The Earth Sees Itself Through Our Eyes

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A documentary entitled Planetary was released this past week, just in time for Earth Day. It begins with imagery from the Apollo space mission and several enlightening interviews with astronauts. One revelation stood out: the Earth, as a creative intelligence, spawned a life form (human beings) that developed the ingenuity to actually separate from itself (space travel) in order to observe itself from the outside and establish a greater context of its place within the whole of existence. “The Earth seeing the Earth through human eyes.” Wow. I had to take a pause. And I thought, “Is this not the process and magnificence of meditation?”

We are inseparable from the intelligence that is Earth. We are interdependence in form. Through meditation, we can bring these two statements together. In the World service meditations, we connect heart to heart; sensing the fabric that unites us. We connect ajna to ajna (the energy center at the brow), sensing the ever expanding nature of vision. And we connect crown to crown, the energy center that connects us to our higher selves and all that is divine. This process supports the planet in every regard, in fact; it is the Earth itself that has called us to this action. This is planetary awareness.

Meditation podcast: The World Sees Itself Through Our Eyes

Peace and Quiet

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budha faceThere are  many reasons to learn to meditate, but one is inner quiet. The interlude between the breaths is an excellent example of this. The interlude after breathing in is the point of “just enough” registered by the body/lungs. The interlude after breathing out also is a point of “just enough” once again registered by our body/lungs. It is a space of neither in nor out, a moment of non-doing. It is a precious opportunity to register the sensation of “just enough” and of non-doing.

Peace and quiet are present in multiple phases of learning to meditate or in sustaining a state of meditation. For The Practice of Living Awareness, peace begins with the Smile, and quiet begins with the long, slow, deep Breath. Then, with practice, inner peace and quiet will become the norm during a sitting and shamatha (peaceful abiding) be established. With that, joyful peacefulness and a patient demeanor will pervade our daily expression.

This is the second Entry meditation of Interlude, Step 7.

 

Downloadable podcast: Shamatha peace and quiet

 

Mountain-like Shamatha (peaceful abiding)

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Step 7: InterludeThis week is Step 7 of The Practice of Living Awareness: Interlude.

“Meditation is an experience,
not a thought process.”

Spirit Fire’s website speaks of this Step well: We pause for step 7 to allow steps 1 through 6 to find their productive connectedness in the whole of our meditation practice.  We begin to experience the efficacy of the steps we’ve learned and we begin to recognize that, in fact, we are learning to meditate.

Interludes are important, they are integrative.An interlude has no agenda other than itself, it is a space between.We also begin to grow comfortable with the space that is not being filled by words or tasks. We allow ourselves to simply be present and comfortable.

Common Benefits

  • inspires one to look for places where interludes are possible
  • Eyes, brain, and nervous system settles and resets
  • reveals the power of now.

Spiritual Benefits

  • integration of the energy centers
  • reveals the true nature of awareness by settling into simple presence
  • illustrates emptiness.

 

Downloadable podcast: Mountain-like Shamatha

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