A strong foundation gives us the roots from which to grow. This stability does not always begin with family, but it does begin from within. Instead of noticing the amazing and unique qualities and skill sets with which we are naturally endowed, we often turn to a sense of incompleteness, not good enough or a … More From Roots to Stars
There’s remedies for the ails of one’s body, antidotes for troublesome emotions, and ways to diffuse negative thoughts. Doubts can be addressed, anxiety retrained, and pride dissolved. Medicine Buddha represents each level of dealing with “problems” and also symbolizes that there are “cures” for all forms of disharmony. In one sense, however, alignment is one … More Generative: Remedy (Medicine Buddha)
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
The energy centers of a human being are aligned along the central channel. Said differently: the central channel is the energy thruway of the subtle anatomy and the chakras are the major intersections along the thruway. Both the chakras or centers as well as the central channel and the subtle anatomy overall are subjects well … More 13b. Words of Power
Asana reminds us that our physical body is an aspect of the breadth and scope of human Awareness. Asana also reminds us that with the physical body honored and respected through good posture and alignment, it will assist our meditative stability. A body unacknowledged, not included as an aspect of our meditative practice, is a … More 8c: the body of Awareness
This meditation was sublime. There are few words to type. Alignment provides integration. Integration of all of our aspects and dimensions of consciousness, mind, awareness, and sentient response ensure that our fullness can be experienced and lived from. As we live from more of our fullness, the feelings of lack, or pride, or the desire … More Intermediate: Perfect
As said in the introduction, alignment gives one access to the range of dimensions of pure Being. Every aspect of a human being is constantly emanating quality into the surrounding fields. Meditation trains one in quiescence, harmony, peace, and understanding. As such, one’s fields refine, purify, and seek a harmonious congruent state as a whole. … More Intermediate: Dimensions
Tantric meditation training reveals, and then works with, sets of two which are one and that also produce a new one. For example, two factors within the process of alignment are the quality of penetration and the quality of receptivity. Penetrating is another word for the reach or stretch of consciousness that brings two points … More Intermediate: Two factors in Alignment
Alignment can feel vertical: a connecting of the refined aspects of Being, one level after another. Or vertical alignment can be experienced as a stretch into the heights of Being, of Awareness, of grace or beauty. This vertical ascent provides perspective, detachment, and clarity, as well as higher vibrations of Being and states of meditation. … More Intermediate: Alignment 1
Get centered and feel the inner ground of composure, stability, and centeredness. Smile, breathe, and be present. Experience the foundational ground of Presence, authenticity, and integrity. As kindness is expressed, observe the ground of heart-mind through compassion as action. As respect is given to another person, place, or thing, delight in the shared ground of appreciation … More 11a: Ground is internal.
I don’t know about you but it’s been hard for me to focus lately. My mind recently has, all too easily, been challenged to stay on track, and sentient awareness has been in constant flux with no restfulness or settled state. It’s exhausting. Yesterday, in the peace and quiet (outside and in) of a friend’s … More Intermediate: Getting Clear through Chakra Opening
Sitting well for meditation creates immediate benefits in one’s practice. One can sit in a chair, of course, but if it is possible to sit in a cross-legged position, the pyramidal shape of one’s body actually has effect. But since many people cannot sit like that, a couple of things can refined and support one’s … More 8b. Feel it!
