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

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

Free Flow

  Step #3, Flow – Day 1  We begin a new week and welcome a new theme: flow. Perhaps at this time, more so than any other time in our memories, we are considering the concept of flow and its impact on our lives, our psyche, and our well-being. The flow of time. The flow … More Free Flow

Starting Over

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 3  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 this has become a designated “peace zone” for an allotted time each day which allows for quiet reflection. Whether … More Starting Over

Steady As We Go

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 1  As the saying goes, sometimes what you are looking for is right under your nose. Could it be the ease of a smile? Certainly that’s right under your nose. It turns out these two bodily features have a beautiful relationship, at least in meditation. Both offer … More Steady As We Go

At Ease

   Step # 1, Smile Meditation – Day 2  Smiles not only make us feel happy, but they also help reduce stress levels in the body and lead us in the direction of optimistic mental approaches to situations. Smiles have a positive effect on many areas of your life and the lives of the people … More At Ease

Foundations of Living Awareness – a meditation retreat for everyone!

Join us March 17-19 at the Foundations of Living Awareness Retreat to find out more about Smile, Step 1 of The Practice of Living Awareness, and every other step that we are covering in our Entry Level practice. Each and every one of these meditative steps can be used in your everyday life, on and off of the … More Foundations of Living Awareness – a meditation retreat for everyone!

Luminous Perception Is Factual

       Step 10 of The Practice of Living Awareness is Luminous Perception. Simply stated, luminous perception is enlightened awareness, or noticing the inherent lighted quality in every experience, observation, and occurrence. Luminous Perception is both a result and a fact. Result? Yes, it is the result of alignment and equipoise. These can be effectively achieved by … More Luminous Perception Is Factual

Peace Between Breaths

This week, we continue with the Interlude, Step 7 of the practice. And today’s meditation considers the space between breaths – as all interludes take place in that lovely space in-between. With a gentle transition from the in-breath to the out-breath, the whole body relaxes. Extra attention to the quality of that transition can bring insight into … More Peace Between Breaths