2b: Thoth and focus

Thoth was the Ancient Egyptian god of wisdom. Due to the vibrancy and comprehensiveness of wisdom, Thoth is also said to have brought forward the arts, philosophy, culture, civilization, and diplomacy. In all traditions, the gods and goddesses are pointing at qualities within human beings in addition to being Beings in their own right. With … More 2b: Thoth and focus

Puppy training: learning meditative attention

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 Meditation requires sustained attention that is withdrawn from … More Puppy training: learning meditative attention

3b: like a waterfall

“In the beginning, meditation can be like a waterfall,” a wise meditation teacher once said. He was describing the cascade of thoughts that we discover inside our mind when we sit for meditation practice. And, what he was stating is fact and normal for most people. The reason for the seeming abundance of inner thoughts … More 3b: like a waterfall

2a. Focus and wonder

Meditation training is pretty straight-forward. It has very few ingredients and those ingredients haven’t changed in thousands of years. Rather like the shape of a well which also hasn’t changed, meditation works perfectly as it is. Focus and breath are the two most important components of meditation, no matter where in the world one is … More 2a. Focus and wonder

3a. The flow of it

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

2c: Event horizon

Mindfulness, tantra, shamanic earthiness, and the teachings of the Yoga Sutras come together in the Entry level, as well as the whole Practice of Living Awareness. The interface that the tip of the nose represents is truly profound. As we complete the week of using it as both a technique and a tool for discovery … More 2c: Event horizon

2b: Dharana (concentration/attention)

Dharana is a Sanskrit word. In meditation training, it means concentration, attention, or right focus. The concept and original teaching about it comes from the great rishi, Patanjali and his Yoga Sutras. Buddha Shakyamuni then took this teaching, used it, and achieved enlightenment. Both of these great beings, then, used this aspect of meditation training … More 2b: Dharana (concentration/attention)

Present: a meditation

We complete Step 2 and bring all the instruction together. It comes down to this: “Our insides create our outsides, and our outsides condition our insides.” The inner life creates the outer life. If we are at ease inside, ease will be the tone of the outer interactions. If we are embattled or stressed, worrisome … More Present: a meditation

Attention, perspective, vipassana

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

Cultivating meditative attention (concentration): Step 2a

Step 2 sets the second component of meditation: right attention also referred to as  meditative focus. Within The Practice of Living Awareness, this step is called “Tip of the Nose.” Step 1 established an openness to life through wonder and appreciation. Smile opens us up. Otherwise, a person contracts and tends toward small mindedness, judgement, … More Cultivating meditative attention (concentration): Step 2a