The Human Experience

Ground of Being – Day 3   Numerous astronauts have described the experience of seeing the Earth floating in infinite space as one that generates a keen sense of awe, wonder, and blissful curiosity. Many also say that they saw the Earth is a living organism of which they are a part. With humility, I … More The Human Experience

Interconnectedness

Ground of Being Meditation – Day 2   “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”   — Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps you’ve chosen to meditate to get closer to the truth of things… … More Interconnectedness

Your Body, Your Ground

Ground of Being Meditation – Day 1  Human being. Being human. Being still. Still being. Being grounded. Grounded being. Yes, meditation accentuates all of these states of being. Working directly with the mind for the last two weeks may have generated a bit of reverence for the incredible vessel, your body, which made those experiences possible. This … More Your Body, Your Ground

Universal Beingness

Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 3   This meditation is always worth pulling out of the archives at this point in the practice… the time to go universal! Within the light of the mind, anything is possible. Today’s meditation is a journey into the realms of the creative imagination, where your luminous self resides, waiting for the … More Universal Beingness

Vastitude

Mind Meditation- Day 3   Awareness is omnipresent; it just is. Our mind operates within the field of awareness and wisdom precipitates from it. As we create stability in the mind through non-judgmental attention (mindfulness + concentration), we create a doorway into the vast field of awareness. This doorway can easily become obstructed or even slammed shut … More Vastitude

Samadhi

Mind Meditation – Day 2  The Eightfold Path was consistently presented by the Buddha as a guide to end suffering. The eight suggested directions of the path are divided into three groupings: ethical conduct (right speech, right action, and right livelihood), mental discipline (right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration), and wisdom (right thought and … More Samadhi

Asana as Altitude

Asana Meditation – Day 3 In sitting upright and lengthening the spine, the breath has an opportunity to become balanced. A sloppy posture usually means a sloppy breath, a sloppy attitude, and a sloppy response to that which arises during meditation. An upright posture usually supports a poised mind and a poised attitude. From this … More Asana as Altitude

Squared Breathing

Interlude Meditation – Day 3 Squared breathing engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the body’s rest & digest system. Typically this system works autonomously, meaning it is involuntary – it does its own thing in its own time. Nonetheless, squared breathing is voluntary and it shifts, or seems to down-shift, the nervous system … More Squared Breathing

Within the Stillness

Interlude Meditation – Day 2 Noticing is a skill. It reveals the incredible abundance of life on earth. Why? Because there is just so much to notice. Sensing when to shift your attention to the next noticing or perhaps noticing when you have received enough from this moment and releasing it all together. What a skill to … More Within the Stillness

The Space Between

Interlude Meditation – Day 1 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.  As always, paying attention requires a bit of allowing… allowing the precious space between to become the noticed space. In doing so, a … More The Space Between

Loving Kindness

Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 3 As the national US election nears, it is easy to default to focusing on our differences and on that which separates us. It is the perfect time within the practice to generate some heart focused positivity and offer it to those in need… most likely each and every one of … More Loving Kindness

Heart Connection

Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 2 When we center our awareness in the heart, we are accessing the space within ourselves where we find presence; where we often put our hand when we refer to “I” or “me” in earnest. As we breathe and gently focus upon the heart, we begin to expand and include. The … More Heart Connection

Let Go. Find Joy.

Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 3 Peace starts with shaping our interior; molding, trimming, and creating space for it. Peace can then move out into the world. You need only sense into the experience of judgement, blame, and divisiveness to feel the heaviness. Peace feels lighter and more free. Creating space for peace, naturally makes room for experiences such … More Let Go. Find Joy.

Gold, Then Gone

Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 1 It is autumn in New England. Each day fresh colors splash across the tree-line to create an ever-new, ever-colorful, ever-changing landscape. It is a spectacle that we look forward to each year… and a celebration of release. It supports this week’s meditation theme: Soften, Open, and Release. Receiving … More Gold, Then Gone

Experiencing More

Soften, Open, Receive Meditation – Day 3 To inspire another person is to fill them with the desire to be creative, to be expansive or to experience more. When we are inspired, we naturally become receptive. The word “inspire” is derived from the Latin  word inspirare meaning, ‘to breathe or blow into.’ in (into) + spirare (breathe) = inspirare: to excite, to inflame; to put life into … More Experiencing More

The Art of Allowing

Soften, Open, Receive Meditation – Day 2 We are constantly receiving. During waking hours, our sensory perceptions are constantly translating our experiences. At the same time, we are choosing where to land our awareness and what to allow in. Softening to an experience and allowing it to linger in the field of awareness takes practice. … More The Art of Allowing

Present and Receptive

You receive a new breath every few seconds. There are great teachings within this natural occurrence; you need only to make yourselves fully available it. Softening and opening to the breath makes one receptive to the meditative experience. As this practice begins to permeate your awareness, you begin to sense whether you are rigid or soft, … More Present and Receptive

Flow Forward

Flow Meditation – Day 3 “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu, author of Tao Te Ching. There is a time to take a stand, to act, and to say, … More Flow Forward

Drip. Drop. Drip.

