“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings piece for today and creates vision for tomorrow” Melody Beatty

Exactly a year ago, I shared a series of Facebook posts in which I recommended different places and people who inspire me and can do the same to you. I’d like to share this list again, and add a few more people/services as I think, these days, more than ever, we all need to balance our material lives with some kind of a remedy to our spirits as well. I must state here, that I am not affiliated with any of these places. My only relation to them is that I have enjoyed the services they offer and would like to share it with you so you can enjoy it too!
The first two unique places for this week’s blog, may seem very different and far from one another, but actually both offer the same thing: a place to connect and unite with something higher than ourselves:

1. Chabad of North Fulton, Directed by Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz.
Regardless of your belief, at Chabad North Fulton, on Jones Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, you can find different programs for the mind and soul, some of them are free of charge, like the Jewish Spirituality classes on Thursday at 8PM. Rabbi Hirshy is one of the most smart and inspiring people I have encountered in my life, and his “forte” as I see it, is to bring the wisdom of Judaism into our daily life, even if you are completely secular, like me.

2. Drepung Loseling Monastery – A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Atlanta.
The Drepung Monastery, is a gem in the middle of outskirts of Atlanta. It’s hidden in a residential neighborhood on 1781 Dresden Rd, but once you enter the building and sit in the main hall, you immediately feel like you are in Dharamsala, North India: the Tibetan artwork, the sounds, scents and the teachings. Most of it is free of charge as the teachings of the Buddha are priceless. Some of the classes are funded by “Dana” which translate into Generosity, meaning: give as much as you can.

I personally like the Tuesday’s 6:30 PM Medicine Buddha Meditation practice, followed by the weekly talks at 7:30 PM. The monastery offers many mediation classes and courses, retreats and even series that are affiliated with Emory University. If you are interested in visiting one of the Tuesday’s classes, you are welcome to join me and I will be happy to walk you through this unique and uplifting experience.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s post, next week, I will share with you 2 more places and people whom their services have helped me in balancing matter and spirit in my daily life.
Namaste,
Liat Philipson,

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