Rise ‘n’ Shine Baby

Pamela: How about that moment when you wake up in the morning before you put yourself on? How about it? “How” do we  “do” that moment? Or not “do” anything? Is your brain hurting when you’re reading this yet? How about we drop that and start over. We start over again and again each morning, don’t we?… Do we?…How?

Let’s wake up from allll this and all that. Or maybe we don’t, and that’s okay, too.

Ground

Jeff: Five minutes ago, in my experience, I watched ADD zoom by. Last week, as a result of not getting enough sleep, I watched hypomania come up in me. Then I watched it zoom by. A slow zoom; took a few hours. But it never took me over. I’m at the point in my meditation practice where this happens quite a bit. The frequency makes it no less wonder-inducing. It’s like: did that just happen? Is this really possible? Yes. The energies of my old conditions continue to appear, except now I can choose whether I want to step inside them or not. Sometimes I let them go by, I say “hey previous identity, I guess you’re not me after all.” Just a mind state. Other times I play with the energies, take them for a ride without losing my centre. This is especially fun with the hypomania, although you have to be careful, it’s easy to get seduced. When I feel I’m losing my centre, I step back to ground. Presence is ground, awareness is ground. Ground of my Being, and very likely the  ground of yours too. It’s Waking Up month at the CEC. For me, today, waking up is our human capacity to live in, and from, ground. Let’s explore.

Love Thyself

Caitlin: Happy Valentine’s Day y’all. Is it happy? Or are you still looking for your long lost love(s)? Maybe you’re fighting with your partner(s) or having doubts about your recent engagement. Whatever your relationship status, tonight we practice loving ourselves. Forget about showering yourself with Hallmark inspired chocolate and rose petals, (unless you’re into that).

Sitting with ourselves, just as we are, is a radical act of self love. Plus, when we love ourselves, we can relate in healthier and more loving ways to the people around us. So, let’s practice remembering that we already contain our “other halves” within ourselves, we are already whole and complete, just as we are, with or without romantic companion(s). Let’s wake up to the love that is and always has been within us. Let’s connect to our hearts and remind ourselves that we are enough. Because we are. Love.

See, Hear, Feel

Kevin: Generally, when we talk about ‘waking up’, we’re talking about seeing through the delusions, illusions, fabrications, and projections we unwittingly make and call ‘reality’. ‘Waking up’ starts with learning how to pay attention to what’s happening in our experience, and appreciating how even our thoughts, beliefs, memories, and even sense of self occur as sensory experience.

Tonight we let our attention roam freely through our senses via Unified Mindfulness’s foundational practice: See, Hear, Feel. If you are already familiar with it, tonight’s a chance to do a deep dive! If you are new to it, fantastic! Not to oversell it, but SHF is probably the most practical and portable technique I’ve ever learned.