Meditation

I am a lover of meditation. I believe in its power to heal us at a deep level and to make life sweet.

 

My teaching is informed by my deep immersion in the wisdom and practices of Yoga, Tantra and diverse mystical traditions. It is especially informed by Kashmir Shaivism or Shaivism, considered the pinnacle of the Yoga traditions. Shaivism is profoundly life-affirming and offers diverse, easeful ways to enter meditation.

 

I also love – and teach – secular meditation, mindfulness and awareness practices. Such practices can offer a deep, direct encounter with your own awareness, and a beautiful intimacy with the present moment.

 

In both private and group classes we learn how to work with the mind. We strengthen our ability to concentrate, to focus our attention, and we learn easeful ways to relax into meditative states.

 

As we explore meditation, it’s enormously helpful to open and work with our heart center and hara, belly center. When we drop into our heart and hara, we access the deeper wisdom of our body.

One of the great effects of meditation is this: You enter into a deeper relationship with your own happiness, your own contentment. Meditation is all about discovering a vast reservoir of happiness that is yours, ready for you to claim. Gurumayi Chidvilasanada

Depending on the needs of an individual or group, we are likely to explore the following in an introductory meditation series:

  • The “View”
  • Your intention for your meditation practice
  • Attitude of ahimsa, non harming – the importance/benefit of being gentle with yourself
  • Seated posture
  • Body scan to release tension/holding
  • Working with thoughts. Shifting our attention from the content of thoughts to the nature of thoughts. Seeing thoughts as energy, as pulsations of consciousness that arise and subside in awareness.
  • Mantra
  • Easeful meditation practices for relaxing into spaciousness
  • Direct path practices for the felt sense: “I am not the body/thoughts; I am awareness.”
  • Bringing awareness to (and opening) the three centers – the third eye center, the heart and the hara, or belly center
  • Discussion of questions and sharing of insights
  • Homework: Meditation and self-inquiry practices
  • Homework option: the body scan, to strengthen concentration and become familiar with awareness

 

One-to-one meditation instruction is available in person and via the phone and Skype.

 

Getting Started Series

  • Free 15-minute phone consultation
  • 3 hour-long sessions once a week, for 3 consecutive weeks
  • Recommended daily practices and background reading
  • Questions answered via email or phone

 

For more information or to schedule a private or group session or series: Contact Alice

Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?

– Rumi

Musings on Meditation

"My mind is too busy to meditate" and other common obstacles to meditating. Learn what has helped others overcome obstacles and adopt a meditation practice.

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