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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation #9 The higher and the lower are always trying to meet within us. Are you ready to dance? It is going to be a dance, and each one is unique. Downloadable Podcast: Meditation #9: The Higher and the Lower Meet in Meditation
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
Asana Meditation – Day 2 What are the various parts that have come together to make the whole of you? Certainly these are not limited to your physical apparatus. As we include all of the cooperative components in our awareness, we support the fullness of our being. Proper physical asana allows the body to be … More Cooperative Components
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
Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation #8 Letting go can be for many the hardest thing. Why? We identify with our thoughts and feelings and our bodies, so it’s a big deal to fundamentally alter your beliefs about something or someone. Meditation is all about letting go and opening to love, movement, balance and change. … More Letting Go: the Hardest Thing
Each summer we offer the opportunity to bring some silence into your meditative experience… actually, two chances! Join us in June and/or July for Silence: A Living Awareness Retreat. Our silent meditation retreats focus on mindfulness practices as a way of generating a living awareness. Summer offers so much splendor for the senses: local … More Silence: A Living Awareness Retreat
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
Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation #7 When we pause to Breathe and Allow our consciousness to rest in the Observer aspect of ourselves we identify with the energetic aspect of us that is more than both our thoughts and our feelings. Meditation thus becomes a loving and gentle way to BE with our … More Meditation: A Loving and Gentle Discipline
Joy arises from a stillness of sorts, deep within the center of our being. We can locate this center by moving our awareness to the space of the heart. Heart-focus connects us to our livingness. Stillness resides there, as well. A stillness made possible by immovable truth and wisdom; the culmination of a life … More Stillness. Movement. Joy.
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
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
Carol Martin’s Breathe Series – Meditation # 5 Meditation is an opportunity to just “be”. In meditation, as the Observer, you are beyond your body, your feelings, your thoughts, yet still connected and present to your self. In essence you are also beyond your many unconscious interference patterns. To name one lets pick “being … More Just “Be” with Your Breath
Heart/Mind combines the unifying qualities of unconditional love with the expansive qualities of inner-wisdom. Love and wisdom are foundational aspects of consciousness and both are put to right use in the Loving Kindness Meditation. The words to this guided meditation are pictured above. Each stanza is read three times, silently or aloud. We start … More Loving Kindness Meditation
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
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 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
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
Carol Martin’s Breathe Meditation #5 When you rest in the energy of the Observer part of you – in the Heart Centre, connecting to your Soul – more of you can be present in the moment. This brings you to the place of real choice where you can exercise your spiritual Will. You … More Personality Integration with Breath
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
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
Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 1 Paying attention to the breath inevitably leads us to the lungs, those masters of receiving and releasing. Notice that the bronchi pictured above look like branches? Tree branches? Well, your lungs have a lot in common with the other masters of receiving and releasing – trees. Have … More Loveliness and Your Lungs
Do you ever feel different from everyone else? Have times when you just don’t fit in? It could be the expression of a different culture, race, mannerisms, style of dress, accent, belief systems, ideology – actually almost anything can contribute to feeling or being treated as separate or different. Perhaps you want to break away … More Which one is not like the others?
Carol Martin’s Breathe Meditation #4 Recap: Your Breath = Your Life. The Observer is a part of you that connects to your Soul or Higher Self energy. The Observer is a neutral, non-judgmental, safe place governed by the Heart Centre. Resting in the Observer allows you protection and clarity and assists you in the … More Your Mental Body from the Observer
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
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
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. It is nurtured throughout infancy as well: hunger is fed, thirst is quenched, cold is met with a blanket, cries are met with affection … More Softening the Body, Softening the Self
Life is so busy and that fullness is often the excuse to not listen, I mean to really listen. Listening is a wonderful gift of presence. We are reminded to be present and listen to others, really listen to what they are saying, without judging, and without planning our response before hearing the other. Listening … More Are you Really Listening?
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 Meditation – Day 3 Patience is being at peace with the flow of life. Wisdom is striving to live in harmony with the flow of life – as it is – in any given moment. One aspect of that wisdom is that we are all in this together, creating the world around us, breath … More Peace In the Process
Flow Meditation – Day 2 Triplicities abound. If you are old enough to remember Schoolhouse Rock, you know that 3 is a magic number… or so the ditty goes: Somewhere in the ancient mystic trinity You get three as a magic number. The past and the present and the future, Faith and hope … More Intention, Relation, Momentum
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
Love can be an ambiguous and frankly loaded word especially in terms of emotions and attached love. We have our own individual heart space which may feel guarded, protected, open, shared, or perhaps we’ve thrown away the key! Love can also be known as compassion, understanding, non-attached, yet at-one-ing with another and with all that … More Love, Lover and Beloved
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
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
Tip of the Nose Meditation – Day 2 Two deliberate aspirations of meditation are peace, which could also be referred to as alignment and it leads to happiness; and focus, which could also be called concentration and it leads to clarity. In order to cultivate peace and maintain focus, we’ve got to train the … More The Sweet Vantage Point
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
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?
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
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