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Welcome to Mindfuling, the podcast with Paul M. Cheevers

Mindfulness meditation is not a thing — it is an activity of doing. It is key to an eight faceted practice capable of freeing us from discontent. Being mindful is being deeper than the ocean, stronger than practiced aversion, quicker than chronic bad habits, and easier than pi(e)!

Related: Paul’s personal website: Cheevers.webnode.com  |  Twitter: @pmcnow  |  Ello: PM Cheevers  |  To triangulate where Paul teaches in the real world, go to SSIMC.org

Oct 15, 2021

Can you be mindful while walking the dog? What are you doing? Pretty complicated if you... are trying to do too much. Simplify and pay attention to your companion. Walking the dog is doing something very complicated compared to sitting and you are likely very connected to a very different sort of being with a very different set of interests! Amazing.

Keywords: Canine, coffee, walk, nosey, tension, attention, mindfulness, woof

Sep 4, 2021

Prpacticing standing meditation outdoors is just awesome. Real and

potentially confusing. Keeping it relatively still you will see a crazy mind, becalmed over time!  Even

amidst a pandemic there is great flexibility being developed.

Keywords: Insight, Presence, conditions, mindfulness, sound, heartmind

Jul 26, 2021

Picking blueberries mindfully and listening to someone pick blueberries in your space/time are very different activities...

Keywords: Mindfulness, insight, outside, blueberry, cultivation, practice, relaxation, wakefulness, sweet

Jun 17, 2021

Listening outside, a lot to contact with the shifting weather. Sound is a type of contact and with a podcast we can share this slice but there is more...

Keywords: ambient, rain, sound, feel, object, collecting attention, 

May 26, 2021

Practicing awareness of sound outside sitting on a bench. Sitting differently than you might usually sit, on a bench, matters. Working  with what actually is and focusing attention. Simple practice, but not easy...

 

Apr 30, 2021

Cultivating ease and awareness from a relatively still body to a body in contact to a body investigating with the same sort or ease and awareness allows a peaceful seeing and perhaps knowing. 

keywords: body, sound, field, bird, contact, movement, conditions and investigation

Mar 24, 2021

Working with the pleasant sonic conditions is not the same as just enjoying. Awake and relaxed in a collected moment to moment presence is practiced. 

Keywords: Mindfulness, sound, birds, dinosaurs, distraction, pleasant, noise, rooster, flicker, cardinal

Mar 8, 2021

Ambient object. Spring is a doodling. Being outside being with what ya got. Not a listening and flowing more of an active movement to moment hearing and let-go-ing into hearing. Again and again. Quite rich in these New England conditions. Bright red cardinals, deep blue jays, the swoosh of automobiles in the distant wash. Oh, and surprise a canine bell! Standing. Wet wooshes.

Keywords: mindfulness, roosters, loud sounds, unexpected, change, totality, standing, posture

Feb 20, 2021

Practicing outside in the snow. A very fluffy marshmallow world is one way of describing these conditions. So, I work with what I got. You? Probably different for you but you do have conditions. Perhaps subtler. A fan. Contact is the object.

Keywords: epidermis, body, mindfulness, clear, intention, crunchy, future, past, ease, wakeful

Feb 8, 2021

Walking outside after a snow storm. Formal meditation, under these conditions, the sound of walking is really prominent. We can work with this. Not an exploration, it is a focused easeful practice that is appropriate for these conditions. Listening as a podcast your practice will be a bit different but you can still use sound as an object.

If the timing is right an online retreat opportunity: February 14, 9am - 12pm EST, please go to www.ssimc.org/registration for more info. Perhaps I will see you there!

keywords: mindfulness, meditation, northeast, snow, weather, body, owls, presence

Jan 31, 2021

Mindful of a cold, wind-licked body. For a little bit. Easy to notice and to be with, but ya don't have to make yourself ill. If your inside this practice of weather upon the body may be more difficult but less uncomfortable. Inside you can safely stay with the practice. Outside in relative challenging conditions less time can be the wise practice.

Keywords: awareness, foundational, wind, weather, mindfulness, snow, crunch, quick

Jan 25, 2021

An edited recording of an online (errr, pandemic still raging) class concerning Wise View offered on the day of the storming of the US Capitol by the profoundly deluded. The Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and a whole lot of examples of how to get to know discontent and its HUGE range. Guided meditation occurs deep in the recording.

