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

Universal Abundance

  Soften, Open, Receive Meditation – Day 2  Every aspect of you is designed to receive. As a conscious being, this is innate. You are also designed to move along with the expansive nature of the universe. As each new moment unfolds, you are presented with the opportunity to receive it, process it, and decide if … More Universal Abundance

Namaste

  Soften, Open, Receive Meditation – Day 3  We complete this particular step of the practice with this meditation and something to ponder for yourself… can I receive and remain fully present, and then linger there? In other words, can you create the space for an experience, allow it into your awareness and then stay … More Namaste

Golden Silence

  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 words … More Golden Silence

Release and Let Go

  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 off … More Release and Let Go

Heart-Mind Awareness

  Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 1  When we center our awareness in the heart, we are accessing the space within ourselves where we find our true 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 vibrationally … More Heart-Mind Awareness

Circulating Goodness

  Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 2  In the mid-nineteenth century, scientists realized the Earth is a closed system, which means that the only thing that can be transferred with its surroundings is energy. It receives lots of energy from the sun, but its exchange of matter is near zero. That means that the elements in our environment … More Circulating Goodness

The Sweet Lull

  Interlude Meditation – Day 1  As we begin a new week of meditations, we begin to experience the efficacy of the steps we’ve worked with thus far and we begin to recognize that, in fact, we are meditating. Fullness of any kind often leads to a pause, an interlude, which is the name of … More The Sweet Lull

The Space Between

Interlude Meditation – Day 2  It’s the sweetest space, the space between. The space between Friday and Monday. The space between doing this and doing that. The space between what was and what will be. The space between thoughts. The space between break-ups, between breakfast and lunch, between Act 1 and Act 2, between hugs, … More The Space Between

The Body

  Asana Meditation – Day 1  As we move into the second half of this round of the Practice of Living Awareness, we’ll spend some time each week considering the ways that the second set of seven steps is a spiraling upward or a conscious extension of the first set of seven steps. For instance, … More The Body

Taking Your Seat

  Asana Meditation – Day 3  In early 1960, four young men walked into Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, took a seat at the counter, and asked to be served lunch. They were denied because they were black. Their refusal to leave without service began a civil rights sit-in movement which quickly spread to college … More Taking Your Seat

What’s On Your Mind?

  Mind Meditation- Day 1  Judgement and criticism have been described as great human heresies. Why? Because they are divisive at their core. They inevitably lead to separateness. Negative thoughts lead to negative emotions which have a negative impact on our physiology, relationships, outlook, and our lives in general. Ponder the last time someone cut you … More What’s On Your Mind?

Samadhi

Mind Meditation- Day 2  The Eightfold Path was consistently presented by the Buddha as a guide to end suffering. The eight parts 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 right understanding). If we take … More Samadhi

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 … More Vastitude

Allowing Luminosity

    Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 1  As we go-with-the-flow of our experience of breathing, we feel lighter. After all, aspiration means to rise up and it is derived from the Latin, spirare, to breathe. As we inhale, there is a subtle sensation of being lifted up. We can find a certain lightness at … More Allowing Luminosity

The Luminous Mind

    Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 2  “In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete.” Now that is a luminous perception… and this polar bear seems to be in a position to take it all in! The perception aspect of ‘luminous perception’ is as much about receiving as it … More The Luminous Mind

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

Of the Earth

    Ground of Being Meditation – Day 1  Your thoughts arise from your brain, yet your mind exists beyond it. Emotions are the result of your neurobiology and its relationship with a wide variety of organs, glands, and hormones. Your physical body manifests as the result of… well, mostly pure magic. All of these … More Of the Earth

Singing the Self

  Ground of Being Meditation – Day 2  “Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not my soul.” – from Song of Myself, by Walt Whitman Nature provides the perfect soundtrack for this meditation on Ground of Being. Clear and sweet. Crickets being crickets. Happy meditating.     Meditation Podcast: Ground … More Singing the Self

Earth Centered

  Ground of Being Meditation – Day 3  The heart is a centerpiece between our spiritual self and our human self. Within our energy architecture, the heart charka occupies the middle-ground  between the crown chakra and the root chakra. Chakras cascade the light of our spiritual beingness, one down to the next from the crown … More Earth Centered

Being, Becoming, Breathing

  Central Channel Meditation – Day 3  The Crown Chakra, the Heart Chakra, and the Root Chakra: these three energy centers, when aligned, support our becoming… becoming connected, becoming grounded, becoming essential. Happy meditating.   Meditation Podcast: Central Channel – Day 3  

Toroidal Flow

  Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 1  The torus is a fundamental energetic mechanism. Its circuitous motion creates a toroidal flow, where energy comes in through the top, circumnavigates in a spherical shape on the inside, comes out through the other end, and moves around the outside to return again to the top. We have … More Toroidal Flow

As Within, So Without

  Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 2  Intentions lead to choices and choices lead to manifestations. As we look out into the material world we respond with new thoughts, feelings and desires. As a result, we create new intentions. We are constantly in relationship with the world, subtly and physically; as we’ve said many times, … More As Within, So Without

Expand and Include

  Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 3  While most of us associate Albert Einstein with his scientific prowess, his personal writings reveal a spiritual side that is every bit as revelatory. He writes, “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences … More Expand and Include

This Waking Moment

  Living Awareness Meditation – Day 1  Fourteen weeks have nearly passed since we took up this round of meditations and now the banquet has been freshly laid out before you. Life awaits, each waking moment to each waking moment. This is the final step of the latest round of the Practice of Living Awareness and … More This Waking Moment

Align, Attune, Aspire

  Living Awareness Meditation – Day 2  Meditation offers us the opportunity to create clarity and spaciousness, both of which allow distortions to fall away and awareness to naturally arise. The result of all meditation practices is increased awareness and with that comes a mindful approach to life and life choices. Peace resides within the … More Align, Attune, Aspire