Awakening Your True Self
with Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT


11 Easy Ways to Start (or Return to) Your Meditation Practice

Photo by Motoki Tonn on Unsplash

Tried meditation but found it hard to sit still and quiet? Did it for a while but then dropped it off your priority list? Here are some tips to get back to (or start!) your meditation practice.

Pretty much everyone has heard of the benefits of meditation now. From reducing stress, alleviating depression, and soothing anxiety, to the physical benefits, like lowered blood pressure and decreased tension,...


Transformation Through Grief and Gratitude

Both the passing of my mother, as well as beginnings of a beautiful journey to become an author bring up tremendous gratitude in my heart, and personal transformation.

It’s August 8th as I write this – a bittersweet day for me. A year ago, my 93 year-old mother passed away. Also a year ago, a few days later, I began my journey of writing a book, which releases this week (August 15th).

Quite an intense...


Me-First Commitment to Transformation

In this era of blatant narcissism, it may be a very outrageous thing to say. But when we recognize that growth, healing, love, and change starts with us, we need to be me-first.

I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday, and she shared with me something that her healer and teacher said to her. She told her that your healing has to be “me-first.”  It shocked me, but then made so...


4 Ways to Overcome the Spiritual Grumpies

Ever been in a funk on the path of personal and spiritual growth? Those times when you feel discouraged, irritable, or angry, and can’t seem to shift out of it? “I’m not in the mood to be patient,” we might say, “I have to get to my appointment!” We snap at our kids for leaving their socks all over the house, or blow up when someone interrupts our precious yoga practice. We try...


2 Steps to Release Perfectionism

Any recovering perfectionists out there? I certainly am! I grew up with a compulsion to get everything right. But at a certain point, I realized there was a serious cost to this; my inner peace and well-being. Yoga Philosophy revealed two steps that released my perfectionism and changed my life.

Perfectionism was the driver behind stress and anxiety for me. I wouldn’t be happy with something until it...


When You Feel the Pain of the World

On the path of growth and spiritual development, we often become increasingly attuned to others and our world. Our ability to feel compassion deepens. Concerns about war in the middle east, human trafficking, global warming, and poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks, among many other issues, may weigh heavily on our hearts. As we heal our own inner pain, we may simultaneously be feeling the suffering of others.

This can cause us...

Body & Mind

The Essence of Love in 3 Words

What is Love? It’s a question that has been asked for centuries, and a popular blog topic. People seeking relationships in their lives often struggle with what it truly means.

Love is, however, far more than just what we feel for our intimate partner. We love our children and our parents. We love our pets, the sunrise over the ocean, the redwoods, and the smell of bay leaves cooking in...

Body & Mind

What is Awakening?

You may have heard the term “awakening” used before you found this blog, in reference to personal or spiritual transformation. But what exactly does awakening mean?

Of course, that’s really a subjective answer, but I’ll share with you my perspective on awakening and why I use that word for the name of this blog, my website, and my book, Awakening from Anxiety. It’s a word that speaks deeply to me. Yes, it is...


4 Reasons to Attend a Meditation Class (Instead of Meditating On Your Own)

Perhaps you’ve tried meditation a couple times on your own, or with an app like Headspace. The benefits of meditating are many, including stress reduction, lowering blood pressure, calming anxiety, developing self-awareness, and deepening your personal and spiritual growth. It’s an excellent practice for discovering your True Self within.

But, as you may have noticed, meditation is challenging.  Even with an app to help guide you, it can be difficult to focus, especially with...

Body & Mind

Wait and See: the Gifts of Patience and Presence

If you’re willing to be patient and present – to wait a bit in the unknown – you’ll be able to see the good showing up in your life.

One of my favorite practices to find my center and my inner peace is sitting outdoors, being present with nature. It’s called “sit spot,” as taught to me by Jon Young, author of What the Robin Knows.

I had some time before my next client at my new...