Meditation Category

Image credit: Tim Geers, Flickr I have experienced violent assault more than once. One almost cost me my life. While I lay pinned to the floor, unable to breathe, my attacker’s arms tightly braced around my neck, I saw with hyper-real clarity through the words he shouted in my face: “I know there is a demon in you!” At that time, I was practicing Tonglen, a Tibetan Buddhist technique where one breathes in the suffering of others and exhales a wish for happiness to all beings. In the moments thatRead More
The other day, as I was quietly enjoying my walk to the gym where I work out, my husband noticed a brawl that was taking place in the park up ahead. A group surrounded someone who was being beaten up. As soon as I noticed this, an energy arose through me that led to me running at top speed down two blocks, right into the center of the fight consisting of five men and one woman. A fierce presence, like a karate cry, arose through me as I commanded everyoneRead More
In order to not get entangled in things we like and dislike, we need to cultivate the skill of witnessing. This requires practice. Witnessing is foreign to the way our mind usually works. The mind is driven by the ego, which can only exist in separateness. Our ego and mind thrive on resistance and againstness. We habitually get so involved with what we think, that we fully believe our thoughts to be absolute. In essence, we are used to buying into the illusion that our thoughts are permanent. Meeting thisRead More
Our true nature is oneness with Nature. Aspects of our psyche that interfere with our true nature and our fullest health also interfere with the total health of our planet. We are literally interconnected in the seen realms through our biochemistry. We are literally interconnected through the unseen realms through thoughts, energy and intention. As we move into the fullness of our being and release our attachments to the places within that keep us small, we allow our magnificence to shine. In so doing, we celebrate who we are andRead More
Acceptance is not blind and resigned, but active and awake. Life is not happening to you; you are an active co-creator in actualizing what is. You are not an isolated island, but part of an intelligent whole. So try this exercise to help you feel more rooted, expansive and vital in your life and embrace the possibility of change: 1. Find a quiet place to lie on your back, so that you can relax without the risk of falling asleep. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on theRead More
We all have days, moments or periods of our lives when we experience emotional pain. There are many ways we can experience pain, and many ways we can address it. From a yogic perspective, we learn to meet pain courageously, with openness, wisdom and compassion. Rather than running from it or trying to hide from it, you learn to give space to what you are feeling. In doing this, you allow yurself to meet and witness that which is, without resistance. With this intention, you eventually experience lasting release ofRead More
The practice of meditation involves drawing our awareness inward. As we learn to let go of our attachments to passing thoughts, we develop a sense of internal space. Eventually we rest into the field of pure consciousness that lies behind our thoughts. This clearly takes practice. Meditation is a discipline cultivated over time. Even a few minutes a day is valuable, like putting money into your evolutionary bank account. Our ego, where most of us place our attention, is attached to feeling separate and in control. It is not interestedRead More
It is only when we learn to let go, open and meet life as it is do we begin to accept ourselves as we are. With that openness, we can reach the tender place within our own heart that cradles the wounded child within. We begin to touch a well of infinite love, the perfect, unconditional motherly love that the planet gives us in each moment. She, as a living being, loves and sustains us. And she is loved unconditionally herself and exists within a larger mother, the creative forceRead More
It is the New Year. The year ahead feels like a clean, clear slate, full of possibilities. You may have a list of things you would like to see happen in the coming months. You may feel open, ready and willing to grow. Yet, high hopes can soon feel dashed when you meet naysayers in the world around you or internal limiting beliefs that say you can’t be truly happy. Of these two, your internal chatter is most like Superman’s Kryptonite. People’s negative comments only have power if you believeRead More
Image credit: Neil Piddock The divine means many things to different people. For some, it is formless, expansive light. Others see the sacred in nature, such as in a tree, a mountain, an animal or a river. Many traditions relate to God as a male figurehead, while others worship the divine mother. However we see the divine, what is essential is that we touch the reality of unity behind the appearance of diversity. The divine is ultimately pure, unconditional love, and as such, it will express itself to us inRead More