Meditation is resting in your essence and letting yourself be rejuvenated, renewed, revived.
This is a built-in ability we all have.
We each have a different way of meditating that works for our body, heart, and soul.
Here are 112 ways.
The new version of The Radiance Sutras is now available
“If you love Rumi, Hafiz, The Tao, if you love words dancing out of the mystery, welcome to The Radiance Sutras: these are among the most profound, exquisite and luminous verses you will ever read.” - Jack Kornfield, Author of A Path With Heart
"Lorin Roche's rendition of the Vijnana Bhairava is truly radiant, filled with insight and poetry, and illumined by the power of his practice." – Sally Kempton
“Like feeling and reading Shakti in print. I read a little bit each day, then close my eyes and do the exercise, or ponder the thought. I let the warm sweet loving words and imagery wash and heal my many layers of self.” - Lilias Folan
"Lorin Roche's Radiant Sutras Present the most inspiring translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Sutras I have ever encountered. It is juicy, hip, intelligent, inspiring and the best companion for your daily life. We all need daily reminders to "Celebrate the boundary where body meets infinity.”.This book is a must read!
- Margot Anand, author of The Art of Everyday Ecstasy and The Art of Sexual Ecstasy.
Order your copy of the The Radiance Sutras directly from Sounds True or from Amazon
Here is a sample of the first 15 pages.
Exciting Events for 2015
Elixir Release Party
Thursday, February 26 7:30 PM
FULL CIRCLE VENICE
305 Rose Avenue
Venice CA 90291
Buy tickets here.
Songs ◆ Kirtan ◆ Celebration ◆ Sutra Poetry Jam ◆ DJ ◆ Reception
Join us for the Release of "Elixir: Music from the Radiance Sutras" and upcoming U.S. Elixir Tour Launch on Thursday, February 26th at the The Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, CA featuring and interactive night of song, Kirtan and Sutra Poetry Jam with Dave Stringer & Donna De Lory. Guests will also experience readings with Dr. Lorin Roche translator of the Radiance Sutras and Camille Maurine as they ecstatically explore the meaning and practices of the Sutras.
Also featuring Dave Allen, Mark Gorman, James Harrah, Sheela Bringi & Jeff Andrews.
In association with Sounds True.
Listen to a track from ELIXIR at iTunes.
Buy tickets here.
Bali Spirit Festival - link
Ubud, Bali - March 31-April 5 2015
Tantra Yoga – USA
May 15-17 2015 in Joshua Tree, California
The Radiance Sutras at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California
June 19-21 2015
Friday night through Sunday noon
with Camille Maurine and Dave Stringer
Join author Lorin Roche, his dancer-yogini wife Camille Maurine, and musician-songwriter Dave Stringer for a weekend of meditation, movement, and song. Come sing your heart out, dance, and rock the poetry of one of the most beautiful yoga texts in existence.
Come play in the luminous world of The Radiance Sutras, a sensuous, poetic version of a classic yoga text, the Vijñana Bhairava Tantra. The name means “The terror and joy of realizing oneness with the Soul,” and the text describes 112 meditations, each a doorway from our everyday life experience into contact with the sacred healing powers of our inner world.
The essence of these meditations is simple:
· Select some aspect of life that you love, and dive in
· Allow your love to attract you inward toward inspiration
· 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
Recommended reading: Roche, The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight.
Link to Esalen Workshop Page
The Radiance Sutras at Kripalu in August 2015
August 23-28, a 5 - day intensive at play with The Radiance Sutras
There are hundreds of techniques for meditating. 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.
Lorin’s Other Sites:
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.
Radiancesutras.com is all about the book and online courses.