Overcoming Our Obstacles

This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful; in a word, more alive. ~ Alice Waters

Welcome to Paths of Heart“- a high spirited, heart-centered community where we gather together in music, poetry, commentary, and dialogue to create and nurture joy, compassion, gratitude, and love – in our own lives and throughout the world.  Paths of Heart is a 501(c)(3) Human Services/Educational non-profit organization that uses the arts, especially, to encourage and propel seekers of a better, more peaceful world to find ways to serve, while becoming more kind and compassionate human beings.

We welcome you as we collectively and individually explore the sweet mysteries of life – this is an invitation into co-creation! Our gatherings are most every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 117 Evans Drive in north Fort Collins. Childcare is available (please let us know ahead of time so we can make arrangements).

We hope our paths cross soon!

February 4th

Overcoming Our Obstacles

We’ll expand our discussion on ‘Taking Action’ by exploring the various – real or imagined – barriers (physical limitations, mental blocks, emotions, fears…) that might get in the way of fulfilling our visions and dreams, despite our best intentions.  How can we overcome these perceived  obstacles?

“If seeds saw dirt as their enemy, they would lose out on the opportunity to grow.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo

“You must get out of fear and judgement to be able to act compassionately and purposefully.
~ Jim Welch

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
~ Frank A. Clark

“Life keeps throwing me stones.
And I keep finding the diamonds…”
~ Ana Claudia Antunes

Looking Ahead/Notes of Interest

A number of people have expressed an interest in singing together more!  We love this quote by Rumi (Ladinsky translation) that says, “Things are such, that someone lifting a cup, or watching the rain, petting a dog, or singing, just singing — could be doing as much for this universe as anyone.”  SO, we’re going to start a “Singing Circle” that will meet once a month or so on a Tuesday evening.  Everyone is invited to come with song suggestions of a positive, healing, loving, or peaceful nature and we’ll sing in community and radiate our energy out to the world!  We’ll announce the starting date soon!

Friday, February 2, 4:00-5:00 p.m.there will be A CELEBRATION RALLY
United+Diverse=Fort Collins on the lawn between Plymouth UCC and the Islamic Center of Fort Collins (Lake and Shields).  From the organizers:
There are voices in our world (and in our own community) that would have us live in fear of one another. We believe it is only in community that our fears can be overcome. We believe love is more powerful than hate. On Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM you are invited to celebrate our unity in the midst of our diversity. Please join us on the lawn between Plymouth United Church of Christ and the Ft. Collins Islamic Center (Lake St. and Shields) for a celebration of peace and unity. We are Diverse. We are United. We are Ft. Collins.
Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Nina Rubin

Sunday, February 25th, 1-3:30 pm –Colleen will participate in the Peace Cafe’ with Combatants for Peace(http://cfpeace.org/).  It’ll take place at  First United Methodist Church, Elizabeth and Stover St., in Fort Collins.
There will be music, refreshments, and personal stories of a former Israeli soldier and a Palestinian freedom fighter, who share their transformation from a path of armed confrontation to a path of non-violent resistance.  An interactive discussion will follow. Sponsored by J-Street Fort Collins and supported by Veterans for Peace and the Jewish Action Network.  Tammy Breeding and Colleen will do a short set of “peace songs” from (approx.) 1:20-1:40 pm.

We invite you to visit our website,www.pathsofheart.org. There you’ll find past newsletters, a newsletter sign-up form, more about our organization, a photo gallery, and a ‘donate’ button, for those who prefer to donate to our non-profit with a credit card .  Stop by for a visit and please share with friends!


We are grateful for nature’s beauty ~ super, blue, blood moons and sweet snowfalls….

 “Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted – a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”
~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

What are you grateful for today?

Other Details….

If this has been forwarded to you by a friend and you would like to join us, we encourage you to add your name to our newsletter list, as schedules do occasionally change,and we like to keep you informed of topics and special events as well. Just visit our website www.pathsofheart.org and click the newsletter sign-up link. If you know of other interested and kind-hearted souls, please refer them to our website, or they may also contact us by email: info@pathsofheart.org or by phone: 970-484-9600, to learn more about our organization. Thanks! 

CAR-EOGRAPHY *  You may park in the driveway, as well as diagonally along the north side of our property.  Should those areas become full, please park out on Hwy 1, which has plenty of space and a nice wide shoulder.  Please watch for cars as you are exiting and entering your vehicle, though! The carport area is reserved for folks with special parking needs. Out of respect for our neighbors, we ask that you kindly refrain from parking on Evans Drive beyond our property line. Car pooling is encouraged.  We also have a bike rack for cyclists!

Yoga with Heart!

We do yoga here in our “community space” on Mondays and Wednesdays.  All levels are welcome to participate.  Let us know if you’re interested in joining this heart centered practice!

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ― Rumi

Please note, we are a “remove your shoes upon entering” household (what better way to bare our “souls”…!).  Feel free to bring slippers or thick socks for your comfort (and we always have extras!) 

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