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Fall News and Events from Maureen

Hello Everyone! Happy Autumn! I hope you are all enjoying the slower pace and ample opportunities that the cooler fall temperatures bring to come inside and go inward. But just in case you are still feeling the urge to venture out and about, here are two enlightening experiences you may want to check out…

 


Two event announcements…   Join Maureen for a Unique Halloween Celebration in Boston and A Soul-Full Living Retreat get-away in the Bahamas

 


Maureen Speaks at Unity in the City Boston October 31, 2010

We hope you’ll join us Sunday, October 31st in our new home to share fellowship, meditation, music and a prayerful message with Maureen Whitehouse.

“All Hallows Eve” Come as you are celebration

This Halloween, it’s time to unmask!

Do you have an ego trait that seems to emerge at the most inopportune times? Perhaps a part of you that prefers trials and tribulations over joy and peace? A false personality trait that continues to hold you back, or hold you down, no matter how much work you do on yourself?

Have you ever felt as though you’re a “fraud?” As though you are great at pretending to be someone you’re not, or that you are able to put on a “good face” for yourself and others a great deal of the time, and then…  just when you feel it matters most, you fail miserably at being the REAL YOU – the one who you want most to be?
Then now is the perfect time for you to come celebrate and play with Maureen Whitehouse and the Unity in the City community as this Halloween we allow our egos full reign.

During this service you will be asked to let go entirely – to allow your ego to come out of the closet – take front and center stage – to engage and exchange with the other “egos” of the Unity in the City community.

If you like, you can even wear a costume that best illustrates your “dark side” – the illusory part of you that you’d most like to expose to the Light of day and to forgive and release once and for all.
It’s time to have fun with these egos!
All Dr. Jekylls and Mr. and Mrs. Hyde’s Welcome.

Maureen Presents a Soul-Full Living Get-Away Retreat at The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau, Bahamas

Soul-Full Living: Integrate Awareness and Positive Action Into Our Everyday Routines

 


 

Maureen Whitehouse November 4 – 7, 2010

Event Details

Maureen Whitehouse’s brand of Soul-Full Living offers methods of integrating awareness and positive action into our everyday routines such as shopping, cooking, eating and cleaning in order to unearth and discover the miraculous in the mundane. Learn how, by becoming mindful, paying attention and relaxing, you can feel more empowered to make changes for the better, and live deliberate, purposeful lives. At the core of the program is the message that consciousness, mindfulness, and awareness are not vague, cosmic concepts, but grounded principles that can be readily experienced in our everyday lives.

Presenter

Maureen Whitehouse Maureen Whitehouse has advised and counseled clients in personal transformation and balanced life style, for over 20 years. She is the author of the award-winning, best-selling book Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness, and Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating. http://www.maureenwhitehouse.com

Cost

This is a Yoga Vacation program. For Yoga Vacation rates and accommodation rates please see rates.

Arrival & Departure

You are welcome to stay with us for the duration of the program, or for a longer or shorter stay according to your own schedule. For arrival details please see how to get here. For recommended equipment and other useful information see Planning Your Visit. For the Ashram’s daily schedule see Yoga Vacation.

What to Bring

Please see What to Bring section.

Reservations

To reserve your accommodation, please go to register on line or print the application form and fax the form to the Yoga Retreat at fax number: 1-242-363-3783. Then please call us to give a credit card deposit and to confirm your reservation at 1-866-446-5934, 1-800-441-2096 or 1-242-363-2902. A US$100 deposit is required for your registration. Please see cancellations for information on our cancellation policy.

 


Maureen Whitehouse

Abundant Blessings,
Maureen
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Got Resolutions? Talk at Unity Church, Cambridge

Got Resolutions?

New Year’s is the only holiday that celebrates the passage of time. Perhaps that’s why, as the final seconds of the year tick away, we become introspective. Inevitably, that introspection turns to thoughts of self-improvement and the annual ritual of making resolutions, which offer the first of many important tools for remaking ourselves!”

