Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 3. Where will your awareness land? The choice is yours. The photo above offers many options for places to land your focus as well as many ways to use your focus. You could choose to focus on the variety of colors and shades present or a particular color that … More The Freedom to Choose
Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 2. There’s so much to take in as we are perched. Today’s meditation takes us to the perch where we notice the usually not noticed. Observation is an activity made possible by stillness. Noticed and not noticed, activity and stillness, inner and outer, breath coming and breath … More The Perch
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 the tip of … More A Beautiful Relationship
Smile Meditation – Day 3. The shape of a smile is quite common: raised at the edges and curved from side to side. It’s the shape of a bowl or a basin. It’s the shape of the hammock above… it has a similar function as well. A smile holds and supports; it contains and carries. … More Delightfully Held
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 who surround you. Sounds … More The Soft and Gentle Smile
Smile Meditation – Day 1. Peace and happiness can be the quality of this very moment, if we choose to bring them forward. They’re a bit like the clear blue sky… always there, yet not always revealed. Perhaps we simply need to look up more and take it in or allow the cloud cover to … More Start Off With a Smile
September is shaping up to be a fantastic month at Spirit Fire. Our “Deepening” Living Awareness Retreat is one week away, September 7-9. We look forward to creating and sharing the group meditative field with this year’s participants at our meditation center in Leyden, Massachusetts. And the following week, on September 17th, we begin … More A New Round Approaches
“The soul is the core of your being. It is eternal. It doesn’t exist in space-time. It is a field of infinite possibilities, of infinite creativity. It is your internal reference point with which you should always be in touch.” – Deepak Chopra May the tools that you have acquired over the last … More Soul, breathing.
Happiness has a liveliness to it; it creates momentum. When we’re really happy, we want to yodel down the mountain! As we spiral up the emotional scale, we get closer to feelings that become tinctured with aspects of the mind… appreciation, empathy, compassion, wonder, and joy. In particular, joy engages the observer mind… the … More Connecting to livingness, generating joy.
Awareness is ever-efflorescing, as are you. Here we are at Step 14. Blossoming, blooming, and tickled pink. Let’s meditate. Downloadable Podcast: 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 life serves to make each experience one … More Step 14: Living Awareness
Your are what you eat, right? This is a toroidal statement and a truthful one. The beautiful cloud in the photo above is the result of many cooperative components: the sea, the sun, heat, moisture, evaporation, atmosphere… and a photographer in the right place with the right equipment… you, with internet, a computer, and an … More You are becoming.
We are in a constant state of being and becoming. Becoming arrives into being and, alas, we are becoming again. This is the construct of our time/space existence and it magnificently grants us the freedom to create our own reality. That which your breathe into your being assists in your becoming. Breathe in your … More Lighted exchange.
Can you see an apple in the diagrams above? The center-right image would be an apple when viewed from above; and below it, the cross-section of an apple, whit the dark section representing its core. The torus is a fundamental energy structure. It is quite literally responsible for our manifest universe… and the apple. … More The architecture of life.
The torus is a fundamental energetic mechanism. Its circuitous motion creates a toroidal flow, where energy comes in through the top circumnavigates in a spherical shape on the inside, comes out through the other end and moves around the outside to return again to the top. We have versions of this system all around … More Step 13: Toroidal Flow
Meditation is often plugged as bringing about “peace of mind” for the practitioner. This is true, but there’s more. Much more. Meditation is also concerned with mental receptivity. In this sense, meditation can be very creative. It can produce new thoughts, mental illumination, and inspiration. In meditation of this kind, sustained effort is applied … More Seed thoughts.
Conditions reveal the rainbow. 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. Downloadable Podcast: Central Channel – Day 2
By Step 12 of the practice, we have options. Options are like fuel. They generate hope. Here are a few delightful acronyms that came to mind one day while meditating on hope: H.O.P.E. – Having Options Promotes Expansion H.O.P.E. – Harnessing Enthusiasm Provides Evidence Both are factual. We live in an abundant universe. As … More Expand and include.
The Central Channel is your energetic core from within. It connects the above to the below and the inner to the outer. It is the high-vibration etheric replica of your spinal cord and is directly linked to your entire nervous system via seven energy centers called chakras. The Central Channel serves as the primary … More Step 12: Central Channel
Winter is waning here in New England and only a few patches of snow remain. The sun lingers a little longer each day and the ground is beginning to soften and warm. Soon sprouts will appear on the topsoil, buds will appear on the trees, and green will return to dominate the landscape. Plants … More Upward.
Have you ever spent time in the forest? It is rejuvenating. The air is alive. It is pure, It is rich. Trees are the lungs of the earth. They purify the atmosphere, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Their various processes of giving and receiving also help to regulate water cycles and and build up … More The lungs of the earth.
Expression elicits an equal and opposite response. We learn this in physics. We experience this in relationships. And we’ve observed this with the breath: every inhale is followed by an exhale; receiving is followed by releasing. This week we respond to the light of mind with the ground of being. Happy meditating! Downloadable … More As above, so below.
Human being. Being human. Being still. Still being. Being grounded. Grounded being. Yes, meditation accentuated all of these states of being. We have spent the last several steps working with the mind. For Step 11, we acknowledge this precious fact: the awareness that we have generated by consciously engaging various aspects of the mind … More Step 11: Ground of Being
It takes alignment and receptivity to see beyond the shell of things. I was with my mom one day in downtown Harrisburg, where I grew up. We liked to go there in the afternoon to people-watch, sit by the river, and enjoy each other’s company in the outdoors. On our way back to the … More Seeing more.
