Your thoughts arise from your brain, yet your mind exists beyond it. Emotions are the result of the nervous system and its relationship with a wide variety of organs and hormones. Your physical body manifests as the result of… well, mostly pure magic. All of these expressions (thoughts, feelings, and actions) play out through this vessel, called you, on this stage called Earth. Containers abound.
Step 11 explores these containers or vessels or stages, all of which constitute our Ground of Being. Life on Earth is a magnificent parade of expressive beings… from toucans, to sunflowers, to quartz, to 70 billion homo sapiens (including you). For the next several meditations, we will take all of that luminous mind-stuff and bring it down to land in the space called “embodiment.”
Hello friends. We have moved into a new set of seasons for the next round of Living Awareness meditations. Summer is upon us and it is ripe with opportunities to use the senses. As the outer senses come alive, so too, do the inner senses. It’s a perfect time to settle into meditation – although, when is it not? Winter offers wonderful access to interiors of every kind; Spring brings newness; Summer is for the senses; and Autumn allows for reflection and release… cycles abound.
And thus we start a new cycle of the Practice of Living Awareness on Monday, July 17th. New meditations will be available here, on the blog, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each week we will present a new step, starting with Step 1 and completing with Step 14 in mid-October.
I hope you have been living your awareness in the interlude between rounds. Here’s an excerpt from one of the posts from the last round which ponders interludes: “Magic happens in the space between. It’s often within the pause, at the pit-stop, or during the intermission that we allow the fullness of an experience to resonate. Interludes are important; they are integrative. An interlude has no agenda other than itself – space to simple “be.” In time, we begin to grow comfortable with the space that is not being filled by words or tasks or compulsive activity. We allow ourselves to simply be present and comfortable.” Indeed, magic happens in the stillness of the space of the interlude. As stillness meets your presence and they combine exquisitely to allow you to simply observe and simply receive all of the activity that has culminated to create this new now — in its perfection (you gotta be aligned and willing to go there!) — from this space, joy arises! May it be so!
We’ll be together in the ethers before long! Oh, and if you haven’t registered for the new round, click this link to do so; we’d love to know that you’re join in!
Fourteen weeks have passed and your bouquet is bursting, the banquet before you has been freshly laid out. Life awaits and awareness makes each and every moment that much more full. We have reached the final meditation of the final step of the latest round of The Practice of Living Awareness. It is my sincere wish that it has been a rewarding journey for you; it has been so for me. And since I seem to be harping on the wrap-up, lets ponder the last several guided breaths that have been completing our sittings all along:
We breathed light into the mind. We breathed light into our feeling nature. We breathed light into our physical body. We breathed light into our sense of self, and we realized ourselves to be light, breathing with, and in, the world.
Light integrates. Darkness separates. There is no judgement there, neither one is better or worse, in fact; one would not exist without the other. Sense walking through a garden on a bright sunny day – you feel connected to all that you see, primarily because your vision allows your to process all that is before you. It is accessible, you have choices, freedom. If it were dusk, there would be less “information” available. By nightfall, you would be dependent on your other senses that don’t rely on light for translation to explore all that the garden has to offer. I’m rambling…
As we breath light into the mind, and so on, we are ramping up the information available to us (sounds like awareness, huh?). We are also supporting integration. When the body, mind, and spirit become integrated, we have access to infinite amounts of information… we become light, breathing with and in the world. And as we breathe with the world, the world becomes light. AND as we pause before the bouquet or the banquet that is a lighted world – a profound quality arises: JOY. This is your birthright. And you’ve earned it.
These are amazing time we are living in. We are discovering more and more about our outer space and simultaneously we are discovering more and more about our inner space. What are we finding? Both are vast and mysterious… it seems the more we discover, the more we learn that there is THAT much more to discover. Sounds like life itself.
Every advancement affirms Einstein’s conclusion that everything is energy. He said, “What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” We human beings are simply collected energy, not unlike the stars… points of light.