Wakey, wakey!

It’s the first day of spring, and it’s about bloomin’ time! Wakey, wakey! It’s time to blossom.

Press pause…

Almost. This morning I realized the wreath is still hanging on the front door. Oopsie.

Today I will be looking at everything as an opportunity to grow, go deeper, shine brighter…and to bloomin’ blossom.

We don’t always see this, but within everything that happens, there’s an opportunity to grow and go deeper. When our life seems to play on repeat, we are simply getting another chance because we didn’t take it the first, second, or third time. Oopsie. Continue Reading »

One of the most common misconceptions about meditation is that we must stop our thoughts. I’ve heard so many people proclaim that they can’t meditate because, try as they might, they can’t stop thinking. On the contrary, meditation isn’t about not thinking. The more we try to do this, the louder and crazier the thoughts will become. Why? Think of your thoughts as shadows on a wall, and when you raise your fists to fight them, what happens? They fight back. The more you fight them, the more they will fight back because they are merely shadows. So what do we do? Continue Reading »

Why do we even want to meditate? Imagine you are in a little box floating in the infinite universe. All that you know is in this box. It’s dark and tiny, and you are searching around in this little box for answers and solutions to your problems—solutions that can only be found outside the box. Outside the box is infinite, limitless beauty, light, joy, and peace—everything you are searching for inside the box, is everywhere and all around the box.

When I began to see this, I saw that it was no wonder that all I felt was a constant disappointment; I was looking for something where it didn’t exist. I began to see that to find what I was seeking; I had to look to where it was. 

Mediation is a practice that helps allow cracks in that little dark box. Light only needs the tiniest sliver to shine through. It’s what it does. It does this automatically when we allow space for it. It’s all very simple, but in a box of complexity, we have to learn simplicity and practice it. Continue Reading »

I’ve been thinking about writing a book about meditation recently because it’s through my meditation practice that I’ve experienced the things I’ve experienced.

Then it occurred to me that I don’t have to wait to publish a book to share the things I’ve learned; I can do that now. So I’m thinking of sharing a series of posts here about my meditation practice and some of the things I’ve learned.  It will cost nothing–except perhaps your misery, sadness, and loneliness. Wink.

During a recent conversation, I was reminded of a type of meditation I did many years ago. I filled many notebooks with an exercise that can help uncover hidden thoughts and beliefs; I found this to be a helpful tool to bring them out of the shadows and into the light.  That being said, let’s uncover some shadow thoughts.

Keep in mind that you do not have to do anything with what’s uncovered. Please don’t try to analyze them, figure them out, or attribute them to this, that, or the other thing.  Continue Reading »

There’s a way of seeing that’s not negative or positive. It transcends both of these so that you’re able to see good everywhere through a sort of spiritual vision. It’s also not a put-your-head-in-sand way of looking at things. This has to be developed and actually experienced to understand what it’s like. Continue Reading »

Although they are familiar, I realized that comfort zones aren’t really all that comfortable, and to find what I deeply long for, I must be willing to step out of these not-so-comfortable comfort zones.

The familiar is what we know by definition. It follows that when we leave the familiar, we enter the unknown, which can be scary, but this is where indescribable wonders are found.

I don’t know about you, but I can tend to cling to earthly branches while the endless sky is beckoning me to take flight. Continue Reading »

“Why am I here?” I asked inwardly. I had been living in a deep spiritual state for quite some time when every door closed, and I had the choice between living on the street or staying with my dad. Dad and I had a long history of hostility. We were left with him after mom passed; he had a lot of demons and was an abusive alcoholic. I saw him through kinder and gentler eyes after I began having profound spiritual experiences, but I still didn’t want to live with him. God had other plans.

“You are here for a reason,” the inner Voice that had become so familiar to me responded, and I KNEW I was right where I needed to be.

Over the next several months, dad and I baked together and laughed while I redecorated his house. One day as he stood in the living room doorway teasing me, I knew he wouldn’t be here much longer. Continue Reading »

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