Nature’s abundance offers us many lessons if we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Parallels can be drawn between one’s meditation practice and hummingbirds. Their wings move in a figure 8 pattern, otherwise known as the infinity sign. They have a large hippocampus in the brain for spatial memory, which holds … More Hovering at Infinity’s Door
Do you ever feel different from everyone else? Have times when you just don’t fit in? It could be the expression of a different culture, race, mannerisms, style of dress, accent, belief systems, ideology – actually almost anything can contribute to feeling or being treated as separate or different. Perhaps you want to break away … More Which one is not like the others?
You may remember the song from ‘Charlie Brown’: “Happiness is two kinds of ice-cream, finding your skate key….”. So often we strive for the elusive sense happiness, for more, better, bigger because that will make us happy. Well, we probably know from experience, and research is confirming, that the continual striving for happiness really doesn’t … More Happiness is….
Sometimes life asks a lot of us – and some of that has to do with letting go. Letting go of plans, people, relationships, ideals, belief systems, you name it – the challenge surely will arise to let go of something or someone we hold deeply in our psyche. It can be a wrenching, tearing … More Letting Go and Then What…?
Still, alert, quiet, beautiful – all of these qualities can be found in nature. Sometimes the silence can be almost deafening. The air may quickly change from stillness to a gentle fluttering heard through the leaves, to the howling, tree-bending gusts of a storm. Generally, we don’t hear the movement of air until it hits … More Whispers on the Wind
In order to receive, there has to be room. So, in order for good things to flow in, one has to release so that space is available for the new or beneficial. Releasing and receiving are are pair; they are inseparable. Only living from one actually negates the other. In meditation, attention on the release … More 5a. Making room for tranqulity
“Smile as the great benevolent being that you are. Smile, blessing everyone and everything in your day.” (from the meditation) To remind oneself of the truth of who and what one is sets the moment right. No moment is about impatience, harsh words, degrading thoughts or actions toward someone, or punitive thoughts about oneself. No … More 1c: Benevolence
Interlude is center. Being the space between in and out, over and under, the space in front of you or in any other direction, interlude is the center of itself. It is the between. When we get centered, we, too, are between. We are between action and the next action, between thoughts or feelings. Instead … More 7b: Breathe from the center. Experience yourself deeply.
Day yields to night, night yields to day. The breath that gave us life must be released in order for us to stay alive. That which served us as children, or through tough times or happy ones is now old. And, if we hold onto that which no longer serves as it once did, the … More 5b. Release. Be free.
“In the beginning, meditation can be like a waterfall,” a wise meditation teacher once said. He was describing the cascade of thoughts that we discover inside our mind when we sit for meditation practice. And, what he was stating is fact and normal for most people. The reason for the seeming abundance of inner thoughts … More 3b: like a waterfall
When a practitioner breathes long and slow and deep, a set of qualities can be experienced. Some are subtle and some immediate and apparent. If one settles into simply breathing – the in and up of the breath as well as the out and down of the breath – whole vistas of experience await and … More 12b: Like the atmosphere or the ocean
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
Did you ever consider that this current life is an Interlude? It is an interlude between one’s first breath and one’s last. Interlude, then, has vast implications both in one’s meditation practice, as well as in one’s life. Interlude is the moment, it as a pause, and as the potency that is available. It is … More 7c. Interlude: One’s Life
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
Our lungs offer us profound teachings all through the day. Rhythm and flow are two but this week we will engage another: soften, open, and receive. The lungs must soften in order to open, they must open in order to receive the breath of life that will keep us alive for another half a minute. … More 4a. Master teachers, a master teaching
Breathing has been made perfect for almost all beings on planet Earth because of billions of years of practice. Within our body, the perfect exchange of breath-vitality and old stale air proceeds flawlessly, except in those who have a health issue. There is great teaching in the flow of breath and the lungs that are … More 3b. Practice makes perfect
Every Sunday, we give service to Mother Earth through contemplation of being alive and part of her life’s expression. Doing so, we bring balance to our thoughts about self-importance, or hardship, or disconnectedness; and we do so through beauty, presence, and the amazing wonders that we live every day. No matter what one’s situation, no … More In Balance
I love the Earth! I wake up every day singing praises and gratitude for life and being alive. Thank you, Mother Earth! This World Service meditation is born from that heart, from the joyous realizations that this life is possible because of Mother Earth. This meditation engages the layer os heart and heart chakra that … More I love the Earth!