There are many reasons why the classical meditation posture is the classical one. A few are: aligning the body and inner chakra system, alignment of the body, energy, mind, and emotional components of oneself, verticality stretches one energetically as high, expanded or refined as one can reach and then sustain. Also, asana provides the downward … More 8a: Asana – from the bottom to the top
A human being is a complex whole. Well-being lies in coordinating the various layers of that wholeness. Coordinated, we experience creativity, ease, joy, less friction with life and others, and less pain. Uncoordinated, with one part of us ill at ease or multiple aspects not valued, we are stymied, irritable, impatient, gluttonous, and diseased. Asana … More 8b. Coordinating Vibrations
In this meditation, the experience of the interlude of the breath (on the in and out breath) was the focus. It is a tangible space between that is also a moment of ripened potential. The potential of any moment is already present, but giving that moment space to BE without adding or subtracting anything from … More 7b. Vibrant Neutrality
If you want to ski, you need snow; and you need skis, poles, a warm jacket and gloves. If you want a hard boiled egg, you need an egg, water, a way to boil water, and a pot to boil it in. Necessity goes hand in hand with a desired outcome. Softening and opening is … More 4c: Necessary
Teaching and teacher are every moment. With open eyes, open heart and mind, we can realize that all that is happy, sad, painful, or delightful is calling out with a teaching. Realizing this simple and profound truth is to bring forward Awakeness. Living from this wide awakeness is a softened existence, one that is open … More Extraordinary Ordinary-ness
After a short visual introduction, you are invited to click this link for the Full Moon Meditation. August Full Moon Meditation The guided meditation aligns us through the heart of invocation and emanation, the ajna center of clarity and receptivity, and the crown center stretching through the highest dimensions of human Beingness. We invoke the … More August Full Moon meditation
This is the visual introduction-presentation given before the Full Moon meditation. The podcast of the meditation is at the link provided below. The focus of the meditation is a diverse multi-dimensional alignment. This is due to the variety of forms of alignment occurring during this full moon cycle: 5 planets + Chiron in retrograde, the … More July Blue Moon + Retrograde Planets meditation
This is an Intermediate meditation in The Practice of Living Awareness. Downloadable podcast: Coordinated Being
Existence is vibration. It, you, and all in manifestation is vibration. All is the “Word made flesh.” The source of primordial vibration doesn’t matter – it being beyond all concepts and ideation. Of significance to you and I is that we are vibrating. We are waves of purpose and demonstration interacting with layers and layers … More Écoute. Listen!
The ground gives one a sense of stability and surety. What are other things that do that? concepts and beliefs some forms of relationship a sense of self, who or what we think we are thinking (“I think therefore I am.” one’s environment, or the working of appliances, or the internet, or electricity Most of … More The many grounds of one’s life
Working in the garden this morning, I contemplated the growth of the plants. Many things are necessary in order for that to happen. Yet, when all that is necessary is present, then the plant grows and brings forward its fullness. So, I pondered, is my meditation practice still growing? Is meditation still producing fruit? Downloadable … More Still growing?
I could sing the praises of meditation day and night! The powers that it brings forward from inside a person are profound and common. Patience: did you ever consider patience a power? How amazing is gentle patience, calmness in the turbulence of modern life, joyful celebration of a child being a child and needing extra … More The powerful Ground of meditation
At one point in Earth’s history, the plant kingdom was new and was the newest form of evolution on Earth. Humanity is that now (and has been for quite some time). We are a new evolution on Earth. Understanding this for all its significance is huge. Human excellence is within each person. This, and this … More June full moon meditation: webcast/podcast
The first several steps of The Practice of Living Awareness give us the tools and techniques to learn Peaceful Abiding (shamatha). Just as important is the constant encouragement to take each of those techniques or tools into one’s life. Smile – lighten up Breathe – you are alive. Celebrate life. Flow – set your own … More Choose your state of mind
Meditation training combines two factors: feminine and masculine. Within The Practice of Living Awareness, feminine energy is within the first several steps: Flow, Soften and Open, Receive-Release as examples. Masculine energy is within the next several steps beginning with Asana. Asana brings an acuity to one’s practice: straighten up, hold the attitude and altitude, command … More Ahhh, Composure!
In our generation stage meditation today, let’s use on time for this alignment. We set up straight and align for meditation. We align with the highest presences. Smile aligns us in clarity and bliss, in dynamic presence, and we realize the Ground of Being. We invoke the Christ nature which is the living expression of … More Buddha, Christ, Shamballa: we are this.
The source of light is fire. The Sun, a campfire, even the light of a light bulb is some form of controlled combustion. Fire within us gives our body warmth, as well as experienced through passion, excitement, and love. The flame of compassion and awareness is also within us. It is this that lights the … More The flame of compassion and awareness
For thousands of years, the primary posture for meditation has been the lotus or half lotus position. One could wonder if that is simply because people sat on the ground indian-style for the most part. But, in fact, there are many good and even important reasons to use the classic meditation posture if one can. … More The Inner Dynamics of Asana and Meditation