11a: Ground is internal.

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 … More 11a: Ground is internal.

12c: One’s Rainbow of Integrity

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 … More 12c: One’s Rainbow of Integrity

12a. Straight up

The central channel is a mechanism within the human subtle body. Truth be told, a central channel is found within all bodies on the planet: animal, plant, mountains, and rivers. In a human being, the chakras or energy centers are aligned along it. The same is so for other beings and their subtle bodies. The … More 12a. Straight up

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

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

The ground within (Step 11b)

A meditation practice brings us home to within. There to be discovered is patience, ease, and dedication. Inside ourself is brilliance of all kinds, joy ready to giggle, and integrity. A meditation practice brings us to the truth that has been said by masters of all traditions: there is nowhere to go and no one else to … More The ground within (Step 11b)

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)

of three minds

Mind is a very comprehensive word. It refers to: creative processes, intuitive processes, emotional processes, and sorting out daily living processes. In order to accomplish all of these, mind has three primary qualities: contracting or exacting, expanding and opening, and empty mind or mind in a state of peace. Human beings are unique in that … More of three minds

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!

Creating a happy life: flow

“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

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

Using duality. The Intermediate level begins.

Duality is how we live. Acknowledging duality as a fact (that is to say that humanity lives as if duality is a fact) means that duality can be used to establish oneness. We begin the Intermediate level with this empowerment: that one can create oneness out of duality IF one chooses. Listen now.   Download … More Using duality. The Intermediate level begins.

“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 …”