A rally for peace took place in Boston yesterday, covered only by the local news. As a result, only the violent or anti demonstrations are being seen on the national news. Yet, the potential for goodness and respect in all people is equal. Likewise, on the BBC news yesterday, a report explained how the Sudan … More Generative: Vast potential
Meditation directs one to integrity, to the authenticity of who and what one is, and that -deep inside- is a being of heart-mind. Protests have been happening in several US cities by people who are fearful about the policies that the president-elect might institute as well as what he might tear down. By the same … More 6c: Authenticity in times of change
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
Imagine every being on Earth connected as one heart. This meditation brought tears to some in the retreat group in Milwaukee. May it touch you deeply too.
This was a powerful meditation, and it was done with the Milwaukee meditation retreat group. please let me know if you prefer a webcast or a podcast for meditation?
In most indigenous cultures around the world, the heart and mind have been known as one. The teachings have never emphasized the head over the heart but, instead, as the Tao te Ching states, without the heart the head is of little use. Step 6 of The Practice of Living Awareness invites the practitioner to … More Vibrant Aliveness
Elevation (not the great U2 song!) is vital for detachment and perspective, for optimism, buoyancy through life’s vicissitudes, and for a general lightness of being. We help ourselves and help others whenever we interact with life with a sense of altitude. We complete this two week’s focus on elevation and a powerful breathing technique that … More Intermediate: How powerful
One aspect of Step 5, Release, is the attempt to be here now, to really be present. Sounds simple enough, right? Yet, when one sits to meditate, or is doing a task, or being with someone is one truly present? Does the mind wander, do one’s thoughts jump ahead (in rebuttal, or defense, or correction)? … More 5c: Release, let go. Be the now.
In order to receive, there has to be room. So, in order for good things to flow in, one has to release so that space is available for the new or beneficial. Releasing and receiving are are pair; they are inseparable. Only living from one actually negates the other. In meditation, attention on the release … More 5a. Making room for tranqulity
Plants turn toward the sun and prepare for a winter’s sleep as the seasons change. Animals navigate by the magnetic lines of Earth, some by the sky as seen from the ground, and some by moonlight. These forms of sensitivity are shared by many creatures on Earth, and human beings add their own forms of … More World Service: Sensitive Heart
It seems to me that the buddha-being Avolokiteshvara has a particular relation to Earth. Of all the buddhas, Avolokiteshvara has the most forms, and they are revered in a number of countries. Avolokiteshvara can be male or female or androgynous. The same being can manifest as peaceful, wrathful, passionate, or in any number of expressions … More Generative: The Heart and Avolokiteshvara
Did you know that your breath is filled with blessings? And, did you know that conscious breathing will bring not only more blessings each day but will also establish you in meditation? Step 4, Soften and Open, invites one to the only moment that matters: this one. It encourages presence right now. If that now … More 4c: Receive goodness and grace
If shamatha is the foundation for all levels of meditation, then what is the foundation of shamatha? The great sage Patanjali states that it is “to still the patterning of the consciousness.” (Sutra 1 of Book I) He furthermore states: “Then, pure awareness can abide in its very nature. Otherwise, awareness takes itself to be … More Intermediate: Liberation from the ego
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.
This Intermediate meditation focuses on a breathing technique (pranayama) that is very simple. That does not mean that it is easy to do! Breath underlies all meditation practices. Breath also leads to shamatha, or peaceful abiding. This state of ease in concentration, of stability of meditative equipoise and altitude is part of the full body, … More A pranayama that produces shamatha
Shamatha is the meditative result of one-pointedness, openness, stability with both of these, plus the discovery of innate tranquility. Shamatha is a Sanskrit word that translates to peaceful or tranquil abiding; and it is the foundation of meditation. Together with the previous steps of The Practice, Step 4, Soften, Open, and Receive is designed to … More 4a. Open
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Generative meditations within The Practice elicit that which is within: all the qualities of our enlightened nature. Anyone is welcome to use the meditations posted as reminders, but those who commit to the Generative Stage level of practice are committing to BE. We are dedicating our daily life to be an expression of the Good, … More Generative: All Taras, all Mothers, skakti-rigpa
The choice is ours on how to flow with a moment. One of the great discoveries within a meditation practice is that …. life isn’t really about oneself! Choices of reaction that reinforce personalization and drama make things about oneself which aren’t. Yet, the choice of response with patience, or with appreciation for the situation … More 3c: The flow of the moment
In the recent Oklahoma meditation retreat, I taught a technique that will result in tranquility and presence. In other words, it will bring about the foundational meditation experience of shamatha (tranquil or peaceful abiding). Patanjali and Buddha Shakyamuni, the two great sources of meditation training, agree that the foundation of all states and levels of … More Intermediate: a technique for all levels
Just as an Thai soup can only be experienced from making or ordering one, quietude can only be experienced when we give ourselves the opportunity. “Fair enough,” one says to oneself, but then no opportunity is given. Yet, like the warmth and spices of a well-made Thai soup, the qualities of quietude and their benefits … More 3b. Experiencing the Quietude
We complete the week of Tip of the Nose noticing some of the usually not noticed, some of the amazing and wondrous experiences of breathing. As we do, and without effort, we are simultaneously cultivating meditative focus: learning to withdraw from the blatant and obvious which captivates our attention the majority of the day, and … More The Natural Light of Focus, Step 2c
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 Point of Attention, Step 2b
Meditation has two primary components: peace or tranquility and focus or concentration. If these are present and stabilized, a state of meditation will ensue. In addition to a state of meditation, states of wellness and of mind will also be present. These are vital to a meaningful and productive life. The states of wellness include … More 2a. Pratyahara and Dharana
Think of all the colors that you see everyday: the color of your skin, your eyes, the colors of leaves and plants, of animals – especially insects, the colors of the sky at different times of the day. Color is evidence of light, in fact, is a manifestation of light. Color all around us, inside … More World Service: gradations, permutations, and demonstrations of light
The first Generation Stage meditation of this round begins with a short visual presentation. Thus, the meditation is part of this video. That which one generates is innate. It is already present and is born of the always true nature of one’s wholeness.
