Somatic Meditation – Embodiment & Awareness

Meditation is a simple yet profound method to improve the quality of your life and develop inner peace and ultimately attain freedom and enlightenment. By following simple, practical instructions you can learn to let go of the causes of your pain and dissatisfaction and gain the inner peace and clarity you seek.

The regular practice of meditation will teach you how to settle and relax the mind, to recognise your habitual thinking and emotional patterns and reactions, to cultivate acceptance and compassion for yourself, to awaken and train your capacity to observe the mind and life, thereby gaining insight into your being and the realisation of spiritual Truths.

With practice over time you are able to access inner stillness and develop Awareness. Developing Awareness leads to a happy and creative understanding of yourself and of life! Meditation is non-sectarian and open to everyone.

Looking Within

Meditation – The Fundamental Practice for Everyday Life

“Last year, thirty of my students and I observed the nine-day Navarati celebration, the Festival of Light at the Wise Earth monastery. On the final day of the program, we had a delightful feast, which we had prepared together over the course of the nine days. The meal was a lovely, joyful occasion, made even more special by the presence of Yogi Ramananda, a seventy-five year old adept who was visiting me from Bangalore, India.

By the time we were done, the kitchen counters and the sink were piled high with dirty dishes and sticky pots and pans. We were about to organise a cleanup crew when Yogi Ramananda announced that he wanted to wash the dishes himself. ‘But you are my honoured guest,’ I protested. Yogi Ramananda smiled and insisted that the job was his. ‘A few helpers, then,’ I said. Yogi Ramananda shook his head and shooed me out of the kitchen. He wanted to do it himself. Finally, I gave in and went off to do some chores. I returned an hour later. All the washing was done. Yogi Ramananda was just putting the last of the pots into the cupboard. ‘How on earth did you finish up so quickly?’ I asked.

‘From beginning to end, only one thought crossed my mind,’ the yogi replied. ‘Wash the dishes.’

Yogi Ramananda understood that thought and action must flow together. After years of practicing meditation as sadhana (spiritual practice) he had attained a state of equanimity that was apparent in the way he performed even the most ordinary tasks. His mind was tethered to his breath, regulating and energising his every undertaking, whether he was taking a walk in the woods, practicing yoga postures, chanting the Vedic mantras or sweeping the kitchen floor.”

— Bri Maya Tiwari, Extract from ‘The Path of Practice’