Leveraging Your Ground

  Once we’ve established “ground,” we get to go places. Firm ground allows us to leap higher. Healthy ground allows us to grow things. Ground supports and enables. In today’s meditation, we use our ground-of-being to magnetize the affirmation, “In the Infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete.”  Then off … More Leveraging Your Ground

You, The Vessel

We have repeated several phrases throughout this round of the Practice of Living Awareness: “Energy follows thought.” “Your thoughts create your reality.” “You are a not a human being having a spiritual experience, you are a spiritual being having a human experience.” All of these support the concept, or the fact, that your body is … More You, The Vessel

Generating Luminosity

  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 creates and directs your innate capacity for … More Generating Luminosity

The Super-Beyond

  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 the light of mind in meditation, we … More The Super-Beyond

The Illumined Self

  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 certainly … More The Illumined Self

The Altitude of Mind

  Inhalation & exhalation are the exchanges of breath. Inspiration & aspiration are the exchanges of the mind. As we aspire or stretch our awareness upwards toward finer vibrational states, we invite inspired thought-forms to make their way to the mind. With  solid ground established within our meditation practice, we can reach to the realms of intuition and co-creative … More The Altitude of Mind

The Observer Mind

  Have we been experiencing the breath or observing the breath? Have we been experiencing the mind or observing the mind? 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 feels a bit more … More The Observer Mind

Balanced Alignment

Establishing balance is essential to effective action. A balanced response can be much more productive than a swift reaction. The same goes for balanced dialogue. Ask yourself, “Are my words kind, true, and necessary?” Balance can be the result of core physical strength as well – standing strong and grounded. Balance produces alignment which produces clarity … More Balanced Alignment

Subtle Presence

  Where does your body exist within space? That depends on what you mean by “your body.” Proper asana reflects alignment of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. As we come to sense the personal requirements for a comfort, equipoise, and focus and put that information to use, we open to door to experiencing the … More Subtle Presence

Allowing Quietude

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” That message is on the chalkboard in the foyer of our meditation center in Leyden, MA. We offer that board up for anyone who is inspired to  leave a new message. I has stayed there for months. It simply seems to resonate with everyone who comes through … More Allowing Quietude

Setting Intentions

  We pause for a week at the half-way point of the current round of meditations within Practice of Living Awareness. We’ve completed seven weeks thus far and have worked with seven meditation tools. This pause offers wonderful opportunity to integrate all seven into your weekly sittings or to revisit a particular guided meditation from our archives. We’ll be back next Monday … More Setting Intentions

Peaceful Abiding

    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 to go within, to observe and … More Peaceful Abiding

Silence Speaks

  As we enter into our 7th week of this round of meditations with The Practice of Living Awareness, we pause and take stock; after all, at the end of this week we’ll be at the half way mark. Hopefully the tools we’ve meditated with thus far have offered you access to that inner-most aspect … More Silence Speaks

The Middle Way

Heart-Mind joins two principles that underlie our reality: (one) that energy follows thought, and (two) that we are all part of a complex interdependent and interconnected community of life. As we begin to embody heart-mind, we begin to participate in creating a world in which cooperation, respect, and harmlessness move to the forefront of our … More The Middle Way

Release Into Peace

  We allow for peace. We create space for it. You need only sense into the experience of judgement, criticism, blame, and divisiveness to feel the contraction; separation requires a contraction of sorts, a cutting-off. Peace on the other hand, is inclusive. Appreciation, generosity, and a notion as simple as well-being, are expansive in nature. … More Release Into Peace

Timely Release

It is autumn in New England and this year the leaves are especially dramatic. Each day the landscape is made new as fresh colors splash across the tree line and leaves toss about in the wind like confetti then land to create ever-new, ever-colorful, ever-changing ground cover. It is a spectacle that I look forward … More Timely Release

The Art of Allowing

  To accompany today’s meditation, I’d like to offer a question posed in a note from The Universe (as provided by the ever-inspiring Mike Dooley). It says everything about the art of allowing… “Tell me, what advice would you give a child who came to you asking what their favorite color should be?  To follow … More The Art of Allowing

Inspirare

  The definition of inspire is: to fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. This word is derived from the Latin  word inspirare meaning: breathe or blow into; from in (into) + spirare (breathe); to excite, to inflame; to put life into the human body. May it be … More Inspirare

The Softening

    Step 4 within the practice brings awareness to three powerful choices: softening, opening, and receiving. Our physiology chooses these for us every time we breathe. We receive oxygen on every inhale, all day and all night, consciously or unconsciously. Becoming intimate with this occurrence creates powerful shifts toward being fully present in the moment. “We … More The Softening

The Ever-Present Flow

    Flow Meditation – Day 2. Are you able to go with the flow? Do you meet change with open-mindedness and little resistance? Fact is, adaptability is essential to our longevity; at very least, it helps us get through the day with ease. Practicing flow helps us cultivate lots of positive qualities – a willingness to … More The Ever-Present Flow

The Rhythm of Three

    Flow Meditation – Day 1. We begin Week 3 with a familiar concept – flow. We have all experienced flow. Time flows. Rivers flow, Breath flows. The number three has a way of supporting rhythm and flow. All colors flow from the three primary colors of blue, red, and yellow. The genie grants three wishes … More The Rhythm of Three

The Perch

  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

Delightfully Held

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

A New Round Approaches

  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

Soul, breathing.

  “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.

Connecting to livingness, generating joy.

  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.

You are becoming.

  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.

Lighted exchange.

  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.

Seed thoughts.

  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.

Radiance revealed.

  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  

Expand and include.

  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.