Excerpt from the Awake and Connected retreat South Shore Insight offered in beauteous Cohasset, Massachusetts.
Keywords: Eightfold Path, impulse and memory, body learning, meditation, retreat, india, Ireland, baked potato, beats, knowing, wisdom, Help! I can't breathe, choke, choking, Heimlich maneuver, childhood, memories, memory
The Divine Homes are Goodwill, Compassion, Empathetic Joy and Equanimity. States to be cultivated and practiced so that they are known and fully in exercise of the Eight Fold Path for proper balance. Here is an edited version of the practice from a class I gave at South Shore Insight. The edit accentuates the Self-Compassion and Universal trajectory of the path.
Keywords: Meditation, Mindfulness, Wheel of Dharma, Dhamma, Insight and Freedom, seeds of wisdom, metta, karuna, mudita, upekkha, Buddhism, Buddha
Snarky, Smart Aleckey, Wiseguy — all absent when actually practicing, when Mindfuling.
Keywords: Mark Stewart and the Mafia, Minduling, I'm Fifty, Molly Shannon, Melting Away, Happiness, Cynicism, Old Crotchety, Meditation, Practice, Freedom, Happiness, Scientific Meathod gone to the Ego, The Waiting Room, fifty, 50th, fiftieth, birthday
The Eight Fold Path is often organized into three groups: Wisom, Ethics and Concentration. How is that arranged and what sort of view does it emphasize?
Keywords: Three Fold Training, Wisdom, Ethics, Concentration, wobbly, stress tests, indicators, breath meditation, Buddha, Buddhist, Buddhism
Where's my Jet Pack!? Well, it looks like it is getting closer to reality but then there is always something to be missing… Wait, where is my peace and satisfaction? What does it look like from up there?
Keywords: Jet Pack, Hoverboard, Flyboard, Franky Zapata, mindfulness, eight fold path, vipassana, meditation, geek, pilot, helicopters are amazingly complicated and expensive, Clear Prop!, South Shore Insight, Map of the world, jet ski, France, aviation, guinness book, peace, view, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, concentration, the way
Ah, spring rain and the pitter patter of drops on my hood. Pretty difficult to avoid the slightest-of-wind recording with the iPhone mic. Ya, gotta get a better location rig.
Keywords: Rain drops, audio meditation, sound, New England, awareness of environment, wind screens do not save the world, bubbles, forest tradition, meditation, calming, mindfulness, mindful, meditate, weather
Awareness, Mindfuling, is Louder and Faster and Bigger than the speed of sound of material of this world. Ya know, you can be aware of a surprise and not be taken over by it as it unfolds.
Keywords: Patriots' Day, Boston, Mindfulness, Meditation, Awareness, Bandit, Explosion, greed, fear, delusion, presence, surprise, practice, public enemy
The MAW is Mindfuling at Weekend, a compilation of the previous weekday's podcasts with a little nip and tuck.
Keywords: walking meditation, mindfulness, sphere of influence, vipassana, awareness, serial radio theater, mindful, meditate
Bubble Theory focuses a bit more on relationship, community and the vital reality that practicing with others is a key part of the path to waking up.
Keywords: community, sangha, isolation, distortion, information gathering, collecting and neglecting, mindful
We live in bubbles of perception. Our bodies are bubbles of a sort. Our mind is a bubble generating and preserving entity. Seeing our limits is so helpful to moving freely and peacefully.
Keywords: Awareness and boundaries, popping and locking, movement and flexibility, fragility and temporary, mindfulness
More walking meditation, with standing meditation more explicitly worked into the moving posture of meditation.
Keywords: Walking Meditation, Standing Meditaiton, Finding your walk, not a zombie walk, awareness.
Mindfuling at Weekend is a compilation of the previous weekday's podcasts, lightly edited and bookended with a bit o' blarney.
Keywords: Mindfulness, theanine, walking meditation, guided, opening day, red sox, waking up, walking dead, hull massachusetts, sea side, practicing meditation whilst sick, spring, the howling of domestic-like wolves
Walking Meditation is a very important practice. Start simply and comfortably. So many benefits but each step matters and building awareness of walking can be very tricky. Walking activates the mind and it is the mind we are training when we walk along with the body, which of course includes the beating heart.
Keywords: Walking Meditation, pacing, thinking, chickadees, awareness, Buddha, India, Tesla, Forest Tradition, compassion, wisdom
Opening Day, preparations, new season, spring, nature, tradition. Less "thinking" than reaction. A trained reaction and timing in the moment. You can train for an opening every day, and every moment can be an opening to the next. Pow!, belly awareness, anapanasati, concentration, mindfulness.
