Effortless Action: Doing from Being

There is a Chinese term called wu wei, which can be translated as “spontaneity” or “effortless action.” Wu wei does not mean passively waiting around, but actively recognizing that spontaneous action is already occurring, without being conducted by an ego-identified “doer.” Being is always already naturally here, but we aren’t yet wired to function from Being. Functioning from Being means interacting, responding, and creating from a panoramic flow state where we feel free of self-centeredness and … [Read more...]

Methods for Recognizing our True Nature

The two most common methods for directly recognizing our true nature are the looking method and the resting method. The Christian mystical tradition calls these two approaches Via Positiva (the looking method) and Via Negativa (the resting method). Via Positiva suggests: “Seek and you will find.” Via Negativa suggests: “Give up seeking, and you will find.” Most meditation paths include aspects of both these styles. In addition, both Via Positiva and Via Negativa agree that ego-identification is t … [Read more...]

The Living Truth Within You

My book, Shift Into Freedom, is a user’s manual for your awakening that can be adapted to yourindividual learning style. I give you the map, show you the direction to travel, and offer descriptions of the territory you may find. The pointers are to help you find your own inner GPS so you can navigate your own way. But you won’t know what it’s really like until you’ve been there yourself. Don’t take my words, pointers, or impressionistic map too literally. Read initially to get the gist of the app … [Read more...]

Effortless Heart Mindfulness on the Subway

On a crisp autumn day in New York City, I headed downtown for a meeting. Arriving at the entrance of my neighborhood subway station on 116th Street and Broadway, I heard the train pull in below. I reached for my MetroCard, passed through the turnstile, and hurried downstairs, reaching the platform just in time to see the subway doors slide shut and the train pull away.I stood there, looking at my watch, feeling frustrated because I’d probably be late for my meeting. The subway station was c … [Read more...]

How to Find Peace in 4 Minutes – Animated Meditation

You may have done a meditation where you think positive thoughts or focus on your breath or a word to calm your mind. In this short animated meditation you will be invited to go to the next level, effortless mindfulness, to find peace in the space between the thoughts in your mind. This can lead you to discover your awareness-based mind that is already awake, creative, compassionate and in a joyful flow. While doing this practice, you may have noticed that there are two kinds of space. One is … [Read more...]

Video from Matthieu Ricard: Wisdom for the New Year!

Here are some words of wisdom and compassion to contemplate from Matthieu Ricard as we move closer to this New Year:"Our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often illusory. Isn't it the mind that translates the outer conditions into happiness and suffering? Isn't that stronger? We know from our experience, we can be in some outer paradise, but still be completely unhappy within. On the contrary, we know a lot of people in very difficult circumstances who manage to keep … [Read more...]

“Just Breathe” Video: Children Learn Mindfulness!

I was inspired by these filmmakers who made this short film after witnessing school children grow in their capacity for emotional intelligence as they received mindfulness training. Filmmaker Julie Bayer writes: "The film is entirely unscripted – what the kids say is based purely on their own understanding of difficult emotions, and how they cope through breathing and meditation. They, in turn, are teaching us all."Bravo! Our world needs more of this! … [Read more...]

Awaken to Unconditional Love as Your True Nature

Is it possible for you to awaken to love as who you truly are? Imagine what our world would be like if more and more people began to awaken, and discovered that unconditional love is their true nature. What if awakening became available to us as a normal stage of development? It can happen, and I am hopeful it will.In these contemporary times with so many choices, we can become distracted and end up living on the surface. I designed this book and these practices to encourage experiences of … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Where Am I Located?

“Location, location, location” is a phrase used by real-estate agents to emphasize that identical homes have different values based on where they’re located. If a building has two apartments—one with windows looking out at brick walls and the other, three floors higher, with panoramic views—the upstairs apartment is much more valuable. The open-hearted awareness approach helps you shift into your best location with a spacious view from which you can realize how valuable you already are.The sm … [Read more...]

You Can’t Be in the Present Moment

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t be in the present moment. However, you are always here now. It is only a matter of whether you know it or not. The Now is often confused with our understanding of "the present time" or "the present moment." In Tibetan Buddhism, the Now is considered the “timeless time” that includes the three relative times of past, present, and future. We know not to get caught in the past or the future, but in order to be in the Now, we also have to let go of the present. T … [Read more...]