Upcoming fall gatherings

Hi ATS Friends.

We are continuing to experience i-Rest practices designed to help you with anxiety, depression, sleep challenges, body pain and discomfort, and most of all–with awakening to your true nature!  The next gathering takes place on Saturday October 17.

I-Rest is amazingly simple but profound. Working with our breath, body sensations, thoughts, beliefs, emotions where we let everything be just as it is and notice what happens is powerful! We get to let ourselves experience moving fully into what is happening and to welcome the opposites of our unpleasant thoughts, emotions and sensations, all the while experiencing the subtle sense of being or presence that is always the background of whatever is arising. We practice and learn to tools to bring balance into our often hectic, unstable lives.  Such a gift!  Come and see what I mean if you have not yet partaken of the i-Rest process. You will likely go home with a smile on your face and feeling relaxed and revived, at the very least.



Our i-Rest Sessions have been popular!

Hi Friends.

Beginning in April I led the ATS group through some I-Rest practices. So far we have completed three months of I-Rest.  A large group of ATS folks came for each monthly i-Rest gathering –April through June. Many people told me they very much enjoyed learning i-Rest practices.  See my earlier blog post in April for details about i-Rest..

We were going to meet in July but my stepmom un-expectantly passed away. August will also be a month off for our group gatherings. Therefore, our next gathering will be on Saturday September 19 at our usual meeting place in Davis. We will continue with the i-Rest practices in September.

You can come join in at any time–each I-Rest session stands on its own. Come experience a practice that can free you up from depression, anxiety, sleep problems, PTSD and can also be a way to connect with your true nature!  Email or call me if you’d like to learn more.



New Exciting Direction for ATS Group beginning on April 18

For my old and new ATS friends:

I want to take you on a journey when we meet together over the course of the next 10-12 months.  I want to present to you experiences of being more in touch with your body, and more in sync with what it wants for you. Your body is very wise.  And, I want to give you exercises that will help you connect with a deep sense of being–of being the truth of what you are.

I will share with you some relaxation yoga and “getting-in-touch” practices that I learned from a training with Dr. Richard Miller, of the Integrative Restoration Institute. Richard developed i-Rest, a very powerful path to help you live a contented life, free of conflict and fear, by opening your mind and body to its inherent ground of health and well-being. I-Rest includes body sensing, breath awareness practices relaxation yoga (Yoga Nidra) and other practices designed to achieve deep calm and peace quickly and easily, even when faced with difficult or traumatic events.

As you learn and practice what I share, you will find inner resources for deep peace and rest that can be done almost anywhere and at anytime to gain relief from  anxiety, fear, or other uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms, and cultivate inner peace and homeostasis.

As well and most importantly, iRest is a path of awakening.  Richard Miller himself is an awake, nondual teacher.  He has extensively studied all of the great wisdom spiritual teachings from around the world, as well as deeply studying and experiencing many forms of yoga.  He had a number of awakening experiences many years ago and lives as a shining light of awakeness for so many.  He is helping military personnel all over the world to awaken to their true nature through his iRest trainings, which are now taught at dozens of military bases and VA Centers.

I had the pleasure of partaking in a i-Rest teacher training with him recently and I am now an iRest “teacher in training,” and will be teaching his powerful full-body awakening process to you! I am working toward becoming a certified i-Rest teacher.

This all begins on Saturday, April 18. Each month I will build on what I shared previously.

If you miss any sessions, you can still come, partake of the process, and not be lost. Each month the exercises we do will stand on their own, but together, they will provide you with a foundation that –if practiced  ongoingly– will help you eliminate stress, assist you with sleep challenges, provide relief from interpersonal problems, and neutralize anxiety, fear, anger and depression.

At its deepest level, iRest helps you enter a deep meditative state and go beyond self-limiting beliefs to reveal your true nature as awareness.  In fact, this process of connecting with awareness is woven in throughout the i-Rest course that I will offer.

I am very excited to offer this and I hope you will come try it out.

March 28 ATS gathering and more

We had a lively discussion during our Feb. 21 gathering on the question “Do things happened for a reason?” There was no conclusion by all who gathered but we were able to share amazing stories of synchronicities in our lives that seem to have spiritual meaning for us and to provide a sense of forward movement and being “in the flow.”  And yet, most of us have tasted the sense of being “awareness” and therefore the experience that there is only this moment.  We could “grok” that if we are awareness itself, then meaning-making is just of the mind and ultimately is only a way to keep us in our thoughts and thus in our sense of being a separate self. Yet, we can be the wave and the ocean–the wave can have its stories and its dreams but some part of it knows it is a manifestation of the ocean, which exists as it is, without a need for meaning.

Our next gathering, scheduled for Saturday March 28 (not our usual third Saturday), will focus on the writings of Joan Tollifson.  People who plan to attend are encouraged to check out Joan’s Facebook page and to read some or all of her book, Nothing to Grasp. Her writings about nondual awareness/awakeness are clear, sharp, and very accessible. Come join us!