– Gary Ryan Blair

Are you considering “re-making” yourself in 2010?  Who do you want to become this year? What kind of a life do you envision for yourself?

Will you join the millions upon millions of people world-wide who declare their intentions to “change” but then as the days, weeks and months pass and their resolve wanes, see their top-of-the-mountain intentions flatten? For many, as the bright light at the end of the “some day I’ll attain that” tunnel dims, it’s easy to feel self-loathing and defeat.

This January, you could join this universal trend and, as many experts advise, make firm resolutions, set challenging goals, and develop detailed action plans that promise to enable and empower you to have the best year of you life.

Or… you could experience something entirely new.

Come join Maureen Whitehouse and the Unity of Cambridge congregation as we herald in the New Year celebrating the beginning of a Miraculous (and entirely resolution free) year… Manifesting Your Best Year Ever!

Service will be held on Sunday, December 27th in the auditorium of the Morse School, 40 Granite Street, Cambridge, MA 02139   map.

Services start at 11:00 AM, with a meditation period from 10:30 to 10:50 AM.

Followed by an Afternoon Workshop led by Maureen from 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Maureen Whitehouse is the award-winning, best-selling author of Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness and the highly acclaimed, new release Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating. She is a much loved, inspiring and knowledgeable teacher and expert in Personal Development and Self-Realization. She has inspired and helped thousands of people to make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.

Book Review – Elephant Journal, Summer 2008

Soul-Full Eating by Maureen Whitehouse
VIA KATYA SLIVINSKAYA

For me, food has always been more about joy than health, so I was happy as I turned the pages of this hefty read to find much talk about the enrichment of the soul. Although the gentle, far-from-preachy voice of the author takes us through the many food paradigms of the diet world (finally!), acknowledging its myriad confusing contradictions, the term “nutrition book” would be a misnomer for this one. Its scope is much broader, linking the way we eat to as many avenues of life as you can think of. Everything about Soul-Full Eating is comforting, which makes it a good one to keep around rather than reading once and tossing.

Source:
http://www.elephantjournal.com/2008/10/summer-2008-book-reviews/

download pdf
http://www.experienceaxiom.com/presskit/BookReview-EJ-Sum08.pdf

How Can I Put My Child on a Diet Program Without Making Her Feel Self-Concious?

Question: My daughter is 5 years old and weighs 72 lbs. I dont want her to have a weight problem when she gets older. Is it wrong for me to put her on a diet and excercise program?

Maureen’s Answer:

You asked, “Is it wrong to put her on a diet and exercise program?” I feel the more effective question to ask yourself here is what feels “right” or “wrong” to you. And I‘d like you to consider that question with something very important in mind. On the deepest level there really is no right or wrong, only moving closer to love (feels right!) or further away from love (feels “wrong” – i.e. -unpeaceful, disconnected, empty, or bad). It’s really feeling a lack of love that so often compels people to overeat, in an unconscious effort to fill the void.

So if I am interpreting your real question correctly, you are asking, “How can I best help my daughter to feel, happy, accepted, safe, cared for, and loved?” Well, that doesn’t have to be a some-day-in-the-future experience for her (or you!), and you certainly don’t need to diet your way there! You can offer feelings of deep fulfillment to her right now—or with her next meal.

Share with your daughter the most effective “diet” there is, the only one that can bring the truest, most easily shared and enjoyable experience: “Eat with love, what’s grown with love, prepared with love and served with love.” Simple ’eh? All you have to do is ask yourself, “Is this food a symbol of my love?” If so, offer it joyously.

Do you realize that your daughter sees you as the most amazing, powerful, beautiful being on the planet? Therefore, whatever you see in her, she subconsciously desires to become. To all children, parents are the authority—they feel we know best. What a powerful opportunity that presents for you. See only her perfection, her beauty and—most importantly—her strength and unique individuality, and then just step back and watch! Believe me, you won’t feel fear for her well-being any longer. The only reason any of us parents are ever overly concerned for the well-being of our children is if we mistrust ourselves! While all the while, we hold within us such wisdom—because the gift that comes along with parenthood is the wisdom of love. It sounds to me like you just forgot how to access your own truest mother-lovin’ wisdom for a brief moment in time. (Fear does that to us, by the way.)

