Heart/Mind combines the unifying qualities of unconditional love with the expansive qualities of inner-wisdom. Love and wisdom are foundational aspects of consciousness and both are put to right use in the Loving Kindness Meditation. The words to this guided meditation are pictured above. Each stanza is read three times, silently or aloud. We start … More Loving Kindness Meditation
Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 2 In the mid-nineteenth century, scientists realized the Earth is a closed system, which means that the only thing that can be transferred with its surroundings is energy. It receives lots of energy from the sun, but its exchange of matter is near zero. That means that the elements in our environment … More Circulating Goodness
Heart-Mind Meditation – Day 1 When we center our awareness in the heart, we are accessing the space within ourselves where we find our true presence; where we often put our hand when we refer to “I” or “me” in earnest. As we breathe and gently focus upon the heart, we begin to vibrationally … More Heart-Mind Awareness
As the news of the week rolls out, it is easy to default to focusing on our differences and on that which separates us. And so it is the perfect time to generate some heart focused positivity and offer it to those in need. A loving-kindness meditation reminds us to see ourselves in others … More May You Know Peace and Ease
Heart-Mind joins two principles that underlie our reality: (one) that energy follows thought, and (two) that we are all part of a complex interdependent and interconnected community of life. As we begin to embody heart-mind, we begin to participate in creating a world in which cooperation, respect, and harmlessness move to the forefront of our … More The Middle Way
We recognize the heart as the organ responsible for the circulation of blood. It is one of the vital organs of the physical body and vital to our existence. The heart is our connection to life… literally and figuratively. We recognize that the heart relates to our ability to express and receive love, as … More Looking Into the Heart
Happy Sunday! We are enjoying a full house at Spirit Fire Retreat Center for our annual Foundations Living Awareness Retreat and sending laughter, peace of mind, and positive vibes out into the world! This week we are offering choice shows from Spirit Fire Radio that support our progress thus far in The Practice of … More Spirit Fire Radio
We are all a part of the fabric of life… each and every one of us. Those we love. Those who challenge us. Those we admire. Those we fear. Those who shape us. At times this human experience can seem merciless and at times it can seem blessed beyond belief; this is the warp … More Loving kindness is the way.
Happy Valentine’s Day, from our heart to yours. You’d think we perfectly planned to be on Step 6 of the practice, Heart-Mind, on Valentine’s week. We didn’t. Some things just work out. Like you… your love… and the perfection of it all. Enjoy. Downloadable Podcast: Heart-Mind – Day2
You! Your expression! Your joy! Your enthusiasm! Your passion! Your creativity! Your vision! Your splendor! Your heart! Your mind! We all share in the glory of its revelation! Heart-Mind is both a quality and a vehicle. As a quality, it is omnipresent; we simply need to tap into it. As a vehicle, it is … More In love with love, cosmologically so!
All meditation practices bring the idea of relationship to the forefront of awareness. What is our relationship to our thoughts? What is the relationship of our thoughts to our emotions? What is our relationship to the breath? These are all common meditation ponderings. At the center of each and every relationship (and every pondering) … More Step 6: Heart-Mind
To understand causation is important in life. With it one understands that to make a baby requires sperm and egg, to harvest a potato or watermelon requires seed, soil, water, and sun, to drink water requires that water be accessible, to have peace in one’s life or the world requires that all people live peaceably … More 6c: Causation: Heart-Mind
There is brightness in everything, even the experience of pain. Meditation brings forward the energy and light that is encapsulated or expressing through any given situation or word or presentation. Meditation helps one realize that everything is energy, vibration, and various condensations of light. Humor, contentedness, caring, analysis, and relation are all forms of light … More 10b: the brightness in everything
This image means something to us because of heart-mind. Friendship does, peace in the world as an aspiration does, creative ways to bring forward goodness for others and oneself all are possible and make sense to us as human beings because of heart-mind. Heart is not one thing and mind another. They are not really … More 6c: … because of heart-mind
Faith is a blending of heart-mind. We have faith that the sun will rise every morning, that our friends will be our friends, and the stars will shine at night. Faith is not necessarily a religious or spiritual term, though there is that side to faith and the various beliefs that a person might have … More 6b: Faith
Meditation brings the continuity of awareness forefront for any practitioner. As that happens, one realizes that several seeming polarities or dichotomies or paradoxes simply are not. Opposites are never really opposites, separate or separated is actually impossible energetically, psychically, telepathically. Little by little, meditation erodes the walls that, due to cultural or societal programming, have … More 6a. Heart-Mind
Ultimately, we come to understand that heart-mind is a quality, not a thing. Heart-mind is like the quality sweet. The quality sweet is experienced in many ways: the taste of a vine ripe tomato or fresh picked strawberry a moment with someone we love the giggle of a child over a common, therefore, wonder-full thing … More 6c: It’s a quality, not a thing.
Heart-mind is not only one “thing”, but a human being gets in trouble when one side is emphasized or de-emphasized over the other. When we live primarily from the mind, worry, aggression, fear, judgement, and distrust increase. The mind without the heart limits and chases itself in circles. When we live primarily from the heart … More 6b: Living fully
“Our lungs lead us to our heart. Our heart has opened our mind.” The first number of steps in The Practice of Living Awareness have led to discoveries of qualities of Being that are innate: lightness of being (smile) clarity and light (tip of the nose) perspective and relation (tip of the nose) flow, ease, … More 6a: We discover Heart-Mind.
Heart-mind is one. It is one broad spectrum of relatedness that includes and makes thinking, creativity, associations, and ease possible. Separated – or brainwashed and acculturated to believe that heart and mind are separate – the problems of separateness result: violence, judgement, animosity, negation and limitation. Heart-mind are provide a limitlessness of responses, possibilities, creative … More The truth of it
Wind flows, streams and rivers do too; as do migrations of animals, and sap running in trees. Stepping back, we can see that flow is an essential dynamic of life on Earth. In a human being, flow is generated from heart-mind. When a person is thinking from the heart, patience and creativity are present. Without … More The flow of heart-mind
Heart-mind is not two things and never was. Heart-mind is a range of Awareness. An individual might not have less capacity with one or the other but that simply indicates where growth is possible as well as he type of limitations that the person will experience and live from. Heart awareness is empathic and wholistic … More One whole Awareness
In most indigenous cultures around the world, the heart and mind have been known as one. The teachings have never emphasized the head over the heart but, instead, as the Tao te Ching states, without the heart the head is of little use. Step 6 of The Practice of Living Awareness invites the practitioner to … More **One continuity: heart-mind
Meditation has prompted a variety of research over the last 30 years. The Dalai Lama sparked it – actually requested it – of western science. As a result, whole fields of new western science have been birthed and all of them explore the integrity and integration that the heart brings to human existence. Profoundly, what … More Living from the mind of the heart
The ongoing and horrible actions happening anywhere in the world remind us today that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Humanity is its own cancer and humanness is our cure. The word human derives from Sanskrit roots and at essence means spirit-mind. Therefore, even the word human reminds us of our innate and … More Waves of Mind: 2
Classical meditation trains us in two forms of meditation: shamatha (sham-a-ta) and vipassyana (vipahs-yanah). The Practice of Living Awareness teaches these within its steps. The distinction in the method of The Practice is simply the inclusion of our senses from the start as well as modern and nature-based examples on which to focus. Shamatha means … More Shamatha and Vipassyana