Lift up your eyes. If there is window, look out it. The world is all around us. Meditation invites us to simply be …. for a moment, and maybe a few more. Meditation is about space, neutrality, emptiness, and the infinite potential that is the very fabric of every moment. Settling is most important in … More 1c: making room
Life can be messy. The toilet backs up, the kids are tired, the boss had too much coffee, the rain slowed down everything. And that’s the small stuff. We could live in a war zone, have serious life transformations going on due to terminal illness of a loved one or our self, a tornado or … More 1b: Smile: Life can be messy
There’s a new radio show on the airwaves. It’s Spirit Fire radio! Each week hosts and practitioners Steve and Tim will explore a step of The Practice with someone who seems to exemplify that step through their professional life, their service, and their way of living. The radio show is live talk radio at noon … More Radio, radio! The Practice of Living Awareness!!
The new round of The Practice of Living Awareness begins with the only thing possible: a smile. Smiling is a choice, and awareness is too. That’s the curious thing about being human: that happiness is the choice of how we interact with a moment, and that awareness is the choice of being Aware. The power … More Step 1a: Smile with Awareness
Drop by drop, streams are fed, rivers flow, oceans are fed. Moment by moment, awareness is cultivated and living awareness is the excellence of an awareness continuum just a river is the fullness of millions of flowing drops. When a moment of awareness, wisdom, generosity, kindness, focus on others rather than oneself is the moment, … More Drop by drop living awareness
Conjure gratitude. Let it arise over something real, then deepen into it. Gratitude is sparkly. Appreciate something – a falling leaf, a rain drop, sunshine, or friendship. Then drop into the fullness of appreciation. It is a dance of delight. Mahamudra is a word, like water is a word. To experience the wetness of water, … More Mahamudra 2: the texture of delight
Mahamudra is a Sanskrit word. Maha means great – as in universal, limitless, beyond comprehension and conceptualization. Mudra has several layers of meaning. First is the common mean: a posture or movement with a part of the body, such as hands. The reason for the mudra, however, is not often understood. The mudra is a … More Mahamudra 1
When we live from the centerdness of meditation inner freedom is ours. Training in meditation “tricks” the practitioner to come into relation with the inner truths and realities which bring one back from the distractions of worldliness and self-orientation. One learns to remain milndlful and real. Meditation calls one inside, and from centeredness one lives … More Living it!
Only meditation can provide the direct experience of Being. Meditation offers the trained mind an enhanced and expanded experience of reality, along with the relativity of any moment. One learns to meditate to develop more self-awareness, or to calm the nerves, or address pain. While those benefits are important and often necessary, the luminous perception … More Trust Being
Buddhist Master, Shantideva, wrote: Wandering where it will, the elephant of mind, will bring us down to pains of deepest hell. No worldly beast, however wild, could bring upon us such calamities. If, with the rope of mindfulness, the elephant of the mind is tethered all around, our fears will come to nothing, Every virtue … More A meditation retreat: training the elephant mind
The Intermediate level of The Practice of Living Awareness has a two-fold purpose: to train a practitioner to accomplish deeper states of meditation and awareness, such that the practitioner lives the wider range of meditation and accessed awareness. The purpose of this is so that one’s life becomes increasingly the manifestation of one’s practice. This … More Translucent human beingness
It is unlikely that someone can spontaneously accomplish a triathlon. Similarly, most people cannot simply sit down and experience true meditation. A training is required for both. The training for meditation was established many thousand of years ago by the Indian sage Patanjali. He gave the world the system of yoga, which has its emphasis … More Past life training in meditation, lives of benefit
The few weeks interim between rounds is a great opportunity to experience themes of meditation that have occurred through The Practice of Living Awareness. Entry, Intermediate, Generative series of meditations are the scaffolding of The Practice, and a variety of meditation themes and training are explored and experienced through experimenting with them. Additionally, the World … More Treasure trove of meditations: reach in!
