March 7th, 2014
When you inhabit peace, you create more peace in the world.
When you listen to your heart, you create more quiet in the world.
When you live a joyful life, you create more joy in the world world.
When you invest in yourself, you create a trust fund in the world.
When you shine your light, you create a brighter world.
When you give love, you create a more loving world.
What kind of world are you creating?
March 5th, 2014
The more I sit in meditation, the more I am reminded how much I want to stay fully engaged in my efforts to build a more just, equitable, and compassionate world while maintaining a sense of peace.
I know I’m not alone in this view. All over the world there are movements underway in an effort to address inequalities and injustices. Is it possible to be fully engaged and peaceful?
Yes, it is. And the very simple practice of sitting each day for five minutes can help us with that. We can come to a place of inner peace before engaging in a movement to address the issue that moves us into action.
I also recommend a simple practice of bringing the attention to the breath. And then gently bringing our attention back to the breath, over and over, and over again. This practice grounds us into our center ─ a place of inner peace that always resides within us.
I also came across the fourteen precepts of ‘Engaged Buddhism’ as set out by Thich Nhat Hanh – here is a simplified version, but you can read the full version here.
1. Do not be bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones.
2 . Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.
3. Do not force others to adopt your views.
4. Do not avoid suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Find ways to be with those who are suffering.
5 . Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.
6 . Do not maintain anger or hatred. As soon as they arise, turn your attention to your breath in order to see and understand the nature of your hatred.
7. Do not lose yourself in your surroundings. Practice mindful breathing to come back to what is happening in the present moment. Be in touch with what is wondrous, refreshing, and healing both inside and around you.
8 . Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.
9 . Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people. Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.
10. Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party.
11 . Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. Do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to live. Select a vocation that helps realize your ideal of compassion.
12 . Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and prevent war.
13 . Possess nothing that should belong to others.
14 . Do not mistreat your body. Learn to handle it with respect.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed or defeated or get caught up in the energy of anger without having any way to process it.
Return to the breath. Practice mindful breathing.
It was the only way I found to maintain a sense of grounding amidst a chaotic world. The world needs more peacefully engaged warriors of compassion.
Sit down. Sit still. Pay attention. And come back to your breath, again and again.
And as my teacher once told me, “When you don’t know what to do, have a cup of tea.”
February 26th, 2014
Breathe gently in and out. Allow the exhale to be a little longer.
Release any tension, worry, or anxiety with each out breath.
Allow light in any form to arrive with each in breath.
Notice how your body feels while breathing.
Just notice, be aware, be the inner note-taker.
Welcome all the thoughts, know the exhale will take them.
Greet the critic and the judge ─ embrace them.
Breathe slower and deeper.
Relax into the fullness of the inhale and exhale.
Breathe all the way down to your feet. This breath will anchor you.
Breathe all the way up to the top of your head (your crown chakra).
This breath will open you to your divine connection.
Take a fuller breath. Tune into the wisdom of your heart-center.
With each breath, bridge your heart and mind.
Be the observer, the anchor, the wisdom, and the breath.
Rest in your breath.
Your breath takes you where you need to be ─ right here in this moment.
February 21st, 2014
Have you wanted to start a meditation practice? Or do you want to deepen your meditation practice? Start by drawing a breath of light inward to your heart-center.
In our busy lives, we rarely experience an extended period of quiet. For our meditation session(s), we will enter the quiet within ourselves as a way to deepen our connection to our soul’s journey. You are invited to enter the space of Being, rather than Doing.
You are welcome to join me for Meditations for the Soul. The 60-minute meditations will open you to thinking differently about meditation. Meditation is about zoning in, not zoning out. Our session(s) may include looking at where our mind wanders, focusing our gaze, guided visualizations, making movement an integral part of our lives, resonating with a (personal) mantra, and stepping more fully into our thoughts. All levels of students are welcome. You may book as many sessions as you want from January 2 – March 31, 2014. Each session is 60-minutes and will take place on the phone or Skype (Monday – Friday only).
What to Bring: A notebook and pen, water
Investment: $75 in advance (via Paypal or check). No refunds.
For more information see events page on www.toningtheom.com
February 19th, 2014
The process of cultivating our mind is like emptying a suitcase. We come across all kinds of luggage. What should go in our bag and what should we empty out?