There is a way for you to discern whether or not your consideration of putting your daughter on a diet is fear-based or love-based. Here’s how: just sit still for a moment, and completely divorce yourself from the “good” or “bad” opinions of other people. Now, consider the same question you asked me, imagining that you and your daughter exist in a vacuum of sorts—there’s no one else on the planet to judge either one of you. There’s only, you, your daughter and love. Now you tell me, do you need to do anything… let alone put your daughter on a diet!? It’s the fear (most often of both the good or bad opinions of other people) that begets the emptiness that leads to guilt and excess weight. Show her she’s unconditionally loved, just as she already loves you! What beautiful mirrors you’ll be to one another then. Just relax and love yourself for being such a caring, amazing mother who now realizes it’s only the love that fulfills us all—it’s our deepest craving and at the very same time, who we really are! And then just enjoy her—and every meal you have the grace to share together—she’s perfect and so are you!

If you feel it may be healthy for your daughter to spend more time exercising, you can simply encourage her to spend more time outside. Children have a natural curiosity and playfulness, so there’s no need for a “diet or exercise program.” Just find out what sports and games she’s naturally interested in. It could be that a tap dance class, a place on the soccer team, or a friendly game of tag with the neighbors is all your daughter needs to spark a more active lifestyle.

For more from Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness visit eatwithsoul.com

My Sister Gives Her New Boyfriend More Attention Than Her Kids.

Question: My nieces are 16, 14 and 5 years of age and their mother—my sister—has recently started dating a new guy. Since she met him, she has payed less and less attention to the girls. Naturally, they feel neglected and the oldest one got into an argument with her mom that was so bad that she recently told me and her grandmother—who also lives with them—that she was considering moving out. Right now it seems like my sister’s first priority is her new boyfriend. I want to show my nieces that my husband and I are there for them, but how do I do that without showing them more negativity about their mom? Also my sister is very unfair with my mom, treating her like a maid and is very unappreciative. Should I mention something to her or leave it alone?

Maureen’s Answer:

Here’s my personal philosophy: If you can’t say something supportive and helpful to someone, it’s best to say nothing at all.

Instead, realize that just being an example of what you’d like them to become will impact the situation for the better. In this case, it sounds as if all you really want for your family is to feel peaceful, loved and respected. That’s a very good intention, but getting into other people’s business is often the least effective way to accomplish such results.

Instead—since what you focus on, you’ll get more of—if you see your sister as “the insensitive culprit,” don’t be surprised if she exhibits behaviors that personify exactly that. Whereas, if you start by seeing everyone as doing the best they can at this time and respect them for that, you’ll approach the situation from an entirely different perspective—one that is typically more loving, less judgmental and one that can also have an impact for the better much more quickly. Obviously, what your sister really wants is love and if the only place she feels like she can get that at the moment is from her boyfriend, well then of course she’ll want to spend most of her time with him.

Here’s something powerful that you can share with your nieces. Maybe they don’t approve of their mother’s choices and decisions and yet feel that they are affected by them directly or indirectly. Instead of feeling victim to the situation, they can become victors over it by choosing to give what it is they most want to get… in this case it’s the love and caring attention of their mother. But truly, that brand of love—love that comes from someone else—is never, ever reliable, even from a mother, as you’ve so wonderfully illustrated with your question!

In this world filled with people living in separate bodies, driven by different likes, dislikes and intentions, we cannot expect for anyone else to truly make us live “happily ever after.” Situations and circumstances are always changing as are people evolving, growing and learning via the lives they live. We can’t expect anyone to put their life on hold for us—which is what so many mothers feel that they do for their children only to feel then that their children owe them something for that in return. They don’t! If you choose to sacrifice anything for another person, be prepared to realize that it is never loving. We can only receive perfect and undying love from ourselves! How do we know if we’ve actually succeeded in tapping that kind of love? We don’t need others to do anything for us in order for us to love them… we just love them because that’s what feels best to us! No matter how they are acting towards us, anyone else or themselves. Only that is true love.

