The Luminous Mind

    Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 2  “In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete.” Now that is a luminous perception… and this polar bear seems to be in a position to take it all in! The perception aspect of ‘luminous perception’ is as much about receiving as it … More The Luminous Mind

Allowing Luminosity

    Luminous Perception – Day 1  As we go-with-the-flow of our experience of breathing, we feel lighter. After all, aspiration means to rise up and it is derived from the Latin, spirare, to breathe. As we inhale, there is a subtle sensation of being lifted up. We can find a certain lightness at the … More Allowing Luminosity

Let Your Light Grow

  Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation #10  You are a point of light – a divine spark of the light Divine. Your Personality doesn’t really know or care about this aspect of you however. So your challenge is to create in meditation a link to your Higher Self (or Soul’s) energy so that your … More Let Your Light Grow

Vastitude

  Mind Meditation- Day 3   Awareness is omnipresent; it just is. Our mind operates within the field of awareness and wisdom precipitates from it. As we create stability in the mind through non-judgmental attention (mindfulness + concentration), we create a doorway into the vast field of awareness. This doorway can easily become obstructed or even slammed … More Vastitude

Samadhi

Mind Meditation- Day 2  The Eightfold Path was consistently presented by the Buddha as a guide to end suffering. The eight parts are divided into three groupings: ethical conduct (right speech, right action, and right livelihood), mental discipline (right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration), and wisdom (right thought and right understanding). If we take … More Samadhi

What’s On Your Mind?

  Mind Meditation- Day 1  Judgement and criticism have been described as great human heresies. Why? Because they are divisive at their core. They inevitably lead to separateness. Negative thoughts lead to negative emotions which have a negative impact on our physiology, relationships, outlook, and our lives in general. Ponder the last time someone cut you … More What’s On Your Mind?

From Roots to Stars

A strong foundation gives us the roots from which to grow.  This stability does not always begin with family, but it does begin from within.  Instead of noticing the amazing and unique qualities and skill sets with which we are naturally endowed, we often turn to a sense of incompleteness, not good enough or a … More From Roots to Stars

Taking Your Seat

  Asana Meditation – Day 3  In early 1960, four young men walked into Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, took a seat at the counter, and asked to be served lunch. They were denied because they were black. Their refusal to leave without service began a civil rights sit-in movement which quickly spread to college … More Taking Your Seat

The Body

  Asana Meditation – Day 1  As we move into the second half of this round of the Practice of Living Awareness, we’ll spend some time each week considering the ways that the second set of seven steps is a spiraling upward or a conscious extension of the first set of seven steps. For instance, … More The Body

The Energy of Will

  We’re exactly half way through the current round of meditations. Seven weeks behind us and seven weeks ahead. Sounds like a nice time for an interlude. We’ll take a week off from new meditation posts and let it all settle in. This week we’ll let you know what’s been going on at Spirit Fire… … More The Energy of Will

The Space Between

It’s the sweetest space, the space between. The space between Friday and Monday. The space between doing this and doing that. The space between what was and what will be. The space between thoughts. The space between break-ups, between breakfast and lunch, between Act 1 and Act 2, between hugs, between songs. It’s all so … More The Space Between

The Sweet Lull

  As we begin a new week of meditations, we begin to experience the efficacy of the steps we’ve worked with thus far and we begin to recognize that, in fact, we are meditating. Fullness of any kind often leads to a pause, an interlude, which is the name of this week’s step. Interludes are important. … More The Sweet Lull

Circulating Goodness

  Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 2  In the mid-nineteenth century, scientists realized the Earth is a closed system, which means that the only thing that can be transferred with its surroundings is energy. It receives lots of energy from the sun, but its exchange of matter is near zero. That means that the elements in our environment … More Circulating Goodness

Foundations Meditation Retreat ~ this weekend!

  Spirit Fire’s Practice of Living Awareness seeks to highlight the consistently unfolding awareness that is alive in all of us. Alive, yes, but often overlooked and undervalued. Meditation offers us direct access to qualities that are innate to each and every one of us: truth, beauty, kindness, and peace. Practicing meditation, and particularly, developing … More Foundations Meditation Retreat ~ this weekend!

