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Hosted by Renée Tillotson with featured presenter

This free weekly offering gives spiritual seekers the opportunity to learn and share from the great wealth of the world’s wisdom traditions. Each week we will focus on one brilliant gem, a teaching to illuminate our minds and hearts.

Various cultures in all times and places have produced sparkling gems of inspiration – the crystallized essence of spiritual insight. In many cases we know something of the enlightened being – sage, see-er, saint – who gave us that gem and lived his or her life accordingly. In all cases, these teachings and cultural traditions have informed the lives of the tradition’s followers, bringing clarity to their daily decisions and depth to their meditations.

“Your Gems program elevates my day, reminds me of great ideas that we can strive for, reminds me of the hidden potential in every human being for brotherhood.” – Donna Moore

To begin each circle, one featured speaker will give a short presentation on a brilliant spiritual teaching from one of the world’s wisdom traditions, together with information on the Teacher who conveyed and embodied it.

The group will then take up the topic presented, with opportunity for free conversation and questions, wonderings and examples, of how we might apply this week’s teaching. The Still & Moving Center Almanac’s  inspires  each Saturday’s topic for Gems.

Gems’ moderator, Renée Tillotson, is Director & Founder of Still & Moving Center, engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest.

Freely offered.


Upcoming Topics

October 1, 2022: “Sarvodaya: Universal Uplift – But the Least First” for Gandhi’s birthday – Prakash Tiagi on the Gandhian tradition from his Gandhi-based nonprofit serving 1.3 million villagers and laborers In Rajasthan, India. NOTE: 3-4:15 pm Hawaii time, 6-7:15 pm Pacific time.

Some of our Future Topics:

November 26, 2022: “The Sacred Home” – Efrat Livny on the Jewish & Buddhist traditions

Past Topics

September 23, 2022: “The Human Miracle of Standing Upright” – Marla Waal from the Somatic Movement traditions, including Eldoa, Franklin Technique, yoga, and conscious dance

September 18, 2022: Guided by Conscience – Mary Bird on Hildegard of Bingen from the Christian tradition

September 10, 2022: “The Kwan Yin Pledge”- Renée Tillotson on the Bodhisattva Tradition

September 3, 2022: “Ceaseless Change”- Randy Wong Kai Ming on the Taoist Traditions

August 27, 2022: “The Work of the Hands” – Cliff Tillotson on the tradition of Manual Labor via Shop Class as Soul Craft 

Aug 20, 2022: “The indestructible Spark”- John Powers on the Ancient Mystery traditions

August 13, 2022: “The Service of Humanity” – Roger Epstein on the Jewish tradition

August 6, 2022: “The Beacon Light – a Metaphor” – Robert Moore on the Irish Mystic Tradition of George William Russel

July 30, 2022: “The Dance of the Feet” – Valerie Noor Kerima Payton on the Sufi dancing tradition

July 23, 2022: “Exercising Our Minds”- Daniel Godines Alcantar on the Scientific Tradition of Astrology

July 16, 2022: “Friendship in a world of flux”- Mary Anne Magnier on the Quaker tradition

July 9, 2022: “Women & Men of Meditation”- Judi Rich on the Brahma Kumaris tradition

July 2, 2022: “Realizing We Are One” – Carolyn Dorrance on the tradition of World Culture

June 25, 2022: “Recognizing Greatness”- Roger Epstein on the world mythology tradition (view recording here)

June 18: “Yang – the Active” – Randy Wong Kai Ming with Tai Chi perspectives on the Taoist tradition (view recording here)

June 11, 2022: “Aquarian Therapy” – Jonathan Colbert on the traditions of Theosophy and modern psychology 

June 4, 2022: “Ideation & Health – Consideration of the Invisible” – Renée Tillotson on the Theosophical tradition (view recording here)

May 28, 2022: “What is Our Purpose?” – Veena Howard on the Jain and Hindu traditions from a Gandhian perspective

May 21, 2022: “Traveling the Path: Eco-Dharma and the Environment: – Bob Buss on the Buddhist tradition

May 14, 2022: “Daring to Strive” – Ramdas Lamb on the Hindu ascetic tradition

May 7, 2022: “Yin – the Receptive” – Randy Wong Kai Ming with Tai Chi perspectives on the Taoist tradition (view recording here)

April 30, 2022: “Who am I Really?” – John Powers from the Theosophical tradition

April 23, 2022: “The Moment of Choice” – Harald Krytinar from the dance tradition (view recording here)

April 16, 2022: “Between Heaven & Earth: Humanity” – Kirk Gradin from the Theosophical tradition

April 9, 2022: “Taking Responsibility” – Franklin Perkins on the Confucian tradition from the perspective of Mengzi

