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 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.
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.
Wild Serenity in Love at Esalen
WEEK OF FEBRUARY 9-14
To live and love fully takes courage and all the inner resources one can muster. Embodied practices such as meditation and movement bolster the heart and inspire the expression of love in all its forms.
Life is relationship — with the self, nature, creativity, and one another. Meditation can be defined as intimacy with life. Through meditation we pay attention to the current of vitality and love flowing through us, and ride it inward to our essences. This is an instinctive ability and we all can do it.
Nature is wild and serene, and so too is our inner nature. In this approach, you embrace the fullness of being — vastness and vulnerability, sensuality, and surging power. The course alternates sitting and moving meditations that gently awaken the senses, open flow in the body, and stretch the mind in wonder and awe.
This workshop is for everyone on the path of intimacy. Drawing on four decades of teaching and thirty years of relationship, authors Maurine and Roche will share their experience with humor and compassion. If you want to tap into more joy and inspiration, if you long for more intimacy with yourself and others, then perhaps it’s time for Wild Serenity in Love. This course is also useful for those in the helping professions.
To find out more or register, click here.
Friday, March 7 - Sunday March 9th, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida
THE YOGA OF WONDER AND DELIGHT
MEDITATING WITH THE RADIANCE SUTRAS
The Language of the Senses
All around you, in every moment
The world is offering you a feast for your senses.
~ from The Radiance Sutras
Join us for this meditation immersion with internationally renowned meditation teachers, Dr. Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine. We explore the luminous world of The Radiance Sutras, Lorin’s sensuous version of the ancient yoga text, the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra.
This workshop is devoted to the skills of practicing and teaching meditation. If you don’t have a daily meditation practice, you’re missing out on some of the great benefits of yoga.
This weekend module focuses on the senses. In yoga the senses are called the indriyas, a term implying that they are intrinsically sacred. Each sense speaks its own language—touch is a very different language than taste, smell, vision, hearing, or balance.
The senses connect us with our inner and outer world and are doorways to wonder and delight. The more you are alert to your senses, the more engaged and absorbed in meditation you will become.
In this playful training, you will practice these skills:
Scout out your own natural sensory pathways
Listen to and honor another person’s inner language of the senses
Design a satisfying daily meditation practice for yourself and others
Receive coaching from Lorin and Camille on how to modify the classic meditation practices to suit your inner nature. You will also get a chance to practice guiding others in meditation.
Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine are the authors of Meditation Secrets for Women, published by HarperOne. Lorin is also the author of The Radiance Sutras, Meditation Made Easy, and Meditation for Yoga Lovers. Lorin has a Ph.D. from the University of California for his research in the language of meditation.
Qualifies for 20 hours Meditation Training with Yoga Alliance
This will be module 1 of 4 in the 100hr. Yoga Alliance approved Instinctive Meditation Teacher Training. This training is OPEN TO ALL and can be taken as an individual module or you may take all 4 to complete the requirements for the 100hr. certification.
Investment for full weekend: $375
Friday, March 7th....7-10pm
Sat, March 8th....12-6pm & 8-10pm
Sun, March 9th....10am-1pm & 2-5pm
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.
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 -