My body is my meditation practice

There is a freedom, vast and beautiful, when one comes to know how insignificant ones importance in the world is. This while also deeply appreciating the great value that we all hold as well. *** If your heart is not open to yourself then your heart is not open. *** When we are resonant with […]

Mini meditations for your pleasure in contemplation…

I often think in brief statements and feel less and less inclined to go on and on about much in full-length articles. I still enjoy the full-length articles when they emerge, they just are not emerging as often. And so I offer the below. Nuggets of fun stuff to think about. …

Mindfulness / Meditation and Complex Trauma: The Rewards and the Risks

What media hype and those selling mindfulness don’t tell you is that mindfulness is a process that can radically transform you, and it’s not always safe, nor is it easy or straightforward. We make it safer by being aware of the risks and learning to listen to our own bodies about when it is or isn’t okay for us. No one else actually knows.

Babbling stream meditation

I finally got to the woods to do this. On May 13th I did a short 27 second  (hand-held) video very close by to this one.  I’ve been wanting to get back there since and have not had the physical well-being to do so. It’s taken a bit over 2 months to pull it off, […]

Meditation on death, impermanence and post traumatic stress

Holding, holding, holding…feel the holding, wrapped up with anger, resistance, fear….FEEL it, feel it, feel it… and let it be…all things pass…recognizing and allowing seems to help it move… When post traumatic stress is leaving the body it brings up all manner of feelings that have been locked in. If I’m not carefully mindful it’s […]

The somatic imperative and meditation

Most of my deep meditations still happen while lying down. This remains necessary because the somatic experience remains far too intense to otherwise tolerate sitting. In order to profoundly allow and experience the healing process (by relaxing deeply into it) the body must be horizontal and completely and progressively more relaxed. This allows the nervous […]

Heart opening meditation and music

I’ve been doing a lot of heart opening work with the heart chakra. This youtube video is really beautiful. It’s string music and I can feel it very powerfully in my heart center. Healing what is often referred to as the “energetic body” has been a very powerful thing for me. I don’t have to understand everything. In fact surrendering to my healing process requires letting go of knowing pretty much anything. Give it a try if the idea resonates with you. … [click on title to read and view more]

F*ck That: A Guided Meditation

If you’re offended by expletives you may not want to do this meditation…otherwise please have fun with it. In spite of (or perhaps, also because of) the language, it’s a calming and lovely short meditation and it’s funny too. Meditation collections are included below the video. … [click on title to read and view more]

The art of contemplation (vis a vis meditation)

I tend to use the word meditation for all my contemplative adventures when I speak of them on this blog…simply for lack of a better way to explain my process. Here Richard Rudd speaks to the different sorts of ways our inner experience can be experienced. I found his definition of contemplation helpful because I often feel like meditation HAPPENS to me…and here it seems perhaps he would call that contemplation. Contemplation is physical too. This is what I liked about what he talks about. In contemplation we can change our body and transform in some very literal ways in body/mind and spirit. This is something I experience daily. I believe this is in keeping with epigenetics too. It has everything to do with healing from trauma. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Counting thoughts: simple meditation practice

Choose an important area of your life where you have difficulty or conflict. Bring to mind the key beliefs you hold about the situation, the people, the institution, the circumstance. “They are….”, “I am….”, “It is….. “, etc. After you have brought the beliefs to mind, question them. Are they completely true? Are they one-sided? Who made up this story? What if some of the opposite was also true? What is our experience if we let these thoughts and beliefs go? … [click on the title to read and view more]