Step #11, Ground of Being – Day 2 As the Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quote proclaims, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” The earth beneath our feet provides stability, the sky above our heads provides spaciousness. Light reveals and the rhythm of … More The Human Experience
Step #11, Ground of Being Meditation – Day 1 “Hello world. I’m here!” Yes, the world sees you. You are in it and of it. You are experiencing the world around you – responding to it, moving through it, and shaping it. Your thoughts arise from the data stored in your brain, yet … More Simple Enjoyment
What have you discovered this week through the idea of Ground in meditation practice? Downloadable podcast: dec0415entry living from the ground of being.mp4
The ground is underneath our feet. It is there all the time. The ground of being is like this: already present, there all the time. This inner presence is always inside. Thus, if one has practiced one’s practice – off the cushion in one’s life as well as on the cushion faithfully – then the … More 11a. Indestructible
This graphic well displays the quality of options that one has every moment. The lower part of the image is beautiful but is a repetition of a pattern. It is a replication of itself over and over. This represents our habits, patterned responses, and choices that result in no change or forward movement in consciousness. … More Intermediate: Response: patterned, illumined, or freed?
Get centered and feel the inner ground of composure, stability, and centeredness. Smile, breathe, and be present. Experience the foundational ground of Presence, authenticity, and integrity. As kindness is expressed, observe the ground of heart-mind through compassion as action. As respect is given to another person, place, or thing, delight in the shared ground of appreciation … More 11a: Ground is internal.
At some point, one’s training in meditation really does permeate one, and the results of one’s practice become integrated into one’s way of living. Then one is experiencing that meditation is the heart of one’s Being, that stability is as simple as one’s smile, as immediate as one’s breath, and as tangible as the beat … More The Heart of One’s Being
The meditation is poetic Our life is the ground of our practice. Life is where one’s practice must find ground, and it does as one brings the metaphor of the tree, the roots, and the ground into one’s day. There is so much simple truth to consider with this step (maybe each step of The … More Yes! Still growing.
A meditation practice brings us home to within. There to be discovered is patience, ease, and dedication. Inside ourself is brilliance of all kinds, joy ready to giggle, and integrity. A meditation practice brings us to the truth that has been said by masters of all traditions: there is nowhere to go and no one else to … More The ground within (Step 11b)
Just on Earth there is no other ground, on the Path of human excellence meditation is the ground. All other practices are important – and even necessary as parts of the Path – but without meditation as foundational within one’s practice the fullness of human Beingness cannot be established or accomplished. I recognize that accomplish … More The ground of enlightenment (Step 11a)