Nature often offers us an accurate reflection of our inner and outer states. While walking in nature today, I remembered a time when my daughter was first introduced to and became enamored with the phrase “dappled sunlight”. It was as if the word tickled her with joy, just as the light seemed to tickle the … More Dappled Light
Volumes upon volumes have been written about the dense concept of emptiness, which sounds like a cosmic “joke’s on you.” Yet, these writing are important and serve well as emptiness is quite tricky to fathom, let alone experience, in our world of “10,000 things.” Both Buddhism and Quantum Science would agree that the true … More Peering Toward the Empty Mind
Establishing a stable ground in meditation can mean many things. It can mean creating a peaceful and comfortable environment with little distraction. It can mean getting to know the best position for your body and the apparatus that your body needs for support such as cushions, pillows, or a chair. It can mean creating a … More From Ground to Spaciousness
Throughout the Practice of Living Awareness, the practitioner is asked notice the experience of the moment and go deeper into its sensations, as well as the comings and goings of the breath and thoughts. As a result, awareness arises, both on and off the meditation cushion. Step 9 asks the practitioner to notice the current … More Breathing with the Mind
What is the mind? One definition refers to the mind as “a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, language and memory. It is usually defined as the faculty of an entity’s thoughts and consciousness.” Another definition states that the mind is an “element of a person that enables them to be … More Step 9: Mind
The intelligence of life, of which we are an integral part, is always available to us. We just aren’t practiced enough to see it. Imagine flying in a plane on a rainy day, looking down or straight ahead we just see clouds and fog. When we lift the awareness above the clouds, it is bright, … More Light and Clarity Permeate the Mists of Mind
We have trained our minds to be smart, to be busy, to think, worry and create. Incredibly we create about 65,000 thoughts a day! 90 percent of our thoughts are repeats! What an interesting use of our time and energy. The lifetime of an emotion is about 90 seconds unless we engage it or try … More Surfing the Clouds of Thought
There are levels of density to everything in our world… seen and unseen. Ice is denser than water. Water is denser than steam. The density of a substance is the relationship between the mass of the substance and how much space it takes up… or, simply put, how tightly it’s packed in. Emotions have … More Above the clouds.
How attached are we to ourselves? To our sense of self? How does our sense of self affect our sense of others? How do we see beyond the self? And when we do this, who is doing the looking if it’s not the self? These are all valuable ponderings. Not because you may come … More The observer self.