Methods to Awaken in Life
Methods to Awaken in Life
To sit or not to sit?
Both, if you want to awaken in a way that is inextricably integrated with your life.
That being said, cultivating awakening in a dedicated, simple, and direct formal practice, like meditation, makes it easier to experience and take your whole life as awakening.
When we leave the meditation cushion, we apply what we discover in our formal practice to our daily life. And in turn our life experiences gift us with real time opportunities to awaken at deeper and more embodied levels.
In this way you leave nothing in between the cushion and your life.
Timeless Wisdom, Modern Life
The core practices of Awakening in Life provide simple, accessible, and powerful methods to awaken: to be with things as they are, in natural presence; to hold ourselves and life as a burning question; and to become lived answers through inquiry, awakened action, and trust.
The core practices are:
- Settle. Clearing, resting, letting go.
- Listen. Opening awareness, receiving, seeing.
- Inquire. Engaging the unknown and mystery.
- Respond. Cultivating awakened embodiment and action.
- Trust. Letting go into courage and fearlessness.
*Click any practice to read more about it and for a how-to-practice guide.
Each of these practices represents a facet of awakening, and work both sequentially, and in a circular, non-linear fashion. They are both practices and capacities.
You can rely on the structure of these practices to help gradually deepen your experience in a clear, simple way. You can also access these practices and experiences at will, whenever they feel appropriate and needed in your life.
The goal of these core practices is to provide you flexible, immediately accessible and applicable methods of awakening for both your formal practice and your life.
What is practice?
Awakening practice can be experienced and understood in (at least) three ways:
Something we come back to and repeat over and over in order to learn a particular skill and improve our ability to use that skill.In awakening, this can look like practicing the skill of settling, listening, etc.
We cultivate experiences in our practice, like tending a garden.We realize that this is something that requires nourishing, attention, and care, and awakening is a process that continually unfolds over time, and keeps deeper, and has fruition.
We let go into a sense of not-knowing which allows us to experience true discovery.With no expectations, we are open to anything happening in our practice. We are investigating and being radically open. Through this experimenting we discover what might easily go unnoticed.
The core practices of Awakening in Life embrace all three of these flavors of practice. Depending on where you are in your path or your experience today, you might choose to look at your practice in one of these three ways, whichever one seems most helpful.