Simply Observing

  Step #8, Asana – Day 1  We’re on the second half of this round of meditations, Step #8. Imagine the number 8. Trace it’s shape in your mind. The line moves up and around from the center and circles round back to its point of origin then loops down below and circles back around … More Simply Observing

Midway

  Hello meditators. This is just a gentle reminder that we take a week off midway through each round of online meditations. New recordings will resume on Monday as we move into the second half of the practice. Happy meditating!

Retreat Yourself

  Intentions: A Living Awareness Meditation Retreat  Magic happens when you intentionally put yourself in an environment that allows the mind and body to quiet down, and even more so when a group comes together with that shared intention. Spirit Fire offers meditation retreats throughout the year to support our online practice. Our first retreat … More Retreat Yourself

Life Happens

  Step #7, Interlude – Day 3  With today”s meditation, we are half way through the current round of meditations with the Practice of Living Awareness… yet, it’s a brand new year. What happens when new resolutions, new beginnings, and new approaches meet something that’s already in motion? Life happens! What happens when you resolve … More Life Happens

A New Year, A New Decade

  Step #7, Interlude – Day 2  May you find clarity and peace of mind in meditation. And may that guide you to your highest purpose and most lighted self throughout the new year and into the new decade. Happy New Year. Happy meditating.   Interlude – Day 2

Interludes

  Step #7, Interlude – Day 1  We simply pause for an interlude as the year nears its end. A pause often follows fullness. Is your tummy full? Pause. Are your lungs full. Pause. Was this a full year? Take a moment to pause. Step 7 is called Interlude. It allows steps 1 through 6 … More Interludes

Embodying Heart-Mind

  Step #6, Heart-Mind – Day 3  We wrap up this holiday week with another “straight to our sitting” meditation focused on Heart-Mind. The concept of heart-mind joins two principles that underlie our reality. The first principle is that energy follows thought. This reveals the truth that we create our own reality. What do your … More Embodying Heart-Mind

Release into Peace

  Step #5, Soften, Open, and Release – Day 3  We allow for peace. We create space for it. You need only sense into the experience of judgement, criticism, or blame to feel the contraction; separation requires a contraction of sorts, a cutting-off. Kindness and peace on the other hand, are inclusive. Appreciation, generosity, and … More Release into Peace

Release into Freedom

  Step #5, Soften, Open and Release – Day 2  Release fear. Release doubt. Release dice. Release a giggle. Release control. Release the brakes. Release devices. Release divisiveness. Release expectations. Release grudges. Release the door. Release tension. Release resistance. Release the top button. Release doves. Release tears. Release a smile. Release the breath… presence follows. … More Release into Freedom

Natural Flow

  Step #5, Soften, Open, and Release – Day 1  Our practice continues with Step 5 by going into the experience of release. Softening, opening and receiving (Step 4) naturally moves into softening, opening, and releasing (Step 5). Once again, the breath leads the way into this experience. Whether we are running or sunning, giggling … More Natural Flow

Welcoming Presence

  Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 3  As children, on our way out of the door, we were often told, “Be careful!” Essentially, we were being asked to be aware; to pay attention. We were being asked to soften, open, and  receive. Actually, this is quite easy for children. They possess a … More Welcoming Presence

Expand and Include

  Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 2  During our waking hours our sensory perceptions are constantly translating our experience. At the same time, we are choosing where to land our focus and what to allow in. Softening to an experience allows it to linger… it allows for appreciation; it allows for more. … More Expand and Include

Present and Receptive

  Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 1  We receive a new breath every few seconds. There are great teachings within this natural occurrence; we need only make ourselves fully available to it. Softening and opening to the breath makes one receptive to the meditative experience. As this step begins to permeate your awareness, … More Present and Receptive

Allowing Flow

  Step #3, Flow – Day 2  A tremendous snowstorm went through North America over the last several days. Did it flow into your part of the world? If so, did you get excited and proclaim, “Winter is here!” Did you panic and pack the refrigerator… despite all of the Thanksgiving leftovers? Did you rejoice … More Allowing Flow

Go with the Flow

  Step #3, Flow – Day 1  We begin or 3rd week with a familiar concept – flow. We have all experienced flow. Time flows. Rivers flow. Breath flows. The number three has a way of supporting rhythm and flow. All colors flow from the three primary colors of blue, red, and yellow. The genie … More Go with the Flow

The Nose Knows

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose – Day 3  The tip of the nose offers both a place of rest and a place of exploration; we can move our awareness to this spot in order give ourselves a rest from “the monkey mind,” or a mind that is bouncing about. The stability that this meditative … More The Nose Knows

Taking Refuge

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose – Day 2  Not unlike a bus shelter on a rainy day, the tip of the nose offers refuge from an over active mind. It is a destination, a go-to sweet spot; or rather a go-back-to again-and-again sweet spot. If thoughts were raindrops, some might say it can … More Taking Refuge

