Changing one habit for another is an ongoing human endeavor. The goal is to have the new habit be a better one, better determined by the benefits it provides. Transforming habitual patterns for in-the-moment Awareness and recognition is a process that can be powerful unto itself, however, the results are where the lasting benefits lie. … More Intermediate: Creating the habit of Awareness
Join us March 17-19 at the Foundations of Living Awareness Retreat to find out more about Smile, Step 1 of The Practice of Living Awareness, and every other step that we are covering in our Entry Level practice. Each and every one of these meditative steps can be used in your everyday life, on and off of the … More Foundations of Living Awareness – a meditation retreat for everyone!
In The Practice of Living Awareness, the experience of “settling” leads to everything else. That might seem obvious because it’s the first technique engaged, yet, let’s analyze what’s going on inside that minute or so. A smile brings readiness and contentment to the moment. A long slow deep breath potentially rivets one in Presence. Add … More Effortless Effort
This graphic well displays the quality of options that one has every moment. The lower part of the image is beautiful but is a repetition of a pattern. It is a replication of itself over and over. This represents our habits, patterned responses, and choices that result in no change or forward movement in consciousness. … More Intermediate: Response: patterned, illumined, or freed?
What do you pay attention to? And, what do you give attention to? – two distinct questions. What does not get your attention? Furthermore, if you were to guess, what percentage of your day has no true attention applied to it? – it is being lived habitually. Meditation requires sustained attention that is withdrawn from … More Puppy training: learning meditative attention
Autism was the subject of off-the-cushion application of Luminous Perception. A great show with a great guest. Steve, Tim, and their guest Tammy Duncan brought home several ways by which Luminous Perception is alive within our life, and how any situation is not only what it seems. Check it out! Scroll down the Spirit Fire … More Luminous Perception on Spirit Fire Radio: great show!
Autumn is the perfect time to explore release. Lungs do it, trees do it, rivers do it. Release is necessary. Lungs release carbon dioxide generated by our body in the exchange of life giving breath. Trees release leaves that generated photosynthesis and food for the tree during the growing season. Rivers release their abundance gathered … More Feel the release
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
Meditation training combines two factors: feminine and masculine. Within The Practice of Living Awareness, feminine energy is within the first several steps: Flow, Soften and Open, Receive-Release as examples. Masculine energy is within the next several steps beginning with Asana. Asana brings an acuity to one’s practice: straighten up, hold the attitude and altitude, command … More Ahhh, Composure!
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
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
Tuesday, March 31, I will give a free webinar on The Symbolism of Tibetan Imagery and Thangkas. This webinar is a taste of the six-session (week) online course that follows beginning April 7. Tibetan imagery is one of the world’s symbolic forms of art. It is intended to inform and instruct. The information relates to … More Join me for Tibetan Imagery and its meaning
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.
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
Tibetan thangkas are one form of world mystical art that convey layers of teaching. The image before us is Samantabhadra. It represents two beings or two qualities that ultimately are inseparable. The image of Samantabhadra/dri is simple: a generic unadorned male buddha blue-black in color meditating with a sinewy white female buddha arising. Proportionally she … More Meditation instruction through imagery: 1
Flawlessly, seeds produce more of their kind. Seeds of light, awareness, thoughtfulness, and self-betterment produce their fruit. Seeds of negativity or laziness produce their fruit as well. Consistency creates the newness of each moment. As such, the moment can be met with the recognition that it has never existed before. Consistency as Awareness invites us … More Seeds guarantee
Hours and days of meditation provide opportunity to clarify one’s practice. Patanjali was clear in his Sutras about the stages leading to and then within meditation: right withdrawal – pratyahara concentration – dharana meditation yogically understood – dhyana absorption – samadhi. Each is its own practice, and each provides excellent benefits to body and state … More The Inner Dynamics of Meditation
The Practice of Living Awareness empowers you. Feeling frustrated? Breathe a long slow deep breath. Mind confused? Smile, breathe, then soften and open to what you are trying to control. Get in touch with the fact a control issue is actually what is going on. Feeling a churning feeling, judgemental, petty, or aggressive? Smile within … More * (Step 6/d) Create your day as you go
This is a half hour webinar describing The Practice and its distinction among meditative practices. Enjoy! The webcast can be stopped and resumed as you like. It will play on any computer or OS but not on an iDevice. Please pass it on. The new round of Entry level free online meditation sessions and instruction … More Webcast: What is The Practice of Living Awareness?
Move your finger and hand really fast in front of you. This is what a cluttered mind feels like energetically. Slow down the finger-hand motion and your mind-body and emotion-body begin to feel more calm. If your finger traces a wave pattern, your emotions and mind settle. Simple. We can feel this rajasic motion when … More Waves of Mind: 4
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
It’s true. You really matter.
Everyone can swim. We are internally designed to take to the water and do well when swimming. Those who worry about it are fraught with the challenges in their mind, for example: those who want their body wet but not their hair. Yet those who enter the water and don’t judge the experience, feel soothed, … More Meditation is like learning to swim.
A great TED talk. Ease the mind.