Quiet Breath meditation invokes calm

Here is a new breath – mindfulness meditation. Inspired from the beautiful book “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Han – enjoy. It is only 6 minutes long – a great way to start or enhance your practice.

Quiet breath – Image of Pebble : click on the link below

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0sAH0ybNsEfbFNqQVg2a0ZZOWM/view?usp=sharing

All is good. All is right. All is. Right view, right conduct, right livelihood.

 

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Contemplative Practices

So much to report! The new Meditation Incubator class is almost ready to launch – so excited. Putting the finishing touches on the site this month.  It’s 10 weeks with over 33 meditations and visualizations applied to deepening creativity and creating a life/career plan. Here is the course outline:

Course Outline – At a Glance   Meditation Incubator – Creative Mind Business Mind

Over the last year and a half I’ve received a total of 326 applications to participate and accepted 200 into the program I run at Pratt Institute.

Summary of our survey data for participants in the SP14, FA 14, SP15:

On average 91 % of participants continue to meditate and visualize after the class.

As a result of practicing meditation and visualization participants who attended each session and finished the course experienced:

100% feel less stressed

100% greater clarity of mind

100% feel more creative

100 % feel more directed in their career and job search

100% feel more able to set goals and take action steps

100% feel learning to meditate and visualize has been a valuable part of this course

This year I’m offering the online course to the public for the first time – from my living room to wordpress.  I’ve worked on it looking forward to sharing.

And this weekend I head up to Smith College for the Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy, August 27, 2015, with over 140 educators sponsored by The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE).

Peace.

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2014 in review

Wanted to share this . Very cool.

Have been so busy with grad school, creating contemplative arts curriculum and launching the Meditation Incubator project.  2015 will see more meditative lens applied to words, ideas, and life. Promise.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 470 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Is happiness different than success ?

Have stated teaching creative mind business mind as part of the Meditation Incubator project at Pratt Institute. We’ve been talking a lot about success. Success in life, in work, in finding a sense of meaning within. Is happiness connected to success ? Are they the same, different ? Interesting question for so many of us, don’t you think.  Ultimately are they shades of the same color – can we really be a success on our own terms if we are not happy ? Can I be happy and not consider myself successful ? Whose definitions am I using to determine the answers ?

Success is so personal, happiness is so personal. For me it is being calm contented spacious. Successful – staying with what matters for me, purposeful living. Trying to tame the ego and quiet the mind at the same time is  a process that is success making. If that makes sense. I’d like to look at success as a process rather than an product or attainment. verb instead of noun?

And happy – ah…. a state of being. Happy is an aura that surrounds me, success a process within me ? Do I have them backward.. pondering. No clarity – but it doesn’t matter. Love the question, grow from the freedom of not being defined.

 

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Community matters

We can talk all day about the etherial plane and the presence we constellate in breadth. But it is community. It is human. And should not be forgotten.

I love the veils and visualize the mantra as I meditate.

I am not who I think I am.

But…..the big but. I am not Buddah. I have not evolved that far. I am still in the belief that I am a person, though I work on that illusion, I do. I need my community. Sometimes wonder if I even have one, of course doubts and fears seep in because I still identify as human.

As human, I cannot survive without caring. Without giving. Community matters.

Pick yours. give something away. It is good.

Then sit and mediate. Let the light fill the world. Let your light fill your being. It is the same.

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