Flow Meditation – Day 2 Are you able to go with the flow? Do you meet change with open-mindedness and with little resistance? Fact is, adaptability is essential to our longevity; at very least, it helps us get through the day with ease. Practicing flow helps us cultivate lots of positive qualities – a willingness … More Drip. Drop. Drip.

Observing Flow

Flow Meditation – Day 1 Thoughts can line up in the mind like airplanes cued on the runway for take-off. As soon as one disappears in the distance, a new one revs its engines. It is called a thought-stream after-all. “What is that noise?” “Oh, it’s the dryer.” “Did I clean the lint filter when … More Observing Flow

Taking It All In

Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 2   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; needless to say, the plane is moving 600 mph… but no worries because from … More Taking It All In

The Meeting Place

Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 1  We meet here again to meditate. Wonderful! Meeting places can be quite specific. Perhaps you have readied yourself for meditation in a specific place, a designated quiet zone for an allotted time which allows for peace of mind… your own specific meditation place. This week we are … More The Meeting Place

I Got Life

Smile Meditation – Day 3 London, 1968. In a recording of a live performance of “Ain’t Got No – I Got Life,” Nina Simone sings about struggle – hardship and struggle – finally asking, “What have I got nobody can take away?” And then she smiles a beautiful smile. “Got my hair, got my head, got my … More I Got Life

Fill Your Smile

Smile Meditation – Day 2 May your smiles be filled with juicy sweetness. A smile is a bowl after all, and that’s not only considering its shape. A smile contains. It makes room for and allows. It says, “yes.” A smile holds you in pristine presence. In today’s meditation, we sit with the subtleties of the smile and … More Fill Your Smile

A Breath and a Smile

Smile Meditation – Day 1 We’re back with a new round of meditations and we’re so glad you are joining us. On behalf of Spirit Fire, welcome. Gentleness, peace and openness will be themes throughout. These can be the qualities of the moment, any moment. We can create space for them, allow them in and … More A Breath and a Smile

Earth to Sky

The image of the lily pad and lotus flower is such a good depiction of the life path.  Just as the lily pad starts deep in the muck of the pond, sprouting a stem and unfolding into a glorious lotus flower, we start in the depths of the womb and work our way into the … More Earth to Sky

Deep Rest

Deep Rest. A pause. A breath. Let us take a step back, a moment away from these turbulent times and remember who we are, what we are, and why we are. We are each a sacred being sharing in the One Life on this beautiful planet. We are each an integral part of the cosmic … More Deep Rest

Breathing as Soul

Step # 14, Living Awareness Meditation – Day 3  “The soul is the core of your being. It is eternal. It doesn’t exist in space-time. It is a field of infinite possibilities, of infinite creativity. It is your internal reference point with which you should always be in touch.”   – Deepak Chopra May the … More Breathing as Soul

Spaciousness and Joy

Step # 14, Living Awareness Meditation – Day 2  Happiness has a liveliness to it. When we’re really happy, energy abounds and we often find ourselves expressing that emotion – perhaps dancing or clapping or bouncing around. “Jumping with joy” is a common expression. As we spiral up from happiness on the emotional scale, we … More Spaciousness and Joy

Living Awareness

Step # 14, Living Awareness Meditation – Day 1  Meditation offers us the opportunity to create space for awareness. Ultimately, the result of all meditation practices is increased awareness. With that comes a mindful approach to life, relationships, and ourselves. We may also discover peace along the way and a bit more wonder, compassion, wisdom, … More Living Awareness

Wonder Abounds

Wonder Abounds. It is so easy to not notice the wonder and beauty around us as we move through each day, often like an automaton. Take a moment to pause and notice.  Let wonder catch your eye and your imagination. You might find it in a smile, a touch, eye contact, being in nature, the … More Wonder Abounds

Ripples of Hope

  Step #13, Toroidal Flow – Day 3  If we were to set the intention of focusing on harmlessness and inclusivity throughout the day, our thoughts, words, and actions would naturally become more altruistic. We would begin to see the evidence and the perfection of toroidal flow in action. On that day, and perhaps for … More Ripples of Hope