Joyful Awareness

      Step #14, Living Awareness – Day 2  Happiness has a liveliness to it; it creates momentum. When we’re really happy, we want to yodel from the mountaintops! As we spiral up from happiness on the emotional scale, we get closer to feelings that become tinctured with aspects of the mind… appreciation, empathy, … More Joyful Awareness

The Practice

  Step #14, 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 … More The Practice

Ripples of Hope

  Step #13, Toroidal Flow – Day 3  If we were to set the intention of focusing on harmlessness and inclusivity throughout the day, our thoughts, words, and actions would naturally become more altruistic. We would begin to see the evidence and the perfection of toroidal flow in action. On that day, and perhaps for … More Ripples of Hope

Lighted Expression

  Step #13, Toroidal Flow – Day 2  We are in a constant state of being and becoming. Becoming arrives at a place called being and, alas, as a result of our ever-changing, ever-expanding universe, being is becoming again. This is the construct of our time/space existence and it magnificently grants us the freedom to create … More Lighted Expression

The Torus

  Step #13, Toroidal Flow – Day 1  The energy flow of the torus is experienced at this point in our practice. This flow is related to the spiraling nature of everything from the water going down a drain to the spiraling arms of our galaxy. The truth is, we are a mini-galaxy with similar … More The Torus

Radiance Revealed

    Step # 12, Central Channel – Day 3  Conditions reveal rainbows. 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.   Central Channel Meditation … More Radiance Revealed

Deepen Your Practice with a Living Awareness Retreat

  Meditate in the splendor of autumn in New England. This year’s Deepening Retreat will focus on Goodness, Truth, and Beauty… three distinct qualities that are innate to our human experience. Meditation and mindfulness allow them to come to the forefront of our awareness and our lives. Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center offers an environment which … More Deepen Your Practice with a Living Awareness Retreat

I Got Life

  Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 3  Meditation is a celebration of what is. There’s nothing more clear as an is than your body.  It is and it does. It responds. It breathes. It moves. It has the potential to move wildly. Today’s meditation is simple… dance! Sometimes we just need to shake things up. Happy shaking!   Ground of Being Meditation … More I Got Life

As Above, So Below

  Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 1  This particular tool within the Practice of Living Awareness explores the ground upon which our “being” sits. It explores the various bodies (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) through which consciousness expresses and awareness arises. After all, your luminous perception must have a place to preside; and it … More As Above, So Below

Let’s Go Galactic

  Step #10, Luminous Perception – Day 3 Let’s go galactic. Better yet, let’s go UNIVERSAL… and beyond. Within the light of the mind anything is possible. Today’s meditation one of our favorites and one we like to share at this point in the practice. It is a journey into the realms of the creative imagination, … More Let’s Go Galactic

Above the Clouds

  Step #9, Mind – Day 3  There are levels of density to everything in our world… seen and unseen. Ice is more dense than water. Water is more dense 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 … More Above the Clouds

The Observer Self

  Step #9, Mind – Day 2  How attached are we to ourselves and 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 … More The Observer Self

The Mind’s Eye

  Step #9, Mind – Day 1  All teachings that surround meditation have one clear purpose: to assist you in getting to know the mind. Why is that? For your own good! The Buddha observed that the source of our suffering is to be discovered within the mind. If we’re feeling stressed or worried, it … More The Mind’s Eye

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

Finding The Center

    Step #8, Asana – Day 1  Last week’s break, or interlude, from online meditations signals that we are half way through this round of meditations. You might consider this the center of the practice. Seven specific tools to work with in meditation lie behind us and seven new tools to work with in … More Finding The Center

Practicing Pranayama, Practicing Presence

  Step #7, Interlude – Day 3  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 … More Practicing Pranayama, Practicing Presence

Ripples of Awareness

  Step #7, Interlude – Day 1  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, … More Ripples of Awareness

Loving Kindness

    Step #6, Heart-Mind – Day 3  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 … More Loving Kindness

All Heart

    Step #6, Heart-Mind – Day 2  We recognize the heart as the organ responsible for the circulation of blood. It is one of the most vital organs of the physical body… vital to our very existence. The heart is our connection to life, literally and figuratively. We recognize that the heart relates to … More All Heart

Earthly Flow

  Step #3, Flow – Day 3  Molten magma from deep in the Archean Earth flowed to the surface to create vast expanses of land which allowed for life on the planet to move from the sea and diversify. As in the photo above, when fiery lava hits the water it turns from liquid to … More Earthly Flow

Spacious Momentum

  Step #3, Flow – Day 2  We are surrounded by activity. We are immersed in it. The breath is a source of consistent, rhythmic activity. As our awareness meets the breath and lingers alongside its gentle flow, it becomes entrained; it gathers momentum. And what does momentum look like in terms of awareness? Spaciousness. … More Spacious Momentum

Life is Flow

  Step #3, Flow – Day 1  Day flows into dusk which flows into night. Night becomes dawn which flows into day. Youth flows into adulthood. Migrating animals follow the flow of available resources. Words flow from an inspired writer’s pen. Flow is fundamental to each and every aspect of life. Life is flow – … More Life is Flow

Follow Your Nose

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose – Day 3  We experience the outside world with our senses; we hear it, touch it, see it, taste it, smell it. They help us navigate the terrain and inform our choices. Meditation allows us to give our sensory organs a rest from their usual roles… the eyes … More Follow Your Nose

Taking It All In

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose – Day 2  The essence of this week’s theme, Tip of the Nose, is captured in the photo above. This child is still, focused, captivated, and fully present. Perhaps the outer environment is crowded and hectic, and needless to say, the plane is moving 600 mph… but no … More Taking It All In

The Meeting Place

      Step #2, Tip of the Nose – Day 1  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 a designated “peace” zone for an allotted time each week which allows for quiet reflection, your own specific … More The Meeting Place

Respond with a Smile

    Step #1, Smile – Day 3  “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hahn Happiness is a brainwave, and smiles directly affect your brain. It is a physiological fact. It’s revealed in the delightful quote above. The very fact that you can … More Respond with a Smile

Delightfully Held

  Step #1, Smile – Day 2  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 … More Delightfully Held