Light is nature’s way of transferring energy and information through space. And oh, how it moves through space! The sunlight that allows us to perceive the natural world around us actually left the sun ten minutes prior to reaching our eyes. Within us, light is traveling as well. Biophotons, which are the electromagnetic byproduct of … More Luminous adventuring.
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 ‘wind.’ Breath, source, and light: we’ve … More Soul light.
Activity generates energy; just continuously rub your hands together faster and faster and faster and you’ll notice energy being generated. The acting of rubbing your hands together also takes energy… it’s an exchange. As we’ve said many times, life is all about flow. The mind is no different. As we aspire to higher vibratory levels … More Step 10: Luminous Perception
There are levels of density to everything in our world… seen and unseen. Ice is denser than water. Water is denser 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 put, how tightly it’s packed in. Emotions have … More Above the clouds.
How attached are we to ourselves? 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 valuable ponderings. Not because you may come … More The observer self.
Look around. Everywhere you look is evidence that a mind was at work… most likely many minds. Everything that surrounds you was considered into creation… even you. The contents of the manifest universe, each and every detail, was at one time a thought-form that became a reality. Thoughts are powerful, creative tools used by … More Where do we find the mind? Everywhere.
Any meditation training, essentially, is time spent getting to know the mind. This is done by first observing it and then becoming friends with it. An unruly mind leads to suffering, the Buddha suggested this 2,000 years ago and, today, science has proven it. Dr. Daniel Siegel of the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center … More Step 9: Mind
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, insights to be received, and expression to be revealed. Asana is flexible yet concise. Asana is … More Getting where you’re going.
Though we think of ourselves as shaped by our environment, it is really the other way around. We create our own experiences in this life and thus our own world. It is our inner-most, our most subtle selves, that attracts the material components to reflect our inner state of being. Be crabby in your … More The inner creates the outer.
Here we are at the center of the practice. As we begin Step 8, we are at the half-way mark. Glorious! Seven meditation steps lie behind us, seven meditation steps lie ahead of us and here we are in the middle… beautifully balanced between what was and what will be. In this particular moment, … More Finding the center.
The body is a vessel. It receives. It receives all day and all night. It receives food and water; it receives words and visuals, sounds and ideas. It receives hugs and smiles and sometimes it receives aggression and sadness. Your body receives the news of the day and the soundtrack in you headphones. Your … More Step 8: Asana
Pranayama is the formal practice of controlled breathing. There are many techniques… each one is as accessible and beneficial as the breath itself . Squared breathing is one of those techniques and it has a calming effect. It engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the body’s rest & digest system. Typically … More Practicing pranayama, practicing presence.
Noticing is a skill. Noticing what? Where do I direct my noticing? It’s a skill. Noticing reveals the incredible abundance of life on earth. Why? Because there’s just so much to notice. How? That is the question. How do I develop this skill of noticing? How does noticing reveal so very much? It comes … More Satiety, silence, and stillness.
If you’ve been enjoying your online practice and would like to experience meditation in a setting designed to support your sittings, consider visiting our meditative retreat center in Leyden, Massachusetts. We offer four Living Awareness Meditation Retreats each year. Each one highlights a different aspect of The Practice of Living Awareness. Our next retreat, … More Join us for a Living Awareness Meditation Retreat
We will work with interludes this week, which means we will be paying attention to the space between. The space between thoughts. The space between breaths. The space between moments. Once again, we find ourselves allowing. Allowing the precious space between to become the noticed space. In doing so, a new space arises as the … More Ripples of awareness.
The beauty of Step 7 is to allow Steps 1 through 6 to find their productive connectedness in the whole of your meditation practice. Interludes work beautifully in that regard; they are integrative. The number 7 itself signifies synthesis, wholeness, and completion. 7 days come together to create a week. 7 colors form the … More Step 7: Interlude
We are all a part of the fabric of life… each and every one of us. Those we love. Those who challenge us. Those we admire. Those we fear. Those who shape us. At times this human experience can seem merciless and at times it can seem blessed beyond belief; this is the warp … More Loving kindness is the way.
Happy Valentine’s Day, from our heart to yours. You’d think we perfectly planned to be on Step 6 of the practice, Heart-Mind, on Valentine’s week. We didn’t. Some things just work out. Like you… your love… and the perfection of it all. Enjoy. Downloadable Podcast: Heart-Mind – Day2
You! Your expression! Your joy! Your enthusiasm! Your passion! Your creativity! Your vision! Your splendor! Your heart! Your mind! We all share in the glory of its revelation! Heart-Mind is both a quality and a vehicle. As a quality, it is omnipresent; we simply need to tap into it. As a vehicle, it is … More In love with love, cosmologically so!
All meditation practices bring the idea of relationship to the forefront of awareness. What is our relationship to our thoughts? What is the relationship of our thoughts to our emotions? What is our relationship to the breath? These are all common meditation ponderings. At the center of each and every relationship (and every pondering) … More Step 6: Heart-Mind
Allowing thoughts to come and go can take quite a bit of practice and meditation offers the perfect opportunity to do just that… to allow. As we allow, we are actually practicing detachment… allowing thoughts to arise and allowing them pass teaches us to be at ease with ourselves and at ease with … More Forgiveness, the ultimate release.
Alice A. Bailey wrote The Problems With Humanity in 1947. It could be considered a response to the World Wars, though the excerpt below could have been written yesterday. “At the very outset of our discussion, it would be wise to remember that the entire problem we are considering can be traced back to the outstanding … More Releasing separateness.