“Standing in the Shadow” by Kristi Lee Schatz

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“Standing in the Shadow”
by Kristi Lee Schatz

We see outside but not within
Projecting the past of where we have been

Stuck in our minds and out of our hearts
the world we see is through our own dark

Those shadows that plaque our vision and sight
keep us creating the same night after night after night

Do you believe what you see in the world to be true
Or do foster ideas that could bring anew

A new ...

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Teaching Meditation in School

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I’m so grateful for Hope at Hand and the staff at John E. Ford K-8 for recognizing the need for mindfulness meditation in the school system. I can only imagine what different choices I would have made had I known earlier how to consciously respond in the present moment instead of react from past programming. This past Weds I was able to share my passion of contemplative education with a group of educators who are exploring new ways of responding ...

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Unity Plaza – Wellness Programming Plans

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Unity Plaza Update: Wellness Department Programming Plans
by Kristi Lee Schatz, M.A.
Director of Wellness, Unity Plaza – Jacksonville, Florida

Original publication: www.unityplaza.org

It’s no secret that most of us live in high-stress environments with little focus on self-care. We feel out of balance mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, yet we’re unsure of how to successfully remedy the problem. As recently reported by the Jacksonville Business Journal, Gallup ranked Jacksonville in the lowest category for well-being for metropolitan cities across the ...

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Teaching Yoga & Meditation in Juvenile Detention!

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What do the young females in the Juvenile Justice System need the most??? How about somebody to love the crap out them and care enough to teach them essential life skills for cultivating self-love and developing self-care practices!?! That’s exactly what we are up to. I recently joined forces with Hope at Hand, Inc. (www.HopeAtHand.org), a local non-profit in Jacksonville to offer a weekly 90 minute class for self-love that combines yoga, guided meditation, and journaling. Knowing that it’s not ...

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Video Blog: Conscious Community

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You are magnificent and I want to know who you are! Not the superficial you, but the light behind the mask. The being that speaks the messages of love to and through you. THE REAL YOU. The one that is trying to remind you that you are perfect and that your path to RISING is a scared journey that will help you feel more whole in the end. You are not alone on your path to remembering your essence. It’s time we band ...

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Video Blog: Cultivating Presence

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Video post about the power of connecting to each other in the present moment.

Authentic relating isn’t about telling each other “stories” from the past or discussing shared projections about the world. It’s about the moment-to-moment felt-sense experience of being with each other, right here, right now. Most of us struggle with keeping our attention in the present because of our prior programming and habitual patterns of living in our mind which is never in the present.

A great practice is to sit ...

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