When we endeavor to practice mindfulness meditation, we are practicing to train our minds to be focused on the reality of the current moment. We are intending to be completely aware of what is happening as it happens...in the moment. This is not an easy task for the uninitiated to hold for anything more than a fleeting moment. It is that glimpse of the moment that keeps new practitioners coming back for more. Why? Because it is easily and immediately recognized by our higher
Chop Wood. Carry Water. Drive Car.
There is an old Zen proverb that reads "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water." What this means is that one can find enlightenment by doing the things that are required by daily life. How? By paying full attention to the present moment, being mindful in the now. Since most of us reading this blogpost on our computer or cell phone will never have need to carry water, and only a small percentage of us will have any need of chopp
Often when practicing mindfulness meditation we find ourselves falling back into our egoic mind and have to pause, note that we have fallen away from the present moment and begin again. If we are diligent in our practice we have to do this over and over again. In fact, this is our practice. Beginning over and over again by bringing our attention into full awareness of the present moment. After a while we notice that every moment is a new beginning. Then we find that there rea
Inconstancy means not constant; changeable; fickle; variable. This is said to be the one constant of life...change! When we endeavor to practice current moment awareness meditation we observe this inconstancy in the reality of the present moment. Once we are aware of this truth in our lives, we can begin to let go of our egos need to hold onto or escape the reality of the present moment and learn to flow with life on life's terms. This is the essence of acceptance. If we prac
Driving Meditation Video
This video is a quick visual introduction to some of the concepts found in "Learning to Drive into the Now : PRND". Developing a current moment mindfulness driving meditation program leads to many benefits for the practitioner and those around them. If you think you might benefit from your own practice, I encourage you to begin today. By following this simeple practice you can become a more aware, serene, and courteous driver, and a more centered and happy person.
At Long Last My Book is Published!
Dear Facebook friends. Thank you for letting me share my past blog posts and comments with you. I am excited to announce that my book "Learning to Drive into the Now:PRND" is finally available both in ebook and paperback at Amazon. You can click on this post and find it through my site. I invite you to please take a look and read a sample. If you have ever desired to become a more attentive, compassionate, and liberated human being...NOW is the time. In the pages of this b
Look Around in Awareness
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. -James Thurber It is interesting to experience awareness of the present moment when in the midst of egoic anger or fear. Once your attention is brought into the present moment with full awareness, the fear or anger dissolve. That is how you know for sure that they are manufactured in your egoic mind. Once the light of the present moment is shown on them, they lose their energy and their existence. On
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
In order to experience real change in our lives, it requires getting out of our comfort zone. Many of us may feel a sense of uneasiness in our lives that we would like to change. Usually this is brought about by something going on inside of us rather than something that is being caused by an outside influence. These are the hardest kinds of changes to make in our lives. Often we become "comfortable" with being "uncomfortable" because we either don't know how to change it, or
Unity in the Now
An excerpt from "Learning to Drive into the Now: PRND" by Solan McClean - Chapter 11: "Unity in the Now" If I find that I am at a crossroads and need to make a decision as to which way to go, but am not sure, I can offer the circumstances up to the current moment awareness and examine the situation with care and compassion. Instead of being motivated by fear, greed, lust, or any other ego-manufactured feelings, I can shine the light of Truth on myself and make decisions with