Release leads one to experience emptiness. Buddha Shakyamuni, Patanjali, and Zoroaster each taught about the natural state of existence and of Awareness. Each approached it in his particular way, yet each spoke or wrote of the essential condition or nature of all in existence and of Awareness itself. Meditation practice leads everyone to the same … More 5c: Release and Emptiness
Children live from natural awareness. Every moment is inquisitive, wonder-full, and new. The textures are fresh, sounds are interesting, words are gaining meaning. Children live the already-present awareness of Presence, and adults can too. Doing so is called meditation. True meditation has one goal: Presence. The word Presence signifies a combination of qualities: Aware, freed, … More 5b: Like a child
Sitting by a swift flowing river in meditation has been a meditation training for many millennia. Ultimately, the training is not about the roar of the water or its splash but of the river itself. The river is expressing its nature. Meditation, in time, allows one to also experience the inner beingness that one’s outer … More 3c: The flow of Presence and Awareness
Join us online for a Full Moon meditation tonight that is graced by the coincidence of falling on the Summer Solstice! Register to join live at 8 pm ET, if you are not already registered. Be like a ballet dancer for a minute. Move your arm and hand in a graceful undulating wave from the … More 3a: Like a dancer
Many benefits come with learning to create and then stabilize a meditative type of focus. In classical yogic meditation training, this begins with pratyahara and leads to dharana. These Sanskrit terms are two of the “Eight Means or Limbs of Yoga” as given a long time ago by the great Indian sage and father of … More 2c: The usually not noticed
Thoth was the Ancient Egyptian god of wisdom. Due to the vibrancy and comprehensiveness of wisdom, Thoth is also said to have brought forward the arts, philosophy, culture, civilization, and diplomacy. In all traditions, the gods and goddesses are pointing at qualities within human beings in addition to being Beings in their own right. With … More 2b: Thoth and focus
What makes you smile? How do you feel when you do? The sky makes me smile, as do leaves and children and snowflakes and wind. I smile with understanding a lot, grateful that something has context or meaning or purpose and that I recognize that. Kindness makes me smile: giving it and receiving it. Helping … More 1c: Goodness. How powerful!
Do you know what happens when you smile? Excellent endorphins are generated in your brain. They, then, affect the biochemistry of the entire human body. As a result, our brain, gut, heart, colon, circulatory system, and eliminatory system work better. These biochemical changes resultant from smiling support ease, calm, peace, patience, and adaptability within our … More 1b: the transformative power of a smile
In truth, a meditation practice simply cleans the window of our self. Doing so, a meditation practice brings forward clarity and transparency. We, then, live increasingly from the inner orientation of light, lightness of being, patience, creative inspiration, ease, and simplicity. Clutter is recognized as clutter and cleaned out. Impatience is recognizes as selfishness and … More 14c: Living from Awareness
When a closet is first built, its original state is empty. The natural condition of the closet is not full of stuff, but is instead full of potential. Our natural or original state is like that: empty and limitless in potential. The closet is designed to be used. If it stays empty, it is not … More 14b. Like a closet: the original state
We are trusted by Mother Gaia to BE the light and inspiration that we can be. We are trusted by her and the Sun to bring forward the goodness that is in our heart, the creative solutions that serve all generations to come as well as all living beings now. We are trusted by them … More 14a. Trusted
Live meditations will resume on Wednesday with Step 14: Living Awareness. This is the last step of The Practice. We’ll engage what already IS for the remainder of the week and continue into the following week. Awareness is every moment. Awareness is also in every moment. We can come to a fundamental understanding: that in … More Awareness is every moment.
Dimensional beings. All beings are dimensional. As human beings, we are to understand this and function from the fuller range that human dimensional capacity provides. This truth of our range and capacity is not abstract but, instead, is the potential for creative harmony in every way that each person can live from. The toroidal flow … More 12c: Flow=creation
Each Sunday in the World Service meditation, a similarity between Mother Earth and ourselves or other beings is highlighted. That is the focus because with greater awareness and appreciation of the oneness and shared livingness (even forms of existence), human beings will live with greater respect, honor, and valuing of Earth and all creatures. The … More 12b. Life current and the fields created
The stability of Presence is the source of true and lasting inner security. When established and centered, one can engage life, the flow of events and people, with joy, ease, simplicity, and autheniticity. Presence with one’s children, spouse or partner, or with those sharing traffic with us opens one’s mind to the empathy, patience, and … More 11b. Presence is ground.
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.
Luminous perception is a synthesis of a few ingredients. It is also a result. The meditation guides one simply and effectively such that one experiences the components as well as the result. Enjoy this meditation! Downloadable podcast: Entry: This is how it works. Photo: Dew from Sampok on DeviantART
There is brightness in everything, even the experience of pain. Meditation brings forward the energy and light that is encapsulated or expressing through any given situation or word or presentation. Meditation helps one realize that everything is energy, vibration, and various condensations of light. Humor, contentedness, caring, analysis, and relation are all forms of light … More 10b: the brightness in everything
Step 10 of The Practice of Living Awareness is Luminous Perception. Simply stated, luminous perception is enlightened awareness, or noticing the inherent lighted quality in every experience, observation, and occurrence. Luminous Perception is both a result and a fact. Result? Yes, it is the result of alignment and equipoise. These can be effectively achieved by … More Luminous Perception Is Factual
The experience of swimming is much more vibrant than reading about swimming. The taste of a mango is distinct from looking at the picture of a mango. Similarly, the personal experience of observing and recognizing the states and qualities of mind empowers one in a way that no theory or explanation of these qualities can. … More 9c: Experience is what matters.
