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. Find yours.
The new version of The Radiance Sutras is now available, published by Sounds True.
“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
This has all the latest versions of the Sutras, plus over a hundred pages of practice tips.
The Radiance Sutras can be ordered directly from us, or
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.
About Our Approach
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.