Meditation is resting in your essence and letting yourself be rejuvenated, renewed, revived.
This is a built-in ability we all have.
There are hundreds of techniques. If you want to thrive in meditation and get the benefits – relaxation in action, clarity of mind, resistance to stress-related illness, a happy heart – then select the techniques that feel natural to you.
You will love the ones that go with your nature.
You will know when you have found your meditation practice because you are meditating every day and enjoying yourself, and the benefits are flowing throughout your life.
You don’t have to change yourself.
You don’t have to sit still.
You don’t have to sit cross-legged.
You don’t have to make your mind blank.
You don’t have to calm down.
The more real with yourself you are, the better.
The essence of meditation is simple: select some aspect of life’s self-renewing rhythm that you love, and dive in. Allow your love to attract you inward toward the essence of inspiration.
As with any love relationship, there are skills to learn.
Human bodies are naturally good at meditation. It’s a built-in instinct.
Learning to meditate is a process of studying your natural pathways, and letting your muscle memory take you inside.
This is the easy part.
There are two big challenges in learning to meditate:
1. Finding the technique that suits your individuality. There are thousands of different practices, something for everyone. There is no one technique suitable for everyone.
2. Learning to tolerate the intense sensations that arise in relaxation, because in meditation, you can relax and rest more deeply than in sleep. This happens very quickly, in minutes, because the body knows how to revitalize and heal itself.
If you want to explore meditation and find what works for you, we have great tools: there are wonderful books, audio programs. Guided meditations. Come on in and explore. We offer private sessions, online classes, and retreats.
I have been teaching meditation for more than 40 years and have a Ph.D. in meditation research from the University of California. I delight in helping people find what works for them, out of all the thousands of different approaches to meditation.
The Radiance Sutras is a mini-encyclopedia of meditation techniques.
To order a copy, go to our bookstore.
Shakti Fest in Joshua Tree May 16-18 2014
Shakti Fest is coming up May 16-18 2014 - and the time to start planning is NOW. Reserve your room or house. Get your travel plans together.
Click on the poster above or click here for the Shakti Fest website.
Practicing with The Radiance Sutras
Saturday, May 31: 12-5pm
Sunday, June 1: 12-5pm
at Prana Yoga in La Jolla, California
Immerse yourself in love-drenched meditation and movement. We will explore the luminous teachings of The Radiance Sutras, a fresh translation of an ancient yoga text.
The Radiance Sutras is an accessible version of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a yoga text describing 112 awareness practices for touching the sacred in the midst of daily life. Meditation techniques are presented as natural gateways we can find in the midst of breathing, listening to music, chanting, dancing, eating, gazing at the horizon, greeting a friend, gazing at the horizon, communing with nature. In this approach to meditation, every breath, sensual experience, and emotion is accepted as a doorway into deep and intimate contact with the energies of life.
You will learn mudra (energy gestures), mantra (sounds you can use to access your inner life), pranayama (ways of breathing that soothe and energize you), and dhyana (personalized meditation practices that work for you.) This is Freedom Meditation - you select the practices that work for your individual nature and learn how to modify them to feel natural and effortless. Be ready to fall in love with meditation.
The Yoga of Wonder and Delight
The Yoga of Wonder and Delight
Week of June 22-27
Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California
Come discover the luminous world of The Radiance Sutras, a fresh translation of an ancient yoga text. In this tradition, meditation is innate, natural, and playful. The Sutras sing of passionate serenity, and being at home in your body with all your senses awake to the vibrancy of life. The Radiance Sutras describe 112 ways to touch the sacred in the midst of everyday life, such as gazing at nature, cherishing breath, listening to music, bathing in silence, dancing, chanting, savoring tastes with intense awareness, and loving and praying continuously.
Embraced by the earth, ocean, and sky at Esalen, this inspiring retreat is a chance to explore a variety of embodied meditations and develop an individualized practice you can take home. All levels of experience are welcome, and all bodies.
Lorin Roche began practicing with the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra in 1968 and brings over forty years’ experience teaching its methods. Camille Maurine brings her deep understanding of movement as our nature. The couple share thirty years of creative teaching together.
This workshop counts as 26 hours toward Yoga Alliance Meditation Teacher Training.
Come join us at Esalen!Esalen Institute in Big Sur is the most physically and emotionally rejuvenating place we know . . .
To register by phone, call 831.667.3005.
From where Camille and I live in Los Angeles, it is a 6-hour drive up the coast. Within a couple of hours of arriving, I usually feel brand-new. It is also one of my favorite places to meditate. Esalen has the mountains, the ocean, trees, otters playing in the surf, hot springs, and one of the best massage crews in the world.
Lorin’s Other SitesThis site has gotten a bit too large, thousands of pages, so I have created a couple other sites focused on specific areas:
svarasa.com has articles and essays.
Meditation 24-7 is oriented toward Workshop and Class notes, with sections on the 21 senses, the instincts, and the Journey of Meditation.
Spanda.us has some notes about pulsation and the theme of the Return.