Release into Peace

Meditation Audio: Soften, Open, and Release – Day 3   We allow for peace. We create space for it. You need only sense into the experience of judgement, criticism, or blame to feel the contraction; separation requires a contraction of sorts, a cutting-off. Kindness and peace on the other hand, are inclusive. Appreciation, generosity, and … More Release into Peace

Release into Freedom

Step #5, Soften, Open and Release – Day 2  Release fear. Release doubt. Release dice. Release control. Release the brakes. Release devices. Release divisiveness. Release expectations. Release grudges. Release the door. Release tension. Release resistance. Release the top button. Release tears. Release doves. Release a smile. Release the breath… presence follows. Always. Happy meditating! Soften, … More Release into Freedom

This Ways and That Ways

Soften, Open, and Release – Day 1   Our practice continues this week with the opportunity to explore the experience of release. Softening, opening and receiving (Step 4) naturally moves into softening, opening, and releasing (Step 5). Once again, the breath leads the way. Whether we are swinging or singing, running or sunning, giggling or … More This Ways and That Ways

Universal Abundance

We interrupt this meditation post to invite you to an evening of mindfulness meditation! We’re starting a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course on May 29th… get a taste of it at one of our free workshops! Mindfulness is the bedrock of the Practice of Living Awareness… join us! Get more info HERE! Soften, Open, Receive … More Universal Abundance

Softening the Body, Softening the Self

Soften, Open, Receive Meditation – Day 1   Our human form masters receptivity from the moment of conception; it is consistently receptive to the flow of life force inside the womb. Nurturance continues throughout infancy: hunger is fed, thirst is quenched, cold is met with a blanket, cries are met with affection and love. We … More Softening the Body, Softening the Self

Breathing With and In The World

Flow Meditation – Day 3 We’ve been ending each meditation with a mantra of sorts. It moves us through breathing light into the mind, breathing light into our feeling nature, breathing light into our physical body, and breathing light into our sense of self. The mind, the emotions, and the physical body are all aspects … More Breathing With and In The World

Flowing Forward

Flow Meditation – Day 1   We begin a new week and welcome a new theme: flow. With Spring upon us and the whole world ready for day-to-day life to come to a more recognizable flow, we are considering the concept of “flow” and its impact on our lives, our psyche, and our well-being. The … More Flowing Forward

Space to be Gentle

Tip of the Nose – Day 3 The meditations at the beginning of any new round of the Practice of Living Awareness support making ourselves available to meditation… or better yet, making ourselves available to being meditative. Last week’s Smile meditations offered a welcoming of sorts. This week’s meditations offer the opportunity to look around and … More Space to be Gentle

The Perch

There’s so much to take in as we are perched. Today’s meditation takes us to the perch where we notice the usually not noticed. Observation is an activity that’s greatly enhanced by blended mix of curiosity and stillness. What’s present? Perhaps there’s ‘the noticed’ as well as ‘the not noticed,’ activity as well as stillness, inner … More The Perch

The Nose Knows

Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 1 As the saying goes, sometimes what you are looking for is right under your nose. Could it be the ease of a smile? Certainly that’s right under your nose. It turns out these two bodily features have a beautiful relationship, at least in meditation. Both the tip of the … More The Nose Knows

Allowing for What’s Next

Smile Meditation – Day 3   This week we have been working with a basic premise of mindfulness: paying attention to what is happening right here, right now… without judgement. Why the last segment – without judgement? Judgement is a form of contraction. When we judge, we create stories around what’s happening. We label it, … More Allowing for What’s Next

Just Sitting

Living Awareness – Day 3  It has been a distinct pleasure meditating with you over the course of the last fourteen weeks. For this last meditation of this current round, we enjoy sitting – just sitting. Thank you for meditating. And the world thanks you. Living Awareness Meditation – Day 3

Shining Bright

Living Awareness Meditation – Day 2  Life is a creative process. We are consistently met with the present moment which is the direct result of each previous moment made manifest and giving way to this one. Like the breath, every coming and going sets the stage for a new cycle of comings and goings. And … More Shining Bright

Arriving

Living Awareness Meditation – Day 1  This is the final week of postings for this round of meditations. If you’ve been with us for the last thirteen weeks, congratulations on setting the intention to develop a working and sustainable meditation practice – it is called a “meditation practice” for a reason. By now, as we … More Arriving

Ripples of Hope

Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 3  If we were to set the intention of focusing on harmlessness and inclusivity throughout the day, our thoughts, words, and actions would naturally become more altruistic. We would begin to see the evidence (and the perfection) of toroidal flow in action. On that day, and perhaps for many days … More Ripples of Hope

