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

Receptive and Serene

  Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 1  The meditative experience is found in the allowing. It is found in the softening. It is found in the opening. It is found in the receiving. When the body, mind, and spirit are receptive, we catch a glimpse of our innate interconnectedness. Connected to what? … More Receptive and Serene

Just Sitting

  Step #14, Living Awareness – Day 3  It has been a distinct pleasure meditating with you over the course of the last fourteen weeks. For this last meditation of this current round, we enjoy sitting – just sitting. Thank you for meditating. And the world thanks you.   Living Awareness Meditation – Day 3 … More Just Sitting

Points of Light

  Step #14, Living Awareness – Day 2  Life is a creative process. We are consistently met with the present moment which is the direct result of each previous moment made manifest and giving way to this one. Like the breath, every coming and going sets the stage for a new cycle of comings and … More Points of Light

Living Awareness

  Step #14, Living Awareness – Day 1  This is the final week of postings for this round of meditations. If you’ve been with us for the last thirteen weeks, congrats on setting the intention to develop a working and sustainable meditation practice – it is called a practice for a reason. By now, at … More Living Awareness

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

As Within, So Without

  Step #13, Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 2  Intentions lead to choices and choices lead to manifestations. As we look out into the 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 … More As Within, So Without

The Moment of Becoming

  Step #12, Central Channel – Day 3  Enjoy this quote from Brian Swimme: “The universe emerges out of all-nourishing abyss, not only fifteen billion years ago, but in every moment. Each instance protons and antiprotons are flashing out of, and are as suddenly absorbed back into, all-nourishing abyss. All-nourishing abyss then is not a … More The Moment of Becoming

Expansion Mechanisms

    Step #12, Central Channel – Day 2  By Week 12, we have options. Options are like fuel. They generate hope. Here’s a delightful acronym that came to mind one day while meditating on hope: H.O.P.E. – Having Options Promotes Expansion It is factual. We live in an abundant universe. As we expand our … More Expansion Mechanisms

The Human Experience

    Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 3  As the Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quote proclaims, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” The earth beneath our feet provides stability, the sky above our heads provides spaciousness. Light reveals and the rhythm of … More The Human Experience

Interconnectedness

   “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”   — Martin Luther King, Jr. Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 2  One could utilize any number of the meditative tools that we’ve been … More Interconnectedness

Generating Luminosity

  Step #10, Luminous Perception – Day 3  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 … More Generating Luminosity

The Super-Beyond

  Step #10, Luminous Perception – Day 2  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 … More The Super-Beyond

The Illumined Self

  Step #10, Luminous Perception – Day 1  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 … More The Illumined Self

Tracks of the Mind

  Step # 9, Mind – Day 2  In the last podcast, we mentioned that Day 2 of this step would focus on concentration, which we would usually generate with specific meditation exercises. In the last round, we offered a candle meditation,  in which focusing on a flame supports one’s mental steadiness. We’d like to go … More Tracks of the Mind

The Mind

  Step # 9, Mind – Day 1  What is the mind? One definition refers to the mind as “a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, language and memory. It is usually defined as the faculty of an entity’s thoughts and consciousness.” Another definition states that the mind is an “element of a … More The Mind

Altitude and Poise

  Step #8, Asana – Day 3  In sitting upright, in straightening and aligning the spine, the breath has every opportunity to become balanced.  You are balancing your asana, inside and out. You are balancing your sense of ‘self’ so that your inner posture and your outer posture can harmonize. A sloppy posture usually means … More Altitude and Poise

Simply Observing

  Step #8, Asana – Day 1  We’re on the second half of this round of meditations, Step #8. Imagine the number 8. Trace it’s shape in your mind. The line moves up and around from the center and circles round back to its point of origin then loops down below and circles back around … More Simply Observing

Midway

  Hello meditators. This is just a gentle reminder that we take a week off midway through each round of online meditations. New recordings will resume on Monday as we move into the second half of the practice. Happy meditating!