“Smile as the great benevolent being that you are. Smile, blessing everyone and everything in your day.” (from the meditation) To remind oneself of the truth of who and what one is sets the moment right. No moment is about impatience, harsh words, degrading thoughts or actions toward someone, or punitive thoughts about oneself. No … More 1c: Benevolence
In order to levitate, one has to recognize the ground of space; one has to realize that the ground that one walks on and the ground-state of Awareness are the same. In other words, with the expansion of one’s perception of reality, the various levels of subtle and energetic states become just as tangible and … More Intermediate: Levitation=Expanding the Ground
In Buddhism there is a phrase, “There is one ground.” The statement refers to the one ground of Awareness. Realizing that Awareness is the only true ground, one realizes the source of one’s reality, and realizes the foundation for all conditioned or non-conditioned states of being. This precious image of a young meditator levitating is … More Intermediate: Levitation and the One Ground
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
Mother Earth is a huge space ship spiraling around the Sun. The Sun, with its planets in tow, is corkscrewing through the Milky Way Galaxy at an amazing speed, never stopping. The Milky Way Galaxy is also hurtling through space. Yet, right now, you sit, read, and feel as if you are not moving. Who … More Service: spiraling
Life on Earth unfolds. Plants do it (leaves and flower petals), insects do it (wiggling out of cocoons or tree trunk burrows then letting wings dry and form), babies do it (the unfold through birth having unfolded and grown in the womb. Living Awareness unfolds too. Consciousness, like wisdom, expands and matures through a life, … More Intermediate: Unfolding Being
The smell of cinnamon from pancakes is in the air. The cinnamon came from somewhere far away and has a long history of the labor of others, yet here it is in pancakes making them tasty. The cotton in the clothes that I am wearing from top to bottom also has had the labor of … More Service: The Labor of Others
The Sanskrit word mantra literally means mind protection or mind protector. Man comes from the manas meaning mind, but not simply discursive mind or appreciating mind, but the full capacity of Awareness. Protect is from tra. The protection inferred is non-militant and non-aggressive but is completely proactive. An analogy: If one knows that something is … More Intermediate: Protection (Man-tra)
The human subtle anatomy is working all the time, even in sleep. The centers (chakras) vibrate with the world around us, as well as vibrate from the states of mind, emotions, and being that we are living from. “Shop ’til you drop” is a sacral chakra statement. Address the needs of others in a useful … More 13c: Chakra essence
The energy centers of a human being are aligned along the central channel. Said differently: the central channel is the energy thruway of the subtle anatomy and the chakras are the major intersections along the thruway. Both the chakras or centers as well as the central channel and the subtle anatomy overall are subjects well … More 13b. Words of Power
Science has recorded a sound, a vibration, that is sounding through space. Each planet has a sound or vibrational quality also. In fact, each star, galaxy, and – with clairaudience – each person emits a song, a sound, a vibration or set of vibrations. One could correctly say that you are sounding a mantra energetically … More Intermediate: Your vibration is sounding.
The meditation masters of the ages have said over and over again, “We practice in order to come to the innate natural state.” So, we practice, learn technique and method, practice with diligence in order to come to that which is a natural state: the natural state of awareness as it dances through the contexts … More Intermediate: Instructions 2
This half hour guided meditation focuses on the bold bravery of being constant in one’s light, and the results to all of life when one is so. The Lion’s Roar of pure Being can express in many ways, some silently and softly such as love, care, respect, and justice. Sometimes the Lion’s Roar of the … More Leo Full Moon meditation: the Lion’s Roar
Would you like to experience boundless energy? Then bring forward immeasurable joy. Would you like to receive ceaseless kindness and respect, politeness and courtesy? Then flawlessly offer these to everyone you encounter every day. Would you like to live in a peaceful, just, and beautiful society – or even better – such a world? Then … More Generative: Chenrezig – boundless and immeasurable
The clouds can exist only because of the sky. Without sky there are no clouds, yet the essential nature of the sky is never altered by the clouds that arise and float through it. Like clouds, thoughts and emotions seem to arise and exist, but that is because of the background of Awareness. Awareness was … More Intermediate: Clouds and sky
We are pure awareness; and the layers of identification and conceptualizations that we have about everything including ourself is fabrication. This photo of a mosaic in a mosque is beautiful but it can never display the absolute beauty of Reality as it is. Our mind is like the mosaic, and its processes are like the … More Intermediate: Undoing the patterns of consciousness
The Buddha said this statement more than 2600 years ago. It is a reminder that the mind is clear and bright inherently. It is a call to each person to live from the luminous innate quality of mind because that serves oneself and one’s life with others. The brightly shining ease of mind extends and … More 10c: “Luminous is the mind, brightly shining.”
Aspiration, and the motivation behind it, are one manifestation of Vajrayogini energy. This is so because both are generated from passion; and one level of Vajrayogini, her energy, and her practice is the understanding and right direction of passion. On a mundane level this refers to understanding how one’s passions can birth troublesome situations and … More Generative: Vajrayogini, gravity, karma, and flight
Remember in the third Matrix movie when one of the programs says to Neo, “Karma? Karma is a word.” The point was that whatever one might understand about karma or label as karma working out is that person’s understanding. Whether or not that understanding is reality regarding karma is ultimately immaterial because to that person … More Intermediate: common day mahamudra