Practice/Imperfect – September 2017

Practice/Imperfect: Humility and the Force of Surrender

September, 2017


“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor,” says writer Anne Lamott. The call to be perfect – superhumanly good – is prevalent in our post-self-help world, where the call to be our best self is a blessing as well as a curse. In this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum, we’ll be talking about perfectionism as it applies to the path of awakening. Why do we believe that we need to be fixed? What ideal are we trying to live up to really? What’s the role of humility in human life, and how does it ground us on our path? Finally, what is the secret of surrender, the force that arises from letting things be? And how can this force transform our lives?

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Program Content

Seekers Session Teleconference

Video Lessons

Guest Interview with Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is the Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment(CSE) with headquarters in San Jose, California, serving seeking souls since 1981. CSE is a meditation center in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga that serves people from all faith backgrounds who are seeking Self- and God-realization.

Yogacharya O’Brian was ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who brought the teachings of Kriya Yoga from India to the West.

She is the author of several books on meditation and spiritual practice including Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice in Daily Life, and is the Founding Editor of Enlightenment Journal, a quarterly yoga magazine as well as author of CD lessons on the classic spiritual works: The Gospel of ThomasThe Bhagavad Gitaand The Upanishads. A published author of devotional poems, she is also the lead singer of Gitanjali, a kirtan band that offers devotional chanting.

Yogacharya O’Brian received the Human Relations Award from the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations in 2008 recognizing her contribution to positive human relations and peace in Santa Clara County. She is the founder and President of Carry the Vision (CTV), a community nonprofit organization dedicated to nonviolence education, helping people discover the potential of ahimsa in all walks of life. She is the Vice Chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. She is the host of The Yoga Hour, a weekly radio program on the network reaching over 122 countries with inspiration and practices from the yoga tradition.