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

  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 even slammed … More Vastitude

The Observer Mind

      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 as the observer … 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

    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

  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 words … 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

  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. Softness is powerful, indeed. Happy meditating.   … 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

Just Sitting

  Step #14, Living Awareness – Day 3  It has been a distinct pleasure meditating with you over the course of the last fourteen weeks. For this last meditation of this current round, we enjoy sitting – just sitting. Thank you for meditating. And the world thanks you.   Living Awareness Meditation – Day 3 … More Just Sitting

Points of Light

  Step #14, Living Awareness – Day 2  Life is a creative process. We are consistently met with the present moment which is the direct result of each previous moment made manifest and giving way to this one. Like the breath, every coming and going sets the stage for a new cycle of comings and … More Points of Light

Living Awareness

  Step #14, Living Awareness – Day 1  This is the final week of postings for this round of meditations. If you’ve been with us for the last thirteen weeks, congrats on setting the intention to develop a working and sustainable meditation practice – it is called a practice for a reason. By now, at … More Living Awareness

Expand and Include

  Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 3  While most of us associate Albert Einstein with his scientific prowess, his personal writings reveal a spiritual side that is every bit as revelatory. He writes, “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences … More Expand and Include

As Within, So Without

  Step #13, Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 2  Intentions lead to choices and choices lead to manifestations. As we look out into the world, we respond with new thoughts, feelings and desires. As a result, we create new intentions. We are constantly in relationship with the world, subtly and physically. As we’ve said many … More As Within, So Without

The Moment of Becoming

  Step #12, Central Channel – Day 3  Enjoy this quote from Brian Swimme: “The universe emerges out of all-nourishing abyss, not only fifteen billion years ago, but in every moment. Each instance protons and antiprotons are flashing out of, and are as suddenly absorbed back into, all-nourishing abyss. All-nourishing abyss then is not a … More The Moment of Becoming

Expansion Mechanisms

    Step #12, Central Channel – Day 2  By Week 12, we have options. Options are like fuel. They generate hope. Here’s a delightful acronym that came to mind one day while meditating on hope: H.O.P.E. – Having Options Promotes Expansion It is factual. We live in an abundant universe. As we expand our … More Expansion Mechanisms

The Human Experience

    Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 3  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

Interconnectedness

   “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”   — Martin Luther King, Jr. Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 2  One could utilize any number of the meditative tools that we’ve been … More Interconnectedness

Generating Luminosity

  Step #10, Luminous Perception – Day 3  Energy follows thought… it’s a fact. Lighted thoughts create a lighted mind. This meditation sets out to generate light in the “third eye” which then projects and distributes this illumination throughout the body and into the world. We start with an explanation of the energetic architecture which … More Generating Luminosity

The Super-Beyond

  Step #10, Luminous Perception – Day 2  A dimly lit room allows for general vision, you can see objects and have a general idea of the space. As you turn the light up on the dimmer switch, everything becomes clearer; you may see objecst that you hadn’t seen before. Details emerge. As we generate … More The Super-Beyond

The Illumined Self

  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, meaning … More The Illumined Self

Tracks of the Mind

  Step # 9, Mind – Day 2  In the last podcast, we mentioned that Day 2 of this step would focus on concentration, which we would usually generate with specific meditation exercises. In the last round, we offered a candle meditation,  in which focusing on a flame supports one’s mental steadiness. We’d like to go … More Tracks of the Mind