Atman Smith & Andres Gonzalez

June 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sharon Salzberg and the Co-Founders of the Holistic Life Foundation, Ali Smith, Atman Smith and Andres Gonzalez, offer a one-day virtual workshop exploring the immense resilience of the human spirit, and how to find greater balance when serving others. Recharge physically, mentally, and emotionally in a community of caretakers from all walks of life with meditation, yoga, and contemplative practices.

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July 2020

“Steps to Real Peace” with Dawa Tarchin Phillips

July 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join with others for an hour-long webinar to answer these and other timely questions; meditate together; find an opportunity for deep spiritual self care; make peace with uncertainty and the many uncomfortable and uncontrollable circumstances you are living through; take charge of your life, your voice, your personal growth and personal responsibility; and take meaningful steps toward real peace so that you can nurture and sustain yourself during these difficult times which means you will able to be source for renewal, love and support for yourself and others.

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