What’s the Buzz?

What’s the Buzz?   Sometimes we think that meditation should be about relaxing, letting the mind go, releasing tension and escaping from everyday stress and worries.  Yes, we do want to release tension and worry, and yet remain totally awake, aware, and present while maintaining our focus and opening to the higher wisdom and direction … More What’s the Buzz?

The Natural Light of Focus, Step 2c

We complete the week of Tip of the Nose noticing some of the usually not noticed, some of the amazing and wondrous experiences of breathing. As we do, and without effort, we are simultaneously cultivating meditative focus: learning to withdraw from the blatant and obvious which captivates our attention the majority of the day, and … More The Natural Light of Focus, Step 2c

Point of Attention, Step 2b

Thoth was the Ancient Egyptian god of wisdom. Due to the vibrancy and comprehensiveness of wisdom, Thoth is also said to have brought forward the arts, philosophy, culture, civilization, and diplomacy. In all traditions, the gods and goddesses are pointing at qualities within human beings in addition to being Beings in their own right. With … More Point of Attention, Step 2b

Intermediate: Instructions and that which is inseparable

All meditation training has few foci. Those are used by most, if not all, meditation methods around the world, and always have been. Breath (inner flow and spacious serenity), focus (point of focus, learning true concentration, then sustaining that such that it refines into something powerful and more), and letting go (of the sense of … More Intermediate: Instructions and that which is inseparable

2b: Thoth and focus

Thoth was the Ancient Egyptian god of wisdom. Due to the vibrancy and comprehensiveness of wisdom, Thoth is also said to have brought forward the arts, philosophy, culture, civilization, and diplomacy. In all traditions, the gods and goddesses are pointing at qualities within human beings in addition to being Beings in their own right. With … More 2b: Thoth and focus

Effortless Effort

In The Practice of Living Awareness, the experience of “settling” leads to everything else. That might seem obvious because it’s the first technique engaged, yet, let’s analyze what’s going on inside that minute or so. A smile brings readiness and contentment to the moment. A long slow deep breath potentially rivets one in Presence. Add … More Effortless Effort

7a: Interlude – experience space

Interlude is the space between, between in-breath and out-breath, between out-breath and in, it is the space between thoughts. Interlude is the space – the empty non-action – before action is engaged. Often action is engaged robotically, habitually. Just as often, action is the result of chasing a desire or running away from something, avoiding … More 7a: Interlude – experience space

2a. Focus and wonder

Meditation training is pretty straight-forward. It has very few ingredients and those ingredients haven’t changed in thousands of years. Rather like the shape of a well which also hasn’t changed, meditation works perfectly as it is. Focus and breath are the two most important components of meditation, no matter where in the world one is … More 2a. Focus and wonder

2c: Event horizon

Mindfulness, tantra, shamanic earthiness, and the teachings of the Yoga Sutras come together in the Entry level, as well as the whole Practice of Living Awareness. The interface that the tip of the nose represents is truly profound. As we complete the week of using it as both a technique and a tool for discovery … More 2c: Event horizon

Brilliant

What is concentration, yogically understood and lived? What is attention experienced as expansiveness while simultaneously holding a riveted point of focus? What is focus when it is holding vastness and subtle within its view instead of, or inclusive of, small detail? It is dharana. Dharana is a Sanskrit word which means concentration but in the … More Brilliant

2b: Dharana (concentration/attention)

Dharana is a Sanskrit word. In meditation training, it means concentration, attention, or right focus. The concept and original teaching about it comes from the great rishi, Patanjali and his Yoga Sutras. Buddha Shakyamuni then took this teaching, used it, and achieved enlightenment. Both of these great beings, then, used this aspect of meditation training … More 2b: Dharana (concentration/attention)

Awareness. It’s already now.

Luminous Perception is the natural state of the mind and, truth be told, the very nature of everything. When fully realized in a non-dual state of meditation and livingness, this is called mahamudra. Yet, because luminous spacious dynamic awareness is all there is, and always has been, as a practitioner creates the habit of a … More Awareness. It’s already now.

Cultivating meditative attention (concentration): Step 2a

Step 2 sets the second component of meditation: right attention also referred to as  meditative focus. Within The Practice of Living Awareness, this step is called “Tip of the Nose.” Step 1 established an openness to life through wonder and appreciation. Smile opens us up. Otherwise, a person contracts and tends toward small mindedness, judgement, … More Cultivating meditative attention (concentration): Step 2a

Using duality. The Intermediate level begins.

Duality is how we live. Acknowledging duality as a fact (that is to say that humanity lives as if duality is a fact) means that duality can be used to establish oneness. We begin the Intermediate level with this empowerment: that one can create oneness out of duality IF one chooses. Listen now.   Download … More Using duality. The Intermediate level begins.

Shamatha and Vipassyana

Classical meditation trains us in two forms of meditation: shamatha (sham-a-ta) and vipassyana (vipahs-yanah). The Practice of Living Awareness teaches these within its steps. The distinction in the method of The Practice is simply the inclusion of our senses from the start as well as modern and nature-based examples on which to focus. Shamatha means … More Shamatha and Vipassyana