I Got Life

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 brain, got my ears, got … 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

The Human Experience

    Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 2  As the Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quote proclaims, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” The earth beneath our feet provides stability, the sky above our heads provides spaciousness. Light reveals and the rhythm of … More The Human Experience

Simple Enjoyment

  Step #11, Ground of Being Meditation – Day 1   “Hello world. I’m here!” Yes, the world sees you. You are in it and of it. You are experiencing the world around you – responding to it, moving through it, and shaping it.   Your thoughts arise from the data stored in your brain, yet … More Simple Enjoyment

Universal Beingness

  Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 3  Energy follows thought; this is a fact. Scans of a brain that is processing thoughts of a dramatic event show that its response is the same as if the dramatic event where real; that is, if it were happening in the physical world. Perceived stress is every bit … More Universal Beingness

May Peace Prevail. May Justice Prevail.

Step #10, Luminous Perception – Day 2  “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”  —  Elie Wiesel “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  —  … More May Peace Prevail. May Justice Prevail.

Soul Light

  Step #10, Luminous Perception – Day 1  Have we mentioned the soul yet? Perhaps not. The word soul derives from the Gothic saiwala and the Old German saiwalo, both meanings speak of origins; it is also connected etymologically with the greek aiolos, which means ‘quick moving,’ ‘twinkling,’ or iridescent,’ and with the latin anima, … More Soul Light

Bloom

Nature, being a constant in our lives, is an amazing teacher if we stop to notice. Spring is in full expression in New England and everything is opening to it’s magnificent potential of beauty and fragrance. The leaves unfurl and the flowers shift from bud to blossom. We can take note and follow suit. In … More Bloom

Vastitude

Step # 9, 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 … More Vastitude

The Observer Mind

Step #9, Mind – Day 2  Have we been experiencing the breath or observing the breath? Have we been experiencing the mind or observing the mind? Most likely, both. Experiencing and observing can be markedly different, though both collect data. As we experience, we register information with our perceptions in a subjective way. The data we receive … More The Observer Mind

Truth in Form

    Step #8, Asana – Day 3  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 … More Truth in Form

Aligning with Joy

  Step #8, Asana – Day 1  What does it take to align with joy? Engagement with your surroundings? Engagement with your emotions? Engagement with your mind, your body, your heartspace? Yes, and more. Energy follows thought; this is factual. As we marry the body, breath, and mind through gentle guidance, we can create altitude … More Aligning with Joy

Peaceful Abiding

    Step #7, Interlude – Day 3  The richness of an interlude is apparent through meditation. Is meditating not an interlude in and of itself? As we meditate we detach from outer activity – from rushing to and fro, from responding to life’s daily demands, from planning, from reminiscing, from tasking. Meditation offers an opportunity … More Peaceful Abiding

Interludes

  Step #7, Interlude – Day 1  This week will will meditate on the theme of interludes. Interludes create space for noticing the usually not noticed. We leverage this every time we meditate. Learning to quiet the mind, create peace in the emotions, and bring stillness to the body requires that we simply observe them – … More Interludes

The Guided Path

  We have so many guides in our lives, if we choose to notice.  They may be our teachers, family, friends, sages, books, poetry, music, nature etc. But the most important teacher is you. When you find your internal alignment with your heart, your inner self, then you have found the true treasure, you as … More The Guided Path

May You Be Well

  Step #6, Heart-Mind – Day 2  As time spent at a distance from one another becomes more of a long-term reality than a short term one, the potential to default to focusing on our differences and on that which separates us increases. It is the perfect time to generate some heart-focused positivity. A loving-kindness … More May You Be Well

Breathe and notice

Take a long slow deep breath, and a long slow exhale. Notice how your physiology responds with a relaxed sigh. Repeat and notice how this simple practice can bring you into the present moment. Notice the joy in a simple breath, the preciousness of life, the gift of now. Downloadable Podcast:  Breathe and Notice

Release and Let Go

Step #5, Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 3  We live in a material word. We hold things. In the summertime, we hold sunglasses & beach towels. In autumn we hold caramel apples. In the wintertime, we hold snowballs. In the springtime, we hold wildflower bouquets. And then the sun goes down, our sunglasses come … More Release and Let Go

Golden Silence

Step #5, Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 2  Second only to our consistent release of the breath, is our consistent release of sound in the form of words… talking, talking, and more talking. We are creative beings so our tendency to make conversation is strong. Words are thoughts clothed in speech. We use our … More Golden Silence

Breathe and Notice

  A simple breath – it is so easy and goes unnoticed for most. Bringing awareness to the breath energizes and creates space. Take a long slow deep breath, and an even longer, slower exhale, and notice.  Notice how your body feels.  Notice how your system slows down.  Notice the space that is created, the … More Breathe and Notice

Illumination

  Step # 4, Soften Open and Receive – Day 3  Now is the time to tap into our creative minds. Now is the time to embody our compassionate and wise hearts. The mind and body are vessels; they receive. We need only to soften and open to new ways of seeing and new ways … More Illumination

Softness

Step #4, Soften, Open, Receive – Day 2  Every meditation practice brings awareness to three powerful choices: softening, opening, and receiving. We’re innately equipped to choose these actions; after all, we soften, open, and receive each breath that enters our body. Becoming intimate with this occurrence creates powerful shifts toward being fully present in the moment. … More Softness

Receptive and Serene

  Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 1  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? … More Receptive and Serene

Fly Straight

It’s not always easy to fly straight, stay centered, and put one foot in front of the other when life circumstances are unpredictable. But with practice we train ourselves to come back into alignment, into the present moment with just a breath and clear intention. The winds of change will surely throw us off course … More Fly Straight