Landing Your Focus

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose – Day 1  Meditators often say that their practice offers them a greater sense of peace and ease when dealing with life’s ups and downs. Undoubtably, this generates more happiness and a lighter way of being in the world.  They also say that they notice improvement in their … More Landing Your Focus

Allowance

  Step #1, Smile – Day 3  The body responds to a gentle breath in the same way most of us respond to a smile: with allowance. In other words, we really want take it in. Smiles make us feel good on a physiological, emotional, and mental level. They inspire happiness. Similarly, the body is … More Allowance

Consider a Smile

  Step #1, Smile – Day 2  There is a common misconception that meditation is about checking-out; that it is about going somewhere else. Ah, the floating meditator off in space. It’s not such an accurate image. A key aspect of meditation is checking-in; establishing presence. Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the many pioneers of meditation … More Consider a Smile

A New Round Begins

  Step #1, Smile – Day 1  Welcome, or welcome back, to the Practice of Living Awareness. This new round of meditations will take us through the holiday season and into a new year and a new decade! That offers plenty to smile about. 2020. Have you pondered that number yet? It begs us to … More A New Round Begins

Joyful Awareness

      Step #14, Living Awareness – Day 2  Happiness has a liveliness to it; it creates momentum. When we’re really happy, we want to yodel from the mountaintops! As we spiral up from happiness on the emotional scale, we get closer to feelings that become tinctured with aspects of the mind… appreciation, empathy, … More Joyful Awareness

The Practice

  Step #14, Living Awareness – Day 1  We’ve arrived! The final week of meditations in this current round is here. The secret is, we’re arriving continuously. That’s the beauty of awareness. Each and every moment holds something new, something you’ve created as a result of your conscious presence. Establishing a ‘living awareness’ in your … More The Practice

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

Lighted Expression

  Step #13, Toroidal Flow – Day 2  We are in a constant state of being and becoming. Becoming arrives at a place called being and, alas, as a result of our ever-changing, ever-expanding universe, being is becoming again. This is the construct of our time/space existence and it magnificently grants us the freedom to create … More Lighted Expression

The Torus

  Step #13, Toroidal Flow – Day 1  The energy flow of the torus is experienced at this point in our practice. This flow is related to the spiraling nature of everything from the water going down a drain to the spiraling arms of our galaxy. The truth is, we are a mini-galaxy with similar … More The Torus

Radiance Revealed

    Step # 12, Central Channel – Day 3  Conditions reveal rainbows. With the right combination of sunlight and water droplets, the full spectrum of color comes forward as radiant magic. Sunlight always holds the potential of a rainbow. Today’s meditation reveals the radiant potential of the chakra system. Enjoy.   Central Channel Meditation … More Radiance Revealed

Deepen Your Practice with a Living Awareness Retreat

  Meditate in the splendor of autumn in New England. This year’s Deepening Retreat will focus on Goodness, Truth, and Beauty… three distinct qualities that are innate to our human experience. Meditation and mindfulness allow them to come to the forefront of our awareness and our lives. Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center offers an environment which … More Deepen Your Practice with a Living Awareness Retreat

I Got Life

  Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 3  Meditation is a celebration of what is. There’s nothing more clear as an is than your body.  It is and it does. It responds. It breathes. It moves. It has the potential to move wildly. Today’s meditation is simple… dance! Sometimes we just need to shake things up. Happy shaking!   Ground of Being Meditation … More I Got Life

As Above, So Below

  Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 1  This particular tool within the Practice of Living Awareness explores the ground upon which our “being” sits. It explores the various bodies (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) through which consciousness expresses and awareness arises. After all, your luminous perception must have a place to preside; and it … More As Above, So Below

Let’s Go Galactic

  Step #10, Luminous Perception – Day 3 Let’s go galactic. Better yet, let’s go UNIVERSAL… and beyond. Within the light of the mind anything is possible. Today’s meditation one of our favorites and one we like to share at this point in the practice. It is a journey into the realms of the creative imagination, … More Let’s Go Galactic

Above the Clouds

  Step #9, Mind – Day 3  There are levels of density to everything in our world… seen and unseen. Ice is more dense than water. Water is more dense than steam. The density of a substance is the relationship between the mass of the substance and how much space it takes up, or simply … More Above the Clouds

The Observer Self

  Step #9, Mind – Day 2  How attached are we to ourselves and to our sense of self? How does our sense of self affect our sense of others? How do we see beyond the self? And when we do this, who is doing the looking if it’s not the self? These are all … More The Observer Self

The Mind’s Eye

  Step #9, Mind – Day 1  All teachings that surround meditation have one clear purpose: to assist you in getting to know the mind. Why is that? For your own good! The Buddha observed that the source of our suffering is to be discovered within the mind. If we’re feeling stressed or worried, it … More The Mind’s Eye

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