April 2, 2022: “Am I My Emotions?” – Donna Blanchard from the Theatrical tradition

March 26, 2022: “What are Trees to Us?” – Ben Page on Forest Bathing from the Deep Ecology tradition

March 19, 2022: “Our Sense of Humor” – Maurice Bisheff on the Spiritual traditions (view recording here)

March 12, 2022: “Motion and Consciousness” – Alice Boyd on the Feldenkrais standpoint from the Somatic Movement and Neuroscience traditions (view recording here)

March 5, 2022: “Am I My Mind?” – Bob Buss with a response from the Zen Buddhism tradition (view recording here)

February 26, 2022: “Shiva & Self-Regeneration” – Peeyush Kumar on the Kashmiri Hindu Shaivism tradition (view recording here)

February 19, 2022: “Karma as Soul-Education” – Ramdas Lamb on the Hindu tradition (view recording here)

February 12, 2022: “Eternity in Time – Rta: Cosmic Rhythm” – Joss Jaffe on the classical music tradition of India (view recording here)

February 5, 2022: “Self-Transcendence” – Fariba Enteshari on the Sufi tradition of Rumi (view recording here)

January 29, 2022: “Ahimsa – Choosing Not to Harm” – Afriye We-kandodis on the Christian tradition (view recording here)

January 22, 2022: “Am I my Body?” – Carol Ann Deighton on the Western Medical tradition 

January 15, 2022: “Deep Viewing, Deep Listening” – Joanne Bland on Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tradition of Non-Violence (view recording here)

January 8, 2022: Space, Visible & Invisible – by Daniel Godinez from the expanded Astronomical tradition (view recording here)

January 1, 2022: “Being Truly Human/Humane” by Robin Shepard on To Kill a Mocking Bird of the Literary tradition (view recording here)

December 26, 2021: “Planting Seeds for the Future” by John Powers, publisher distributing books to prisoners, on the Bodhisattva tradition (view recording here)

December 18, 2021: “Completing a Cycle” by Peeyush Kumar on the Kashmiri Hindu Shaivism tradition (view recording here)

December 11, 2021: “Exceptional Calm” by Ramdas Lamb on the monastic Hindu Vaishnavism tradition (view recording here)

December 4, 2021: “Deep Listening” by Bob Buss on the Buddhist tradition (view recording here)

November 27, 2021: “Is Everything Alive – Life Atoms” – Renée Tillotson on the Theosophical tradition (view recording here)

November 20, 2021: “Gandhi’s Prayer Meetings” by Prakash Tiagi on the Gandhian tradition (view redording here)

November 13, 2021:  “On the Battlefield” by Colonel Debra Lewis on the military tradition, constructively dealing with stress. (view recording here)

November 6, 2021: “The Rebirth of Humanity” by Joe Miller on the poetic tradition (view recording here)

October 30, 2021: “Seeking the Light” by Truth Collins, as a lighting specialist, on the Theosophical tradition

October 23, 2021: “A Whole World View” by Carolyn Dorrance on the founding vision behind the United Nations (view recording here)

October 16, 2021: “Creation & Responsibility” by Mālia Helelā on the Hawaiian tradition (view recording here)

October 9, 2021: “Rediscovering America” by Cliff Tillotson on the Tradition of American Idealism (view recording here)

October 2, 2021: “Health & Non-Violence” by Winalee Zeeb on the Healing traditions (view recording here)

September 25, 2021: “Time for Nature to Speak” by Brynn Foster on the Indigenous farming tradition (view recording here)

September 18, 2021: “Tuning into a Higher Vibration” by Joss Jaffe on the Indian Music tradition (view recording here)

September 11, 2021: “Obstacles & Creativity” by Apsara Hanagandi on the mythology of “Ganesh” from Hindu tradition (view recording here)

September 4, 2021: “Work & Workshop” by Joseph Miller on the Hindu tradition of the Bhagavad Gita (view recording here)

August 28, 2021: “Chop Wood, Carry Water” by Blayne Higa from the Shin Buddhist tradition (view recording here)

August 21, 2021: “The Spirit of Sacrifice” by Sooriya Kumar on the Hindu tradition, speaking about his father with Cliff Tillotson (view recording here)

Aug 14, 2021: “Earning Our Freedom” by Robert Merce on the Legal Justice tradition (view recording here)

Aug 7, 2021: “The Power To Help the Homeless” by Blanche McMilan on the Hawiian tradition (view recording here)

July 31, 2021: “Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Roger Epstein on Joseph Campbell from the mythic traditions (view recording here)

July 24, 2021: “Taking Stock of the Day” by Sarah Hodges on the Irish mystic tradition (view recording here)

July 17, 2021: “Aquarian Individuation” by John  Powers from the Theosophical tradition (view recording here)

