Flowing Free

There is so much light, breath and spirit available to us every moment.  As we clear away the obstacles to this flow, we open to the world of potency, potential and possibility.  Some refer to it as the quantum field, the field of buddhi, infinite mind, or big mind.  Whatever name you chose to use, … More Flowing Free

Happiness is….

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….

Whispers on the Wind

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

1c: Benevolence

“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

7b: Breathe from the center. Experience yourself deeply.

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.

3b: like a waterfall

“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

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

4c: Necessary

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

In Balance

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 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!

Small majestic things

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

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!

Simple

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

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

Stability, breath, ah

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

Non-interrupted and smooth = flow

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: 1b

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

“We smile, and take a long-slow-deep breath …”

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 …”

Step 04: Open to Softness

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