Our experiences are all we need to truly and deeply understand ourselves. With even the smallest insight or revelation, our day, our relations, and our way with the world benefit. The experiences of our thoughts and thought processes, ascriptions of color, shape, size, form, texture, smell, sound, projections of like/dislike, agree/disagree, prefer/avoid, wish it were … More 9b. Teasing it out
The nature of Mind is vast, compound, and beyond categorization. At the same time, the qualities of Mind are many, maybe limitless. Some of the qualities are to be exacting or contracting, to be capable of opening, widening, or of detaching/abstracting from… . Also Mind is innately empty which is how inventiveness, intuition, creativity or … More 9a. Options
Asana is a whole being process and concept. Though it begins with being about one’s posture, asana opens one to poise, composure, equipoise, and the feeling of integrity. Each of these speaks of balance, but not a type of outer balance – like balancing a book on one’s head – but inner balance, inner coordination … More 8c: Integrity begins inside.
Sitting well for meditation creates immediate benefits in one’s practice. One can sit in a chair, of course, but if it is possible to sit in a cross-legged position, the pyramidal shape of one’s body actually has effect. But since many people cannot sit like that, a couple of things can refined and support one’s … More 8b. Feel it!
There are many reasons why the classical meditation posture is the classical one. A few are: aligning the body and inner chakra system, alignment of the body, energy, mind, and emotional components of oneself, verticality stretches one energetically as high, expanded or refined as one can reach and then sustain. Also, asana provides the downward … More 8a: Asana – from the bottom to the top
The sky is the sky. It is unconditioned by the clouds that pass through it. The clouds produce effects that condition life on the ground, but the sky remains the sky regardless of clouds or not. The ocean is the ocean. It seems to be unaffected by that which is put into it or that … More 7c: The sky and the ocean
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.
Interlude is the space between, between in-breath and out-breath, between out-breath and in, it is the space between thoughts. Interlude is the space – the empty non-action – before action is engaged. Often action is engaged robotically, habitually. Just as often, action is the result of chasing a desire or running away from something, avoiding … More 7a: Interlude – experience space
Another great Spirit Fire Radio podcast. Wednesday’s live show hosted Sara Traub, author, teacher, and presenter on meditation and living a life of consciousness. Steve and Tim engaged her asking “what is practical spirituality.” Check it out! Click the “Spreaker player.”
This image means something to us because of heart-mind. Friendship does, peace in the world as an aspiration does, creative ways to bring forward goodness for others and oneself all are possible and make sense to us as human beings because of heart-mind. Heart is not one thing and mind another. They are not really … More 6c: … because of heart-mind
Faith is a blending of heart-mind. We have faith that the sun will rise every morning, that our friends will be our friends, and the stars will shine at night. Faith is not necessarily a religious or spiritual term, though there is that side to faith and the various beliefs that a person might have … More 6b: Faith
Take a weekend to learn the fundamentals of Spirit Fire’s Practice of Living Awareness Meditation. If you are a beginner to meditation, this retreat is the perfect way to build a strong foundation for a lasting meditation practice. Becoming familiar with The Practice first hand allows you to engage with our online meditations in a whole new way. … More A Meditation Retreat For Everyone!
Meditation brings the continuity of awareness forefront for any practitioner. As that happens, one realizes that several seeming polarities or dichotomies or paradoxes simply are not. Opposites are never really opposites, separate or separated is actually impossible energetically, psychically, telepathically. Little by little, meditation erodes the walls that, due to cultural or societal programming, have … More 6a. Heart-Mind
Releasing provides space, time, shoulds, agendas, clutter in our minds, in our hearts, in our homes. Release opens us, opens a conversation, opens relation, opens our ears, just opens. Release can be more powerful that receiving. Release can return us back to our essence. Downloadable podcast: Entry release, come back to essence
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.
Within us principles are expressing. Learning to notice them, to come inside to experience them, makes those principles available to our consciousness. The lungs, like the breath, provide opportunity to notice such principles. One principle is opening requires a softening, a yielding. Examples of this abound. The softening of a bud allows the new leaf … More 4b. The master teachers within
Real flow comes from inside, from being centered. 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 … More 3c: The river makes the banks.
“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
Settling into meditation training can take a little time especially at the beginning. That’s because our brain and senses are wired to be out-going, to be on alert and responsive to what’s going on around us. Not that long ago, we had to be on the look out for lions, tigers, and bears; and in … More 2b. Focus, clarity, and light
Meditation training is pretty straight-forward. It has very few ingredients and those ingredients haven’t changed in thousands of years. Rather like the shape of a well which also hasn’t changed, meditation works perfectly as it is. Focus and breath are the two most important components of meditation, no matter where in the world one is … More 2a. Focus and wonder
Our biology tells us that we are hardwired for happiness and to bring happiness to others. When we smile a cascade of beneficial endorphins flow through our brain. With a smile, our parasympathetic system relaxes; and this happens both when we give a smile or receive one. Infants develop exponentially when in a happy, loving … More 1c: Smile. Happy people live longer!
As 2016 begins, radiate from your heart. Let us contribute light and goodness into the world. Then ground that light further by including the Earth in your radiating. And finally, reach and align to the greater Will of which we all are a part, and shine all the more. Make 2016 happier through your the … More A New Year meditation
Clarity. When it is our guiding light, then events run smoothly. Clarity has no drama, no personal story; it is simply clarity. At the top of the breath, a meditator experiences clarity, maybe a brightness of the mind and a simplicity of alertness as well. A visual brightness might or might not be part of … More Like the star in the East
The mystery of Light is the celebration every Winter Solstice. Candles, stars, the Sun, and the human heart are reminders that “you are the light of the world.” The deep meaning of the Winter Solstice is of the Soul enwrapped in the swaddling clothes of an incarnational form. We are born into this world to … More Winter Solstice Meditation and Blessings
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
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