Yet another round of The Practice has begun. Hi, Welcome or welcome back! The Intermediate level of training in meditation is focused on energy: how to notice it through a sitting and through one’s day, as well as how to focus oneself as a being of energy, thereby as an agent of betterment or transformation … More Intermediate: the focus is energy
We complete this cycle of meditations holding the president-elect in the light of wisdom and compassion, while holding those who are in fear (due to promised policies he made on the campaign trail) in compassion and understanding. We also hold the world in the unknowns and newness of this new chapter for the US and … More Final meditation supporting a lighted going-forward for the USA
It is estimated that one quarter of US citizens who will vote in this election have already done so. Early voting and absentee ballots are well underway. Several states have referendums on the ballot, the majority of which are progressive in nature. The citizenry is moving agendas forward on their own. Go vote on Tuesday … More The night before the US election: a meditation for the highest light
We will continue to meditate daily for a lighted election process and outcome through Thursday, Nov. 10. Please add your light! If you want to join live at 8 pm ET, please register here.
This meditation focuses on Goodwill and the Will to Good. Thank you for meditating for the US and the world.
Can we make a difference for truth and compassion to manifest in our world? The answer is, yes. Meditation moves us toward right thought, non-aggressive action, and the elimination of antagonisms of every kind. This is true for our inner-being and it’s reflection in the world. Together, we make a difference. Join us on November … More Meditate for a lighted election!
I have always found that meditation is like a reboot for my mind and emotions. Do you experience that? I had a couple of days of sorrow over the world – close at hand, far away, as well as the world of thoughts and preconceptions that each human being has, and that nations and national … More A reboot?
Volumes have been written about meditation over centuries and even more has been taught orally. Meditation is one of the oldest skills passed down from one to another. Like women passing on the wisdom of mothering, or the village passing along the skills of weaving or fire making or herbs for health, the wisdom and … More A few articles on aspects of meditation
Philosophy is a touch-stone for humanity. We touch into the heart of truths, as well as the core of who and what we are individually and collectively. There we find inspiration. Philosophy need not be considered old or stodgy, overly intellectual, or irrelevant to one’s day. Instead, when philosophy is explored for the light that … More Philosophy: the touch stone of humanity. Join me!
Religious, spiritual and esoteric traditions of the world provide systems by which to understand oneself and one’s Path. The systems have factors in common because human beings are human beings! The religious traditions tend to emphasize leaving the world, being saved from the world and its dense factors, while also focusing on virtue and responsibility … More A Way to Understand Oneself
Several events are coming up through Spirit Fire. Join me for a meditation retreat, an online course, or an in-person meditation class and gathering. Tuesday, March 15: free online presentation: The Archetypes of the Spiritual Path. This brief visual presentation introduces the next online module of classes which explores the evolution of human consciousness. Stages … More Come together!
Children have a natural affinity to their bodies. They easily tap into the joy of movement, the flow of the breath, and are joyous to experience their bodies in action. Radiant Child is the subject of the conversation today at Noon ET on Spirit Fire Radio. Steve and Tim talk with guest Checka Antifonario about … More Radiant Child Yoga – today on Spirit Fire Radio at noon ET
What do you pay attention to? And, what do you give attention to? – two distinct questions. What does not get your attention? Furthermore, if you were to guess, what percentage of your day has no true attention applied to it? – it is being lived habitually. Meditation requires sustained attention that is withdrawn from … More Puppy training: learning meditative attention
Each week, Tim Darter and Steve Kramer engage an interesting guest on vibrant subjects such as Autism, food and health, living mindfully in a modern world, and creative expression through music. Yet, at the same time, each person’s life expression exemplifies a Step in The Practice of Living Awareness! Check it out: live every Wednesday … More Spirit Fire Radio: living The Practice in real life
We are familiar with the idea of common sense, but does it always lead to common good? What is common good and how can humanity engage it in a way that benefits all life on Planet Earth? This presentation defines the Heart of Humanity as the mechanism that is currently re-defining human consciousness and its … More Engaging the Heart of Humanity: a free webinar
Did you know that shamans of North America and Tibetan Buddhist monks practice some rituals that are very similar? Did you know that the Mayan Wheel of Time has much in common with the Kalachakra Wheel of Time? or that the Virgin Birth is a myth shared by spiritual teachings in addition to Christianity? Religion … More What do shamans and Tibetan Buddhists have in common?
