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‘Aha’- In The Space of Awareness

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

In this ‘breathing space’, we may come to uncover the freedom found in ‘choiceless’ or ‘pure’ awareness. We may come to awaken to a boundless space that is expansive and inclusive. Here, there is no judgment, conception, or opinion. There is simply space & awareness. It is here that we may curiously encounter our most […]

Practice: A Moment of Thanks

Monday, June 20th, 2016

A Giving Thanks Meditation~ by Martin Boroson, author of One-Moment Meditation So often we communicate gratitude, but we don’t often stop to feel the fullness of that gratitude. Like mindfulness, the expression of gratitude is an embodied experience- it simply feels good. And when we pause to feel it fully, we give ourselves a very […]

Practice- Embodied Awareness of Busyness

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

You can “take pause” and perform this simple practice whenever you sense the day to be unruly and frenetically busy- whether you are at work or at home. The “object” here is to sense the embodied feeling of busyness, rather than to your narrative or storyline about it. Be honest, open, and caring with your […]

Practice: Working with Anger

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Abstracted from a “Tricycle” article by Sensei Nancy Mujo Baker To make the practice of working with anger personal and precise, it is useful to explore the following kinds of questions. (This can be done individually, or with another person asking you the questions, then silently holding the space while you answer.) First, inquire what […]

Practice- Embracing Our Humanness

Monday, April 25th, 2011

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Let us take a seated posture in our “quiet space” for this insight meditation practice… When you are ready, gently close your eyes or bring your gaze slightly downward- and taking a few moments here to just allow ourselves to settle into our breath. Let this stillness be […]

Practice- A 30 Second Contemplatation of Impermanence

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Take 30 seconds here and now and integrate your awareness with a felt sense of impermanence. Let its dynamic and flowing nature become the object of your attention. Openly invite this felt sense to rise and dissolve in your consciousness- as all things come to be and pass in awareness naturally and rhythmically. In this […]

Practice- Pausing Our “Habitualness” of Mind

Friday, April 1st, 2011

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Don’t underestimate the strength of the habitual mind- the discursive mind- the busy, worried, caught up in “me”, “myself”, and “I” mind. The habitual mind and its “reactionary force” knows us better than we know ourselves- it knows how we are- how addictive we are- and how fearful […]

Practice- “The Gift of Life”

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Here and now “take pause”…. Be aware of your sustaining breath…. Be still in your open & caring Awareness… Smile at life’s gift. Be loving in reverence of this gift. Be merciful in reverence of this gift. Extend healing energy & warmth to all sentient beings. Give of […]

Practice- An Exercise in Reflection

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Most of our waking moments are spent thinking in a rational manner… we use reason to come to know. Taking “pause” to practice reflection helps us to access our intuitive or non-rational means of knowing- and to balance the rational ways of trying to solve our problems. Let […]

Insights for the Guided Meditations

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] All of the guided meditations contained in this mindfulness program are simply moment-to-moment invitations for your active participation. They essentially represent gateways to the same enriching, expanding, healing, and transforming space of awareness. These exercises in one variation or another have been cultivated and shared by numerous great […]