Virgo is an earth sign. It is also one of service, care, selflessness, and humility. The changes that the Earth are going through require that humanity serve one another and future generations through honest acknowledgement of change and of the opportunities that change provides. Service to and of one another and all life on Earth … More Virgo Full Moon meditation
This full moon is accompanied by a lunar eclipse and Mars conjunct the Sun in Leo. In many ways, these energies portend the solar eclipse in two weeks on August 21 which will be accompanied by a Grand Fire Trine. The planets involved then will be the Sun, Mars, Saturn, and Uranus. Mars conjunct the … More August – Leo – Full Moon meditation
Using meditative creative imagination, we hover in space looking back to planet Earth. So beautiful. Radiant with auroras at both poles, the power of storms and lightning flash across the surface of the planet in various locations, yet a serenity prevails overall. This meditation elicits awe, gratitude, and dedication to the amazing planet that we … More World Service: The view from space
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
The joy of the final step of The Practice Entry level is that we can meditate with any aspect of our practice. The chakras (or centers) and the central channel comprise this meditation. Such a meditation as this could be done daily for a year and would not be time wasted. Each of the sacred … More 14b: Chakra lights
Hundreds of books have been written on meditation, some from great masters of the art and science of it. Meditation thrives in a variety of spiritual and secular systems and, though variety abounds in styles and techniques of meditation, the essential components are the same in all systems. This is because those particular factors of … More 14a: Living from awareness
We are energy beings and our life streams are shared with all beings and with Earth herself. Our auric fields have a fundamental flow to them that is like the Earth’s. There are lesser flows within the human fields, just as there are to the Earth, however, this replication is significant. It is one of … More 13c: A field of sacred energy and light
The human auric energy field is like that of our mother, Earth. The overall field has an inlet and outlet. For a person, that is the crown center (in) and root center (out). For Earth, these are the north and south poles. The human auric field focuses around a center source, the central channel. Similar … More 13b. The auric energy field
Our insides create our outsides. In other words, the condition of our inner well-being will create our outer life. If one’s inner anatomy and mindset are in turmoil, cluttered, or out of balance, then one’s life will be the same. Yet, as we cultivate simplicity, rhythm, and the assent of our spiritual nature, our outer … More 13a: Interior Dimensionality: toroidal flow
Each of the seven centers (chakras) along the central channel has an tremendous untapped potential. We live our chakras every day, but rarely from their refined vibrational capacity. Fulfilling appetites and distractions are a primary way that the sacral center is lived. The sense of person-ness occupies the solar plexus; and manipulating time and facts … More 12c: Jewel-like radiance
After establishing ourselves in the ground of Being, we breathe up along the Central Channel and the seven primary centers (chakras). If, as a practitioner, we are non-distracted in our openness and focus, then an excellence from within will suffuse the sitting. The simplicity of this technique belies the full range of meditation states that … More 12b: Excellence from within
Last week, we breathed down through the middle of us, through the heart center, down to the root center and the ground of Being. With practice, that process can foster a sense of stature within oneself: a feeling of being bright, open, and confident meditatively and in life situations. Once at the root center (the … More 12a. Fullness
What have you discovered this week through the idea of Ground in meditation practice? Downloadable podcast: dec0415entry living from the ground of being.mp4
To quote the introductory presentation: Sagittarius reminds us that we have lived in many countries, have been the conquered and the violent conqueror, have taken in strangers, helped others, and given sanctuary to those in need. This full moon, let us expand into the heights of Sagittarius by expressing its Earth. The esoteric Earth rulership … More December Full Moon meditation
The ground is underneath our feet. It is there all the time. The ground of being is like this: already present, there all the time. This inner presence is always inside. Thus, if one has practiced one’s practice – off the cushion in one’s life as well as on the cushion faithfully – then the … More 11a. Indestructible
Vipassana means pure perception or penetrating insight or clear perception. When one lives from the natural light of awareness, one is living vipassana. In other words, with the light of awareness functioning, perception no longer is based on outer appearances or sensations, on beliefs or preferences. One perceives the essence and energy of an event, … More 10c: Lighted Presence
