Life is amazing, beautiful, very full and oftentimes stressful and stormy! It is a great gift to ourselves to be able to find the calm in the center of chaos. There is always a still point in the eye of the turmoil where it is quiet, silent, peaceful, and still. It is so helpful to … More Calm in the Storm
Have you ever driven down a road for many miles and all of a sudden you realize that you had traveled much further than you thought, without registering that fact? That is actually a good thing though it can be momentarily jarring. The unconscious mind is so much more aware of our surroundings and able … More Who is Driving?
Quiet Time – Give yourself the gift of space and time to really settle, let the body relax, the emotions quiet, and the mind become still. When we temporarily invite ourselves to unplug from family, work, responsibility concerns, and environmental noise, and move into this settled space, the mind is awake and alert and yet quiet … More Quiet Time
It is a curious thing that we often avoid darkness which may be referred to as the void, the unknown, the abyss, the depths… In this avoidance, we may fill our lives with noise, light, and stimulation or distractions of all sorts. These can all be good, in and of themselves. It is also valuable … More Light in the Darkness
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
Can we make a difference for truth and compassion to manifest in our world? The answer is, yes. Meditation moves us toward right thought, non-aggressive action, and the elimination of antagonisms of every kind. This is true for our inner-being and it’s reflection in the world. Together, we make a difference. Join us on November … More Meditate for a lighted election!
We are alive because we breathe. Our whole existence is because lungs breathe in and lungs breathe out. Family, friends, the particular quality of being that you are is here only because we breathe. Without breath, there is no heart beat, no brain functioning, no you, no me. But we do breathe, we are alive. … More 4b. The experience of tranquility is soft and open.
Peace and happiness can be the quality of this moment, if we bring them forward. Truth is, like the sky, peace and happiness are already present. Just as we can bring the expanse of the sky into a moment by looking up, we can bring peace or happiness into a moment with a smile. The … More 1a. a Wiggle and a smile
All meditation training has few foci. Those are used by most, if not all, meditation methods around the world, and always have been. Breath (inner flow and spacious serenity), focus (point of focus, learning true concentration, then sustaining that such that it refines into something powerful and more), and letting go (of the sense of … More Intermediate: Instructions and that which is inseparable
To understand causation is important in life. With it one understands that to make a baby requires sperm and egg, to harvest a potato or watermelon requires seed, soil, water, and sun, to drink water requires that water be accessible, to have peace in one’s life or the world requires that all people live peaceably … More 6c: Causation: Heart-Mind
Having the capacity for calm or open-mindedness or for compromise in order to accomplish a greater goal than one’s individual needs are skills and qualities that serve in a variety of situations. These skills, as well as others that result from meditation training, also serve the collective consciousness of humanity. This week the Intermediate practitioners … More Intermediate: Humanity is One and I am one with them.
When one’s meditation practice works, it feels really good. Delicious, blissful, empty, peaceful, inspiring, or vibrant are words that people often use to describe the states and experiences that they “don’t want to come out of” when ending a meditation. That’s understandable. We can experience these experiences because they are the substance and expression of … More Results
I don’t know about you but it’s been hard for me to focus lately. My mind recently has, all too easily, been challenged to stay on track, and sentient awareness has been in constant flux with no restfulness or settled state. It’s exhausting. Yesterday, in the peace and quiet (outside and in) of a friend’s … More Intermediate: Getting Clear through Chakra Opening
The sky is the sky. It is unconditioned by the clouds that pass through it. The clouds produce effects that condition life on the ground, but the sky remains the sky regardless of clouds or not. The ocean is the ocean. It seems to be unaffected by that which is put into it or that … More 7c: The sky and the ocean
Meditation brings the continuity of awareness forefront for any practitioner. As that happens, one realizes that several seeming polarities or dichotomies or paradoxes simply are not. Opposites are never really opposites, separate or separated is actually impossible energetically, psychically, telepathically. Little by little, meditation erodes the walls that, due to cultural or societal programming, have … More 6a. Heart-Mind
What if the very purpose of humanity is to bring forward the ingenuity and clarity of compassion in every regard? This webcast introduces that idea as well as three upcoming online course in this regard. 1.The heart and its power experienced through Entanglement Theory and morphic field resonance. in other words, how interconnectedness is quantifiably … More Webcast: Engaging the Bodhisattva Heart of Humanity
We ignite the heart. Its radiance spreads in all directions. Its light and vibration render all people and things equal in their preciousness, in their necessity to world well-being. Then, we alight the ajna center. Once again, radiance spreads in all directions. This light and vibrational quality makes appearances transparent, as if the outer form … More Radiating Equanimity
At some point, one’s training in meditation really does permeate one, and the results of one’s practice become integrated into one’s way of living. Then one is experiencing that meditation is the heart of one’s Being, that stability is as simple as one’s smile, as immediate as one’s breath, and as tangible as the beat … More The Heart of One’s Being
Did you ever consider that this current life is an Interlude? It is an interlude between one’s first breath and one’s last. Interlude, then, has vast implications both in one’s meditation practice, as well as in one’s life. Interlude is the moment, it as a pause, and as the potency that is available. It is … More 7c. Interlude: One’s Life
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
Buddhist imagery is symbolic of various aspects of Awareness, enlightened already present Being. Green Tara represents the swiftness – therefore immediacy – of compassion and wisdom to rise and perfectly meet a need. The need can be as simple as this moment and what Truth of Being is this moment presenting, therefore, what wholeness can … More Green Tara: immediate Awareness
Ultimately, we come to understand that heart-mind is a quality, not a thing. Heart-mind is like the quality sweet. The quality sweet is experienced in many ways: the taste of a vine ripe tomato or fresh picked strawberry a moment with someone we love the giggle of a child over a common, therefore, wonder-full thing … More 6c: It’s a quality, not a thing.