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 Intermediate practice is engaging harmony in a wide variety of ways. Today’s meditation does so through the Entry teaching of “small things are big things.” This is introduced with the breath and that when breathing (tip of the nose), the breath comes from the vastness of life on Earth to the small nose that … More Small majestic things
and light be your bed.” Each meditation sitting is an embrace. The first experiences of meditation’s embrace are those of taming and training the mind-emotion feedback loop. Meditation is a form of wooing the mind to open, to soften, and to allow the unknown to be the delight and adventure that it is. With openness … More “Let breath be your lover…
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!
Smile, take a long slow deep breath, and there IT is: the essential nature of you. It’s that simple because, in truth, we are that simple: simple Beingness What is profound is that from this simple pure Beingness all of our vibrations are born. The vibrations of pure Being express as clarity, awareness, caring and … More Accessing the Essence that is
We breathe in, we breathe out. This simplicity invites us. We long for ease, harmony, and peace, and the truth is that it is often close at hand. Breathe. Feel how simple a moment can be. Please dedicate your meditation to the well-being of all beings, and especially consider those in disaster, war, or deprivation. … More Simple
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
“The river makes the banks; it’s not the other way around.” Also, “our inside creates our outside. Then the outside (that has been created) conditions our inside.” Or from the words of Invictus that inspired Nelson Mandela during his decades of imprisonment, “I am the master of my life.” Ultimately, it’s this simple. This is … More Creating a happy life: flow
The wind blows outside, and I am breathing. Responsibilities call, and I am breathing. The wind calms outside. I am breathing. Responsibilities attended. I am breathing. Be steadfast like the breath, not distracted or stormy. Composure is a choice. Downloadable podcast: I am breathing
The river makes the banks. The river cuts its way through, moves what it needs to, and eventually makes its mark on the landscape. Rivers are a might force of life. The breath is a river inside us. Breath and the river point to stability and change. The trail of the breath is constant and … More The river makes the banks …
Step 3 of The Practice of Living Awareness is flow. If we sit and simply experience the breath, two qualities or characteristics become apparent: that the breath is constant and has a smooth texture. Both indicate non-interruption. A modern life seems almost predicated upon interruption. Allow yourself to fully experience how many things and people, … More Non-interrupted and smooth = flow
Empowerment or disempowerment come down to simple components. Awareness, self-recognition of awareness, and self-volition aligned as Awareness. The first step in creating this habit is noticing the true experience of any moment. That can only bring power if and when the noticing is followed by acknowledging the true experience in a moment. We will discover … More Empowerment: 1b
It is that simple. Awareness is one’s choice. Smiling, letting go, letting be, rejoicing, celebrating, appreciating, understanding all are one’s choice. Patience, contentment, ease, composure also are one’s choice. Similarly, so distraction, rudeness, impatience, agitation, aggravation, denial, and heedlessness are too. Life is one’s choice. And giving one’s self this truth – Awareness is one’s … More “We smile, and take a long-slow-deep breath …”
At the fullness of the in-breath is the experience of just enough. We have taken in enough oxygen to support the needs of our body and brain. The extension of the out-breath is similar: just enough. We have released that which no longer serves our body or brain. Just enough, experienced through the interlude of … More Just enough – Step 7
The Practice of Living Awareness empowers you. Feeling frustrated? Breathe a long slow deep breath. Mind confused? Smile, breathe, then soften and open to what you are trying to control. Get in touch with the fact a control issue is actually what is going on. Feeling a churning feeling, judgemental, petty, or aggressive? Smile within … More * (Step 6/d) Create your day as you go
Life is beautiful and joyful and at the same time it can be challenging. To be fully present and open to the beauty of each moment, we must first soften and open to receive the full experience of the breath, the full experience of life. Meditation Podcast: Open to Softness Meditation Webcast: Open to Softness