On your own again!

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The current Round of all levels of The Practice of Living Awareness is completing. The timing perfectly coincides with my traveling to teach the Autumn meditation retreats. (There is still open registration for the Tahlequah, OK Continuity of Consciousness retreat in early November if you have interest. Click here for details.)

After the almost 6 months of a Round, practitioners are encouraged to take their practice in hand and be true to self and the commitment to self-betterment through meditation. Just as important, as practitioners, we can assess how integrated our practice of ongoing living awareness is in our life. Are we softening and opening to a moment? Or, minimally, can we feel the tension and posturing within our self when we are not open to listen, open to flow, or open to change? Can we feel the integrity that good asana brings through the day? Do we remind ourselves that core and centeredness will support or bring about clarity of mind, quelling of errant emotions, and reduce the cortisol levels in our body?

These reflections and more are the livingness of the next 3 weeks. Use the podcasts and webcasts on this blog to support your daily meditation practice. We will be back live on Sunday, November 16 for the World Service meditation. Then we embark on another Round of Entry, Intermediate, and Generative meditation and a compatible online platform.

Be well and bring peace and light into the world! 🌸🌸🌸

 

Necessary

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Generosity_by_NullermandenAll growth and maturation of you and I is possible only through service. We are incarnated so that we can serve and through serving we grow and refine ourselves. How beautiful! The world is made better while we are bettered too. And without serving others, self-improvement and maturity on the spiritual Path is not possible. Thus a perfect feed-back loop, a flawless yin-yang of interdependence is set in motion. In order to have happiness and well-being, we actually must first give well-being and happiness to others.

Only a webcast today. I hope you have a device that can play it. (not iPad or iPhone). Necessary

Step 14b: drop by drop

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leaf_drops_by_adambettley-d3i1gonDrop by drop, streams are fed, rivers flow, oceans are fed. Moment by moment, awareness is cultivated and living awareness is the excellence of an awareness continuum just a river is the fullness of millions of flowing drops. When a moment of awareness, wisdom, generosity, kindness, focus on others rather than oneself is the moment, it makes possible the next moment of the same. The next moment then will be the second, fourth, 100th, millionth, and not put-off-yet-again first. Then the benefits which are the flawless return of awareness, wisdom, generosity and so forth will also result because there is a flow and not a staccato, intermittent way with awareness.

The simplicity of truth is too simple for our ego that prefers control and therefore complexity. Awareness and its expressions of excellence and compassion are causal of that which is creative and positive. Living from a contracted controlling sense of self is causal of limitation, worry, troubles, and repeated unhappiness for oneself and those one contacts. Just as pollution creates disease and non-pollution provides a healthy environment, so living awareness creates the continuum of goodness and awareness to be one’s life. Such a life is a source of blessing.

Webcast: drop by drop

Podcast: drop by drop 

14a: flawless awareness

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"Freedom" by graur razvan ionut

“Freedom” by graur razvan ionut

Awareness is every moment. Awareness is also in every moment. A human being must come to a fundamental understanding: that in this moment, no matter what it contains or seems to be, is flawless awareness. You and I already are simple embodied awareness, we already are content, our mind stream is already bright and spacious, limitless in scope. Awareness is in every moment because Awareness is every moment.

Step 14, living awareness, is the last step of The Practice. We’ll engage what already IS for a week and then take a few weeks off from online practice in order live our practice and, with dedication to wholeness and the well-being of life, to meditate on our own faithfully.

Yet, always remember, on the cushion must become the living awareness off the cushion. One’s meditation practice is for life, not a rest. It is for the discovery of what already is, and life already is part of that discovery.

Webcast: flawless awareness

Podcast: flawless awareness

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