Are You a Path Walker or Toe-Dipper?

Are You a Path Walker or Toe-Dipper?

There are various notions of what being spiritual is and what constitutes spirituality. Most don’t go to nearly enough depth to make a real difference in a person’s life. Our culture has been dealing with a commodification of spirituality. Often it matters more what clothes you’re wearing, which beads you carry and how many OMs are stitched into your scarf. Having a Buddha statue and soy candles is deemed more important than what you actually practice in front of them.…

Resources to Navigate Troubled Times

Resources to Navigate Troubled Times

The planet we call home is definitely being put through its paces. What’s on the news these days? Floods Earthquakes Evidence everyday of climate change New viruses Mass shootings Refugees, especially children Ongoing wars Terrorism Nationalism Racism / Hatred Misogyny This is only a short list. To condense the news cycle isn’t the point here. If you’re a breathing, feeling, thinking person you know what’s dominating the airwaves and are probably sickened by it. You’re probably also at a loss…

Meditation Tips for Beginners

Meditation Tips for Beginners

Meditation brings out perfectionism very easily and rapidly. It’s known as a lofty and noble activity with many famous figures associated with it. This alone gives it a certain cachet. Meditation is very popular nowadays and as with anything that’s good for us, we want to get it right. Whether it’s exercise, weight control, healthy eating or emotional intelligence there’s a performance factor attached. This gives rise to fear, self-doubt, guilt, procrastination and inner criticism. It may be some relief…

The Call to Awaken

The Call to Awaken

Below is an apt description of the Seeker.  What causes it to arise, how it comes on the scene, some of the initial experiences it creates, and the shifts it brings to a person’s life. Everyone gets the call, often more than once. It has been described by countless people in similar ways for as long as humans have been pondering life’s intricacies. The Seeker hears the call and answers it. An answered call may ring again at a future…

Gapless Awareness

Gapless Awareness

Awareness is the natural, innate, knowing quality of mind that is with us all the time. We cannot function without awareness; we would have no experience of anything without awareness. However, we do not always recognize it. In fact, most of the time we don’t. Meditation teaches us to recognize the awareness that we already have.   There are three types of awareness: normal awareness, which we experience before we learn to meditate; meditative awareness, which comes with the recognition…