New! The Pure Relaxation Experience with Singing Bowls

New! The Pure Relaxation Experience with Singing Bowls

Conscious Relaxation (Yoga Nidra) coupled with Singing Bowls and other instruments. You wouldn’t think that it is possible to receive the benefits of Sound Meditation, Sound Bath, or Sound Healing over Zoom, but it is!  Read these comments from recent online sessions with both Groups and Private Clients: OMG, the deepest relaxation I have ever had! I didn’t think that you would feel the vibrations of the bowls through Zoom but I did! I feel like I had a long nap! Absolutely beautiful, and so peaceful! Thank you! I feel awesome! That was my first experience with a sound bath...

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A Forgiving RAIN | Radical Compassion

A Forgiving RAIN | Radical Compassion

In this video, we are only practicing the first phase. THE RAIN OF FORGIVENESS Forgiving others has two essential phases: The first is an inner process of healing the woundedness beneath the blame, and the second is bringing a compassionate attention to the other person involved. Please consider the first part below as a “stand alone” meditation, and practice it as long as it takes (days, months, years) to feel well established in self-compassion. Then, when you are ready, practice them both as a sequence. In Tara Brach’s Radical Compassion, Chapter 8- A Forgiving RAIN: Forgiving means letting go of the...

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Bring RAIN to the Wanting Mind | Radical Compassion

Bring RAIN to the Wanting Mind | Radical Compassion

  In Chapter 7, Tara speaks of FOMO which is the Fear Of Missing Out. This is quite predominant in our society. This FOMO is also used as a marketing gimmick to get us to buy, buy, buy! We always want more and more that is only to supply a seeming empty spot within us. Tara quotes the Zen poet Ryokan who wrote, “If you want to find the meaning, stop chasing after so many things.” Ah, yes. I find this so true. I admit it! I feel the pull to FOMO as I discover a plethora of shiny objects,...

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Awakening from Fear | Radical Compassion

Awakening from Fear | Radical Compassion

  In Chapter 6 in Radical Compassion, we are provided with tools to help us awaken from the grip of fear. I know the grip of fear all too well. Because of my past, there are still at times when I can be taken into the throes of fear and this promotes feeling unsafe. Because of mindfulness and this exquisite practice of RAIN, I have been able to shift my relationship with fear so I can evolve. Yes, fear is a natural response, but when it is overwhelming it places us in the trance state (as Tara says) and because...

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A Circle of Peace Sound Meditation Series | Well-Being

A Circle of Peace Sound Meditation Series | Well-Being

If you missed enrolling in the Thursday Sound Meditation from last week and this week, the videos are now available on my website video library. If you register for a session in advance, you will have the YouTube link. Otherwise, you can access it on the Video Library. I design specific guided meditations and sound protocols for each 30-minute session. Available in our month’s theme of Well-Being thus far: Well-Being Relaxation Access the Video Library Upcoming in the Sound Meditation Series

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Blessings of Love | Radical Compassion

Blessings of Love | Radical Compassion

  For the month of March, we are focusing on the book Radical Compassion by Tara Brach where she details the RAIN practice. Radical Compassion introduces the RAIN meditation as a powerful spiritual technology for cultivating compassion in the face of difficult emotions, limiting beliefs and conflicts with others. Through the acronym RAIN (Recognize-Allow-Investigate-Nurture) we can awaken the qualities of mature compassion—an embodied, mindful presence, active caring, and all-inclusive heart. Chapter 5 – Freeing Yourself from Shame As Tara tells us in Radical Compassion, Not all shame is toxic as shame wants our survival and was used when we were...

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Releasing Negative Self-Beliefs | Radical Compassion

Releasing Negative Self-Beliefs | Radical Compassion

In Chapter 4 “Releasing Negative Self-Beliefs”, in our book this month, Radical Compassion,  we work with just that, releasing our negative self-beliefs. Many of these are ingrained in us from childhood and we use them as protective devices to wall off our true self. We are beyond these negative beliefs we have clung on to so desperately. There are our feelings of doubt, unworthiness, unloved, flawed, and so on. If we can learn to accept and trust ourselves and that it is okay to feel those feelings without judgment or denial, we can break free of the restraints on our...

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RAIN Reveals Your True Self | Radical Compassion

RAIN Reveals Your True Self | Radical Compassion

In the next chapter, Chapter 3 “RAIN Reveals Your True Self”, in our book this month, Radical Compassion,  we work with connecting with our “future self” first and then the full RAIN meditation. In regard to the “future self,” you can also call this Wise Self, Higher Self, Awakened Heart, Higher Consciousness, or whatever words express your evolved being. We first use the guided practice of working with our “future self” and in doing so we are feeling the warmth, openness, kindness, caring, and wisdom. This “future self” assists us with compassion for what we may be experiencing in the...

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RAIN Says Yes to Life | Radical Compassion

RAIN Says Yes to Life | Radical Compassion

In this 15-minute video and what I have below, I share the two questions of mindfulness. Ask yourself, “What is happening inside of me?” Now ask, “Can I be with this?” or “Can I let this be?” We learn how saying YES to what is within us is more beneficial than saying NO to our emotions. When we say NO we are perpetuating our limiting beliefs. In a meditative reflection, we will practice saying YES to what is arising within us. This video focuses on Chapter 2 in Radical Compassion, “RAIN Says Yes to Life.” Also see Tara’s study guide...

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RAIN Creates a Clearing | Radical Compassion

RAIN Creates a Clearing | Radical Compassion

We begin our March study of Tara Brach’s Radical Compassion. I have appreciated studying with Tara before in her online events. Just yesterday, I was fortunate to attend her Radical Compassion: Actively Loving Ourselves and Our World which was an all-day workshop hosted by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Radical Compassion is active caring. As Tara says, we apply the RAIN practice to when we feel stuck in our thoughts so we can wake up our hearts and minds. What we need right now is the ability to be present with ourselves so we can nourish the awakening heart. I personally have used this...

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Real Happiness Week Four: Day 28: Interconnectedness Meditation

Real Happiness Week Four: Day 28: Interconnectedness Meditation

We come to a close with our last day of the Real Happiness Challenge. I hope that this has assisted you in your meditation practice. We explored various techniques over the last four weeks and now we come to see our interconnection with everything in today’s practice. Here we see how all of our encounter with people, plants, animals and the universe all is part of who we are. I’ve added Sharon’s meditation below. For me, by practicing our meditation today, I had a great sense of our Oneness in consciousness. I also see how my equanimity, loving-kindness and compassion...

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Real Happiness Week Four: Day 27: Meditation on Compassion

Real Happiness Week Four: Day 27: Meditation on Compassion

Our practice is compassion as we near the end of our Real Happiness Challenge. We look at the quality of our compassion so that it is a component of loving-kindness. We work with a difficult emotion and notice how we feel about this emotion. We pay attention to our body, the sensations, and the relationship that we have to the emotion. We do the same afterward with someone we know with the same emotion, feeling the sensations as we think about this person and the emotion all that arises. We recognize and then commit ourselves to compassion for the other...

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