Pranayama is the formal practice of controlled breathing. There are many techniques… each one is as accessible and beneficial as the breath itself . Squared breathing is one of those techniques and it has a calming effect. It engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the body’s rest & digest system. Typically … More Practicing pranayama, practicing presence.
Noticing is a skill. Noticing what? Where do I direct my noticing? It’s a skill. Noticing reveals the incredible abundance of life on earth. Why? Because there’s just so much to notice. How? That is the question. How do I develop this skill of noticing? How does noticing reveal so very much? It comes … More Satiety, silence, and stillness.
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. Once again, we find ourselves allowing. Allowing the precious space between to become the noticed space. In doing so, a new space arises as the … More Ripples of awareness.
The beauty of Step 7 is to allow Steps 1 through 6 to find their productive connectedness in the whole of your meditation practice. Interludes work beautifully in that regard; they are integrative. The number 7 itself signifies synthesis, wholeness, and completion. 7 days come together to create a week. 7 colors form the … More Step 7: Interlude
The richness of an interlude is apparent through meditation. Is meditating not an interlude in and of itself? As we meditate we detach from outer activity – from rushing to and fro, from responding to life’s daily demands, from planning, from reminiscing, from tasking. Meditation offers an opportunity to go within, to observe and explore … More Entry: Interlude – Day 3
Magic happens in the space “between.” It’s often within the pause, at the pit-stop, or during the intermission that we allow the fullness of an experience to resonate. In A Treatise on White Magic, Djwhal Khul explains that interludes are necessary if we are to “avail ourselves fully of the opportunity which life experience is intended to furnish.” … More Entry: Interlude – Day 2
We simply pause for step 7 to allow steps 1 through 6 to find their productive connectedness in the whole of our meditation practice. We begin to experience the efficacy of the steps we’ve learned and we begin to recognize that, in fact, we are learning to meditate. Interludes are important, they are integrative. An … More Entry: Interlude – Day 1
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
Meditation practice is profound in its simplicity. Sit down, give yourself time and quietude for a chosen period of time, and simply engage the essence of the moment. This is the choice to do a sitting rather than the rehash that goes on in the mind. To engage the “essence of the moment” requires the … More 7b: Awareness as it is