Burn Brighter, Don’t Burn Out: A Self Care Workshop for Nonprofit Leaders

flameBurn Brighter, Don’t Burn Out
A Self-Care Workshop for Nonprofit Leaders
Led by Steven Cleaver
Certified Yoga Instructor and Experienced Nonprofit Manager

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Grassroots Action Resource Center @ 819 East Main Street

This workshop provides an opportunity to:
 learn some simple stress-management techniques;
 share and discuss effective self-care practices;
 network with other local nonprofit and community leaders;
 briefly examine the obstacles to self-care in our work; and
 discuss the possibility of participation in a series of free workshops focused on self-care, professional development, and creating a mutual support network in our local nonprofit community.
Light lunch will be provided.
Please inform us of any dietary restrictions when you RSVP.
Class size limited to 8-10 individuals.
Please RSVP to reserve your spot by Friday, October 24th.
Reply to Susan Isaacs at GrassrootsARC@gmail.com
or by phone at 765-973-9392 or 765-488-2928.
This workshop developed by Steven Cleaver working with the Grassroots Action Resource Center

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Creating Safe Space in the Body: Coming Home: Notes from a sermon

Here are some notes from yesterday’s sermon.

“Creating Sacred Space in the Body”


Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo  (Coming Home)

“Creating Sacred Space in the Body”



Nothing I say is fact, or even perhaps useful, unless it is for you. If I leave you with questions, or uncertainty, it may have been successful. If this leaves you certain, well, that’s fine also.

Polarity/Common Time (2)

Info (5)

Body Sensations (5)

Story of Missing Axe

A man was missing his axe. It usually had been outside. He thought about and made the decision that the neighbor boy must have stolen it. Every time he saw the boy, he saw a thief. Every time he thought of the axe, he thought of how the boy had stolen it. He hated that boy and was angry at him. What a terrible boy.

 Finally one day he realized he had left the axe in the bed of his truck.

Negative Feelings (anger versus hate)/Positive Feelings/ Perambulation (2)

Face of Christ (5)


Tara Brach/The Christ Within (3)

A guru asked his disciples how they could tell when the night had ended and the day had begun.  One said , “When you see an animal in the distance and you can tell whether it is a cow or a horse.”

“No, “said the Guru

“When you look at a tree in the distance and can tell if it is a Neem tree or a mango tree.”

“Wrong again,” said the Guru.

“Well then what is it?” asked his disciples

“When you look into the face of any man and recognize your brother in him, when you look into the face of any woman and recognize in her your sister. If you cannot do this, no matter what time it is by the sun, it is still night.


Heart of the Universe


Notes: Take a look here for some more info and an Anthony DeMello (Sadhana: A Way to God)  video on Awareness.

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo:

This mantra is always the first that is chanted during a session of kundalini yoga or meditation, and is therefore referred to as the Tuning In to your Higher Self Mantra. The literal meaning is, “I bow before my highest consciousness.” Chanting this mantra gets you in touch with your truest self, your highest self. The mantra should be chanted loudly, from the back of the nasal cavity and from the throat. As a rule, it is chanted in prayer pose, with the hands near the heart, palms together, and the knuckles of the thumbs pressed against the breastbone. Inhale deeply and focus your attention on your third-eye point. As you exhale, chant the mantra in one breath. If you can’t do it in one breath, take a short breath after Ong Namo. The sound Dev is chanted at a slightly higher tone than the other sounds. As you chant, vibrate your cranium enough to create mild pressure at the third eye point. Chant this mantra at least three times.

If one listens to mantras such as Om, which contains an AH sound, one will find common threads with JesAHs, AllAH, YAHweh, BuddAH, and so on.

“In studies performed at Arizona University, it was shown through a PET scan how a change occurred in the activity of the brain from the frontal part to the parietal part during the chanting of the mantra Sa Ta Na Ma. This change indicated an improvement in mood and alertness.”

Welcome. I was asked to speak because I know something about yoga and Christianity and yoga and they thought that would make an interesting topic. Understanding that yoga goes back maybe 5,000 years and Christianity about 2,000, and I don’t go nearly that far I will attempt to give you some applications as I see them. People study perhaps multiple lifetimes and only touch the tip.

I titled this sermon “Coming Home” because truly the body is our only lifelong home. It may change, but indeed it is our one consistent sanctuary, our temple.

I have experienced giving sermons in many ways, but I know when I try to be too exact, too contained, I lose my heart and voice. I’m not sure I want you to leave feeling completely at ease, or like, oh yeah, I get that. Check it off your list. If you feel a little challenged or even confused, I may actually have done a better job.

Cor 6:19-20: Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.


Yet often in our spiritual searching is in our minds (though Jeremiah would tell us the covenant is written on our hearts), an intellectual pursuits. Unprogrammed Quakers sit silently to listen to that still small voice, some other denominations do move in and out but little is done to actually enter into body awareness.


My location: I was born into a Quaker family that extends back many generations. 3 great grandparents were pastors (one couple attended different meetings because of their different views). My meeting would be called unprogrammed. My mother practiced yoga at some stage because in 5th grade I sat in the lotus position in my class to honor Buddha. Go figure. Many of us go on spiritual journeys in our minds, finding safe space there. So there is safe space in the mind but I believe we are incarnate for a reason, and to be truly incarnate, one must be living in the body.

I recognize energy: I experience people as energetic beings, that energy comes in and out through experiences, movement, etc. The energy is neither good nor bad, its what we do with it.


What is yoga? Do you have a lifetime? Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/; Sanskrit: योग, Listen) are the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind. The term denotes a variety of schools, practices and goals[1] in Hinduism, Buddhism (including Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism[2][3][4]) and Jainism,[5][6][7][6] the best-known being Hatha yoga and Raja yoga. The term yoga is derived from the literal meaning of “yoking together” a span of horses or oxen,[1] but came to be applied to the “yoking” of mind and body.[1]


Yoga asanas provide the foundation/structure that allows pranayama and meditation. Like learning basics of musical instrument. Tools that support. But others are part of 8 fold path. Energy.


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Playing until the cows come home

Watch what happens when farmer Derek Klingenberg serenades an empty field with his trombone…

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