Engaging the Heart of Humanity: a free webinar

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We are familiar with the idea of common sense, but does it always lead to common good? What is common good and how can humanity engage it in a way that benefits all life on Planet Earth?

This presentation defines the Heart of Humanity as the mechanism that is currently re-defining human consciousness and its role on Earth. The fullness of Heart is also involved in the process of humanity understanding itself as Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva is more than a Buddhist term and pre-dates Buddha Shakyamuni himself. It is a comprehensive description of human Beingness, compassion, and creative livingness.

Engaging the Heart of Humanity previews the four week course, Redefining Humanity as Bodhisattva. To  find out more about the class click here and scroll down to Thursday.

To register for the free webinar presentation on Thursday: click here.

2b. Focus, clarity, and light

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Settling into meditation training can take a little time especially at the beginning. That’s because our brain and senses are wired to be out-going, to be on alert and responsive to what’s going on around us. Not that long ago, we had to be on the look out for lions, tigers, and bears; and in some parts of the world that is still so. Sight, sounds, smells on the wind, even the intuitive feeling of safety or caution would arise in our mind and require action.

As a result, when one takes up a meditation practice and withdraws from outer stimuli, one’s brain might freak out – “what am I (brain) supposed to do now?!” Or, the brain and the ego will use the quiet time to make lists, to rewind a scene, or to project a scenario a few times. All of these are natural when learning to withdraw and create meditative focus or learning to concentrate meditatively.

tip of the nose puppiesThe tip of the nose is an easy way to ease the attention away from the outer world to the inner. As breath comes to one from the fullness of the world, it is taken in by the nose. The whole world is in the breath, as are the wonders of breathing, of being alive, of being present, and simply noticing these profound factors of being human.

Stay with it. Create a rhythm with your practice. Do it at a set time, and do it for you. Only you can give yourself the gift of meditation and the untold and ongoing gifts that it will bring.

 

Downloadable podcast: The natural light of focus

 

Intermediate: Mudra=incarnating energy

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Mudra invokes energy by representing the flow of it through movements of the hands or other parts of the body. Mudra stems from a most ancient understanding of humanity’s role as creators within the creative possibilities of life on Earth – in congruence with the Planetary Beingness and his/her macrocosmic intention.

Mudra is a Sanskrit word which interprets as a verb and a noun. As a verb it means to invoke and conduct energy into a demonstration or incarnation or use. As a noun, it refers to components of a physical posture, and is related the word asana. It is the verb that interests us in the Intermediate meditations.

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Mudra, then, conducts energy and directs it. When used for noble and altruistic reasons of supporting life, then the whole person or the group of people who are conducting become a collective mudra (noun): a form that is expressing the incarnation of invoked energies.

This week’s Intermediate meditations are preparation for the next few weeks to follow, where/when the Intermediate meditators will receive training in mudra as a verb. This is for the purpose of recognizing that one’s entire life is the manifesting expression of mudra as noun.

 

Downloadable podcast: Mudra=incarnating energy

Here is a good article to complement the thoughts above and in the meditation. In the Intermediate meditations, my intention is to provide opportunity for practitioners to experience the channeling (invocation and conducting) of energy of Life.

Mudras, Channeling Life Force.

2a. Focus and wonder

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tip of the noseMeditation training is pretty straight-forward. It has very few ingredients and those ingredients haven’t changed in thousands of years. Rather like the shape of a well which also hasn’t changed, meditation works perfectly as it is.

Focus and breath are the two most important components of meditation, no matter where in the world one is learning meditation or when in history. The differences in style and lineage have to do with the culture or emphasis of the meditation teacher. These adjust the outcome of the meditation. For example pain reduction, or union with the divine, or emptiness. Focus and breath are still the same primary tools for the variety of outcomes.

Step two, Tip of the nose, cultivates focus. At the same time, it potentially opens one’s perspective and awareness to the wondrous factors of life that are all around us, and could be happening this very moment.

 

Downloadable podcast: Focus and Wonder

 

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