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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

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.

Soul-Full Eating

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Soul-Full Eating:

A (Delicious!) Path To Higher Consciousness

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!

Here’s the key:

Eat with love what’s grown with love,
prepared with love, and served with love.

In her provocative book, Soul-Full Eating, Maureen Whitehouse artfully combines her knowledge as an expert in nutrition and spirituality to guide you along a delicious and rejuvenating Soul-satisfying path. It’s one based on the love of food that anyone–no matter what your faith, religion or personal philosophy–can follow.

Take this spellbinding journey to consciousness, if you would like to:

  • Become aware of simple, yet dynamic changes you can make in the way you select, prepare and eat food that will increase your vibrancy and personal energy.
  • Deepen your spiritual connection on a daily basis.
  • Explore the best approaches to diet that are available today–including Raw Foods, Macrobiotics, Ayurveda, Acid/Alkaline Balance, Food Combining and the “new” Kosher.
  • Gain cutting-edge knowledge about weight loss that bring self-love along with dropped pounds.
  • Use foods to stimulate the body’s ability to rejuvenate and heal.

By reading this truly revolutionary book, Soul-Full Eating, you’ll discover ways to more lovingly connect with your Spirit and the planet any time you consume food. Plus you’ll not only find a path to your Soul, but also to the renewed health and vitality you’ve also been seeking!

“This is a heart-expanding book from the most powerful, authentic woman I know.”
~Catherine Ann Johnston, Founder, The Body Positive.

“Read Soul-Full Eating and get active in your Soul’s purpose with every meal.”
~Peter Cervoni, Natural Foods Chef and Cooking Instructor

Maureen Whitehouse expansive knowledge in the field of nutrition grew from the demand to maintain a “picture perfect” image as an international model and commercial actress. This lead to decades of experiences traversing the globe voraciously studying the world’s nutritional and spiritual traditions.

Anyone can become a spiritual master at mealtime!

Get your copy of the Soul-Full Eating hardcover book

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Read or download TOC, Chapter 1 and Intro of the Book

Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating

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Connect with Soul and Give up your Dieting Woes for Good!

Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating

When Kate seeks help for her yo-yo dieting and weight gain, she’s looking for more than just another carb counting quick fix. Tired of both herself and an endless parade of nutrition and fitness advice, Kate doubts that any diet can help her overcome her compulsive eating habits to find the perfect weight.

But the seemingly ordinary “life coach” who agrees to take Kate on as a client, has more than Kate’s waistline in mind. This unconventional diet is a complete overhaul of body, mind, and soul, causing Kate to question some of her most cherished beliefs, and let go of past regrets along with mealtime baggage. As Kate’s mentor guides her into unknown territory, they uncover an aspect of eating Kate had long ago forgotten: joy. Throwing all rules and restrictions out the window, Kate is led by one simple principle, “Eat with love what’s grown with love, prepared with love and served with love.”

A warm-hearted and fiercely direct dialogue ensues, as the two women clear Kate’s kitchen, asses her wardrobe and uncover a brilliantly confident woman that Kate never realized was hiding under her own skin.

Join Kate on her journey from “I’m not” to “I am!” by receiving one installment of the story each morning for 30 days, accompanied by daily exercises and meditations to integrate Kate’s discoveries into your own life. Accompanied by Kate, the path to health and radiance has never been more engaging or appealing.

Sign up now, and you’ll receive a month of teleconferences with Maureen, plus unlimited access to her via email, Free!

You may sympathize with Kate if you’ve ever…

  • Quit a diet that you swore you’d stick to, feeling defeated and self-loathing.
  • Triumphantly reached your dieting goals, only to yo-yo back to your original weight, while frantically trying to control your fluctuating waistline.
  • Felt frustrated and confused by the hundreds of diet “plans” and “experts” all with their own, often-contradictory methods of achieving the perfect body.
  • Grown sick of listening to other people tell you how you should eat, exercise and look.

What if you could end all of your struggles with food and stop dieting forever?
You can!

Most traditional diets rely on pre-planned meals, regimented lists of “shoulds” and “shoudln’ts”, and carb, fat and calorie counting—methods which only create more guilt and mealtime stress, and often causing dieters to quit altogether or quickly bounce back to their original weight.

Kate’s Awakening, by contrast, tackles mealtime and dressing room woes at their very source—the deep-rooted feelings of guilt and self-loathing that most of us associate with those experiences—and which keep us from trusting ourselves to decide when, what, and how much we should eat.

Over the course of this 30-Day email program, you’ll learn to trust yourself to make healthy, wholesome decisions about food. You’ll learn how to indulge without guilt, to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, and to eat—and live—in a way that leaves you feeling satisfied, and not aching for more.

Expect your newfound confidence and appreciation to expand into the rest of your daily experience—get ready to love your life!

