Our heart is the centerpiece between our spiritual self and our physical self. Energetically, the heart charka is centered between the crown chakra and the root chakra. These energy centers cascade our unique vibration, one to the next, precipitating our expression downwards into form. Similarly, they lift energy upwards illuminating the fullness of that … More Rooted To The Earth
Once we’ve established “ground,” we get to go places. Firm ground allows us to leap higher. Healthy ground allows us to grow things. Ground supports and enables. In today’s meditation, we use our ground-of-being to magnetize the affirmation, “In the Infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete.” Then off … More Leveraging Your Ground
We have repeated several phrases throughout this round of the Practice of Living Awareness: “Energy follows thought.” “Your thoughts create your reality.” “You are a not a human being having a spiritual experience, you are a spiritual being having a human experience.” All of these support the concept, or the fact, that your body is … More You, The Vessel
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
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)