Heart-mind is not only one “thing”, but a human being gets in trouble when one side is emphasized or de-emphasized over the other. When we live primarily from the mind, worry, aggression, fear, judgement, and distrust increase. The mind without the heart limits and chases itself in circles. When we live primarily from the heart … More 6b: Living fully
This Libra-Aries full moon cycle is accentuated by a Venus-Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo. Libra is the sign of right relations, harmony, and balanced inter-connectedness. Aries is the sign of individuality, the adventure of self and self-interest, and the fearless presence of authenticity and integrity. The personal planets (Venus, Mars, and Jupiter) can be lived selfishly … More October Full Moon meditation
“Our lungs lead us to our heart. Our heart has opened our mind.” The first number of steps in The Practice of Living Awareness have led to discoveries of qualities of Being that are innate: lightness of being (smile) clarity and light (tip of the nose) perspective and relation (tip of the nose) flow, ease, … More 6a: We discover Heart-Mind.
Feel release. Sit for a moment, breathe in and then breathe out, and abide within the ease of letting go. Continue to breathe normally, but also continue to abide within the restful contentment and ease of release. The repetition of this simple exercise provides a powerful integrative experience: ease is being cultivated, peace is being … More The Gift of Ease
Breathing has been made perfect for almost all beings on planet Earth because of billions of years of practice. Within our body, the perfect exchange of breath-vitality and old stale air proceeds flawlessly, except in those who have a health issue. There is great teaching in the flow of breath and the lungs that are … More 3b. Practice makes perfect
The flow of the breath is the flow of awareness into life. Learning to consciously breathe provides that the deeper flow of one’s being is present to and through daily circumstances and events. This is key to peace of mind, less anxiety, more patience, as well as a clearer mind, calmer emotions, and an overall … More 3a. The flow of it
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
The Intermediate practice uses the Entry steps as its foundation. Hopefully one has learned the fundamentals and begun to integrate them into one’s being and life. Rather like knowing the alphabet or numbers, education and wisdom is possible because the preliminaries are known and understood. Because life can be messy, it is important and freeing … More You are the meeting point of the vast and the ground
Choice. The choice to incarnate, the choices in our life, the choice for awareness. Choice is an interesting contemplation, one best engaged throughout one’s day as choices from the most mundane and habitual to the sublime and spontaneous arise, float through, and call us every day. Awareness is a choice. Or maybe, non-awareness is? Either … More The Perfect Journey, the perfect play
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
A meditation practice has one true goal: Awareness. If the practice is bringing forward results, these might be some of them: more clarity in a general sense. We might or might not act upon the clarity, but it arises more easily and frequently. more honesty with oneself. Again, we might choose to stay with habits … More Simple Awareness
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We have three images of Kwan Yin and a ten-minute teaching to set up this Generation Stage meditation. The intention of the advanced level of The Practice of Living Awareness is to realize qualities of innate Beingness and to bring them forward such Beingness is increasingly the…
This Intermediate meditation begins with a palpable field of harmony. Before words were said, anyone who arrived early waiting for the meditation to begin was absorbed in the meditative field already present. Then as the meditation session began, we basked, like a cat in sunshine. We end up creating a toroidal flow with harmony, the … More Creating a flowing field of harmony
The Ageless Wisdom tells us that the collective majestic Soul of humanity is born of the vibration of the buddhic plane and resides primarily there. What is the buddhic plane? And is the answer of value to one’s life or to the world? The buddhic plane is the key to the purpose of personal and … More Buddhic harmony: meditation on the buddhic plane
All existence is a mysterious combination of some wavelength of light, dynamic vital energy, and space. Human beings are learning to shift from dynamism lived in a rather anarchic way to living as the expressions of light that we are. We are learning that everything within us is light, fed by light, brought forward by … More We are living light.
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
We sit in long spans of meditational presence knowing that it serves existence not only ourselves. This is the way of now – related, interconnected, vibrantly interdependent as one whole. The whole is human consciousness. This is one shared composite of all that we bring of awareness, sorrow, fear, love, worry, and joy to it. … More Abiding as Presence positively effects humanity
Light is a result in a meditative practice. It is that because light is innate. Furthermore, light is a choice – as in lightness of being. Everything in a meditation practice steers the practitioner inside. With that reorientation one experiences the light that is within. The more one abides in this inner light, trains oneself … More Presence Supreme (Step 10b)
Light is a result in a meditative practice. It is that because light is innate. Furthermore, light is a choice – as in lightness of being. Everything in a meditation practice steers the practitioner inside. With that reorientation one experiences the light that is within. The more one abides in this inner light, trains oneself … More Innate light (Step 10a)
An simple and profound experience has been had through the Generation Stage practice: Sameness. On any given Saturday, we meditate and generate the qualities of a Tibetan Buddhist deity, a Hindu deity, a quality of sublime Beingness, or today Virgin Mary. We see that much of the symbolism is carried through across traditions. Color, clothing, … More Virgin Mary: generating grace
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
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