Click here to read a sample of Done with Dieting

It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love,
are so entwined that we cannot think of one without the other.
~ M.F.K. Fisher

A Message About Done with Dieting from Maureen:
At first, my motivation to become supremely knowledgeable about nutrition and wellness was entirely self-serving and superficial. As an international model, I wanted to be “picture perfect” and “marketable,” so I could be successful and make a living. But as I watched friends and co-workers turn towards drugs or develop eating disorders, I realized that my interest in full-body wellness and spirituality had helped me not only maintain a desirable physique, but also stay sane in an often crazy and self-destructive industry.

Over the course of a quarter decade, I read literally hundreds of books, attended lectures, workshops and retreats by every known (and unknown) wellness authority of the day. As time passed and I thankfully matured, I realized that there is no “expert” and no one can be anyone else’s “diet authority.”

No matter how learned, how many degrees or titles someone may have after their name, the person who is most expert about you, is you!

In fact, the more I came to know myself, the more evident it became to me how ludicrous it is that any expert should be given the authority to tell me, or any one, what precisely I should eat, at any given time of the day!

I am not here to tell you that this food is good and this food is bad. It’s time to rise above all of that, and allow you to pay attention to your own body and your own needs, to give you the space to decide what is right for you, right now.

Despite a world littered with fast food restaurants and seductive junk food commercials promising ultimate satisfaction there are people who are able to stay thin and healthy and can negotiate their way through the synthetic food jungle every day. And even quite peacefully and consciously indulge from time to time. How?
They are focused on self-love, and have learned what satisfies their own needs, rather than endlessly filling a void and riding the cycle of self-guilt.

Have you ever watched a small child eat? They eat what they want when they want it, and stop as soon as they are full. They never binge or intentionally starve themselves, or feel guilt for not eating the “right” amounts of the “right” foods.

That is, until the child begins school, where there are allotted times for eating, and using the bathroom, and playing, and paying attention. At dinnertime, adults tell her that she has to either finish everything on her plate or stop eating so much of certain foods. As the child grows older, she loses touch with what her body needs, instead relying on experts to tell her what will make her feel and look “perfect.” She might overindulge to ease emotional pain, or restrict herself to feel more in control of her life and image. Soon, mealtime becomes a complicated mess of “shoulds,” “don’ts” and “wants.” Wouldn’t it be nice to return to those childhood eating habits, when you just ate whatever you liked, whenever you felt hungry, with no guilt?

In this 30-day “non-diet” program, you’ll purge yourself of mealtime baggage, and learn to trust yourself to make healthy, wholesome decisions about food. You’ll learn how to indulge without guilt, to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, and to eat—and live—in a way that leaves you feeling satisfied, and not aching for more.

Every human has two things in common,
1. We all Eat.
2. We all feel a certain, albeit often undeniable pang of emptiness that whispers, “there must be something more than this.”

Sure we can quiet that voice, from time to time, just like our body’s hunger for food, making it subside by burying it under layers of material consumption. But the only time that any of us are ever truly, deeply full, contented and satisfied is when we feel deeply loved.

That void is the voice of your Soul calling you to live your own life fully and freely, led by a deeply fulfilling interior motivation that is aligned with self-love and awareness. A life guided by, infused with, and impassioned by love.

Wouldn’t you much rather learn to love yourself than temporarily trim your waistline by mastering another diet, only to find yourself yo-yo right back to where you were before you started it?

Welcome to the Done with Dieting Program

It’s the journey to rediscover Soul via the love of food.

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Meal Prayers and Inspirations from Around the World, by Maureen Whitehouse

A companion book to Soul-Full Eating

For millennia, humankind has expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the life-sustaining nourishment of food through the rituals of prayer, meditation and simple quiet moments of contemplation.

The many expressions of gratitude that are contained in this book have evolved over time. They come from all corners of the earth, perhaps initially sung or spoken by candle light in the inner sanctums of monasteries, around massive feast-laden tables, or possibly over meager meals eaten by the fireside under the moon and stars. They’ve been offered not only as thanks for what is visible in the form of food, but for the invisible, immeasurable elements–the life sustaining miracle inherent in breaking bread.

These prayers and petitions are complimented and further elevated by food inspired short stories and vignettes illustrating that mealtime is the perfect opportunity to bless, to acknowledge the miraculous in the mundane, and to realize we all are ultimately nourished by the same Source. This book is offered with the hope that you will find treasures within it and possibly feel inclined to share them and even hand them down for millennia to come. I hope it will be for you an inspired passageway that brings you closer and closer to the Divine inherent in all, until you find the doorway opened wide that ever beckons us to be consumed–to enter in and fall into the heart of God.

Just Sit There

Just sit there right now.
Don’t do a thing.
Just rest.

For your separation from God
Is the hardest work in this world.

Let me bring you trays of food
And something that you like to drink.

You can use my soft words
As a cushion
For your
Head.

~ Hafiz, Persian Poet (1320-1389)

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

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

‘Soul-Full Eating’ by Maureen Whitehouse headed for bestseller status

Maureen Whitehouse, author of “Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness,” launches bestseller campaign for her award-winning book on Nov. 13, 2007 (more…)

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