How is humanity flawlessly and consistently moved further along the path of human evolution? Starting next Tuesday, Spirit Fire and Donna Mitchell-Moniak will take an in-depth, and out-of-the-box, look at humanity’s path. We will look into the past as well as contemporarily in order to understand our collective planetary trajectory forward. Four modules within this online series of classes … More THE STAGES OF AWAKENING SERIES
Have you heard? The Practice of Living Awareness is on the air! Each week, hosts Tim Darter and Steve Kramer invite a guest to Spirit Fire’s brand new talk radio show who emulates a particular step of The Practice. We’ve just completed the current round of live meditations which means that we’ve had 14 unique guests whose … More Living Awareness on Spirit Fire Radio!
2015 was Spirit Fire’s 14th year. It was a year of experiencing a ground-swell of results stemming from the efforts of renewal brought by new leadership. The generosity and work of all others through the years kept Spirit Fire’s vision and mission alive, but with children creating in the new Art Barn, a wider variety of presenter-programs at the retreat center, … More Donna’s Reflection on Spirit Fire’s 14th Year…
Wonder. Appreciation. Eagerness. Curiosity. Excitement. These are the words we have been drumming to this year and it seems that youth was intended to keep us in step to the beat. Our meditation practice and the retreat center saw an influx of children and teenagers. Who better to bang the drum of those fun-filled words? … More Youth Reminds Us – Reflections On 2015
Autism was the subject of off-the-cushion application of Luminous Perception. A great show with a great guest. Steve, Tim, and their guest Tammy Duncan brought home several ways by which Luminous Perception is alive within our life, and how any situation is not only what it seems. Check it out! Scroll down the Spirit Fire … More Luminous Perception on Spirit Fire Radio: great show!
hi all, While I’m in Oklahoma teaching the meditation retreat on The Path of Meditation, please use this blog to keep the rhythm going of your practice. Revisit the meditations of the last two weeks and those first two steps or explore the meditations by tag or category. Live meditations will be begin again on … More Away, leading a meditation retreat. Please use the blog.
Over the years, knowledge and understanding of certain forms of typology have graced my life. I have been fortunate enough to use them through decades of counseling and to teach some of them as well. But, I have to say, that when the Science of the Seven Rays flowed into my life, I experienced a … More One’s energetic purpose, one’s vibration of Being
There’s a new radio show on the airwaves. It’s Spirit Fire radio! Each week hosts and practitioners Steve and Tim will explore a step of The Practice with someone who seems to exemplify that step through their professional life, their service, and their way of living. The radio show is live talk radio at noon … More Radio, radio! The Practice of Living Awareness!!
When we live from the centerdness of meditation inner freedom is ours. Training in meditation “tricks” the practitioner to come into relation with the inner truths and realities which bring one back from the distractions of worldliness and self-orientation. One learns to remain milndlful and real. Meditation calls one inside, and from centeredness one lives … More Living it!
Distraction effects us all the time. But it is blatantly obvious when one is trying to meditate. Arising thoughts can be seemingly purposeful or not. Examples of such include thoughts related to work, family, friends, or one’s self, cravings for kind words or an easy day or a taste on the palate. These seem to … More Addressing Distraction
Buddhist Master, Shantideva, wrote: Wandering where it will, the elephant of mind, will bring us down to pains of deepest hell. No worldly beast, however wild, could bring upon us such calamities. If, with the rope of mindfulness, the elephant of the mind is tethered all around, our fears will come to nothing, Every virtue … More A meditation retreat: training the elephant mind
It is unlikely that someone can spontaneously accomplish a triathlon. Similarly, most people cannot simply sit down and experience true meditation. A training is required for both. The training for meditation was established many thousand of years ago by the Indian sage Patanjali. He gave the world the system of yoga, which has its emphasis … More Past life training in meditation, lives of benefit
Originally posted on Blazing Light, Love's Song:
Radiant as in jewel-like, vortextural like a wormhole, and holographic like a fractal. These terms describe the design of the chakras or energy centers of a human being. To understand these qualities of the chakras is to understand the nature of being human, the purpose of being…
The few weeks interim between rounds is a great opportunity to experience themes of meditation that have occurred through The Practice of Living Awareness. Entry, Intermediate, Generative series of meditations are the scaffolding of The Practice, and a variety of meditation themes and training are explored and experienced through experimenting with them. Additionally, the World … More Treasure trove of meditations: reach in!
