7b. Vibrant Neutrality

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

Ordinary Awareness

I find myself challenged to write about the current cycle of meditations – simply because the teaching and the meditations attempt to illumine the obvious. Awareness is awareness! Awareness is clear, present, vibrant, and now. Awareness is not something else. It is not the ideas that we have or project about awareness. Awareness is not … More Ordinary Awareness

Coming to Awareness

Breathing in from above, one experiences purpose, intention, and reason for being. Breathing from the front, appearances and circumstances systematically dissolve in the recognition that all is ephemeral and changing. Breathing from behind, one experiences the trail of causes and conditions that have convened to create the present. Breathing from the Earth’s ground, one experiences … More Coming to Awareness

Profound simplicity

“I breathe in. I breathe out.” Siddharta sat under a tree and, after six years of harsh ascetic practices, realized that the simplicity of conscious breathing was the key to awareness. One might ask why is this so? One is best off experiencing the answer for oneself, however the short answer is this: through the … More Profound simplicity

Pure perception

In The Practice of Living Awareness, step 2 matures into vipassana: pure perception. Vipassana also brings about penetrating insight. In the Intermediate practice, we engage that maturing process. Step 2 has many layers of meaning, instruction, and application within one’s meditation practice and life. The beginning of this podcast gives some of that fullness. Intrinsic … More Pure perception

You are the meeting point of the vast and the ground

The Intermediate practice uses the Entry steps as its foundation. Hopefully one has learned the fundamentals and begun to integrate them into one’s being and life. Rather like knowing the alphabet or numbers, education and wisdom is possible because the preliminaries are known and understood. Because life can be messy, it is important and freeing … More You are the meeting point of the vast and the ground

The Perfect Journey, the perfect play

Choice. The choice to incarnate, the choices in our life, the choice for awareness. Choice is an interesting contemplation, one best engaged throughout one’s day as choices from the most mundane and habitual to the sublime and spontaneous arise, float through, and call us every day. Awareness is a choice. Or maybe, non-awareness is? Either … More The Perfect Journey, the perfect play

Simple Awareness

A meditation practice has one true goal: Awareness. If the practice is bringing forward results, these might be some of them: more clarity in a general sense. We might or might not act upon the clarity, but it arises more easily and frequently. more honesty with oneself. Again, we might choose to stay with habits … More Simple Awareness

Presence is Awareness

This is the final Toroidal Flow meditation, and Friday there is no live meditation due to me teaching a meditation retreat at Spirit Fire. We have Step 14: Living Awareness to follow, next week. The Toroidal Flow of the subtle energetic system is a vital component to one’s living awareness and to one’s meditation practice. … More Presence is Awareness

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 ground of enlightenment (Step 11a)

Just on Earth there is no other ground, on the Path of human excellence meditation is the ground. All other practices are important – and even necessary as parts of the Path – but without meditation as foundational within one’s practice the fullness of human Beingness cannot be established or accomplished. I recognize that accomplish … More The ground of enlightenment (Step 11a)

We are living light.

All existence is a mysterious combination of some wavelength of light, dynamic vital energy, and space. Human beings are learning to shift from dynamism lived in a rather anarchic way to living as the expressions of light that we are. We are learning that everything within us is light, fed by light, brought forward by … More We are living light.

Vibrations of Mind

The experiences of each day are vibration. We are pulsing with vibrations. Our words, thoughts, feelings, and actions are vibrations. Yes, I will be teaching a new online course tonight focused on just this – but Step 9 of Mind also is about vibration. The three qualities or states of mind (contracting, expanding, and spacious) … More Vibrations of Mind

You have options!

There’s nothing theoretical about meditation. Do it, and the benefits result – pretty quickly too. We are in Step 9 wherein we observe and experience three fundamental qualities of mind: contracting, expanding, and spacious. We are encouraged to notice these off-the-cushion during our day as well as use them during our meditation sitting. All three … More You have options!

MahaShakti

From a person who did this meditation at the live online session: “I had such deep connection, internal worlds of feeling, images…. of flowers around her neck & jewels everywhere, dancing feet, and huge coursing currents of enormous rivers, and yes fire. Then joyous /jangly /chaotic, but not really; sounds of the arati being chanted … More MahaShakti

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!

You are necessary: the birthing of a new humanity

We, who teach meditation, spiritual well-being, or the inner sciences, are all saying the same thing. We are joined by those who are opening the paradigms of science, psychology, the understanding of vibration and morphic fields: we’re all saying the same thing. Humanity is either destroying itself or birthing a new level of awareness and … More You are necessary: the birthing of a new humanity

Peace Between Breaths

This week, we continue with the Interlude, Step 7 of the practice. And today’s meditation considers the space between breaths – as all interludes take place in that lovely space in-between. With a gentle transition from the in-breath to the out-breath, the whole body relaxes. Extra attention to the quality of that transition can bring insight into … More Peace Between Breaths

Already here

Touch your heart. Now think of being angry. Nadda, right? Keep your fingers on your heart. Consider being impatient, or petty, or argumentative. Not happening, and actually feels unintelligent, right? In this moment, if you did the experiment, you just proved to yourself that heart-mind is a unified field of creative awareness that gives a … More Already here

Pure Passion and Pure Awareness are one and the same.

The Generative mediation meditated with this seed and then attempted to experience, in some measure, its truth. “Pure Passion and Pure Awareness are one and the same.” This quote comes from the new online course I am teaching on Tibetan imagery. If you do this meditation, please share a comment.   Dowloadable podcast: Passion and … More Pure Passion and Pure Awareness are one and the same.

One whole Awareness

Heart-mind is not two things and never was. Heart-mind is a range of Awareness. An individual might not have less capacity with one or the other but that simply indicates where growth is possible as well as he type of limitations that the person will experience and live from. Heart awareness is empathic and wholistic … More One whole Awareness

Profound simplicity

A human being is capable of a range of vibrational awareness. This is so in terms of voice and tenor, in physical grace or athleticism, as well as in empathic response, or psychometric resonance. Yet, these examples are but a thimble’s measure of human vibrational capacity. We learn to meditate for many reason, but one … More Profound simplicity

“Train in uninterrupted experience.”

The meditation retreat in Milwaukee that just completed began with the instruction to “train in uninterrupted experience.” It is a quote from Master Padmasambhava. What does that mean? How does one do that? The Practice is one method. The meditation says what that means better than anything I can write. Enjoy your practice.   Downloadable … More “Train in uninterrupted experience.”

Cultivating Awareness: the 51% solution

Full acknowledgement of duality is the key to achieving Awareness. Without that full acknowledgement, one remains enamored of it, frustrated by it, frightened by the inconsistencies of duality, and trying to control it. This is an impossible feat. However, stating that “I am a being of duality,” “I live a dualistic life,” “I choose to … More Cultivating Awareness: the 51% solution