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

Who is Driving?

Have you ever driven down a road for many miles and all of a sudden you realize that you had traveled much further than you thought, without registering that fact? That is actually a good thing though it can be momentarily jarring. The unconscious mind is so much more aware of our surroundings and able … More Who is Driving?

Let Your Light Grow

  Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation #10  You are a point of light – a divine spark of the light Divine. Your Personality doesn’t really know or care about this aspect of you however. So your challenge is to create in meditation a link to your Higher Self (or Soul’s) energy so that your … More Let Your Light Grow

From Roots to Stars

A strong foundation gives us the roots from which to grow.  This stability does not always begin with family, but it does begin from within.  Instead of noticing the amazing and unique qualities and skill sets with which we are naturally endowed, we often turn to a sense of incompleteness, not good enough or a … More From Roots to Stars

Quiet Time

Quiet Time – Give yourself the gift of space and time to really settle, let the body relax, the emotions quiet, and the mind become still.  When we temporarily invite ourselves to unplug from family, work, responsibility concerns, and environmental noise, and move into this settled space, the mind is awake and alert and yet quiet … More Quiet Time

Be Your Self

A beautiful quote from Hermann Hesse: “You were made to be yourselves. You were made to enrich the world with a sound, a tone, a shadow… In each one of you there is a hidden being, still in the deep sleep of childhood. Bring it to life! In each one of you there is a … More Be Your Self

Feelings

  Carol Martin’s Breathe Meditation #3  Understand why ♥ Chakra energy is “prime real estate” energetically. Do you want to create a sacred space where your Soul begins to speak to you? Letting go of expectations can be hard. What about our feelings? This weeks meditation works with the energy of your emotional body.   … More Feelings

The Observer

  Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation #2  Observing 4 breaths for a period of time is a good fundamental exercise and a way to “learn to meditate”. This week’s meditation will focus more on the Observer within You and your physical body. Energetically the Observer connects directly to the Soul and while your consciousness … More The Observer

Off Balance?

  Do you ever feel off balance, out of whack, not quite right in your body, mind or emotions?  This of course happens to all of us.  The cairn in this picture can represent the many aspects of the self and of life.  The parts can be smooth, beautiful, jagged, rough, just the right piece … More Off Balance?

Breathing Meditation

    Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation #1  I’ve discovered that our breathing will mirror our psychology and we can turn the tables and affect our psychology with our breath. By allowing our breathing to relax and deepen we can relax and deepen our thoughts and feelings because these three aspects of us are … More Breathing Meditation

A Smile is a Bowl

  Smile Meditation – Day 2  Your smile will fill you with all that the present moment can bring… this is its design. It lifts and curves and catches. We’ll start every meditation with a smile so as to cash-in on this feature. What’s more, your time spent in meditation generates a universal smile in the … More A Smile is a Bowl

Choose a Smile

  Smile Meditation – Day 3  Have you ever woken up in the morning to stressful thoughts about the day ahead which lead to a sour mood which then leads to obstacles great and small that seem to turn your whole day into a wretched mess? We all have. And then… someone graces you with a … More Choose a Smile

Second Time Around

  Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 1  We are on the 2nd week of the practice or Step 2. The number 2 is awesome because, well… have a listen. It is RE-vealed in the meditation (that’s a hint). Tip of the Nose is the second step of the Practice of Living Awareness. This spot … More Second Time Around

Immerse Yourself

  Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 3  When we find ourselves caught in a sudden rainstorm, we take cover. Whether it’s an awning, a bridge, a bus shelter, or a newspaper, the space you choose offers refuge from the prospect of getting drenched. It also offers a pause and a new view. Once we’re … More Immerse Yourself

Flow Forward

  Flow Meditation – Day 1  We begin a new step with a familiar concept – flow. We have all experienced flow in a multitude of ways. Time flows, especially when we are full of enthusiasm. Rivers flow, especially when the seasons have been balanced with sun & rain and heat & cold. Breath flows, … More Flow Forward