Let’s Go Galactic

  Better yet, let’s go UNIVERSAL… and beyond. Within the light of the mind anything is possible. Today’s meditation one of our favorites and one we like to share at this point in the practice. It is a journey into the realms of the creative imagination, where your luminous self sits in waiting for the … More Let’s Go Galactic

Listen Deeply

  Let us pause, relax and listen deeply to the moment. Experience the sounds and scents around you. Feel the clothing on your skin, notice the skin as a meeting place between your body and the outer environment. Notice the air around you which stretches into space far beyond the room in which you sit.  … More Listen Deeply

Above the Clouds

  There are levels of density to everything in our world… seen and unseen. Ice is more dense than water. Water is more dense than steam. The density of a substance is the relationship between the mass of the substance and how much space it takes up, or simply put, how tightly it’s packed in. … More Above the Clouds

The Observer Self

  How attached are we to ourselves and to our sense of self? How does our sense of self affect our sense of others? How do we see beyond the self? And when we do this, who is doing the looking if it’s not the self? These are all valuable ponderings. Not because you may … More The Observer Self

The Mind’s Eye

  All teachings that surround meditation have one clear purpose: to assist you in getting to know the mind. Why is that? For your own good! The Buddha observed that the source of our suffering is to be discovered within the mind. If we’re feeling stressed or worried, it originated in the mind. If we … More The Mind’s Eye

Deny not the Earth

Our beautiful earth – our glorious home. The tendency is to forget our intimate connection with this planet.  Our bodies mirror that of the earth, from the rivers of water that flow through our bodies of blood, lymph and urine to the mountains of our bones, the air in our lungs, and the fire in … More Deny not the Earth

Truth in Form

    Proper asana is about free-flow. It’s not necessarily about uprightness… which may come to mind when we think about posture. Proper asana is about the absence of resistance, obstruction, and distortion. Proper asana allows for energy to move freely, insights to be received spontaneously, and expression to be released gracefully. Asana is flexible … More Truth in Form

Finding The Center

    Last week’s break, or interlude, from online meditations signals that we are half way through this round of meditations. You might consider this the center of the practice. Seven specific tools to work with in meditation lie behind us and seven new tools to work with in meditation lie ahead of us. And … More Finding The Center

Be Amazed

  When I saw this photo of a woman turning in what appears to be amazement at the beautiful sunset, an in-breath and the words “Oh my!” escaped my lips.  Bringing attention to the beauty around us centers us in the present moment.  As I write this, a hummingbird just hovered in front of me, … More Be Amazed

Practicing Pranayama, Practicing Presence

  Pranayama is the formal practice of controlled breathing. There are many techniques… each one is as accessible and beneficial as the breath itself . Squared breathing is one of those techniques and it has a calming effect. It engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the body’s rest & digest system. Typically … More Practicing Pranayama, Practicing Presence

Ripples of Awareness

  We will work with interludes this week, which means we will be paying attention to the space between. The space between thoughts. The space between breaths. The space between moments. Once again, we find ourselves allowing. Allowing the precious space between to become the noticed space. In doing so, a new space arises as the … More Ripples of Awareness

Loving Kindness

    We are all a part of the fabric of life… each and every one of us. Those we love. Those who challenge us. Those we admire. Those we fear. Those who shape us. At times this human experience can seem merciless and at times it can seem blessed beyond belief; this is the … More Loving Kindness

All Heart

    We recognize the heart as the organ responsible for the circulation of blood. It is one of the most vital organs of the physical body… vital to our very existence. The heart is our connection to life, literally and figuratively. We recognize that the heart relates to our ability to express and receive … More All Heart

Put Your Glow On!

Some days we feel happy and all is right with the world. Some days… well not so much. But acting as if on those tough days will bring about your ability to shine, to glow to bring your light into the world.  It will affect you on every level – including your physiology  and your … More Put Your Glow On!