Keywords: Red Sox, opening day, baseball, Big Papi, David Ortiz, DH, designated hitter, home run, retirement, reaction time, George Mumford, basketball, ssimc, performance, training, freedom, contentment and wonder, awakening, open door, sport, sports, meditation, meditating, daily, in the zone, in the moment, breathing, breath awareness, inhalation, exhalation, body awareness, physical exertion, just do it
A 4' 33" sound meditation. With a dog named Moxie. In a vehicle. Wicked windy outside and the surf is churning about a hundred feet away. All these words are not the point of listening. They actually come after the experience. So quick we are to add to what is experienced. Keep it real, keep it raw.
Keywords: Hull, Ma, south shore, sound meditation, ambient, growl, beach, dog, canine, meditation, 433, 4'33", 4 minute meditation, mindfulness
So you get sick, we all do, and you take a vacay from formal practice. Of course. Or of course not. Practiciing while sick is great. (However, practicing with others when you are a huffing contaminant, that's a different story.) This podcast can be great for practicing whilst not feeling so great.
Keywords: sickness, illness, practice, meditation, breath awareness, continuity
Mindfuling at Weekend (The MAW) is an edited compilation of the previous weekday's podcasts. Super dense. Super freak. YaOww.
Keywords: MAW, serial radio, drama, sound meditation, ssimc, dharma, dhama, dhamma, south shore, ma, eire, mindful, mindfulness, meditation, meditations
Transition from a Breath Awareness through a Sound Awareness to a General Awareness and back again is discussed and practiced. You can use the breath as your sole object but you can move into a wider mode of awareness once a steady awareness is established. This is not easy to do with true moment-to-moment fidelity but give it a try. Beware of Ping Pong mind during the transitions.
Keywords: mindfuling, mindfulness, breath, sound, shikantaza, meditation, meditation
Sound meditation, there was a "wind warning" in effect so gust of up to 50mph were in the forcast. We hear a few big whispers.
Keywords: dead silence, delusion, radio, terrestrial, hum, south shore, ma, insight, eire, 4'33", 4 33, 433, meditation, meditating, buddha, buddhism, mindfulness
Waking up from discontent is waking up from, like, death!
Keywords: Easter, rebirth, reincarnation, addiction, practice, discontent, ssimc, eggs, buddha, buddhism, mindfulness, mindful, life, awakening, awake, dead, deathless, now, eternal now
When one first begins to seriously sit in "silence," things can be very loud! Like a waterfall at close roar. What to do and is this normal?
Keywords: Silence, listening, vipassana, meditation, mindfulness, beginner's mind, objects of contemplation and concentration, beginner, beginners, meditate, starting meditation, first meditation, first sit, try to meditate, trying to meditate, racing mind, racing thoughts, i can't meditate
Compilation of previous week's episodes with edits and various weekend barking and effects. A major dose, Jr.
Keyword: Mindfulness Inc., 4'33", robins, delusion, bauhaus, Bella, Undead, Zombies Hot and Buddhas Cool, Attaining the Waterfall, mindfulness, ssimc, easter egg, time, underwriting, listeners like you
First experiences of sitting in meditation without the complex distractions or phrases can be overwhelming, like the power of a waterfall in the mind.
Keywords: Attaining the waterfall, beginner's mind, habit, pattern, mindfulness, body awareness, breath awareness, where is your mind, meditating, meditate, sitting in silence, habit, deluge, chatter, monkey mind
A sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things is we are going to get sick, age, die, and grow separate from all — and everything we do has consequences, but don't freak out! Goths Up Trees (GothsUpTrees.net) is humorous and poignant and you have to read the captions with a light heart and laugh more heavily than an eight-inch black platform shoe.
Keywords: five remembrances, the hunger, catherine deneuve, david bowie, immortality, as time goes boom, monastic, buddhism, historical buddha, anapanasati, gothic, goth, emo, meditation, kindness and goodwill and wisdom and billionaires delusion, bauhaus, peter murphy, treehouse play without the tree
The second version of the 4' 33" sound meditation practice. The recording took place soon after an early spring snow storm on the South Shore of Massachusetts. The robins where faintly in the distance working the melting snow.
Keywords: 4' 3'', Four Thirty-Three, 4 33, 433, John Cage, sound meditation, mindfulness, melting snow, velociraptors, Meditation, Zen, Silence, mindfulness, audience participation, sound studio, environmental music, ambient, buddhism