Taking Your Seat

  Asana Meditation – Day 3  In early 1960, four young men walked into Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, took a seat at the counter, and asked to be served lunch. They were denied because they were black. Their refusal to leave without service began a civil rights sit-in movement which quickly spread to college … More Taking Your Seat

What’s On Your Mind?

  Mind Meditation- Day 1  Judgement and criticism have been described as great human heresies. Why? Because they are divisive at their core. They inevitably lead to separateness. Negative thoughts lead to negative emotions which have a negative impact on our physiology, relationships, outlook, and our lives in general. Ponder the last time someone cut you … More What’s On Your Mind?

Samadhi

Mind Meditation- Day 2  The Eightfold Path was consistently presented by the Buddha as a guide to end suffering. The eight parts are divided into three groupings: ethical conduct (right speech, right action, and right livelihood), mental discipline (right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration), and wisdom (right thought and right understanding). If we take … More Samadhi

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

Allowing Luminosity

    Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 1  As we go-with-the-flow of our experience of breathing, we feel lighter. After all, aspiration means to rise up and it is derived from the Latin, spirare, to breathe. As we inhale, there is a subtle sensation of being lifted up. We can find a certain lightness at … More Allowing Luminosity

The Luminous Mind

    Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 2  “In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete.” Now that is a luminous perception… and this polar bear seems to be in a position to take it all in! The perception aspect of ‘luminous perception’ is as much about receiving as it … More The Luminous Mind

Universal Beingness

  Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 3  Energy follows thought; this is a fact. Scans of a brain that is processing thoughts of a dramatic event show that its response is the same as if the dramatic event where real; that is, if it were happening in the physical world. Perceived stress is every bit … More Universal Beingness

Of the Earth

    Ground of Being Meditation – Day 1  Your thoughts arise from your brain, yet your mind exists beyond it. Emotions are the result of your neurobiology and its relationship with a wide variety of organs, glands, and hormones. Your physical body manifests as the result of… well, mostly pure magic. All of these … More Of the Earth

Singing the Self

  Ground of Being Meditation – Day 2  “Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not my soul.” – from Song of Myself, by Walt Whitman Nature provides the perfect soundtrack for this meditation on Ground of Being. Clear and sweet. Crickets being crickets. Happy meditating.     Meditation Podcast: Ground … More Singing the Self

Earth Centered

  Ground of Being Meditation – Day 3  The heart is a centerpiece between our spiritual self and our human self. Within our energy architecture, the heart charka occupies the middle-ground  between the crown chakra and the root chakra. Chakras cascade the light of our spiritual beingness, one down to the next from the crown … More Earth Centered

Being, Becoming, Breathing

  Central Channel Meditation – Day 3  The Crown Chakra, the Heart Chakra, and the Root Chakra: these three energy centers, when aligned, support our becoming… becoming connected, becoming grounded, becoming essential. Happy meditating.   Meditation Podcast: Central Channel – Day 3  

Toroidal Flow

  Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 1  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 … More Toroidal Flow

As Within, So Without

  Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 2  Intentions lead to choices and choices lead to manifestations. As we look out into the material 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 times, … More As Within, So Without

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

This Waking Moment

  Living Awareness Meditation – Day 1  Fourteen weeks have nearly passed since we took up this round of meditations and now the banquet has been freshly laid out before you. Life awaits, each waking moment to each waking moment. This is the final step of the latest round of the Practice of Living Awareness and … More This Waking Moment

Align, Attune, Aspire

  Living Awareness Meditation – Day 2  Meditation offers us the opportunity to create clarity and spaciousness, both of which allow distortions to fall away and awareness to naturally arise. The result of all meditation practices is increased awareness and with that comes a mindful approach to life and life choices. Peace resides within the … More Align, Attune, Aspire

14b: Chakra lights

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

13a: Interior Dimensionality: toroidal flow

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

12c: Jewel-like radiance

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

12a. Fullness

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

11a. Indestructible

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

10c: Lighted Presence

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

9c. Empty

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

9b. Openness

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