Downloadable podcast: dec0415entry living from the ground of being.mp4
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 and genuine recognition.
Ground is not only under our feet. Ground is non-local and is a quality that we experience in a wide variety of ways, inside and out. Step 11 is the Ground of Being.
Downloadable podcast: Entry: Ground
A river attends to itself, its flow, and everything on its periphery as necessary. Animals and plants receive life from the river, but not because the river plans it or thinks about it or efforts to achieve their needs. The river simply flows.
Also, it is the flow of the river that creates its banks. The banks don’t make the course of the river. This is important, because if the river is analogous to a person, then:
Flow is not necessarily multi-tasking, but multi-tasking can be joyful flow. The criteria for flow – real flow – is that is comes from the inside, from center. Therefore, as we complete Step 3 of The Practice of Living Awareness, feel flow. Feel it in your breath, in your moments, in your thoughts. Feel when the flow is true flow: a centered outgoing. Feel when it is not. Feel when thoughts, like a whirlpool, don’t stop. Then take a breath, long slow and deep. Feel the tip of the nose, the brightness of your face and mind, and then feel the centeredness of your heart. Real flow comes from there.
Downloadable podcast: The river makes the banks.
We can feel integrity. The feeling is within good posture, within honesty, within truth, and a motivation that will benefit others. Integrity has sub-experiences or a sub-set of qualities within it, such as ease with oneself, patience or timeless engaging of the moment as it is, clarity, matter-of-factness. With these and with integrity, one experiences a certain kind of freedom: freedom from self-doubt, self-focus, freedom from worrying and jockeying dishonesty or little untruths.
Integrity comes from within, comes from the center. Within an embodied integrity is the expression of its range and that demonstrates through the chakras, our human energy centers.
This meditation offers a deep experience of integrity and its rainbow of demonstrations.
Downloadable podcast: The Rainbow of Integrity