“The Tao gives birth to One. One gives birth to Two. Two gives birth to Three. Three gives birth to all things.” This is from verse 42 of the Tao Te Ching, and so it is that all things flow from three. With this audio, we’re contemplating Week Three of the Practice of Living Awareness. … More Pondering Flow
Flow Meditation – Day 2 Are you able to go with the flow? Do you meet change with an open mind and little resistance? The fact is, adaptability is essential to our longevity; at very least, it helps us get through the day with ease. Practicing flow helps us cultivate lots of positive qualities – a … More The Ever-Present Flow
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
Flow Meditation – Day 3 “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu, author of Tao Te Ching. There is a time to take a stand, to act, and to say, … More Flow Forward
Flow Meditation – Day 2 Are you able to go with the flow? Do you meet change with open-mindedness and with little resistance? Fact is, adaptability is essential to our longevity; at very least, it helps us get through the day with ease. Practicing flow helps us cultivate lots of positive qualities – a willingness … More Drip. Drop. Drip.
Flow Meditation – Day 1 Thoughts can line up in the mind like airplanes cued on the runway for take-off. As soon as one disappears in the distance, a new one revs its engines. It is called a thought-stream after-all. “What is that noise?” “Oh, it’s the dryer.” “Did I clean the lint filter when … More Observing Flow
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
The choice is ours on how to flow with a moment. One of the great discoveries within a meditation practice is that …. life isn’t really about oneself! Choices of reaction that reinforce personalization and drama make things about oneself which aren’t. Yet, the choice of response with patience, or with appreciation for the situation … More 3c: The flow of the moment
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
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.
Breathing has been made perfect for almost all beings on planet Earth because of billions of years of practice. Within our body, the perfect exchange of breath-vitality and old stale air proceeds flawlessly, except in those who have a health issue. There is great teaching in the flow of breath and the lungs that are … More 3b. Practice makes perfect
The flow of the breath is the flow of awareness into life. Learning to consciously breathe provides that the deeper flow of one’s being is present to and through daily circumstances and events. This is key to peace of mind, less anxiety, more patience, as well as a clearer mind, calmer emotions, and an overall … More 3a. The flow of it
Conjure gratitude. Let it arise over something real, then deepen into it. Gratitude is sparkly. Appreciate something – a falling leaf, a rain drop, sunshine, or friendship. Then drop into the fullness of appreciation. It is a dance of delight. Mahamudra is a word, like water is a word. To experience the wetness of water, … More Mahamudra 2: the texture of delight
This Intermediate meditation begins with a palpable field of harmony. Before words were said, anyone who arrived early waiting for the meditation to begin was absorbed in the meditative field already present. Then as the meditation session began, we basked, like a cat in sunshine. We end up creating a toroidal flow with harmony, the … More Creating a flowing field of harmony
Wind flows, streams and rivers do too; as do migrations of animals, and sap running in trees. Stepping back, we can see that flow is an essential dynamic of life on Earth. In a human being, flow is generated from heart-mind. When a person is thinking from the heart, patience and creativity are present. Without … More The flow of heart-mind
Step 5 – Soften, Open, and Release – is a step that brings some of the intended results of meditation into view. The lungs release that which is old and no longer serves. Release wants to hold the practitioner in truth, in simplicity, and in clarity. But, these three are counter to the modern ethos, … More 5b: Meditation brings change.
“The river makes the banks; it’s not the other way around.” Also, “our inside creates our outside. Then the outside (that has been created) conditions our inside.” Or from the words of Invictus that inspired Nelson Mandela during his decades of imprisonment, “I am the master of my life.” Ultimately, it’s this simple. This is … More Creating a happy life: flow
The river makes the banks. The river cuts its way through, moves what it needs to, and eventually makes its mark on the landscape. Rivers are a might force of life. The breath is a river inside us. Breath and the river point to stability and change. The trail of the breath is constant and … More The river makes the banks …
Step 3 of The Practice of Living Awareness is flow. If we sit and simply experience the breath, two qualities or characteristics become apparent: that the breath is constant and has a smooth texture. Both indicate non-interruption. A modern life seems almost predicated upon interruption. Allow yourself to fully experience how many things and people, … More Non-interrupted and smooth = flow