What do we WANT in our bag? Do we want peace, happiness, joy, and wisdom? Then let us put that in our luggage. We don’t need to carry all the different things and people we encounter. We can leave what doesn’t serve us and move on.
We can carry peace because we already are peace. Our mind is creating our baggage. By emptying our mind of agitation, peace will appear. We can abide in our heart-center. We can go for refuge in our heart.
The true nature of our mind is peace. Empty the baggage – empty the mind of the delusions.
What’s left? Liberation.
February 12th, 2014
What if all of your heart experiences was your map? What if the map you followed was not a linear trail of getting from here to there? What if your true guide was getting from here to here inside your heart?
Perhaps we can shift our orientation. We can leave our ordinary attitude and go for refuge to our heart. We can reduce anxiety, worry, fear, and anger in our linear thinking and expand inward with an open heart.
What if your heart said: YOU ARE HERE. And “here” meant wisdom, peace, contentment, and joy. Wouldn’t you want to go there? We need to want to go there. We can go to the refuge of the breath. We can breathe out anxiety, worry, fear, and anger. We can breathe in light, wisdom, peace, contentment and joy.
We can make the decision that inner peace is the guiding source of who we really are.
There was a time I was between here and there. Now I find myself between here and here.
February 10th, 2014
“Make a relationship with the lineage as a living force that is communicating within us right now.” ~Reggie Ray
When I began channeling the Lineage of the White Mesa in 2005 I had no idea where it was going to lead. I just knew it was time to heal with Light in the most profound way. In an article about the emergence of the White Mesa I wrote, “The Path of the White Mesa is about sharing one’s greatest light. The White Mesa is more than my own personal journey of pain. It is a rite of passage of stepping beyond the darkest moments and remembering the light.”
After co-teaching White Mesa Intensives for more than seven years, I was called to serve and teach about the White Mesa Lineage in new ways. I had a deep sense of sharing this living lineage in sacred circles throughout the world. The White Mesa lineage felt palpable and alive. Living the White Mesa lineage meant opening to the inner abyss and letting the unknown be one of the sacred teachers.
The power of living lineage is that it evolves and meets us where we are at in our lives. Living lineage is direct, honest, and uncompromising in its integrity. It blazes new trails and opens hearts. Living lineage is a willingness to bear witness to what’s happening in our lives and take a deep dive inside. It constantly gives birth to new life. Lineage is not a person or one set of teachings. Living lineage is fluid – a deepening and expanding that we’re all invited into. To take a deep dive into a lineage, we must learn to let go of expectations, spend time in a dedicated practice, and have ongoing mentoring. In this way, the lineage will be very real, intimate, and human.
For me the Path of the White Mesa is a lineage of emerging ancient teachings with contemporary humanity. It’s a path that is open to all. Lineage is meant to be shared, practiced, and carried on by many practitioners.
Listen for the living lineage inside of you. What does living lineage mean to you?
The Lineage of the White Mesa is a global medicine path, which includes: anchoring altars of stone and drum; shamanic mystical traditions for personal and planetary healing; an awakening of our original and evolving connection with Mother Earth, the Luminous Lineages of Light; and re-discovering our place in the primordial cosmic web of life. For those who would like to read the origin of how I came to channel the Lineage of the White Mesa, click here.
February 7th, 2014
Breathing in, I am love
Breathing out, I am love
Breathing in, You are love
Breathing out, You are love
Breathing in, We are love
Breathing out, We are love
Breathing in, All is love
Breathing out, All is love
Breathing in love
Breathing out love
February 3rd, 2014
Breathe and be
Savor and serve
Into the place
That has never been touched
Feeling the pureness
An innocent soul
From beginning to end
Listening to wisdom
Surrounded by light
Belonging to Wholeness
The birth of your presence
Into the womb of your heart
By Mary Anne Flanagan
January 29th, 2014
Take a moment to listen to your breath. What is your inhale and exhale revealing to you?
Listen for a word or sound. Listen for a whisper of love. Listen to the space between the breaths.
Receive a word or sound. Receive a whisper of love. Receive the space between the breaths.
Rest in the energy of a word or sound. Rest in a whisper of love. Rest in the space between the breaths.
Call to a word or sound. Call to the whisper of love. Call to the space between the breaths.
Be the word or sound. Be the whisper of love. Be the space between the breaths.