February 21 ATS Gathering

For our next regular monthly gathering in Davis, from 10-12, we will discuss the question, “Is there a reason or a purpose for everything?” We are going to try something new, and see how it goes.  Everyone who plans to attend will give this question some thought and feel into it and write about it. See if you can access your heart wisdom or intuition in answering this question for yourself. Then we will each look at a nondual teaching that relates to this question and bring it in to share. I will lead us in a meditation and I will  offer something experiential  that will relate to this question. (If you do not find a teaching that relates to the question, come anyway.) As always, please email me if you plan to attend.  debcohen@hotmail.com

Special event Saturday January 24

I am excited to invite you to a special gathering slated for 2:30-5:30 on Saturday, January 24 at the Center for Spiritual Awareness 1275 Starboard Drive, W. Sacramento.  Ross Oldenstadt lives in Eugene Oregon and has had several profound awakening experiences and lives in abiding awakeness. Ross led a similar event in July 2014, and he also presented to our ATS group last July as well. Ross is a 31 year old professional artist and a nondual wisdom teacher.  For more information on Ross, go to: http://rossoldenstadt.com/

10th Anniversary Celebration for ATS on December 13

I am excited to announce that the Awakening to Spirit Group will have met for 10 consecutive years in December!  The group has morphed over this past decade, and some folks have been along for the ride for many years of the group’s existence.

Even if you are new to the group, I hope you will consider joining us on Saturday, December 13, from 10 am to noon for a brunch, (provided by me and free of charge) and a celebration of our group.  After the meditation, we will eat and reminisce about where we have been, where we are now as a group, and then we will put on our creative thinking caps and connect with our heart wisdom as we consider where we are going and what we want to be/do in 2015. Come join us!


November and December Events, including 10-Year ATS Anniversary Celebration

I am excited to announce that in December the Awakening to Spirit Group will have met for ten years!! To celebrate, we will meet on Saturday morning, December 13 for both a holiday and anniversary celebration (including food and good cheer). I will share about the group’s evolution and how the group has changed me as the group’s facilitator.  Those of you who have attended the group for over a year are also invited to share your experiences of our gatherings and what you have taken to heart from your participation. We will also discuss what each of you wants from the group as we continue to meet. So please mark your calendars now and plan to attend if you can!!

Please also mark your calendars for our next ATS gathering, scheduled for Sat. Nov. 15 from 10 am to noon. Following the meditation, we will embark on a discussion the inquiry questions in Adyashanti’s book, The Way of Liberation”  The book is available for $10 (plus shipping) on website http://www.adyashanti.org

During our October gathering, the discussion of Adyashanti’s book, The End of Your World, was lively and enlightening.  We had a great turnout as well!

ATS gathering

Update on Fall Events

Welcome to our ongoing participants and to potential new friends!

Fall has just begun, and change is in the air with our ATS group. Unfortunately, we have lost our Sacramento meeting venue, and I am needing to find us a new one, preferably in the midtown area.  I have a possible meeting venue to investigate.  Meanwhile, we are taking a break from our Sacramento gatherings for a month or two or three.  If you live in the Sacramento area and you want the group to continue to meet once a month in Sacramento, please email me to let me know this!  The number of regular participants coming to our Sacramento gatherings has ebbed in recent months, and unless this number increases soon, we may not meet again in Sacramento until the new year.  We are coming up on ten years of regular monthly gatherings (in Dec.),and it is not unusual for groups like ours to have periods of less interest and attendance as time goes on.

The Davis gatherings are going strong and will still continue on the third Saturdays of each month. For our upcoming meeting on Saturday, October 18, we will be continuing with our exploration and discussion of Adyashanti’s book, “The End of Your World.” We began this exploration at our September gathering, and since many ATS folks had not read much or all of the book but were greatly enjoying it, we want to continue with our discussion.  Please come even if you have not read much of the book.  You can still listen in and learn about Adya’s teachings in this wonderful book. We welcome new participants, so come to meet usnd check out our group, even if you haven’t had the chance to read the book.

As always, please email me if you plan to attend in October or if you have any feedback for me.  debcohen@hotmail.com


Upcoming Fall Events

After a bit of a summer break, we are gearing up for regular fall gatherings again in both Davis and Sacramento.  However, we are in the process of looking for a new venue for our monthly Sacramento meetings.  Sadly, our meeting place at Ancient Future on K St. is closing this fall. We will miss meeting there!  I am checking out some other meeting possibilities in mid-town.  Assuming I find one soon, we will next meet in Sacramento on Saturday, October 11, from 10 am until noon.  (We normally meet the first Saturday of each month in Sacramento but the first Saturday in October I will be attending a reunion.)  We will meet at our usual Davis venue–the Davis Holistic Health Center, on Saturday, September 20 from 10 am until 12.  For the first of our upcoming fall gatherings in Davis, I will lead us in a meditation and after that we will discuss Adyashanti’s book, “The End of Your World.”

As always, please email me if you plan to attend, and/or if you want to be on the ATS email listserve to be notified about our upcoming gatherings.  Can’t wait to see everyone again and meet some new folks!