Retreat Yourself

  Intentions: A Living Awareness Meditation Retreat  Magic happens when you intentionally put yourself in an environment that allows the mind and body to quiet down, and even more so when a group comes together with that shared intention. Spirit Fire offers meditation retreats throughout the year to support our online practice. Our first retreat … More Retreat Yourself

Life Happens

  Step #7, Interlude – Day 3  With today”s meditation, we are half way through the current round of meditations with the Practice of Living Awareness… yet, it’s a brand new year. What happens when new resolutions, new beginnings, and new approaches meet something that’s already in motion? Life happens! What happens when you resolve … More Life Happens

A New Year, A New Decade

  Step #7, Interlude – Day 2  May you find clarity and peace of mind in meditation. And may that guide you to your highest purpose and most lighted self throughout the new year and into the new decade. Happy New Year. Happy meditating.   Interlude – Day 2

Interludes

  Step #7, Interlude – Day 1  We simply pause for an interlude as the year nears its end. A pause often follows fullness. Is your tummy full? Pause. Are your lungs full. Pause. Was this a full year? Take a moment to pause. Step 7 is called Interlude. It allows steps 1 through 6 … More Interludes

Embodying Heart-Mind

  Step #6, Heart-Mind – Day 3  We wrap up this holiday week with another “straight to our sitting” meditation focused on Heart-Mind. The concept of heart-mind joins two principles that underlie our reality. The first principle is that energy follows thought. This reveals the truth that we create our own reality. What do your … More Embodying Heart-Mind

Release into Peace

  Step #5, Soften, Open, and Release – Day 3  We allow for peace. We create space for it. You need only sense into the experience of judgement, criticism, or blame to feel the contraction; separation requires a contraction of sorts, a cutting-off. Kindness and peace on the other hand, are inclusive. Appreciation, generosity, and … More Release into Peace

Release into Freedom

  Step #5, Soften, Open and Release – Day 2  Release fear. Release doubt. Release dice. Release a giggle. Release control. Release the brakes. Release devices. Release divisiveness. Release expectations. Release grudges. Release the door. Release tension. Release resistance. Release the top button. Release doves. Release tears. Release a smile. Release the breath… presence follows. … More Release into Freedom

Natural Flow

  Step #5, Soften, Open, and Release – Day 1  Our practice continues with Step 5 by going into the experience of release. Softening, opening and receiving (Step 4) naturally moves into softening, opening, and releasing (Step 5). Once again, the breath leads the way into this experience. Whether we are running or sunning, giggling … More Natural Flow

Welcoming Presence

  Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 3  As children, on our way out of the door, we were often told, “Be careful!” Essentially, we were being asked to be aware; to pay attention. We were being asked to soften, open, and  receive. Actually, this is quite easy for children. They possess a … More Welcoming Presence

Expand and Include

  Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 2  During our waking hours our sensory perceptions are constantly translating our experience. At the same time, we are choosing where to land our focus and what to allow in. Softening to an experience allows it to linger… it allows for appreciation; it allows for more. … More Expand and Include

Present and Receptive

  Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 1  We receive a new breath every few seconds. There are great teachings within this natural occurrence; we need only make ourselves fully available to it. Softening and opening to the breath makes one receptive to the meditative experience. As this step begins to permeate your awareness, … More Present and Receptive

Allowing Flow

  Step #3, Flow – Day 2  A tremendous snowstorm went through North America over the last several days. Did it flow into your part of the world? If so, did you get excited and proclaim, “Winter is here!” Did you panic and pack the refrigerator… despite all of the Thanksgiving leftovers? Did you rejoice … More Allowing Flow

Go with the Flow

  Step #3, Flow – Day 1  We begin or 3rd week 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 … More Go with the Flow

The Nose Knows

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose – Day 3  The tip of the nose offers both a place of rest and a place of exploration; we can move our awareness to this spot in order give ourselves a rest from “the monkey mind,” or a mind that is bouncing about. The stability that this meditative … More The Nose Knows

Taking Refuge

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose – Day 2  Not unlike a bus shelter on a rainy day, the tip of the nose offers refuge from an over active mind. It is a destination, a go-to sweet spot; or rather a go-back-to again-and-again sweet spot. If thoughts were raindrops, some might say it can … More Taking Refuge

Landing Your Focus

  Step #2, Tip of the Nose – Day 1  Meditators often say that their practice offers them a greater sense of peace and ease when dealing with life’s ups and downs. Undoubtably, this generates more happiness and a lighter way of being in the world.  They also say that they notice improvement in their … More Landing Your Focus

Allowance

  Step #1, Smile – Day 3  The body responds to a gentle breath in the same way most of us respond to a smile: with allowance. In other words, we really want take it in. Smiles make us feel good on a physiological, emotional, and mental level. They inspire happiness. Similarly, the body is … More Allowance

Consider a Smile

  Step #1, Smile – Day 2  There is a common misconception that meditation is about checking-out; that it is about going somewhere else. Ah, the floating meditator off in space. It’s not such an accurate image. A key aspect of meditation is checking-in; establishing presence. Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the many pioneers of meditation … More Consider a Smile