Select Guided Meditations
Exercise 1: Exploring Fundamental Consciousness - 18 min
This comprehensive meditation guides you to inhabit specific parts of the body, the five core qualities, and connecting to the space within and outside of the body. Exercise 1 can be found on page 34 in Chapter 2 of Belonging Here.
Exercise 6: Direct Perception - 6 min (Chapter 2, page 54)
"When we inhabit our body as a whole, we see, hear, touch, smell, and taste with our whole body and being. This makes our experience of our environment fuller and richer. As we uncover the dimension of fundamental consciousness pervading our body and environment as a unity, our senses also become unified.... This helps produce the sense of "being in the moment" that is associated with non dual realization.... In Buddhism, this is called direct or bare perception."
Meeting the Suffering of the World - 14:20 min
I created this guided meditation to help you feel into the suffering of the world in such a way that you may begin to find some acceptance and support. I strongly encourage you to extend this meditation by writing an imaginal conversation with the Great Being that held you during this meditation.
Exploring Resistance - 16:36 min
This guided meditation was inspired by the woman, Ruth, in the final case study, when she said "I don't want to do this. I don't want to be here. I don't have to be here." (p. 197) Here we'll explore different dimensions of resistance: the ways in which we don't want to be our body and our personality, and the ways in which we don't want to be in this world and in this life. The purpose of this inquiry is to become aware of the unconscious ways that we are resisting fully being here.
As with the Meeting the Suffering of the World meditation from Week 6, I strongly encourage you to extend this meditation by writing an imaginal conversation with the Great Being that held you during this meditation.
These recorded meditations are designed to support you practicing the nuanced explorations and awarenesses that Judith Blackstone presents in her book Belonging Here.
TIP: play in open curiosity!
This is not about perfection, it is about exploration and practice. Whatever your experience is during an exercise, invite the possibility that it is perfect. There's no right or wrong way, only your way of unfolding, one step at a time. Trust yourself and trust your process, and remain curious about the journey....