What goes up, must come down

    Meditation often is often depicted as “going up”, striving for the unknown, that ineffable, unreachable something.  It is a desire that lies deep within that drives us, to truly experience or in-body this something greater.  It seems to be an attainment or placement of sorts, the reaching of a pinnacle from where we … More What goes up, must come down

What’s the Buzz?

What’s the Buzz?   Sometimes we think that meditation should be about relaxing, letting the mind go, releasing tension and escaping from everyday stress and worries.  Yes, we do want to release tension and worry, and yet remain totally awake, aware, and present while maintaining our focus and opening to the higher wisdom and direction … More What’s the Buzz?

Gratitude For…

Reflecting on the gifts of this precious human life brings us into awareness, into presence. Gratitude for nature which sustains and humbles.  Gratitude for the human body which allows us to see, hear, and touch all that is within our awareness, even the unseen, untouchable, and seemingly unknowable. With gratitude, we can hold it all in our … More Gratitude For…

Earthly Radiance

This stunning picture from the International Space Station reminds us of the inherent and constant radiance of our mother earth.  It’s easy to forget that she sustains us not only by providing all the elements that compose our bodies, and those of the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms, but also with her light.  As stewards … More Earthly Radiance

Presence – Make Contact!

Our eyes are amazing! They have approximately 1 billion parts – who knew?? Each eye has about 137 million photoreceptors – the better to see you with, my dear! Yes, eyes are about vision, but also so much more. As we make eye contact with another, we exchange information, energy and our light.  Feel this next time you are … More Presence – Make Contact!

Be Yourself!

    In these times of incredible social media influence, it can be challenging to be who you are.  We are inundated with advertising on how we should look, the clothes we should wear, the cars we should drive, how we should speak and behave.  This can lead to feelings of shame, or not feeling … More Be Yourself!

Whispers on the Wind

Still, alert, quiet, beautiful – all of these qualities can be found in nature.  Sometimes the silence can be almost deafening.  The air may quickly change from stillness to a gentle fluttering heard through the leaves, to the howling, tree-bending gusts of a storm.  Generally, we don’t hear the movement of air until it hits … More Whispers on the Wind

Dappled Light

Nature often offers us an accurate reflection of our inner and outer states.  While walking in nature today, I remembered a time when my daughter was first introduced to and became enamored with the phrase “dappled sunlight”. It was as if the word tickled her with joy, just as the light seemed to tickle the … More Dappled Light

Relax, Release and Real-ize!

Expectations from self and others often limit the expression of who we are and who we want to be, as do feelings of self-worth, or lack thereof.  The self-critical voice often plays a non-stop commentary in our daily life. This creates a mist or fog obscuring the light within.  Let’s give ourselves a break and relax, … More Relax, Release and Real-ize!

Re-membering Connection

Many speak of the feeling of helplessness when the world seems like a challenging place.  This is exacerbated when we feel a lack of connection, whether that be with friends, family, work, community, nation, world, or even with our inner-self, a dis-connect from our emotions, swirling thoughts or from our soul.  In truth, everything is … More Re-membering Connection

Together we are Better

Life encourages the development of the self – both the personal ego and the higher aspects of Self.  This is done mostly through relationship. Together with family, friends and strangers, we are offered opportunity after opportunity to bring our better self forward. Relationships, as we all know, are not always easy, but it is through relationship that … More Together we are Better

Shifting Landscapes

Shifting landscapes that we witness occurring through volcanos, earthquakes, hurricanes, drought, tornadoes etc., can be a metaphor for the shifting of our own internal landscape. In this powerful photo taken by Mandy Beerly in Hawaii, we see the awesome beauty, power and destruction of nature at work.  The waves, lava, and steam eat away at … More Shifting Landscapes

Light and Shadow

Light and shadow are two seemingly opposing characteristics.  Our tendency is to embrace and emulate the light, while judging, shaming and denying the shadow aspect.  Do we deny night and day, masculine and feminine, hot and cold, happy and sad?  Of course not, they are essential aspects of our livingness, as are our light and … More Light and Shadow

Change-ability

The physical universe is composed of matter and energy which are two sides of the same coin, simply expressing different levels of vibration.  We are made of matter and energy and continuously express many levels of vibratory substance – solids, liquids, gases, and even our emotions and thoughts express different vibrational patterns.  With awareness, we … More Change-ability

Penetrating Warmth

  “All the energy which we take into our bodies is derived from the sun” – Albert Szent-Gyorgi, biochemist. Life energy is called by many names including prana, chi, ki, life force, and bio-energy to name a few.  We receive this energy through the skin, the breath and through particular energy points in the body. … More Penetrating Warmth

Light and Clarity Permeate the Mists of Mind

The intelligence of life, of which we are an integral part, is always available to us.  We just aren’t practiced enough to see it.  Imagine flying in a plane on a rainy day, looking down or straight ahead we just see clouds and fog.  When we lift the awareness above the clouds, it is bright, … More Light and Clarity Permeate the Mists of Mind

Eyes of Light

Light and life are inseparable.  98% of the suns light enters through the eyes.  Our emotional state is closely linked to the eyes.  When we feel good, experiencing peace, gratitude or joy, the pupils dilate and receive more light and our view or perspective may increase as well. If you are having a challenging time … More Eyes of Light

Sparkling Light, Sparkling Eyes

Our eyes are amazing. They have almost a billion working parts, able to detect even a single photon of light.  They receive information through light, direct it to our brains for processing, and the eyes radiate light as well.  All of this occurs without our mind being involved.  We seek the light and to be … More Sparkling Light, Sparkling Eyes

Light Transforms!

  In our practice today, we experience the transformational power of light. Light permeates our system with each breath.  We can invite any barrier to be touched by this light, transformed by this light, dissolved by this light, and then breathed out as light.  You may choose to engage a thought, a feeling, a limiting … More Light Transforms!

Bodies of Light

  We engage with the fact that we are bodies of light.  In the late 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton speculated  “are not gross bodies and light are convertible into one another, … and may not bodies receive much of their activity from the particles of light which enter their composition?”  Biophysiology and quantum physics … More Bodies of Light

Light In Your Breath

  Our eyes can only interpret a small portion of the spectrum of light.  Science shows that there actually is no darkness, it’s just our inability to see all the light.  Know that your breath of life is light. Breathe deeply!breath brof life is light.  Breathe deeply!   Downloadable Podcast:  Light in your breath

Peace of the Heart

    One of the many gifts of meditation is that it teaches us how to be aware in every moment.  We create space to pause, breathe, and become more familiar with and enhance the innermost aspects of ourselves: light, love, clarity, compassion, patience, peace and more.  Let’s experience the Peace of the Heart.   … More Peace of the Heart

Step 04: Open to Softness

Life is beautiful and joyful and at the same time it can be  challenging.  To be fully present and open to the beauty of each moment, we must first soften and open to receive the full experience of the breath, the full experience of life. Meditation Podcast: Open to Softness Meditation Webcast: Open to Softness