Meditation brings forward the excellence that is within a person. Each method or technique targets a quality or aptitude innate to a human being, then invites it into expression. The first eight steps of The Practice of Living Awareness incrementally give a practitioner all that is needed to establish the meditative state of shamatha. Shamatha … More 10b. Vipassana = pure perception
Two great teachers of the art and science of meditation have been Buddha Shakyamuni and Patanjali. They provided methods that elucidate the natural state of luminous being while -at the same time- entraining one to this truer freer state. Their methods mirror each other. As such, there is not much difference between the techniques given … More 10a: A natural state of being
A third quality of mind-awareness is empty: void, unpopulated, thus unaffected and smooth. This quality is just as natural as is the exacting or expanding qualities. The smooth continuous nature of awareness is present and can be experienced as one learns to leave awareness un-interrupted, unpopulated. It’s not easy to speak or write of such … More 9c. Empty
Creative thinking, contemplation, appreciation, and inspiration are by-products of the expansive or open quality of mind. This is the second quality that we are engaging this week with Step 9 of the Entry practice. We recall that the human mind includes all thinking, emoting, sensing and sensation. In general, these are related to the exacting … More 9b. Openness
Exploration is a direct experience of something or somewhere. To explore Venice, one goes to Venice. To explore different spices, one uses them in cooking. To explore meditation, one experiments with meditation. In this sitting, we explore the qualities of poise that are experienced in our emotions, mind, and body during the sitting. Experiencing them … More 8b: Poise on and off the cushion
Padme means lotus, but it’s not that simple. The seed that eventually manifests as a blossoming lotus first produces roots, then a stem, then leaves, a bud, then blossom, pistils, stamen, and then seed again. All these manifestations are within the seed of lotus just as the diverse expressions of compassion and wisdom are within … More Inter: Padme – the seed and all its manifestations
Human beings are a complex, a collection of energies. We have a physical dimensionality, a robust emotion-mind set of factors, as well as an essence or spiritual, higher nature. Meditation is interested in the integration of these parts along with yoga, tai chi, chi gong, aikido, and other practices that seek to unite our components. … More 8a. the Body-Mind-Spirit
This image is from Greenland. As beautiful as these ice jewels are, they are reporting changes due to global climate change. Like a person who loses his or her hair due to chemotheraphy but looks beautiful in his or her baldness, these ice formations also are a sign of the sickness of Earth yet they … More World Service: Jewel-like
The importance of shamatha cannot be understated in regards to one’s meditation practice or one’s life. On the cushion or off, shamatha is the capacity of a human being to abide in a state of calm, serenity, or composure, tranquility, equipoise, or steadfastness such that distractions are non-effective to pull one away from stability and … More 7c. Shamatha: Inner peace and harmony
Tranquility. People and animals love it. Tranquility expresses in many ways, in a variety of forms: serenity, peace, ease, composure, patience, flow, and tranquility itself. Within tranquility is the feeling of integral and integrity. When we are with another person sharing harmony, ease, peace, and serenity, there is a feeling that each person is integral … More 7b. Serenity
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Sudan is poised to create a genocide. Refugees from several wars or famines of the world have nowhere to go but can’t stay where they are. The US has elected a wild-card for its president and the Brits have chosen to exit the EU. Wisdom asks “does self-serving ever really serve one’s self?” Aren’t we … More Service: Unity – One world, one shared life
Meditation directs one to integrity, to the authenticity of who and what one is, and that -deep inside- is a being of heart-mind. Protests have been happening in several US cities by people who are fearful about the policies that the president-elect might institute as well as what he might tear down. By the same … More 6c: Authenticity in times of change
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
Imagine every being on Earth connected as one heart. This meditation brought tears to some in the retreat group in Milwaukee. May it touch you deeply too.
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
In most indigenous cultures around the world, the heart and mind have been known as one. The teachings have never emphasized the head over the heart but, instead, as the Tao te Ching states, without the heart the head is of little use. Step 6 of The Practice of Living Awareness invites the practitioner to … More Vibrant Aliveness
We continue with evening number five of meditations focused on the upcoming election. May the light generated from our hearts and minds serve to foster positivity, kindness, tolerance, and unity. Included below are slides from the dialogue preceding 15 minutes of silent meditation. Enjoy and let your light shine.
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.