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
Meditation brings forward the excellence that is within a person. Each method or technique targets a quality or aptitude innate to a human being, then invites it into expression. The first eight steps of The Practice of Living Awareness incrementally give a practitioner all that is needed to establish the meditative state of shamatha. Shamatha … More 10b. Vipassana = pure perception
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 waves on the ocean are born from the ocean and fall back into it only to rise up again and return once more. The waves of the ocean are like human emotions and thoughts. Those arise out of the full potential of relatedness and of wisdom and then, after a few seconds (a fleeting … More 9c: Like the waves of the sea
Tantric meditation training reveals, and then works with, sets of two which are one and that also produce a new one. For example, two factors within the process of alignment are the quality of penetration and the quality of receptivity. Penetrating is another word for the reach or stretch of consciousness that brings two points … More Intermediate: Two factors in Alignment
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?
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
Interlude is the space between, between in-breath and out-breath, between out-breath and in, it is the space between thoughts. Interlude is the space – the empty non-action – before action is engaged. Often action is engaged robotically, habitually. Just as often, action is the result of chasing a desire or running away from something, avoiding … More 7a: Interlude – experience space
Clarity. When it is our guiding light, then events run smoothly. Clarity has no drama, no personal story; it is simply clarity. At the top of the breath, a meditator experiences clarity, maybe a brightness of the mind and a simplicity of alertness as well. A visual brightness might or might not be part of … More Like the star in the East
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
The meditation is poetic Our life is the ground of our practice. Life is where one’s practice must find ground, and it does as one brings the metaphor of the tree, the roots, and the ground into one’s day. There is so much simple truth to consider with this step (maybe each step of The … More Yes! Still growing.
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.
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)
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
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
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!
The first several steps of The Practice of Living Awareness give us the tools and techniques to learn Peaceful Abiding (shamatha). Just as important is the constant encouragement to take each of those techniques or tools into one’s life. Smile – lighten up Breathe – you are alive. Celebrate life. Flow – set your own … More Choose your state of mind
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 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
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, 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