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What Seeks Expression Through You, with Edward Viljoen




As the month of September comes to a close with its focus on Service, I am turning my attention to what I cherish about our Center, what is has done for my life, and how I can give back so that others can benefit in the same way. I have been asking members of our community to consider the same line of questions. 

Here is how Reed Dickinson responded:

A spiritual value that l have embraced at the Center is that of feeling more at ease in the present moment. I am learning to engage each moment just as it is. I accept that everything I am experiencing is happening exactly as it should. The Center helped guide me to this insight. This (in addition to other revelations) has indeed changed my life, just as was suggested at the first service I attended. I remind myself of the wisdom of spirit multiple times a day. I may not actually like what is happening and I might want to work to change it, but I can take real comfort in knowing this truth of my being. We are blessed to be this Center. Our financial contributions and volunteer work are critical in sustaining its incredibly deep and varied ongoing activities. Each of us is an integral part of and an expression of what this place is. That we practice together and support the effort gives us a power we could not realize on our own.




I sometimes say that I have the best job in the world. Letters such as this one are the reason why I feel that way. I am profoundly grateful to be part of a community of people who are interested in exploring what is alive in them and how they can grow in understanding of their spiritual nature.
What does the Center for Spiritual Living mean to you? In what ways has it contributed to your life? How have you grown, or changed as a result of the Center? I would love to hear from you. I enjoy learning about your spiritual journey. You can contact me at edward@cslsr.org.

Warm regards,
Edward Viljoen
 
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Coming on January 3, 2017 - My new book:  Ordinary Goodness, a call to live a life full of goodness and purpose.

People often struggle to find a life filled with passion, happiness—and just plain goodness. This struggle drives many to depression and addictive tendencies. Author and New Thought minister Edward Viljoen argues that the struggle need not be an arduous or painful one—that through everyday acts of kindness, faith, and compassion we can create peaceful and contented lives. Using personal stories, practical tips, and exercises, this book shows us that regardless of our circumstances, we can create meaning and beauty in our lives and in the world. Viljoen offers deep insights, showing:

- How caring about ordinary things leads to meaningful and extraordinary life experiences
- How society's messages about perfection distract us from our ordinary goodness
- How faith is a muscle that must be exercised

People are always striving to live happy and fulfilled lives. This book reassures us that this is attainable—nothing extraordinary is required.

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The Transforming Stillness of Meditation, Edward Viljoen, on The Yoga Hour Online Broadcast


The Transforming Stillness of Meditation
Rev. Edward Viljoen

on The Yoga Hour Online Broadcast

Thursday, September 29, 2016,
8 am PT (10 am CT, 11 am ET)


How do we cultivate a calm, peaceful, and spiritually awake life? How do we access the wisdom that is within us? Dr. Edward Viljoen, Senior Minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, California, and author of The Power of Meditation joins Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian from the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment to discuss how meditation can joyfully transform our lives and contribute to harmony in the world. Tune in and discover where stillness, power, and joy meet through the practice of meditation. 


Rev. Edward Viljoen is the senior minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, California. He is the author of several books including The Power of Meditation: An Ancient Technique to Access Your Inner Power and the e-books Bhagavad Gita For Beginners and Science of Mind and Spirit for Beginners. He is the co-author (with Chris Michaels) of Spirit is Calling and Practice the Presence and (with Dr. Joyce Duffala) of Seeing Good at Work.

His latest book, Ordinary Goodness, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Publication date January 3, 2017






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Service to the World, With Edward Viljoen


Dear Friends,

Ernest Holmes wrote that “service is the keynote to success and implies constructive work; also, loyalty to your work and to all concerned in it.” This month we are focusing on service to the world and examining the mindset that raises service to the level of spiritual practice.
Being in service to others can be an expression of love when we realize that our individual activity is a manifestation of divine Love. Join me this month in affirming “I serve the world by loving whenever and whomever I can. I commit to living from the center of my authentic love, so that all I do, say, and think is an expression of loving-kindness.” Consider posting the affirmation to your favorite social media, and please let me know how people respond to your posts. You can reach me at edward@cslsr.org, I would love to hear from you.

To view the video below on YouTube click here.


Our topics this month include, “Oneness in our Lives and In the World” on September 11, featuring one of our most beloved speakers, Rabbi George Gittleman who will also provide a workshop on the same topic on Thursday, September 15. Returning to his home Center, Rev. Jeff Anderson will be our featured speaker on September 18, speaking about “A New Light of Service.” The month will conclude with me speaking on the topic “What Seeks Expression Through You?”

I’m looking forward to a wonderful September with you!

Warm regards,

Edward Viljoen

My new book, Ordinary Goodness, is now available for preorder on Amazon.com. 




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Generosity Of Spirit, With Edward Viljoen

One of the statements of belief in our movement is We believe in the eternal Givingness of Life to all. It is an affirmation of the generous and indiscriminate gift that Life gives to all without reservation. I grew up in a poor neighborhood in what would be considered today to be an economically challenged family. Nevertheless, we were pretty stable and I didn’t know that we were poor. I had to learn that from other children in school who pointed out to me that my clothing and shoes were worn out. 



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The reason I didn’t know that I was poor is because my family was rich in the ability to give. We shared even the little that we had with all who came our way and we were taught to be generous with compliments and kindness. Because of this strong inclination to give in my family, I developed an easy and gracious attitude towards receiving. I learned that to receive, is itself a way of gifting the giver.
 
Join me this week in meditating on the meaning of this phrase: I am open to Life’s gifts, thankful for the constant flow of Good in every form into my life and into the world. I invite you to join me in affirming this idea and posting it on the social media of your choice. If you have done so, I would love to hear from you about the results. You can e-mail me at edward@cslsr.org. I’d love to hear from you. Remember to use the tags #TheGlobalVision and #AWorldThatWorksForEveryone in your media posts.
Warm regards,
Edward Viljoen



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