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| A blessed, healthy & happy new year!
It's 2013. We made it through the transition! If you went into hiding for 2012 come on out! Donate the stockpiled food
to All Faith's Food Bank. We have much work to do.
So, Now What? It's a huge question post 2012. And many of you are asking the same thing. For me, after forty years
of studies, seminars, and training, I ask, Now What? After trekking all over the world, Now What? After absorbing
esoteric teachings from countless mystical paths, Now What? If everything is transient how do you live your life? Do
we toss it all overboard, or live with conscious purpose?
Here's the "Now What" that came for me. It's easier to live in happiness than in sadness, and if it's all arising and
falling anyway, why not choose happiness. I heard the Dalai Lama speak about kindness a few years ago. He said,
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own
heart is the temple. The philosophy is kindness and compassion." He also said it's easier to sleep with that type of
inner peace. So with the Dalai Lama's words echoing I choose to live with that purpose. To be kind and loving; to live
with joy; to live with purpose; to live with conscience; and to remember, this too shall pass.
(Excerpted from Jo Mooy's January 2013 starsoundings Journal. For the complete transcript, all her journals are
archived on the websiite, click on the StarSoundings Journal tab on the Left, or click here.)
Siesta Key PBS Special
The Siesta Key Special that was shown on PBS WEDU on May 31, 2012 is available to watch online. This special
highlights the "other aspects" of Siesta Key beyond the sun, surf and beach parties. In this program, the drumming,
the Vortex, The Grandmother Tree and the sacredness and healing properties of our crystal beach are honored.
The program is called Diamonds Along The Highway, produced by Gus Mollasis and is 28 minutes long. Gus
interviews or features Marguerite Barnett and Shawn Bowen at the drumming circle, Mic McManus, Zan Benham,
Patricia Cockerill and Jo Mooy.
The link to this video was removed due to licensing problems.
It is hoped the program will be available again soon.
UPCOMING FALL/WINTER EVENTS
Snatam Kaur - Live in Concert
Dec. 7, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Riverview HS Performing Arts Center
1 Ram Way (Proctor between Swift & US 41)
Tickets: $35 - $45
Snatam Kaur returns to Sarasota on December 7th at the Riverview High School Performing Arts Center in an evening
of Kirtan, (sacred call and response chanting) dancing, meditation and singing sure to elevate the soul.
She has an angelic presence with a crystalline voice that has made her one of the top-selling recording artists in the
world of sacred music. Snatam transforms traditional chants into contemporary sounds that appeal to the modern
ear. Her music has a way of stirring an ancient yearning in the soul.
You may remember that she was here last year at both Rising Tide Spiritual Center and Holley Hall where she and her
band received standing ovations in a marvelous performance. This year the venue has moved to accommodate more
The Concert is going to SELL OUT EARLY so get your tickets now! Advanced Premier Tickets (the first 1/3 of the first
floor auditorium) are $45. Advanced general admission is $35. Tickets at the door are $50. You can save $5 per
ticket fee by purchasing them at Elysian Fields now. Tickets may also be purchased at: Spirit Voyage Online
.Or through Rising Tide. by contacting Rachel Epstein at 941-359-1989 or Risingtidetickets@gmail.com
Celtic Winter Solstice
A Mandala of Light
December 21st @ Sunset - 5 pm
South Lido Beach State Park - Gulf Side
The Winter Solstice will be celebrated on Saturday December 21st at Sunset (5 pm) at South Lido Beach State Park.
Returning to Sarasota, Celtic Ovate, Jennifer Sault, will officiate the ceremony of Alban Arthuan - the Return of the
Light. Jennifer will be accompanied by Merlin (Steven Northcraft) and Bobbie Benz and Hans Hartmann.
A Mandala of Light signifying the Light of the season will be constructed by Jo Mooy, Patricia Cockerill and Peter
Reed. It will serve as an altar in the center of the circle. All participants are invited to bring candles for placement in
the Mandala. (consider battery operated candles as the wind tends to blow out the flames of wax ones)
After the ceremony, the ashes of the names held in safekeeping in the Healer's Reiki Box since the Summer Solstice
will be released into the Gulf.
We will be taking up a collection during the ceremony to support the Mayor's Feed the Hungry Program. \See the
Special Collection Announcement below.
Please arrive by 5 pm which is about 30 minutes before sunset. The Mandala will be illuminated at dark.
For more info please contact Jo Mooy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Collection Announcement
While watching a 60 Minutes broadcast last Sunday I learned that the highest number of impoverished children in the
"Developed World" are in the USA. A shameful statistic for a country so wealthy!
On November 1st congressional sequester cuts affected 47 million people in the USA
when their food stamps were reduced 5%. This has caused a tremendous run on local
Food Bank Supplies which were already stretched thin due to the recession. The
reduction may not sound like a lot of money to most people but for those on this program
it's the difference between eating or paying an electric bill.
Many in our community don't know where their next meal is coming from. Turning to
churches is not the safeguard it once was because donations are down at the churches too.
So this year, We will take up a special collection for the Mayor's Feed The Hungry Program
which provides meals in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
If you wish, make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION, CHECKS payable to the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program.
Please do NOT bring food as we have no way to get it to the right people.
Thank you for what you do for those less fortunate than us!
2013-2014 SAVE THE DATES:
Snatam Kaur - Live in Concert -Dec. 7, 2013
Winter Solstice Dec 21, 2013
Annual Spring Women's Retreat - Feb 21-23, 2014
Women's Retreat - Mar 21-23, 2014
(For details see Classes Link)
WOMEN’S MEDITATION NEWS & CALENDAR
Women's Meditation Group
meditation group has grown to more than 400 women, meeting twice a
month on the Friday closest to the New and Full moons. As we enter our
8th year, our meditations continue for the purpose of holding the highest
vision for planetary and human healing.
The 2013 season will usher in a higher consciousness day by day and the
women who participate in our bi-monthly gatherings will add their personal
vision, hopes and dreams for a world filled with love, compassion and good
This past year, the Women's Meditations once again saw an increase in
attendance with many new faces finding the group for the first time. With
meditation leaders from different spiritual centers bringing variety and
choice to our gatherings, we honor the richness and diversity of the
world's many spiritual paths. We hope you'll continue to join us at Rising
Tide Spiritual Center as we celebrate the inner life and hold the vision for
the highest good of planet earth and her inhabitants!
The doors open at 6:30 pm to allow new friends and old to visit for a few
minutes before we enter into the silence. Please arrive on time as the
doors are closed and locked at 7pm when the meditation begins.
Please refer to Women's Meditation Tab for specific details