Practicing Pranayama, Practicing Presence

  Pranayama is the formal practice of controlled breathing. There are many techniques… each one is as accessible and beneficial as the breath itself . Squared breathing is one of those techniques and it has a calming effect. It engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the body’s rest & digest system. Typically … More Practicing Pranayama, Practicing Presence

Ripples of Awareness

  We will work with interludes this week, which means we will be paying attention to the space between. The space between thoughts. The space between breaths. The space between moments. Once again, we find ourselves allowing. Allowing the precious space between to become the noticed space. In doing so, a new space arises as the … More Ripples of Awareness

Loving Kindness

    We are all a part of the fabric of life… each and every one of us. Those we love. Those who challenge us. Those we admire. Those we fear. Those who shape us. At times this human experience can seem merciless and at times it can seem blessed beyond belief; this is the … More Loving Kindness

All Heart

    We recognize the heart as the organ responsible for the circulation of blood. It is one of the most vital organs of the physical body… vital to our very existence. The heart is our connection to life, literally and figuratively. We recognize that the heart relates to our ability to express and receive … More All Heart

Receptive and Serene

    The meditative experience is found in the allowing. It is found in the softening. It is found in the opening. It is found in the receiving. When the body, mind, and spirit are receptive, we catch a glimpse of our innate interconnectedness. Connected to what? The ALL.  Happy meditating!   Soften, Open, and … More Receptive and Serene

Earthly Flow

  Molten magma from deep in the Archean Earth flowed to the surface to create vast expanses of land which allowed for life on the planet to move from the sea and diversify. As in the photo above, when fiery lava hits the water it turns from liquid to gas in the form of steam … More Earthly Flow

Spacious Momentum

  We are surrounded by activity. We are immersed in it. The breath is a source of consistent, rhythmic activity. As our awareness meets the breath and lingers alongside its gentle flow, it becomes entrained; it gathers momentum. And what does momentum look like in terms of awareness? Spaciousness. Happy meditating.   Flow – Day … More Spacious Momentum

Life is Flow

  Day flows into dusk which flows into night. Night becomes dawn which flows into day. Youth flows into adulthood. Migrating animals follow the flow of available resources. Words flow from an inspired writer’s pen. Flow is fundamental to each and every aspect of life. Life is flow – steady and continuous, like the breath … More Life is Flow

Follow Your Nose

  We experience the outside world with our senses; we hear it, touch it, see it, taste it, smell it. They help us navigate the terrain and inform our choices. Meditation allows us to give our sensory organs a rest from their usual roles… the eyes catch a break from judging proportion and tracking movement; … More Follow Your Nose

Taking It All In

  The essence of this week’s theme, Tip of the Nose, is captured in the photo above. This child is still, focused, captivated, and fully present. Perhaps the outer environment is crowded and hectic, and needless to say, the plane is moving 600 mph… but no worries because from his perspective, there’s nothing to do … More Taking It All In

The Meeting Place

      We meet here again to meditate. Wonderful! Meeting places can be quite specific. Perhaps you have readied yourself for meditation in a specific place; perhaps a designated “peace” zone for an allotted time each week which allows for quiet reflection, your own specific meditation place. This week we are going to explore … More The Meeting Place

Respond with a Smile

    “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hahn Happiness is a brainwave, and smiles directly affect your brain. It is a physiological fact. It’s revealed in the delightful quote above. The very fact that you can always offer a smile, to yourself … More Respond with a Smile

Delightfully Held

  The shape of a smile is quite common: raised at the edges and curved from side to side. It’s the shape of a bowl or a basin. It’s the shape of the hammock above… it has a similar function as well. A smile holds and supports; it contains and carries. Create the time and … More Delightfully Held

And Begin Again

    Sparks initiate. They bring each new moment to light. Sparks reveal. They bring forward the possibilities that each one of these moments hold: creativity and peace, truth and insight, or goodness and beauty. Meditation could be likened to a spark that leads us through the doorway of “now” and into the field of … More And Begin Again

Meditative Momentum

    The latest round of online meditations has completed and we will pause for a bit before beginning again. The full round of meditations is on the blog if you’d like to enjoy a guided meditation during the break. Perhaps you’ll take-up self-led silent sittings for a while… set a timer and go. If … More Meditative Momentum

Flowing Free

There is so much light, breath and spirit available to us every moment.  As we clear away the obstacles to this flow, we open to the world of potency, potential and possibility.  Some refer to it as the quantum field, the field of buddhi, infinite mind, or big mind.  Whatever name you chose to use, … More Flowing Free

Clear Light

We truly don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are, through our filters. Have you noticed that when your mind is distracted or you are emotionally upset that clarity tends to be elusive? A pure sheet of glass allows 100% of the light to flow through it.  Imperfections will alter the … More Clear Light

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

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

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

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

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

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