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Don’t rush into this day.
Let it reveal to you what it wants to give you.
Come, sit here a while, close your eyes.
Feel your life force pulsing inside.

the riverside circle

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in visuals

A couple of months ago, the following visual came to me while I was meditating.  I saw a number of my friends gather on the 16th floor of the Riverside Complex, a high rise building in Alexandria, Virginia, where one of us lived at the time.  The visual reminded me a bit of a scene out of Harry Potter, because although we were meeting on the 16th floor, one of us arrived through the balcony’s window!  Most of us actually took the elevator, but it felt like we might have opted for the chimney if there had been one!   One by one, we would...

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life’s broadcast

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in visuals

This visual came in a meditation back in August of 2011, in Bali My eyes are closed, but as I direct my attention inward and connect with my felt experience, an image slowly begins to emerge, visually capturing what I am sensing, and inviting me to feel more deeply.  It is a very tall broadcasting tower, much taller than the ones we are accustomed to seeing rise over big cities, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Tokyo’s Sky Tree.  The image stays a while, and as I let myself feel it, energy builds in my body in the form of stronger...

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down the niagara falls

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in visuals

This visual came through a joint meditation with my friend and mentor Dan Emmons, during a skype call between Florida and Bali, in December of 2011, when I was facing a challenging situation in my life, and having a hard time feeling the discomfort I was experiencing in my body. Dan:  I see you standing at the top of the Niagara Falls.  You are standing in the water, withstanding the rush of the river and having an enormously difficult time trying to hold your position.  It would be easier to just relax and go over the Falls but you fear...

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the ecstasy of shaking

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in notes and essays

I love to shake.  It nourishes my soul, gives me a ton of energy, and opens me up to deep levels of freedom, joy and ecstasy.   In the Spring of 2009, three events converged to inspire me to adopt shaking as a meditation practice.  I was first introduced to it in a warm-up meditation during a Yoga Ayurveda Massage training I attended at the Sanctuary in Thailand, at a time when I was trying to heal myself of the chronic fatigue that had plagued my life for nearly two years.  Shaking for 20 minutes left me feeling more alive than I had felt...

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panoramic presence

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in musings

Meditation happens spontaneously in the desert. No need to close your eyes. There is not much to distract awareness out there. Wandering thoughts instantly melt under the sun. All the senses are drinking in the unusual levels of stillness and silence. It does not take long before the mind starts mirroring what it is looking at: vast emptiness. You end up sitting there, merged with sand and sky, enjoying the panoramic presence, feeling like time has...

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practicing with others

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in practices & explorations

Research has shown that we learn 90% of what we teach and only 10% of what we are taught.  This basically means that the most effective way to learn anything is to share and practice it with others!  I love to practice receptive presence with friends, usually one or two them, three at most.  It can be done with a lot more people, of course, but the introvert that I am prefers more intimate settings, and bringing larger numbers of people together can easily create logistical challenges that can deter from regular practice, or move us out of...

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