What goes up, must come down

    Meditation often is often depicted as “going up”, striving for the unknown, that ineffable, unreachable something.  It is a desire that lies deep within that drives us, to truly experience or in-body this something greater.  It seems to be an attainment or placement of sorts, the reaching of a pinnacle from where we … More What goes up, must come down

What goes up, must come down

    Meditation often is often depicted as “going up”, striving for the unknown, that ineffable, unreachable something.  It is a desire that lies deep within that drives us, to truly experience or in-body this something greater.  It seems to be an attainment or placement of sorts, the reaching of a pinnacle from where we … More What goes up, must come down

Intermediate: a technique for all levels

In the recent Oklahoma meditation retreat, I taught a technique that will result in tranquility and presence. In other words, it will bring about the foundational meditation experience of shamatha (tranquil or peaceful abiding). Patanjali and Buddha Shakyamuni, the two great sources of meditation training, agree that the foundation of all states and levels of … More Intermediate: a technique for all levels

Intermediate: Levitation and the One Ground

In Buddhism there is a phrase, “There is one ground.” The statement refers to the one ground of Awareness. Realizing that Awareness is the only true ground, one realizes the source of one’s reality, and realizes the foundation for all conditioned or non-conditioned states of being. This precious image of a young meditator levitating is … More Intermediate: Levitation and the One Ground

Intermediate: Tantric ground

Tantric meditation and a tantric orientation in life is one of constantly bringing two qualities of Being into union and then sustaining that unified state. On the cushion that might be experienced through clarity and expansiveness (awareness and heart) being ripened and then sustained as a state. Off the cushion the same two qualities would … More Intermediate: Tantric ground

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.

11b. An infusion of transcendence

Whatever spiritual or religious tradition or current exploration that one is living from, it is one’s foundation. And within all the world’s traditions is the teaching that a person is “born from” or “born of” that which is transcendent. In other words, our daily self has profound origins. Step 11, Ground, takes this teaching one … More 11b. An infusion of transcendence

The ground within (Step 11b)

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)