2021 Not Church recordings below.
Program: Host: Nadine De Jong
Special Remarks and Welcome: John DiCecco
Short Reading: Sandy Stadelmann reading from The Little Book of Big Lies
Meditation: Mary Beth DiCecco
Introduction to the speaker: Kath Batesole
Invited Speaker: Tina Lifford
Learn more about Tina’s work at The Inner Fitness Project. You can find the tools to navigate your Surviving Self; Thriving Self and Infinite Self to “to nurture the inner you and move beyond the past….” in Tina’s book, “The Big Book of Little Lies” is available on Amazon.
Here's the excerpt from Tina's book read by Sandy Stadelmann:
“A dear friend and I have a joke between us. We say we wish that we could make the bed and clean the house just once, and then never have to do so again. It’s a lovely thought. But living life requires cleaning; otherwise, the mess will bury us.
“Life requires sorting things out, cleaning things up, moving things around—over and over. There’s no overnight success when it comes to navigating life. There’s no pill that transforms life’s sticky mess.
“If we aim to craft a fulfilling life, there’s no getting around putting in a Self-centered effort. No matter how silver the spoon you may have been born with, or how loving the family you were born into, or how beautiful your body is, lies come crashing in. We all experience the hurts, dramas, traumas, upsets, disappointments, and fears that come with life. It’s part of being human.
“Successfully navigating this “stuff” takes work. It takes developing a thriving inner Self that can stand up to the lies. That Self lives within everyone. The job of those of us who want it is to go after this idea. Pursue it with passion. Be determined to uncover something truly beautiful from it.”
Author, actor, spiritual leader, Tina Lifford has visited the La Misión area many times and last spoke at Not Church in 2013, when her first book was just out. The Little Book of Big Lies is in it’s second edition by publisher Harper Collins. We’re excited to have Tina back at Not Church for her talk, “Rising Above the Surviving Self."
Hollywood veteran Tina Lifford plays the vivacious breakout character Aunt Vi on the critically acclaimed television drama Queen Sugar. She has played over 100 characters in her long-standing career, including notable roles on Scandal and Parenthood.
Equally accomplished behind the camera, Tina is the respected playwright of The Circle, a play about how seven diverse women navigate the choppy waters of life together; author of the Little Book of Big Lies, and CEO of the Inner Fitness Project, a wellbeing initiative committed to making the practices and benefits of “Inner Fitness” as familiar, well understood and accessible as those of physical fitness.
Program: Host: Nadine De Jong
Special Remarks: Bev Wilburn honors the passing of Kathleen Dwyer
Short Reading: Doug Rye reads an excerpt of a talk by Adyashanti on the resilience of the human spirit
Meditation: Nadine De Jong
Introduction to the speaker: Maria Rosales
Invited Speaker: Lynne Jones, readings from her new book The Migrant Diaries
About Lynne Jones: Lynne Jones, is a child psychiatrist, relief worker, and writer. She has spent much of the last 25 years establishing and running mental health programs in areas of conflict or natural disaster including the Balkans, East and West Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East, Haiti and Central America. Most recently she has worked in the migrant crisis in Europe and Central America through which she has established a storytelling project for children:
Stories and pictures from this project are included in her new book: The Migrant Diaries (Fordham University Press 2021). Her other published works include: Then They Started Shooting:Children of the Bosnian War and the Adults They Become, (Bellevue Literary Press 2013) and Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry (Orion 2017)
Lynne has an MA in human sciences from the University of Oxford. She qualified in medicine before specializing in psychiatry and has a PhD in social psychology and political science. In 2001, she was made an Officer of the British Empire for her work in child psychiatry in conflict-affected areas of Central Europe. She regularly consults for UNICEF and WHO. She is a visiting scientist at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Centre for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University.
All earnings from her book, The Migrant Diaries, go towards the non-profit, "Choose Love."
WISDOM OF THE HEART.
Thank you so much to all who participated in the Wisdom of the Heart Not Church event on Valentine's Day!
Melinda Dewey, from HeartMath, shared with us valuable information about our heart and took us through two beautiful guided heart meditations. These we can use any time we need to establish heart coherency to deal with life in a more calm and peaceful way. These techniques do not create a spiritual bypass! They are to help us pause and access that coherency, so that we can deal with all that is going on around us! If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.
Host: Nadine De Jong
Welcome: Anna Zimmerman
Short Reading: Lisa Rath
Lisa read an extract from the book, Wisdom of the Heart: Inspiration for a life worth living, by Alan Cohen. To view this book on Amazon. Click here!
Introduction to the speaker: Tom Werder
Invited Speaker: Melinda Dewey, from HeartMath
ABOUT MELINDA DEWEY
Melinda is a speaker, Certified HeartMath Coach and Trainer, workshop and retreat leader, faculty member and mentor. In addition to being Chief Operations Officer and facilitator for the International Heart Ambassadors community and HeartMath’s HeartMastery online learning program, she is a Certified Mindful Change Life Coach and a Transformational Breath® Facilitator. Melinda lives in Orange County, CA and enjoys Nature, hiking, camping, gardening, yoga, the arts, and dear friends and family.
HeartMath is passionate and dedicated, steadfast in their commitment to provide solutions for activating the heart of humanity. HeartMath Institute empowers individuals, families, groups and organizations to enhance their life experiences using tools that enable them to better recognize and access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence.
It was our pleasure and joy to bring this program to you and here are just a few words from you about the morning:
Expansive and wonderful!
Energy so positive with high vibrations.
Heartfelt and inspiring talks.
THE POWER OF YOU. ACTIONS THROUGH INTENTIONS.
January 10, 2021
Speakers for January include:
Nadine as the host. Community member Royce Page, poetry read by Maria Rosales, Actions through Intentions by Skye McKenzie, a mediation by Connie Castillo-Walsh and our invited speaker, The Power of You by Mónica Chiapa.
Royce set the tone for our gathering on the topic of intentions with the lyrics to “Buenos Dias Señor Sol.” We suggest you check out Juan Gabriel’s version on YouTube if you need a little cheering up: https://youtu.be/cTsisRqQKKU
Maria Rosales’ inspiring, liberating poem, “If This Were My Last Day”
Connie Castillo-Walsh led us in a guided meditation. You can find more of Connie’s meditation and a longer version of the one she shared on her YouTube Channel, Divine Self Hypnosis: https://YouTube.com/c/DivineSelfHypnosis
Skye McKenzie and our invited speaker, Mónica Chiapa gave us a taste of programs they will be offering for the purpose of exploring and expanding our inner life, to get in touch with our intuition and our authentic selves.