Receptive and Serene

    The meditative experience is found in the allowing. It is found in the softening. It is found in the opening. It is found in the receiving. When the body, mind, and spirit are receptive, we catch a glimpse of our innate interconnectedness. Connected to what? The ALL.  Happy meditating!   Soften, Open, and … More Receptive and Serene

Shifting Landscapes

  Shifting landscapes that we witness occurring through volcanos, earthquakes, hurricanes, drought, tornadoes etc., can be a metaphor for the shifting of our own internal landscape. In this powerful photo taken by Mandy Beerly in Hawaii, we see the awesome beauty, power and destruction of nature at work.  The waves, lava, and steam eat away … More Shifting Landscapes

Earthly Flow

  Molten magma from deep in the Archean Earth flowed to the surface to create vast expanses of land which allowed for life on the planet to move from the sea and diversify. As in the photo above, when fiery lava hits the water it turns from liquid to gas in the form of steam … More Earthly Flow

Spacious Momentum

  We are surrounded by activity. We are immersed in it. The breath is a source of consistent, rhythmic activity. As our awareness meets the breath and lingers alongside its gentle flow, it becomes entrained; it gathers momentum. And what does momentum look like in terms of awareness? Spaciousness. Happy meditating.   Flow – Day … More Spacious Momentum

Life is Flow

  Day flows into dusk which flows into night. Night becomes dawn which flows into day. Youth flows into adulthood. Migrating animals follow the flow of available resources. Words flow from an inspired writer’s pen. Flow is fundamental to each and every aspect of life. Life is flow – steady and continuous, like the breath … More Life is Flow

Rest in Light

Light composes and pervades all that is, from the stars to the very cells of our bodies. It carries information, and nudges our potential. Light nourishes and sustains us, body and soul. Sunlight stimulates vitamin D production in the body which supports our physiology. A sunny day like a sunny smile can bring peace and … More Rest in Light

Follow Your Nose

  We experience the outside world with our senses; we hear it, touch it, see it, taste it, smell it. They help us navigate the terrain and inform our choices. Meditation allows us to give our sensory organs a rest from their usual roles… the eyes catch a break from judging proportion and tracking movement; … More Follow Your Nose

Taking It All In

  The essence of this week’s theme, Tip of the Nose, is captured in the photo above. This child is still, focused, captivated, and fully present. Perhaps the outer environment is crowded and hectic, and needless to say, the plane is moving 600 mph… but no worries because from his perspective, there’s nothing to do … More Taking It All In

The Meeting Place

      We meet here again to meditate. Wonderful! Meeting places can be quite specific. Perhaps you have readied yourself for meditation in a specific place; perhaps a designated “peace” zone for an allotted time each week which allows for quiet reflection, your own specific meditation place. This week we are going to explore … More The Meeting Place

Respond with a Smile

    “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hahn Happiness is a brainwave, and smiles directly affect your brain. It is a physiological fact. It’s revealed in the delightful quote above. The very fact that you can always offer a smile, to yourself … More Respond with a Smile

Delightfully Held

  The shape of a smile is quite common: raised at the edges and curved from side to side. It’s the shape of a bowl or a basin. It’s the shape of the hammock above… it has a similar function as well. A smile holds and supports; it contains and carries. Create the time and … More Delightfully Held

And Begin Again

    Sparks initiate. They bring each new moment to light. Sparks reveal. They bring forward the possibilities that each one of these moments hold: creativity and peace, truth and insight, or goodness and beauty. Meditation could be likened to a spark that leads us through the doorway of “now” and into the field of … More And Begin Again

Meditative Momentum

    The latest round of online meditations has completed and we will pause for a bit before beginning again. The full round of meditations is on the blog if you’d like to enjoy a guided meditation during the break. Perhaps you’ll take-up self-led silent sittings for a while… set a timer and go. If … More Meditative Momentum

Reciprocity

Today’s meditation is at once simple and profound. We sit, align, give and receive.  It is about reciprocity. We align within ourselves and with all that is.  We contribute by giving of ourselves, our light and goodness, and at the same time we open to receive all that is of light and goodness.   Giving, receiving, … More Reciprocity

Flowing Free

There is so much light, breath and spirit available to us every moment.  As we clear away the obstacles to this flow, we open to the world of potency, potential and possibility.  Some refer to it as the quantum field, the field of buddhi, infinite mind, or big mind.  Whatever name you chose to use, … More Flowing Free

Clear Light

We truly don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are, through our filters. Have you noticed that when your mind is distracted or you are emotionally upset that clarity tends to be elusive? A pure sheet of glass allows 100% of the light to flow through it.  Imperfections will alter the … More Clear Light