July 10, 2021: “Spiritual Progress: Allowing Seeds to Sprout” by Katharine Harts on the Christian mystic tradition (view the recording)

July 3, 2021: “A New Order of the Ages: Novus Ordo Seclorum” by Maurice Bisheff on the American Revolutionary tradition (view the recording)

June 26, 2021: “Encountering the Dark” by Charles Wei and Johanna Schwaiger on the Falun Gong practice derived from the Buddhist & Taoist traditions (view the recording)

June 19, 2021: “A ‘Father’s’ Example – Saint John of the Cross” by Mary Bird on the Catholic Tradition (view the recording)

June 12, 2021: “Repentance & Karma” by Janine Oshiro from the storytelling tradition (view the recording)

June 5, 2021: “Silence & Soul Memory” by Kirk Gradin on the Buddha Enlightenment Vision from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition (view the recording)

May 29, 2021: “Dissolving Boundaries” by Frank Jackson on the photographic tradition (view the recording)

May 22, 2021: “Producing a Permanent Change” by Uwe Mester on the Feldenkrais® Method from the Somatic Movement Tradition (view the recording)

May 15, 2021: “The Body Electric” by Robert Moore from the classical scientific tradition (view the recording)

May 8, 2021: “Rebirthing Ourselves, Again & Again” by Cliff Tillotson on Plato’s “Myth of Er” from the Ancient Greek tradition (view the recording)

May 1, 2021: “Those Who have Gone Before” by Judy Saltzman on Helena Blavatsky of the Theosophical tradition (view the recording)

April 24, 2021: “Service with a Glad Heart” by Maurice Bisheff on Hanuman of the Hindu tradition (view the recording)

April 17, 2021: “Our Role as Human Beings on Earth” by Miku Lenentine on the Saanich North American tribal tradition (view the recording)

April 10, 2021: “Islam Means Surrender” by Fariba Entishari on the Sufi tradition (view the recording)

April 3, 2021: “There Ariseth Light in the Darkness” by John Love on the early Christian tradition (view the recording)

March 27, 2021: “Seeing our Way Through” by Greg Hatton on the photographic and cinematographic perspective (View the recording)

March 20, 2021: “Jamming and Riffing” by Paul Izak on the Music tradition (view the recording)

March 13, 2021: “Curving Space / Carving Space” by Kim Miller on the Scientific tradition of Einstein (View the recording)

March 6, 2021: “Dancing to Life’s Music” by Eddie Oroyan on the Dance tradition (View the recording)

February 27, 2021: “Crafting our Speech” by Myrtle Wong on the Non-Violent Communication perspective from Eastern traditions of Non-Violence (View the recording)

February 20, 2021: “The Willing Apprentice” by Neelanthi Vadivel on the Dance tradition (View the recording)

February 13, 2021: “The Pilgrim’s Progress” by Nikki Johnson on the Christian tradition (View the recording)

February 6, 2021: “Awakening Potential” by Lani Kwon on the Humanist psychology tradition (View the recording)

January 30, 2021: “Thought Before Form” by Sarah Hodges on the Literary tradition

January 23. 2021: “Entering Sacred Space” by Miku Lenentine on the Anishinaabe tribe of the Native American tradition (View the recording)

January 16. 2021: “Facing our Fear” by Ram Das Lamb (View the recording)

January 9. 2021: “The Empty Page” by Janine Oshiro on the Literary (View the recording)

January 2, 2021: “Consecrating our Work” by Maliā Helelā on the Hawaiian (View the recording) tradition

December 26, 2020: “Self Crafting” by Renée Tillotson on the Theosophical tradition & Evolutionary perspective (View the recording)

December 19, 2020: “Unconditional Love” by Mary Bird on the Catholic tradition as exemplified by Father Damien (View the recording)

December 12, 2020: “Beneficent Sleep” by Manoj Chalam on the Vedanta tradition of Hinduism (View the recording)

December 5, 2020: “Selfless Service” by Franklin Perkins on the Confucian tradition from the perspective of Mengzi (View the recording)

November 28, 2020: “Right Meditation” by Kirk Gradin on the Bodhisattva Path of the Theosophical tradition (View the recording)

November 21, 2020: “The Guardian Wall” by Donna Moore on the Mahayana Tibetan Buddhist tradition (View the recording)

November 14, 2020: **Diwali Celebration** 4:30 – 7:00pm. Join us for this celebration of Light! (View the recording)

November 7, 2020: “Preparation for Death” – Cliff Tillotson on the neo-platonic tradition (View the recording)

October 31, 2020: “Behind Thine & Mine: the Bhoodan Land Gifting” – Sarah Hodges on the Gandhian tradition (View the recording)

October 24, 2020: “Right Mindfulness” – Renée Tillotson on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Pema Chödrön (View the recording)