Exquisite Expression

Toroidal Flow Meditation – Day 2  We are in a constant state of evolution. Becoming arrives at a place called being and, alas, as a result of our ever-changing, ever-expanding universe, being is becoming again. This is the construct of our time/space existence and it magnificently grants us the freedom to create our own reality. Energy … More Exquisite Expression

The Torus

Flow, in the shape of a torus (pictured above), is happening all around you… microcosmically and macrocosmically.  It exists as an atom, the earth, the human heart, a chakra, and our galaxy to name a few. Toroidal flow is energy in circuitous motion. We have worked with flow from the very moment that we began this practice. Our day … More The Torus

Back To Center

Central Channel Meditation – Day 3 What does it mean to feel “centered?” Most would say that when they feel centered, they can sense the fullness of their being. They feel poised or collected or aligned. We could use any number of terms that refer to a sense of equilibrium. If I were to invite … More Back To Center

Seed Thoughts for the Chakras

Central Channel Meditation – Day 2  Meditation is often promoted as a practice that facilitates peace of mind for the practitioner. This is true, but there’s more… much more. Meditation is also helpful with mental receptivity; in this sense, it can be very creative. Meditation can produce new thoughts, illuminations, and inspirations. This is the … More Seed Thoughts for the Chakras

Interconnectedness

Ground of Being Meditation – Day 2   “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”   — Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps you’ve chosen to meditate to get closer to the truth of things… … More Interconnectedness

Your Body, Your Ground

Ground of Being Meditation – Day 1  Human being. Being human. Being still. Still being. Being grounded. Grounded being. Yes, meditation accentuates all of these states of being. Working directly with the mind for the last two weeks may have generated a bit of reverence for the incredible vessel, your body, which made those experiences possible. This … More Your Body, Your Ground

Universal Beingness

Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 3   This meditation is always worth pulling out of the archives at this point in the practice… the time to go universal! Within the light of the mind, anything is possible. Today’s meditation is a journey into the realms of the creative imagination, where your luminous self resides, waiting for the … More Universal Beingness

Your Luminous Perception

Luminous Perception Meditation – Day 1  Activity can generate energy – rub your hands together for 30 seconds and you’ll notice energy being generated. The acting of rubbing your hands together also requires energy; it’s an exchange. The mind is no different. As we aspire to higher vibratory levels of the mind (put energy in), … More Your Luminous Perception

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 shut … More Vastitude

Samadhi

Mind Meditation – Day 2  The Eightfold Path was consistently presented by the Buddha as a guide to end suffering. The eight suggested directions of the path 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 … More Samadhi

“How are you, friend?”

Mind Meditation – Day 1 Meditation teachings have one clear purpose: befriending the mind. In order to do this, you have to spend some time together. Make a date, find a quiet place and ask, “how have you been?” After the steady intensity of the last seven days… prepare yourself for an earful; that’s what friends are for! Let’s … More “How are you, friend?”

Asana as Altitude

Asana Meditation – Day 3 In sitting upright and lengthening the spine, the breath has an opportunity to become balanced. A sloppy posture usually means a sloppy breath, a sloppy attitude, and a sloppy response to that which arises during meditation. An upright posture usually supports a poised mind and a poised attitude. From this … More Asana as Altitude

Squared Breathing

Interlude Meditation – Day 3 Squared breathing engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the body’s rest & digest system. Typically this system works autonomously, meaning it is involuntary – it does its own thing in its own time. Nonetheless, squared breathing is voluntary and it shifts, or seems to down-shift, the nervous system … More Squared Breathing

The Space Between

Interlude Meditation – Day 1 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.  As always, paying attention requires a bit of allowing… allowing the precious space between to become the noticed space. In doing so, a … More The Space Between

Loving Kindness

Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 3 As the national US election nears, it is easy to default to focusing on our differences and on that which separates us. It is the perfect time within the practice to generate some heart focused positivity and offer it to those in need… most likely each and every one of … More Loving Kindness

Heart Connection

Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 2 When we center our awareness in the heart, we are accessing the space within ourselves where we find 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 expand and include. The … More Heart Connection

Let Go. Find Joy.

Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 3 Peace starts with shaping our interior; molding, trimming, and creating space for it. Peace can then move out into the world. You need only sense into the experience of judgement, blame, and divisiveness to feel the heaviness. Peace feels lighter and more free. Creating space for peace, naturally makes room for experiences such … More Let Go. Find Joy.