Creativity. Equanimity. Patience. Reverence. Clarity. These are powerful qualities, and meditation leads the way to each and every one of them. Spirit Fire’s mission is to offer you every opportunity to to find these inherent qualities within yourself and celebrate them to no end. There are many ways to tap in! Watch our video lecture: … More Meditation creates excellence.
Where were you Dec. 21, 2012? We were dancing at Spirit Fire – celebrating the old and trusting the emergence of the new. The new IS emerging but, at essence, it is the Ageless that is coming forward – as wisdom principles and from within humanity. The excellence that is vibrating within each and every … More Online course: Vibrational Excellence
Tuesday, March 31, I will give a free webinar on The Symbolism of Tibetan Imagery and Thangkas. This webinar is a taste of the six-session (week) online course that follows beginning April 7. Tibetan imagery is one of the world’s symbolic forms of art. It is intended to inform and instruct. The information relates to … More Join me for Tibetan Imagery and its meaning
I want to remind meditation practitioners of the weekly discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali that are posted on Blazing Light, my blog. Patanjali was an enlightened teacher who gave the world the system of yoga and codified meditation practice. Siddhartha Gautama then used that system to bring meditation to a whole new level: … More Developing peace in the mind-stuff (chitta)
It is delightful to see the names of registrants for all levels of The Practice of Living Awareness, old names and new ones. Excitement is in the air to be meditating together again. We begin Monday, January 26 at 9 am ET with the Entry level. Tuesday is Intermediate, and Saturday is the Generative Stage. … More Ready?
There is no limit to the awareness available to a human being. Our challenge is how to access and sustain it. A good meditation practice is one that works to do just this: to bring your conscious Self forward in life and throughout your day. That’s why this one is called The Practice of Living … More Meditation is Magic
Everything you could ask for about meditation is in this blog. 2013 posts are now refreshed and culled through. There are many amazing meditations, as well as excellent short or longer articles on every aspect of meditation so that you, the practitioner can fully engage and get results from meditating with The Practice of Living … More Everything you could ask for about meditation
We’re culling the Living Awareness blog for the cream of the crop of its meditations. The years 2012 and 2013 are complete. Audio files have been updated, as WordPress no longer supports the form that was there. 2014 is not refreshed yet, so please don’t go to those archived posts yet. The new round of … More Renew, Inspire, Delight
I want to thank all who sent the energy of prayers, kindness, and meditation to my family during this last month, and especially those that were directed toward my sister and her husband as she was completing her life. We all felt the goodness and light. My youngest sister passed from this incarnation on December … More Thank you for your kind thoughts.
Meditation is a gift when times are happy and when times are sad, when life is easy and when it is challenging. The reason why meditation can provide support is because it is real and trains us to BE in the reality of the moment no matter what the outer circumstance. It takes time to … More Death, Change, and Meditation
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The great master, Patanjali, gave the world the system of yoga. His focus was not the physical body but the methods whereby a practitioner could yoke, as in harness, his or her mind, energy, appetites, and desires. In so doing, a practitioner can arise into the true state of Being. Physical yoga is one of … More Patanjali and the Light of the Soul discussion group. You can join in!
Not everyone can be a gymnast, an accountant, or a pilot, but everyone can be a meditator. Meditation is innate to a human being, and it is so because meditation is simply the direct access to inner awareness. Meditation is not pain management, though one’s relation to pain will adjust through meditation. Meditation is not … More Accomplishing meditation