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M-2-M – Remembering Now – 2013/03/27

I’m listening to Snatam Kaur sing the Sikh prayer “Poota Mata Kee Asees” (Mother’s blessing). It summarises my current experience in one line: “May you never forget God, even for a moment”.

Feel free to replace the word God with Now, Life, Truth, the Universe or any traditional name for Creator.

Over the last few months I’ve spent a lot of time with a dear old friend. His heart no longer beats due to cancer. It’s been an experience… Any words I use to describe it are just a best effort. I’ve felt like a humble student through the whole process. Listening has been my main focus. That’s listening. Not a story about it or attachment to listening which would be a story and distracting from actually being here too.

I found it useful to just slow down, breathe and feel the life force in this body. It was a great reminder and gave me space to stay in and around now. From this presence I could relax into just listening.

What a time to listen! Each person going through such a unique processes. In just being, my heart naturally opens in compassion. Feeling all of it and letting it be what it is.

Listening gave me clarity and honesty with others as well as with my own process. In sensitive awareness I could see stories starting and it was very clear they were stories. Like on old habit made clear on the canvas of silence. The perspectives from which they came is also clear and these thoughts often feel kind of artificial and soft. When feeling an urge I’ve just been bring presence to it. Shining light on the priority, source and truth in an instant of honest awareness. It’s a new, deeper and much more grounded place of perspective that feels easier, simpler and more natural than living meditation has felt in the past.

The moment to moment practice I am living is as Snatam says: “Never forget God, even for a moment”.
Just feeling each moment now.
If I get distracted, that was needed and I can remember to feel now again… now.
It feels like a mother open heartedly adoring her child though it’s directed at every moment and every thing… Myself included.

It took some sitting practice to help build this habit. The meditative states I was feeling while sitting naturally made their way into my life in unique and sometimes surprising ways.

I love this mothers blessing. I love the meaning, the intention, the wisdom and how it feels to sing it.
Thank you Snatam Kaur for sharing!

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Episode 24: Meditation Part 3 of 4 (Building Your ToolKit)

The inner state of meditation is always there and we can reach it at any time, from any place and under any condition.

Research into various lines of meditation, martial arts and religious studies reveals a vast resource of knowledge on documented practices by “professional sitters”, yogis, and elders of the faith.

To help ease the path to these inner states, gently allow your intuition to welcome people and places that enhance this knowledge and welcome some real quiet time.

Be mindful of attachment! Each time, each person, each place can AND will have a different tool that feels right in that now. Listen to your heart, and the choice is already made.

Sit still for a while. Or: Choose one thing, and just do that right now. Until you’re done. Do it fully. If you choose the mala, be one with the mala. Let the outside world fade away. Really smell that familiar time and place, really touch their hands and hear the sounds around you. Those are simply select examples to give you an idea of the fullness we hope you will dig for in this experience. And then, when you’re ready, just let it all go and be still.

meditation

check in (brief)

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These are all yanas, or vehicles. They are powerful and very useful but be mindful of any dependance on them. They are not compulsory. Meditate without them from time to time and see what happens.

Singing Bowl.
Sacred space and places.
Altar/medicine wheel.
A familiar time and place.
Music.
Incense/flowers/oils
Candles.
Guided Meditation.
Hemisync.
Sharing meditative state.
Meditation in groups.
Crystals, amulets, items.
Ceremony.
Light clothing, or something familiar with sitting.
Meditation seat or cushion.
Teas and other plant medicines.
Art/mandalas/painting/creation.
Cleanliness/Uncleanness.
Sacred Geometry.
Foods/Fasting.
Interactions/Hugs/Smiles/Laughter
Kriya: breath, movement, mudra, mantra, visualisation, asana (yoga).

Time in Silence

Fasting
Dances
Journey
Vision Quest
Ordeal ceremonies (buried, bound, uncomfortable or other self importance breakers)
Vipassana
Shabads
Pilgrimage
fixed gear biking

notice the difference between depth and distraction using meditation tools this week. We ask ourselves, “Is this serving now?” remember, its all perfect.

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Your day will be exactly what it’s meant to be!!!

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Episode 23: Observing Now

Looking at, accepting and loving this moment is key to living in inner peace.

This week is a solo Shaman show, so it’s focused on a meditation practice.
It’s one of the deepest and most powerful that I use: Observing what is in the moment.

You can use this awareness of perspective and embracing of experience to cultivate more and more peace in your daily life. With practice, observing the details of now can lead to living your days at peace with and honouring the waves of emotion moving through the body.

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Josh and I will be back next week with a show on handy meditation tools.

Have a wonderful festive season and enjoy the show.

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