This is the visual introduction-presentation given before the Full Moon meditation. The podcast of the meditation is at the link provided below. The focus of the meditation is a diverse multi-dimensional alignment. This is due to the variety of forms of alignment occurring during this full moon cycle: 5 planets + Chiron in retrograde, the … More July Blue Moon + Retrograde Planets meditation
This is the final Toroidal Flow meditation, and Friday there is no live meditation due to me teaching a meditation retreat at Spirit Fire. We have Step 14: Living Awareness to follow, next week. The Toroidal Flow of the subtle energetic system is a vital component to one’s living awareness and to one’s meditation practice. … More Presence is Awareness
Recently, a Facebook esoteric group that I am in posted this conceptualization of the stages of the Universe since the Big Bang. I looked at and saw the correspondent stages of Mahamudra meditative realizations. I posted those thoughts and have copied them here. The reason to give the correspondences on the FB group, or to … More Big Bang Mahamudra
Creativity. Equanimity. Patience. Reverence. Clarity. These are powerful qualities, and meditation leads the way to each and every one of them. Spirit Fire’s mission is to offer you every opportunity to to find these inherent qualities within yourself and celebrate them to no end. There are many ways to tap in! Watch our video lecture: … More Meditation creates excellence.
I love the Earth! I wake up every day singing praises and gratitude for life and being alive. Thank you, Mother Earth! This World Service meditation is born from that heart, from the joyous realizations that this life is possible because of Mother Earth. This meditation engages the layer os heart and heart chakra that … More I love the Earth!
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)
The Intermediate practice is engaging harmony in a wide variety of ways. Today’s meditation does so through the Entry teaching of “small things are big things.” This is introduced with the breath and that when breathing (tip of the nose), the breath comes from the vastness of life on Earth to the small nose that … More Small majestic things
“I have one desire for the world: that everyone meditate.” “… Doing so all problems would be solved with clarity and wisdom, empathy and far-sighted compassion. Every person would be happier from the inside and realize that deep happiness expands through kindness. All people would experience a change in view of self from that of … More If the whole world meditated …
Meditation has deep roots. Much that we understand of the classical methods of concentration leading to meditation come from the great adept and enlightened being, Patanjali. Little is “known” about him, true to the secret lives of the Great Ones. I believe he lived in the early Atlantean cycle, which is at least 60 thousand … More Tranquility of Mind (Step 10c)
The experiences of each day are vibration. We are pulsing with vibrations. Our words, thoughts, feelings, and actions are vibrations. Yes, I will be teaching a new online course tonight focused on just this – but Step 9 of Mind also is about vibration. The three qualities or states of mind (contracting, expanding, and spacious) … More Vibrations of Mind
I’m almost 60. The experience of meditation has been reminding me of accomplishments of when I was a child. But, more important, they describe the combination of the three qualities of mind: contracting or exacting, expanding or opening, and free, uncluttered, and spacious. Floating on one’s back in water is one example. To do so … More Childlike
and light be your bed.” Each meditation sitting is an embrace. The first experiences of meditation’s embrace are those of taming and training the mind-emotion feedback loop. Meditation is a form of wooing the mind to open, to soften, and to allow the unknown to be the delight and adventure that it is. With openness … More “Let breath be your lover…
Mind is a very comprehensive word. It refers to: creative processes, intuitive processes, emotional processes, and sorting out daily living processes. In order to accomplish all of these, mind has three primary qualities: contracting or exacting, expanding and opening, and empty mind or mind in a state of peace. Human beings are unique in that … More of three minds
A balanced life? Yes, it is possible. Asana provides many obvious as well as subtle results in one’s life, meditation practice, and in how to live within a physical dimensional existence. Asana brings us to the moment, in our body, in our state of emotions, in our state of mind. Non-distracted from these, one can … More Integrity: inner balance
We, who teach meditation, spiritual well-being, or the inner sciences, are all saying the same thing. We are joined by those who are opening the paradigms of science, psychology, the understanding of vibration and morphic fields: we’re all saying the same thing. Humanity is either destroying itself or birthing a new level of awareness and … More You are necessary: the birthing of a new humanity
We begin two weeks focused on Asana and its value to meditation. Each day of the Entry practice will engage a particular aspect of the classic meditation posture (lotus or half lotus), explain how to accomplish it, and the benefits that result within one’s meditation. Downloadable podcast: may0615entry asana produces results
A human being is capable of a range of vibrational awareness. This is so in terms of voice and tenor, in physical grace or athleticism, as well as in empathic response, or psychometric resonance. Yet, these examples are but a thimble’s measure of human vibrational capacity. We learn to meditate for many reason, but one … More Profound simplicity
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
Most people begin a meditation practice with the intention of self-help or self-regulation of some kind. That’s positive and serves family, friends, work, and self. But there is a greater reason to learn to meditate and to increase one’s skill at it. Human beings are energy transmitters and receivers. The world is receiving new incoming … More The real reason to meditate
Step 5 – Soften, Open, and Release – is a step that brings some of the intended results of meditation into view. The lungs release that which is old and no longer serves. Release wants to hold the practitioner in truth, in simplicity, and in clarity. But, these three are counter to the modern ethos, … More 5b: Meditation brings change.