Keywords: Buddha, outrageous, reality, life, conditions, don't like, ssimc, knowing, ignorance, experience, story, dukkha, sukha, sedition, cat, dog

Dec 12, 2020

Not present in the relaxed sense of awareness is a hallmark of being in anticipation. There is a feel, a feeling-tone to anticipation. It is a form of disconnect and discontent when it persists. Notice how it feels in the body, in the mind and in the heart and just being with the breadth is known for its peace. Anticipation happens, but you have a choice in how much it occupies your heartMind.

Keywords: COVID, mindfulness, meditation, practice, breathe, body, awareness, holidays

Dec 4, 2020

Ever fresh is this practice. Regardless of conditions. Time disappears. The story recedes. Ease of body, mind, heart in parity. Awake. A different kind of sitting is this meditation. Wakefulness. Tired happens but Pandemic Fatigue is optional.

Keywords: Meditation, quiet, language, refrain, sensations

Nov 23, 2020

Not simply thinking better. Not simply calming down. Not just after working out. Insight into the workings of your mind. Your heart. Your body.

Keywords: Basketball, rest, clarity, sitting, quiet, open, eyes, quiet 

Nov 13, 2020

Sound concentration out in the woods. Many distractions may present. Can't control the world, shouldn't expect sameness.

Keywords: Nature, standing, sound, variables, distraction, fascination, present

Nov 7, 2020

Using the sound of Fall as an object. Outside meditating. Standing, maybe sitting. Keep it coming back to the sound that is available. White Oak, Red Oak, Blue Jays and combustible engines. It's all good, as they say and it is if you keep it simple, present and wakeful.

Keywords: Tree, Forest, Tradition, Quercus, Leaves, Bell, Acorns, Doggos

Oct 30, 2020

Practice daily a little bit. A pop song's timing, what will fit comfortably on the B side, or even the A side. You have to get regular, daily. Gradually this will grow in time and maybe even frequency. Eventually you will WANT to practice intensively for hours of the days but start slow and steady. Meditate. You don't have to turn it into a big production to get started but eventually don't be surprised if your sitting for sides of long players, CD lengths even, Operatic Cycles...

Keywords: Ramones, Wire, Buzzcocks, Breath, anapanasati, Buddha

Oct 22, 2020

Outside and going easy on the knees but still in a squat and listening to the leaves fall down. Soft gaze, not scanning, relaxed and at ease in and width. A short practice.

Keywords: knees, earth, close, easy, fall, listening to what comes and goes, traffic, crickets, birds, outside, connected 

Oct 16, 2020

Pain is inevitable for all but the tiniest fraction of humans. Get to know it through practice, s l o w ly, over time and it does not get worse. It doesn't morph into suffering. But you have to practice when the pain is relatively low but a real physical experience. 

Keywords: dukkha, mindfulness, meditation, cabinetry, caffeine, allergies, foggy, neti, sensation, foundation, breath

Oct 9, 2020

The option other than "thinking" your way out of anxiety takes practice. Mindfuling is that practice.

Keywords: Dog, Past, Obsessions, preparation, overdoing-it, meditation, breath, body, posture, ease, awareness

Oct 1, 2020

Gathering your attention with the help of light. Using the sense door of sight encounter light, and notice when you have started to leave the light. Not a figuring, out or in.

Keywords: Concentration, sight, definition, phenomena, ease, insight, ssimc, classes

Sep 25, 2020

Ah, to sit outside. How divine, under a majestic oak tree, to meditate. But then— that sound, that sound and that sound. Working with what is in the available ambience of your now.

Keywords: mindfulness, presence, concentration, nature, ambience, ease, acorn, dog, practice, fear, cyber security, business, bitter, quercus, pendunculate oak

Sep 17, 2020

Getting to know a bright light for upping energy while meditating. A lot like a hazy star. One astronomical unit— how sun centric we be... And then there is the sense of smell. An olafactory object of encounter and a concentration practice very wave-like.

Keywords: Wildfire, weird weather, global warming, light meditation, headaches, smell, Concord grape, fruit, incursion, grape vines, sublime, candy, nature, jelly, preserve

Sep 10, 2020

Using sound as an object of meditation. Collecting your attention, the calming that comes about, is more about your HeartMind settling.

Keywords: hen of the woods, focus, sound, attention, union, reality, ambient environment, traffic, voice, language

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