Intermediate: Liberation from the ego

If shamatha is the foundation for all levels of meditation, then what is the foundation of shamatha? The great sage Patanjali states that it is “to still the patterning of the consciousness.” (Sutra 1 of Book I) He furthermore states: “Then, pure awareness can abide in its very nature. Otherwise, awareness takes itself to be … More Intermediate: Liberation from the ego

Puppy training: learning meditative attention

What do you pay attention to? And, what do you give attention to? – two distinct questions. What does not get your attention? Furthermore, if you were to guess, what percentage of your day has no true attention applied to it? – it is being lived habitually. Meditation requires sustained attention that is withdrawn from … More Puppy training: learning meditative attention

9b. Clarity and Expanse

Clarity is a natural quality of awareness. Clarity is also involved in the details of life. Clarity includes choosing our words, obeying traffic rules, being mindful of timing and appointments, and when the toothpaste is running low. Profound examples of clarity include illumination, realization, insight, and the sparkle and lightness of being. The first set … More 9b. Clarity and Expanse

8b. Coordinating Vibrations

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

2c: Event horizon

Mindfulness, tantra, shamanic earthiness, and the teachings of the Yoga Sutras come together in the Entry level, as well as the whole Practice of Living Awareness. The interface that the tip of the nose represents is truly profound. As we complete the week of using it as both a technique and a tool for discovery … More 2c: Event horizon

2b: Dharana (concentration/attention)

Dharana is a Sanskrit word. In meditation training, it means concentration, attention, or right focus. The concept and original teaching about it comes from the great rishi, Patanjali and his Yoga Sutras. Buddha Shakyamuni then took this teaching, used it, and achieved enlightenment. Both of these great beings, then, used this aspect of meditation training … More 2b: Dharana (concentration/attention)

Ajna orientation

Meditation works with various aspects of the human subtle systems, foremost is the chakras. Attention, concentration, and insight all use the Ajna center at the brow. We begin the final two weeks of this Round of Intermediate meditations experiencing the various chakras and what meditation has brought forward from them. * This podcast is missing … More Ajna orientation

The stature of one’s practice

It is called a practice for a reason. With diligence, effort, and right motivation, a meditation practice will establish within oneself. If any of these is missing or haphazard, then that which a meditation practice is and that which it will bring forward within a person cannot happen. What can happen within oneself when the … More The stature of one’s practice

The many grounds of one’s life

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

Still growing?

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?

The powerful Ground of meditation

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

Ahhh, Composure!

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!

Cultivating meditative attention (concentration): Step 2a

Step 2 sets the second component of meditation: right attention also referred to as  meditative focus. Within The Practice of Living Awareness, this step is called “Tip of the Nose.” Step 1 established an openness to life through wonder and appreciation. Smile opens us up. Otherwise, a person contracts and tends toward small mindedness, judgement, … More Cultivating meditative attention (concentration): Step 2a

Shamatha and Vipassyana

Classical meditation trains us in two forms of meditation: shamatha (sham-a-ta) and vipassyana (vipahs-yanah). The Practice of Living Awareness teaches these within its steps. The distinction in the method of The Practice is simply the inclusion of our senses from the start as well as modern and nature-based examples on which to focus. Shamatha means … More Shamatha and Vipassyana