Take this as your invitation to pause, unwind, and enter the world of Illuminations. Each Illuminations podcast offers a selection of prose, poetry, and meditative practices chosen to stimulate your own deep knowing. And as you listen, when something touches you—a word, an image, a phrase—just pause the audio and open to whatever is arising within you in 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 [...]

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. [...]

Breathless Unity

As children, the play of the sun on rippling water brought us before God’s throne. Did you ever see an infant gaze at a lightbulb or the moon? Spiritual techniques are discovered naturally by infants and little children: holding their breath, staring unblinking, standing on their heads, imitating animals, turning in circles, sitting unmoving, and [...]

Looking at the World

  When our thinking mind subsides, what we might call our heart-mind takes over, and we can begin to live in love. ~ Ram Dass, Polishing the Mirror As children, the play of the sun on rippling water brought us before God’s throne. Did you ever see an infant gaze at a lightbulb or the [...]