Cement is stable, but not fertile. Soil is solid and produces life. Cement cannot soften or open unless cracked and broken. Soil softens with the rain, with the worms, with the life within it. Step 4 of Soften, open, and receive is to be witnessed inside us and around us. Spring is a great time … More 4a: Soften, open to …. be happy
Each step of The Practice of Living Awareness has layers of intended results. Step 2: tip of the nose has three levels of engagement and three intended results. withdrawal from the outer and coming in to the inner. This is classically called pratyahara (Sanskrit). Cultivating withdrawal from outer stimuli, responsibilities, and activities provides the possibility … More Attention, perspective, vipassana
This is the fifth instruction and meditation in the Intermediate level of training for this round. The focus of this round is to learn to use duality. We live in duality; or at least our minds, senses, perceptions, and society tell us that we do. Physics reports that life is multi-dimensional, and meditators of the … More Using duality: the textures of distraction and of awareness
Meditation, like everything else in the construct of duality, uses twos. Recognizing them (“notice the usually not noticed”), harnessing them (“bridle the horses of bliss and radiance”), and holding them in a unified ripened state (the All-Ground) is the training necessary to achieve and establish true meditation. This podcast begins with a few statements regarding … More Using duality 3: establishing flawless meditation
It is delightful to see the names of registrants for all levels of The Practice of Living Awareness, old names and new ones. Excitement is in the air to be meditating together again. We begin Monday, January 26 at 9 am ET with the Entry level. Tuesday is Intermediate, and Saturday is the Generative Stage. … More Ready?
There is no limit to the awareness available to a human being. Our challenge is how to access and sustain it. A good meditation practice is one that works to do just this: to bring your conscious Self forward in life and throughout your day. That’s why this one is called The Practice of Living … More Meditation is Magic
Meditation is a gift when times are happy and when times are sad, when life is easy and when it is challenging. The reason why meditation can provide support is because it is real and trains us to BE in the reality of the moment no matter what the outer circumstance. It takes time to … More Death, Change, and Meditation
Remember a new round of The Practice of Living Awareness begins Monday, December 1. A new webinar platform means live or by podcast, all devices can easily access The Practice. What can meditation offer you? Excellence, inside and out. With that excellence cultivated, what can you offer others? Harmony, gratitude, peace. What can bring harmony, … More Dance your meditation
The great master, Patanjali, gave the world the system of yoga. His focus was not the physical body but the methods whereby a practitioner could yoke, as in harness, his or her mind, energy, appetites, and desires. In so doing, a practitioner can arise into the true state of Being. Physical yoga is one of … More Patanjali and the Light of the Soul discussion group. You can join in!
Not everyone can be a gymnast, an accountant, or a pilot, but everyone can be a meditator. Meditation is innate to a human being, and it is so because meditation is simply the direct access to inner awareness. Meditation is not pain management, though one’s relation to pain will adjust through meditation. Meditation is not … More Accomplishing meditation
Can we experience nirvana before achieving the supreme state of enlightenment? Yes, the qualities of a nirvanic state of meditation are completely possible – but only if we can hold a monadic-buddhic state of meditation and consciousness. Who can do that? Someone who practices meditation on and off the cushion, which might be you. The … More Antahkarana: 5: A nirvanic experience?
The Practice of Living Awareness trains its practitioners in the two skills of shamatha and vipassana. – Tranquility is invited with a Smile and a long, slow, deep breath (shamatha). – Tip of the Nose is the first step toward unwavering steadfastness in meditation. For the beginner practitioner, putting the attention on the tip of … More Meditation Instruction through Imagery 5 (final)