Heart-Mind Awareness

  Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 1  When we center our awareness in the heart, we are accessing the space within ourselves where we find our true presence; where we often put our hand when we refer to “I” or “me” in earnest. As we breathe and gently focus upon the heart, we begin to vibrationally … More Heart-Mind Awareness

Be Your Self

A beautiful quote from Hermann Hesse: “You were made to be yourselves. You were made to enrich the world with a sound, a tone, a shadow… In each one of you there is a hidden being, still in the deep sleep of childhood. Bring it to life! In each one of you there is a … More Be Your Self

Release and Let Go

  Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 3  We live in a material word. We hold things. In the summertime, we hold sunglasses & beach towels. In autumn we hold caramel apples. In the wintertime, we hold snowballs. In the springtime, we hold wildflower bouquets. And then the sun goes down, our sunglasses come off … More Release and Let Go

Golden Silence

  Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 2  Second only to our consistent release of the breath, is our consistent release of sound in the form of words… talking, talking, and more talking. We are creative beings so our tendency to make conversation is strong. Words are thoughts clothed in speech. We use our words … More Golden Silence

Namaste

  Soften, Open, Receive Meditation – Day 3  We complete this particular step of the practice with this meditation and something to ponder for yourself… can I receive and remain fully present, and then linger there? In other words, can you create the space for an experience, allow it into your awareness and then stay … More Namaste

Universal Abundance

  Soften, Open, Receive Meditation – Day 2  Every aspect of you is designed to receive. As a conscious being, this is innate. You are also designed to move along with the expansive nature of the universe. As each new moment unfolds, you are presented with the opportunity to receive it, process it, and decide if … More Universal Abundance

Feelings

  Carol Martin’s Breathe Meditation #3  Understand why ♥ Chakra energy is “prime real estate” energetically. Do you want to create a sacred space where your Soul begins to speak to you? Letting go of expectations can be hard. What about our feelings? This weeks meditation works with the energy of your emotional body.   … More Feelings

Flow Forward

  Flow Meditation – Day 1  We begin a new step with a familiar concept – flow. We have all experienced flow in a multitude of ways. Time flows, especially when we are full of enthusiasm. Rivers flow, especially when the seasons have been balanced with sun & rain and heat & cold. Breath flows, … More Flow Forward

The Observer

  Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation #2  Observing 4 breaths for a period of time is a good fundamental exercise and a way to “learn to meditate”. This week’s meditation will focus more on the Observer within You and your physical body. Energetically the Observer connects directly to the Soul and while your consciousness … More The Observer

Immerse Yourself

  Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 3  When we find ourselves caught in a sudden rainstorm, we take cover. Whether it’s an awning, a bridge, a bus shelter, or a newspaper, the space you choose offers refuge from the prospect of getting drenched. It also offers a pause and a new view. Once we’re … More Immerse Yourself

Second Time Around

  Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 1  Step 2… the 2nd week. The number 2 is awesome because, well… have a listen. It is RE-vealed in the meditation (that’s a hint). Tip of the Nose is the second step of the Practice of Living Awareness. This spot is a natural place to rest your … More Second Time Around

Off Balance?

  Do you ever feel off balance, out of whack, not quite right in your body, mind or emotions?  This of course happens to all of us.  The cairn in this picture can represent the many aspects of the self and of life.  The parts can be smooth, beautiful, jagged, rough, just the right piece … More Off Balance?

Breathing Meditation

    Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation #1  I’ve discovered that our breathing will mirror our psychology and we can turn the tables and affect our psychology with our breath. By allowing our breathing to relax and deepen we can relax and deepen our thoughts and feelings because these three aspects of us are … More Breathing Meditation

Choose a Smile

  Smile Meditation – Day 3  Have you ever woken up in the morning to stressful thoughts about the day ahead which lead to a sour mood which then leads to obstacles great and small that seem to turn your whole day into a wretched mess? We all have. And then… someone graces you with a … More Choose a Smile