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?
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
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
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
Many benefits come with learning to create and then stabilize a meditative type of focus. In classical yogic meditation training, this begins with pratyahara and leads to dharana. These Sanskrit terms are two of the “Eight Means or Limbs of Yoga” as given a long time ago by the great Indian sage and father of … More 2c: The usually not noticed
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
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
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
“In the beginning, meditation can be like a waterfall,” a wise meditation teacher once said. He was describing the cascade of thoughts that we discover inside our mind when we sit for meditation practice. And, what he was stating is fact and normal for most people. The reason for the seeming abundance of inner thoughts … More 3b: like a waterfall
Settling into meditation training can take a little time especially at the beginning. That’s because our brain and senses are wired to be out-going, to be on alert and responsive to what’s going on around us. Not that long ago, we had to be on the look out for lions, tigers, and bears; and in … More 2b. Focus, clarity, and light
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
This meditation combines Smile and Tip of the Nose. It is a joyous and sensate meditation. I’ll be traveling to Oklahoma to teach a meditation retreat for the week. There will be no live meditations until next Tuesday. Please use the blog to support your practice. Explore the meditations or simply re-do ones from the … More Feel it from the inside
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
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
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)
Distraction effects us all the time. But it is blatantly obvious when one is trying to meditate. Arising thoughts can be seemingly purposeful or not. Examples of such include thoughts related to work, family, friends, or one’s self, cravings for kind words or an easy day or a taste on the palate. These seem to … More Addressing Distraction
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.
We complete Step 2 and bring all the instruction together. It comes down to this: “Our insides create our outsides, and our outsides condition our insides.” The inner life creates the outer life. If we are at ease inside, ease will be the tone of the outer interactions. If we are embattled or stressed, worrisome … More Present: a meditation
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
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.
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
Learning to bring a meditative-type focus to our moment brings a number of benefits: increased observational skills, increased creative thinking, decreased stress and worry, increased open mindedness, increased capacity for listening and allowing other points of view.