11a. Indestructible

The ground is underneath our feet. It is there all the time. The ground of being is like this: already present, there all the time.  This inner presence is always inside. Thus, if one has practiced one’s practice – off the cushion in one’s life as well as on the cushion faithfully – then the … More 11a. Indestructible

Intermediate: Undoing the patterns of consciousness

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

Intermediate: How high is the sky, how deep is Being?

True meditation is the experience of resting in the natural state of Awareness, the natural condition of awareness-mind. Over and over again, a practitioner experiences that with a smile, a brightness and ease is present, with an in-breath and attention on the top of it, a clarity and limitlessness naturally is experienced, with one-pointedness that … More Intermediate: How high is the sky, how deep is Being?

9b. Teasing it out

Our experiences are all we need to truly and deeply understand ourselves. With even the smallest insight or revelation, our day, our relations, and our way with the world benefit. The experiences of our thoughts and thought processes, ascriptions of color, shape, size, form, texture, smell, sound, projections of like/dislike, agree/disagree, prefer/avoid, wish it were … More 9b. Teasing it out

9b. Clarity and Expanse

Clarity is a natural quality of awareness. Clarity is also involved in the details of life. Clarity includes choosing our words, obeying traffic rules, being mindful of timing and appointments, and when the toothpaste is running low. Profound examples of clarity include illumination, realization, insight, and the sparkle and lightness of being. The first set … More 9b. Clarity and Expanse

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)

Pure perception

In The Practice of Living Awareness, step 2 matures into vipassana: pure perception. Vipassana also brings about penetrating insight. In the Intermediate practice, we engage that maturing process. Step 2 has many layers of meaning, instruction, and application within one’s meditation practice and life. The beginning of this podcast gives some of that fullness. Intrinsic … More Pure perception

The Perfect Journey, the perfect play

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

Trust Being

Only meditation can provide the direct experience of Being. Meditation offers the trained mind an enhanced and expanded experience of reality, along with the relativity of any moment. One learns to meditate to develop more self-awareness, or to calm the nerves, or address pain. While those benefits are important and often necessary, the luminous perception … More Trust Being

Ajna orientation

Meditation works with various aspects of the human subtle systems, foremost is the chakras. Attention, concentration, and insight all use the Ajna center at the brow. We begin the final two weeks of this Round of Intermediate meditations experiencing the various chakras and what meditation has brought forward from them. * This podcast is missing … More Ajna orientation

We are living light.

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.

A little space and perspective

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

Vibrations of Mind

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

You have options!

There’s nothing theoretical about meditation. Do it, and the benefits result – pretty quickly too. We are in Step 9 wherein we observe and experience three fundamental qualities of mind: contracting, expanding, and spacious. We are encouraged to notice these off-the-cushion during our day as well as use them during our meditation sitting. All three … More You have options!

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

Everything you could ask for about meditation

Everything you could ask for about meditation is in this blog. 2013 posts are now refreshed and culled through. There are many amazing meditations, as well as excellent short or longer articles on every aspect of meditation so that you, the practitioner can fully engage and get results from meditating with The Practice of Living … More Everything you could ask for about meditation

Meditation Instruction through Imagery 5 (final)

The Practice of Living Awareness trains its practitioners in the two skills of shamatha and vipassana. – Tranquility is invited with a Smile and a long, slow, deep breath (shamatha). – Tip of the Nose is the first step toward unwavering steadfastness in meditation. For the beginner practitioner, putting the attention on the tip of … More Meditation Instruction through Imagery 5 (final)

Meditation Instruction through Imagery: 4

Meditation, regardless of level or style, requires the combination of only two skills: abiding in tranquility and the ability to correctly push or penetrate to a new state of meditation, then to establish tranquility and abide again. Each level of refinement is an emptying with an increase of translucence and radiance,* and a stability that … More Meditation Instruction through Imagery: 4