Trillium teacher Jim Trofatter leads us in a meditation inspired by Judith Blackstone titled “attuning to your fundamental consciousness.” We will then work on three areas in the body – the head, belly, and heart, to help us return deeper into our center – the natural state of our being.
Trillium Awakening Podcast
This Podcast Series features teacher talks on a variety of topics from the Trillium Awakening Dharma. We hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to reach out to the teacher if you want to continue the conversation in person!
In the Trillium teaching, we emphasize these three aspects: opening to infinite consciousness, embodiment of this consciousness, and our connection with each other in mutuality. This enlivening meditation by interning teacher Bill Epperly invites us to tap into the first aspect: The vast, primordial consciousness that always resides within, for the intention of bringing awakening, healing, and integration to each part of us.
Breathing is the central element in this meditation by Bill Miller. Looking outward as well as inward are both examples of seeking, and can indicate an anxious mind. Once noticed, they can be an invitation to come back to your breath and let the desire for experience just be. From this place, we can notice the endless pleasures and pains of being human, and connect with the contrast and duality of life.
On our path of awakening we endeavor to free ourselves from the prison of non-separateness. By widening our circle of compassion to embrace all of life, we can begin to sense our non-separateness from all living creatures – not only those few that we have become close to in our lifetime but to all of the natural world. This larger sense of connection is a reality that’s been held by indigenous people since the beginning of time. Join Trillium Awakening teacher Cielle Backstrom in this meditation as she demonstrates an easy doorway to the sense of non-separateness.
What do you do when you can’t figure out what’s coming down the road? The simple answer is trust. The unknown is not the great barrier that we usually perceive it to be, but rather an empty container in which to house new openings, new explanations, and new points of view. Join interning Trillium teacher Victor Antillon as he shows us the value of coming to peace with not knowing.
In this meditation by Trillium teacher June Konopka, we inquire into our own awareness – the silent, open emptiness that is unchanging and unbounded. Through deeper inquiry, we may also paradoxically discover frequencies arising from, and finding life in, this emptiness, frequencies such as ecstatic movement, love and compassion. These frequencies are available to feed and nourish us in our human daily lives.
The process of meditation is to connect you more with your essential self, to bring your spirit into this physical space. The idea of practicing meditation is to bring greater alignment to what we feel, think, say and do – to harmonize all the different parts of ourselves. Join Trillium teacher Allan Morelock as we locate our consciousness and bring it into this physical moment with us – and use this wholeness to direct our attention outwards to all with grace, benevolence, and love.
In order to fully relax into the moment, it is helpful to see that even the intention to meditate has its inherent effort. Join Trillium teacher Steve Boggs in this meditation and notice the sense of inherent well being that is always inside of us.
Have you ever had the experience of bringing your limbs, bones, organs, cells and mind all into alignment? Most of us in today’s world have not developed the skills to live from a body that is truly operating as one unified system. That is the purpose of this exercise originally created by Judith Blackstone. Join Trillium teacher Jim Trofatter in this guided meditation as he leads us in the exploration of inhabiting our whole body.
In the last year there has been a lot of fear, sadness, unpredictability, and isolation. Touching into the vast spaces within allows us to rewire our hearts and minds. There is a spaciousness found within that is bigger than everything and holds everything, even the pain and fear. Join Trillium teacher Cielle Backstrom for a mediation that enables us to touch into and remember that mysterious vastness together.
In this meditation, guided by Interning Trillium Teacher Bill Epperly, you will learn to access and open your three wisdom centers, or brains: the head, heart and hara (or gut). These three centers are locations in the body where significant numbers of neurons are found. Centers that process information in unique ways. In our natural state, all three are open and in communication with each other. As we move through the day, they can become congested or closed. They can begin operating independently, rather than in an integrated fashion. In this meditation, you will practice opening them, getting a feel for each, before integrating them into a seamless experience of spacious, embodied presence.
Allow Trillium Awakening teacher Bill Miller to guide you in this healing meditation. Dragon’s Breath is one simultaneous breath that is shared by all life. It is an opportunity to nourish not only yourself, but all beings as one with our gathering and meditation.
In this podcast, Interning Teacher Victor Antillon invites us to tune into the silence, openness, and freedom that lies at the core of our being. He reminds us, that even in the midst of the chaos and challenges of life, we can tune into this essential aspect of existence. By bringing awareness to how we experience this freedom and openness in our own unique way, we continue to open and deepen this inner connection.
Join Trillium teacher June Konopka in this very deep meditation on embodiment. Taking the time to fill each part of the body with the spaciousness of awareness, and with prana (the life-giving force of the breath), proves beneficial for both inhabiting the body and unwinding tension.
Join Trillium Awakening Interning Teacher, Victor Antillon for a brief exploration of how consciousness interpenetrates the physical body and extends into mutuality, which is followed by a silent meditation imbued with transmission.
It’s easy to go into meditation with the intention of improving your situation, or changing something about our reality. However, one of the greatest benefits of meditation is how deeply it allows us give up the resistance and surrender to our current circumstances. This often creates the space within that’s needed to integrate the challenges that we are facing. Join Trillium teacher June Konopka as she guides us through the core Trillium teaching of letting go of the need to fix ourselves.
We invite you to join Trillium Teacher Sanji Hills in a meditative exploration of embodied experience as a route to consciousness. Deliberately shining the light awareness onto specific parts of our body can serve as a gate to drop into consciousness. It is “The mystery of not knowing, which lies at the heart of all our experience. Can you feel comfortable just resting in this not knowing?”
Join Trillium teacher Bill Miller in this second Dragon Heart meditation. The dragon represents the ability to master any circumstance, to navigate in any world regardless of what it encounters. This meditation uses the dragon heart metaphor to represent choiceless awareness, the nature of reality itself as it unfolds. When noticing the effortless movement of attention, one can start to become fully embodied just as we are.
Gravity is an attractive force present throughout the universe drawing everything into closer communion. Embodied awakening is an apprenticeship to love–we fall into it. It’s a surrender to something mediated by a force that’s larger than us–more fundamental. This meditation with Steve Boggs helps us to explore the field of love and how our deep surrender takes us into it through the question: How much of that force can I let in?
Radical Embrace is one of the most effective practices in our toolkit – and it is one which we can either let happen on its own, or be a little more encouraging with in order to receive its gifts. Join Trillium Awakening teacher Cielle Backstrom as she guides us through embracing whatever is true for you in the present moment, and fully Greenlighting anything that is arising in order to be fully felt and integrated.