The Human Experience

Ground of Being – Day 3   Numerous astronauts have described the experience of seeing the Earth floating in infinite space as one that generates a keen sense of awe, wonder, and blissful curiosity. Many also say that they saw the Earth is a living organism of which they are a part. With humility, I … More The Human Experience

Interconnectedness

Ground of Being Meditation – Day 2   “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”   — Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps you’ve chosen to meditate to get closer to the truth of things… … More Interconnectedness

Your Body, Your Ground

Ground of Being Meditation – Day 1  Human being. Being human. Being still. Still being. Being grounded. Grounded being. Yes, meditation accentuates all of these states of being. Working directly with the mind for the last two weeks may have generated a bit of reverence for the incredible vessel, your body, which made those experiences possible. This … More Your Body, Your Ground

The Human Experience

    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

Simple Enjoyment

  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

11a. Indestructible

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

Intermediate: Response: patterned, illumined, or freed?

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?

11a: Ground is internal.

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.

The ground of enlightenment (Step 11a)

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)