Wouldn’t you rather your nieces master a lesson in true love early on and go on to be powerful, amazing self-reliant women in all of their relationships? Rather than make them victim to judgments about their mother, which will only serve to disempower them and lose sight of the love that they innately know and feel for her. Show them real, true undying love now, by asking them to join with you in accepting their mom just as she is and allowing for her to make mistakes as she must. And by the way, if your sister doesn’t feel judged, she’ll walk through situations that aren’t truly led by love—but fear—much more quickly.

For years, I worked with teens in the public school system, who came from “dysfunctional homes.” The members of these families were all craving love, yet no one really understood how to remove the obstacles to love’s presence. Instead they were all in denial, thinking they could live without sharing the very thing they all wanted to experience most. From my own personal experience, I knew that only one person in a family is needed to change everything. How? By deciding to love everyone just the way they are. That doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with a situation you don’t like—that’s the power of love—once you accept people/things just as they are—they can change!

Source: Parental Wisdom Advisor Maureen Whitehouse

My Son is the Pickiest Eater Ever!

Question: My son Cooper is six-years-old and he is the pickiest eater ever! I have tried making fun recipes, different shapes out of food, everything. He would rather go to bed on an empty stomach than eat, or, if I am lucky enough to get him to try something, and he doesn’t like it, he gags on it and practically throws it up. What can I do?

Maureen’s Answer:

LOVE HIM! Exactly the way he is. “Picky” eating habits and all. What we focus on we get more of. If you begin to obsess about Cooper’s eating habits, he’ll subconsciously reinforce your perceptions of the way he eats and begin to eat less and less. What if instead, you continue to offer him the same great, wholesome and creative food choices that it sounds like you already are, and then consciously add just one other key ingredient that you’re leaving out: complete acceptance.

You’ll see very quickly that Cooper will pick up on your new unconditional acceptance of him and he’ll begin to gravitate towards the love you are subtly offering him along with the more tangible foods you put on his plate. To make it very simple, you can look at it this way: everything is either love, or a call for love. So what do you give your son if he is giving you a “call for love” via picky eating? You offer him love, of course! Once you accept him, just as he is now, the happiness, connection and joy you both feel will spill over naturally into other ways of sharing… even meals!

Relax. Have fun at mealtime with Cooper and honor his unique eating style. He’ll grow and evolve through all of this quite naturally, just as you will, if you let love and not fear lead the way. And keep in mind, what we all live for, thrive on and crave the most in life is love!

Recommended read Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness and visit www.eatwithsoul.com

Maureen is now featured on parentalwisdom.com Q&A

Ask Maureen your question by emailing her at Maureen@experienceaxiom.com

Living Green

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Living Green: Soul-Full Eating with Maureen Whitehouse
Maureen Whitehouse of eatwithsoul.com tells us — “There are so many obvious ways that we can miss the opportunity to live a supremely fulfilling life. But what surprises most people is that eating offers an aspect of satisfaction which is often overlooked… that is, choosing foods which resonate with your Soul!”

This show is about the LOVE OF FOOD that anyone–no matter what your faith, religion or personal philosophy–can follow. Become more aware of simple, yet dynamic changes you can make in the way you select, prepare and eat food that increase your vibrancy and personal energy. Learn how to deepen your spiritual connection on a daily basis and how to approach edge eating programs such as Raw Foods, Macrobiotics, Ayurveda, Acid/Alkaline Balancing, Food Combining and the “new” Kosher. You will discover even more “how-to” ways to more lovingly connect with your Spirit and to the planet any time you consume food…even eating a chocolate bar!

TRANSCRIPT:
Meredith Medland: Welcome to Living Green. I am your host Meredith Medland. Today on our show you’ll discover ways to more lovingly connect with your spirit and to the planet anytime you consume food. Maureen Whitehouse is our guest today.

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