Winter is waning here in New England and only a few patches of snow remain. The sun lingers a little longer each day and the ground is beginning to soften and warm. Soon sprouts will appear on the topsoil, buds will appear on the trees, and green will return to dominate the landscape. Plants … More Upward.
Have you ever spent time in the forest? It is rejuvenating. The air is alive. It is pure, It is rich. Trees are the lungs of the earth. They purify the atmosphere, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Their various processes of giving and receiving also help to regulate water cycles and and build up … More The lungs of the earth.
Expression elicits an equal and opposite response. We learn this in physics. We experience this in relationships. And we’ve observed this with the breath: every inhale is followed by an exhale; receiving is followed by releasing. This week we respond to the light of mind with the ground of being. Happy meditating! Downloadable … More As above, so below.
Human being. Being human. Being still. Still being. Being grounded. Grounded being. Yes, meditation accentuated all of these states of being. We have spent the last several steps working with the mind. For Step 11, we acknowledge this precious fact: the awareness that we have generated by consciously engaging various aspects of the mind … More Step 11: Ground of Being
Your thoughts arise from your brain, yet your mind exists beyond it. Emotions are the result of the nervous system and its relationship with a wide variety of organs and hormones. Your physical body manifests as the result of… well, mostly pure magic. All of these expressions (thoughts, feelings, and actions) play out through … More Of the Earth.
As above so below. This we know, yet as we walk outside, we may not be consistently aware of the immense root system beneath the ground which reflects the size, shape, and stamina of the tree above ground. Our fullness of our vision can be limited by the confines of the material word. Similarly, we may not be … More Entry: Ground of Being – Day 3
The Festival of Light, Wesak, is underway and celebrated worldwide on the May full moon in recognition of the Buddha’s divine presence of love and light. As legend has it, every year at the exact time of the full moon, he appears in a sacred valley in the Himalayas before a group of disciples to perform a … More Entry: Ground of Being – Day 2
Step 11 explores the ground on which our being sits, or the various bodies (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) in which our consciousness expresses. Luminous perception must have a place to preside; and it does, this place is you, or your being. We have an energetic root system which allows for us to move about … More Entry: Ground of Being – Day 1
What have you discovered this week through the idea of Ground in meditation practice? Downloadable podcast: dec0415entry living from the ground of being.mp4