The term mantra translates as “to protect the mind”. Interestingly, it does not mean a set of words and how to repeat them. The idea behind the translation is that of valuing and protecting the precious quality of one’s consciousness. One would use phrases or affirmations that remind one of the truths of being and … More Mantra: the practice of protecting the mind
Real flow comes from inside, from being centered. A river attends to itself, its flow, and everything on its periphery as necessary. Animals and plants receive life from the river, but not because the river plans it or thinks about it or efforts to achieve their needs. The river simply flows. Also, it is the … More 3c: The river makes the banks.
Clarity. When it is our guiding light, then events run smoothly. Clarity has no drama, no personal story; it is simply clarity. At the top of the breath, a meditator experiences clarity, maybe a brightness of the mind and a simplicity of alertness as well. A visual brightness might or might not be part of … More Like the star in the East
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
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!
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
Do you live in New England or New York? Join me at Spirit Fire in Massachusetts for a three-day meditation retreat on training the mind. We will use this thangka for its instruction. September 10-13. Register now. In classical Asian meditation training, the mind is equated with an elephant. Seemingly large and uncontrolled, it can … More Training the elephant of the mind
This meditation was like velvet from the beginning. Harmony seemed to be invoked before the meditation began and then enwrapped us in its smooth flow. As nice as that might be, the emphasis of the World Service meditations is the fact of shared consciousness on our Earth – thus, as we meditated in the refined … More Harmony
Learning to meditate is essentially learning to abide within the fullness of the moment. Awareness is this simplicity. Mindfulness is used to describe this common in-one’s-day abiding because training in meditation engenders recognition of how we do or do not use the three qualities of mind. Through sitting, breathing, and simply being with one’s mind repeatedly … More A little space and perspective
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
The river makes the banks. The river cuts its way through, moves what it needs to, and eventually makes its mark on the landscape. Rivers are a might force of life. The breath is a river inside us. Breath and the river point to stability and change. The trail of the breath is constant and … More The river makes the banks …
I want to remind meditation practitioners of the weekly discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali that are posted on Blazing Light, my blog. Patanjali was an enlightened teacher who gave the world the system of yoga and codified meditation practice. Siddhartha Gautama then used that system to bring meditation to a whole new level: … More Developing peace in the mind-stuff (chitta)
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
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
Classical meditation trains us in two forms of meditation: shamatha (sham-a-ta) and vipassyana (vipahs-yanah). The Practice of Living Awareness teaches these within its steps. The distinction in the method of The Practice is simply the inclusion of our senses from the start as well as modern and nature-based examples on which to focus. Shamatha means … More Shamatha and Vipassyana
A great TED talk. Ease the mind.