The Space Between

Interlude Meditation – Day 2   It’s the sweetest space, the space between. The space between Friday and Monday. The space between doing this and doing that. The space between what was and what will be. The space between thoughts. The space between break-ups, between breakfast and lunch, between Act 1 and Act 2, between … More The Space Between

The Sweet Lull

Interlude Meditation – Day 1  Fullness of any kind often leads to a pause… or an interlude, which is the name of this week’s step. Interludes are important. They allow us to integrate. An interlude has no agenda other than itself; it is a space between. Perhaps this sounds like meditation. Perhaps. As we begin Step 7, … More The Sweet Lull

Squared Breathing

Interlude Meditation – Day 3 Squared breathing engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the body’s rest & digest system. Typically this system works autonomously, meaning it is involuntary – it does its own thing in its own time. Nonetheless, squared breathing is voluntary and it shifts, or seems to down-shift, the nervous system … More Squared Breathing

The Space Between

Interlude Meditation – Day 1 We will work with interludes this week, which means we will be paying attention to the space between: the space between thoughts; the space between breaths; the space between moments.  As always, paying attention requires a bit of allowing… allowing the precious space between to become the noticed space. In doing so, a … More The Space Between

7c. Shamatha: Inner peace and harmony

The importance of shamatha cannot be understated in regards to one’s meditation practice or one’s life. On the cushion or off, shamatha is the capacity of a human being to abide in a state of calm, serenity, or composure, tranquility, equipoise, or steadfastness such that distractions are non-effective to pull one away from stability and … More 7c. Shamatha: Inner peace and harmony

7a: Interlude – experience space

Interlude is the space between, between in-breath and out-breath, between out-breath and in, it is the space between thoughts. Interlude is the space – the empty non-action – before action is engaged. Often action is engaged robotically, habitually. Just as often, action is the result of chasing a desire or running away from something, avoiding … More 7a: Interlude – experience space

7a. The quality of Awareness

Awareness is tangible. It has qualities that are distinct, just as non-awareness or thoughtlessness, or gratitude and creativity have distinct qualities. One of the qualities of awareness is spaciousness or openness. Step 7- Interlude – has us notice the space (or interlude) after the in-breath and after the out-breath. Calling one’s attention to the sensations … More 7a. The quality of Awareness

Enlightenment is the space between: interlude

Milarepa, a great Tibetan yogi and enlightened being, was asked about enlightenment. He said, “It is the space between thoughts.” The interlude of the breath is the way to discover this. Enlightenment is a particular neutrality that is lived within each moment. It is not attracted to anything because the state of enlightenment perceives all … More Enlightenment is the space between: interlude

Peace and Quiet

There are  many reasons to learn to meditate, but one is inner quiet. The interlude between the breaths is an excellent example of this. The interlude after breathing in is the point of “just enough” registered by the body/lungs. The interlude after breathing out also is a point of “just enough” once again registered by … More Peace and Quiet