In this month’s issue of our redesigned newsletter, we remember our beloved Interning Teacher, Sanji Dione Hills, who passed away suddenly on March 14. We’ve included a recorded meditation Sanji led called “Embodied Consciousness” as well as her essay, “Grasping the Means of Our Own Awakening.”
Remembering Sanji Dione Hills
Our friend and fellow Trillium Awakening teacher, Sanji Hills, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 14.
Sanji was England’s and Europe’s first Trillium teacher. She was the organizing power and shepherd for Trillium gatherings in London and Glastonbury. She hosted mutuality groups and recruited teachers to lead sittings and retreats in the UK, beginning in 2009.
Sanji and Cielle Backstrom were the first Trillium teachers to offer regular virtual sittings. Cielle reports, “Our first online sitting was September 2017. Altogether we co-led 40 sittings. Nearly 90 participants attended our sittings, and many attended ten or more times. Sanji was loved and respected for her insights and attuned reflections.”
Sanji was the inspiration behind the Trillium Self-Inquiry deck. Her idea was to create “flash cards” as teaching aids. Together, the collaboration grew and blossomed into something larger than any of us anticipated.
Sanji was a positive loving force in the world, and her presence was grounded in a compassionate grace with which she blessed all who knew her.
Sanji was a principal research consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, where she worked since 1986. Most recently, she explored key components of excellence in organizations for which a central aim is enhancing consciousness (whether in religious, spiritual, or more general mission-based and environmental organizations). This work drew upon many years of experience in meditation and a variety of religious and spiritual organizations, and particularly through her experience as a mentor and teacher of engaged spiritual practice via Trillium Awakening.
A Meditation and Essay from Sanji
Embodied Consciousness MeditationTrillium Teacher Sanji Hills leads a meditative exploration of embodied experience as a route to consciousness. Deliberately shining the light of awareness onto specific parts of our body can serve as a gate to drop into consciousness. It is “the mystery of not knowing, which lies at the heart of all our experience. Can you feel comfortable just resting in this not knowing?”
Sanji’s essay: Grasping the Means of Our Own Awakening
Memorial Gathering for Sanji
Trillium Mentors Nick Nielsen and Beth Griggs from England have set a time for us to gather online to remember Sanji. Nick and Beth write:
As Sanji’s been a beloved teacher, mentor, and co-wanderer on the path, we in the Trillium community wanted to honor her with a simple online session during which those moved will be invited to share stories and memories of Sanji, as well as spending some time in silence together to remember her, and send her love and light wherever she may be in her journey. Anyone moved and able to join us is very welcome, across the European, North American, and wider Trillium circles. It would be wonderful to share this time together in cherishing a beautiful heart.
With much love,
Nick & Beth
The date and time:
– Sunday 28th March
– 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm UK time
– 12:30 pm US Pacific
– 1:30 pm US Mountain
– 2:30 pm US Central
– 3:30 pm US Eastern
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Upcoming Sunday Spotlight Meditations
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- March 21 – led by Bill Epperly
- March 28 – led by Bill Miller – Dragon’s Heart series
- April 4 – led by Bill Miller – Dragon’s Heart series
- April 18 – led by Victor Antillon
Teachers: Fax and Sharon Gilbert
3/28/2021 10 am – 1 pm PDT
Daring and Mutuality in a Time of Distrust
3/28/2021 2 pm – 4 pm PDT
The Lucid Gatherings
Teacher: Bill Miller
4/4/2021 9 am – 11 am PDT
Greenlighting: The Meditation of You
Teacher: Tatini Goler
4/6/2021 1 pm – 3 pm PDT
All Hearts on Deck: Depth Inquiries into Awakened Activism
Teacher: Margit Bantowsky
4/10/2021 10 am – 12:30 pm PDT
Teachers: Fax Gilbert and Bill Epperly
4/11/2021 10 am – 12 pm PDT
The Art and Practice of Empathy
Teacher: Jim Trofatter
4/11/2021 4 – 5:30 PDT
The Lucid Gatherings
Teacher: Bill Miller
5/2/2021 9 am – 11 am PDT
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