October 17, 2020: “Irreversible Resolve” – Dr. Mark Morisaki on the Western Medical tradition (View the recording)

October 10, 2020: “Becoming Wholly Reliable” – Maurice Bisheff on the American Transcendental tradition of Emerson (View the recording)

October 3, 2020: “All Men are Brothers” – Cliff Tillotson on the interfaith tradition of Mahatma Gandhi (View the recording)

September 26, 2020: “Right Effort” – Tony Bonnici on the Zen Buddhist tradition (View the recording)

September 19, 2020: “Progressive Self-Awakening” – Fariba Enteshari on the Sufi tradition of Rumi (View the recording)

September 12, 2020: “The Bridge Connecting Heaven and Earth” – Elton Hall on the Theosophical tradition (View the recording)

September 5, 2020: “Vanquishing Victimism” – Ramdas Lamb on the Hindu ascetic tradition (View the recording)

Aug 29, 2020: “Right Livelihood” – Jonathan Colbert on the Theosophical Tradition (View the recording)

Aug 22, 2020: “Why Obstacles?” – Renée Tillotson on the Hindu mythological tradition of Ganesh (View the recording)

August 15, 2020: “Casting No Blame” – Katharine Harts on the Christian mystic tradition (View the recording)

August 1, 2020: “Are We our Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keepers?” – Joe Miller on the Christian mystic tradition (View the recording)

July 25, 2020: “Right Action” – Debbie Rosas from the Nia perspective (View the recording)

July 18, 2020: “One-Pointed Focus” – David Sanders on the Hindu yogic tradition (View the recording)

July 11, 2020: “Egotism and Compassion” – Robin Fujikawa on the Dōgen tradition of Buddhism (View the recording)

July 4, 2020: “Spiritual Democracy” – Maurice Bisheff on the Native American and American Revolutionary traditions (View the recording)

June 27, 2020: “In the Language there is Life: I ka ʻŌlelo no ke Ola” – Mālia Helelā on the Hawaiian tradition (View the recording)

June 20, 2020: “The Vision of Prometheus” – Jim Tepfer on the Ancient Greek tradition (View the recording)

June 13, 2020: “Self-Mastery and Freedom” – Veena Howard on the Gandhian perspective of the Hindu tradition (View the recording)

June 6, 2020: “Development of the Neuro-Muscular-Skeletal System” – Rachel Klein on the scientific perspective and healing traditions

May 30, 2020: “Right Intention” – Reverend Blayne Higa on the Jodo Shin Buddhist tradition (View the recording)

May 23, 2020: “Beyond Pleasure & Pain” – Cliff Tillotson on the the Bhagavad Gita perspective of the Hindu tradition (View the recording)

May 16, 2020: “Right View – Inner and Outer Perspectives” – Christopher Edwards on the sculpting tradition (View the recording)

May 9, 2020: Honoring the Behest of the Divine – Mary Bird on the Catholic tradition (View the recording)

May 2, 2020: “The Buddha’s Search to End Suffering” – Kirk Gradin on the Buddhist tradition (View the recording)

April 25, 2020: The Value of the Pause in Classical Indian Music – Joss Jaffe on the classical Indian music tradition

April 18, 2020: Re-becoming People of Place: Caring for our Earth and All Beings – Miku Lenentine on the Native American Tradition

April 11, 2020: Pythagoras on Meditation, the Heroic Ideal and Self-discovery – Jim Tepfer on the ancient Greek tradition

Renée Tillotson

Renée Tillotson, Director, founded Still & Moving Center to share mindful moving as well as still arts from around the globe. Her inspiration comes from the Joy and moving meditation she experiences in the practice of Nia, and from the lifelong learning she’s gained at the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara, California. Still & Moving Center aspires to serve the community, support the Earth and its creatures, and always be filled with laughter and friendship!

Engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest, Renée assembles the Still & Moving Center Almanac each year, filled with inspirational quotes by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Dolly Parton. She loves taking part in conversations that merge philosophical, spiritual and scientific thought with a lifestyle of compassion. She considers herself a citizen of the world.

Renée has been moving and sharing Nia since 2002. She took all of her Nia intensive trainings at Nia International Headquarters from the co-creators of Nia: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. Enthusiasm fills every class and event Renée leads.

A second degree Nia Black Belt, Renée says, “Through Nia I realized that I was born to dance…and perhaps everyone is! Nia connects me to pure Joy. I aspire to extend that Joy into the rest of my life and share it with every student who steps into my circle. Nia embraces both the yin and yang energies, helping all of us to balance our natures. Nia serves as a moving meditation for me, as well as a chance to play like a child again! I like to think of my classes as invigorating the body and elevating the spirit.”

The motto: ‘Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!” motivates her daily life.

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