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

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

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

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

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

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