What to Remember When Waking

What to Remember When Waking In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake, coming back to this life from the other, more secret, movable and frighteningly honest world where everything began, there is a small opening into the new day which closes the moment you begin your plans. What you can plan is…

Illuminations

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.” —Helen Keller Each Illuminations podcast offers a selection of prose, poetry, and meditative practices chosen to stimulate your own deep knowing. An as you listen, when something touches you—a word, an image, a phrase—just pause the…

A Simple Breath Meditation

The Breath Is A Love Affair The breath is infinitely interesting because it can be taken for granted, it can be frenzied, it can be passionate, it can be sweet, it can be energizing, and it can be soothing. Breath can wake you up and put you to sleep. Breath can be dignified and it…

The Art of Stillness

Movement makes most sense when grounded in stillness. In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. You can go on…

To Be Free

The present moment, this one happening right now, is when your life is lived, when you can make choices, and when you can tune in to love.–Sarah McLean Being Here and Now Every moment of mindfulness, every moment of relaxed, alert presence … every moment in which the mind is not grasping at something it…

Hokusai Says

Hokusai says look carefully. He says pay attention, notice He says keep looking, stay curious. He says there is no end to seeing He says look forward to getting old. He says keep changing, you just get more who you really are. He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it is…

Be Still

Be still, the dawn is breaking, listen as the blackbird sings Find a heart to share your journey together for all life brings The hunger and the longing, the wonder and the will Your world is enchanted, when your mind is still Be still, be still, be still ~ As sung by Celtic Woman

A Meditator’s Guidebook

The Journey Home I will never forget that day; it was then that I found what I had been searching for in those far-off places, and I didn’t even have to leave the country. With my eyes closed in meditation, I felt the most profound peace and connection. I felt as if I had found…

A Matter of Practice

During the time you are practicing mindfulness, you stop talking—not only the talking outside, but the talking inside. The talking inside is the thinking, the mental discourse that goes on and on and on inside. Real silence is the cessation of talking—of both the mouth and of the mind. This is not the kind of…

You’ve Got Mail

Alan Cohen received the following letter from Hilda Charlton, his mentor. In some respects, however, it could have been sent to any one of us by our “deep knowing” that goes by many names. Dear Alan, I just want you to know how much I love you and I believe in you. You are doing wonderful things….