Pondering Smile

Over the past 7 weeks we’ve explored a variety of tools which are always at your disposable. Always. As long as you are still breathing, the practice of living with awareness is available. That’s the beauty of awareness – it’s always there; it simply needs to be invited in. We completed the first half of … More Pondering Smile

Allowing for What’s Next

Smile Meditation – Day 3   This week we have been working with a basic premise of mindfulness: paying attention to what is happening right here, right now… without judgement. Why the last segment – without judgement? Judgement is a form of contraction. When we judge, we create stories around what’s happening. We label it, … More Allowing for What’s Next

I Got Life

Smile Meditation – Day 3 London, 1968. In a recording of a live performance of “Ain’t Got No – I Got Life,” Nina Simone sings about struggle – hardship and struggle – finally asking, “What have I got nobody can take away?” And then she smiles a beautiful smile. “Got my hair, got my head, got my … More I Got Life

Fill Your Smile

Smile Meditation – Day 2 May your smiles be filled with juicy sweetness. A smile is a bowl after all, and that’s not only considering its shape. A smile contains. It makes room for and allows. It says, “yes.” A smile holds you in pristine presence. In today’s meditation, we sit with the subtleties of the smile and … More Fill Your Smile

A Breath and a Smile

Smile Meditation – Day 1 We’re back with a new round of meditations and we’re so glad you are joining us. On behalf of Spirit Fire, welcome. Gentleness, peace and openness will be themes throughout. These can be the qualities of the moment, any moment. We can create space for them, allow them in and … More A Breath and a Smile

1c: Benevolence

“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

1b: Transformative

A smile changes everything, meditation does too. Meditation has the potential to change a person from the inside out – but only if the person desires such change. Truth is that meditation will bring results into one’s life, but only if one cultivates the principles of meditation. And, of course, this would be so. Like … More 1b: Transformative

1c: Smile. Happy people live longer!

Our biology tells us that we are hardwired for happiness and to bring happiness to others. When we smile a cascade of beneficial endorphins flow through our brain. With a smile, our parasympathetic system relaxes; and this happens both when we give a smile or receive one. Infants develop exponentially when in a happy, loving … More 1c: Smile. Happy people live longer!

Translucent human beingness

The Intermediate level of The Practice of Living Awareness has a two-fold purpose: to train a practitioner to accomplish deeper states of meditation and awareness, such that the practitioner lives the wider range of meditation and accessed awareness. The purpose of this is so that one’s life becomes increasingly the manifestation of one’s practice. This … More Translucent human beingness

Change the world with a smile. 1e

Mahatma Gandhi smiled. He also cried when the moment was sorrowful, laughed, and was occasionally perplexed. Mohandas Gandhi became recognized as a world saint because he practiced the way of the smile, its patience, wisdom, and kindness. It became known as the Way of Non-violence. Doing so he inspired hundreds of thousands of people. He … More Change the world with a smile. 1e

Empowerment: 1b

Empowerment or disempowerment come down to simple components. Awareness, self-recognition of awareness, and self-volition aligned as Awareness. The first step in creating this habit is noticing the true experience of any moment. That can only bring power if and when the noticing is followed by acknowledging the true experience in a moment. We will discover … More Empowerment: 1b

“We smile, and take a long-slow-deep breath …”

It is that simple. Awareness is one’s choice. Smiling, letting go, letting be, rejoicing, celebrating, appreciating, understanding all are one’s choice. Patience, contentment, ease, composure also are one’s choice. Similarly, so distraction, rudeness, impatience, agitation, aggravation, denial, and heedlessness are too. Life is one’s choice. And giving one’s self this truth – Awareness is one’s … More “We smile, and take a long-slow-deep breath …”

* (Step 6/d) Create your day as you go

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