Steve Taylor reads poetic pieces from his book The Clear Light then leads you through a meditations based on the pieces, as well as discussing the themes of the pieces. He shows how to cultivate spiritual qualities such as acceptance, gratitude and dis-identifying from the ego mind.
How can we learn to live in the present? Why do human beings find it difficult to live in the moment? What are the obstacles that stop us becoming present? We explore some of these obstacles - such as thought-chatter, rushing and unnecessary activity - and I suggest how we can overcome them, with a 'gentle mental nudge' back into the present. I lead a presence meditation, bringing our awareness into our different senses. This episode includes the poetic pieces 'The Two Worlds,' 'The Alchemy of Attention' and 'The Clear Light of the Present.'
Oneness with the Body
In this podcast, Steve reads three poems (two from The Clear Light, one unpublished) and guides you through short meditative exercises, helping you to integrate with the body and sense its sacredness. We should see the body as sacred, as an expression of spirit. We should integrate it into our spiritual practice, and appreciate all of the miraculous things it does to keep us healthy and alive.
Oneness -'We Are Each Other'
Steve reads the poem 'We are each other' from his book The Clear Light. If oneness is our fundamental state, when do we often experience a state of separation? Steve discusses the idea of 'panspiritism' from his book Spiritual Science. He then (at 7.30) leads you through a meditation to cultivate a state of oneness. He finishes with a reading of his poem 'The Essence.'
The Power of Acceptance
Steve Taylor leads 'The Alchemy of Acceptance' from his book The Clear Light and discusses the importance of acceptance in spiritual and personal devleopment. He then leads you through a meditative exericse on acceptance. Steve also shares a story of the miraculous power of acceptance from his own life.
The Alchemy of Acceptance part 1 (poem) - 1.20
Discussion and Steve's story - 4.04
Meditative exercise - 8.10
Music by Steve
The Alchemy of Acceptance part 2 (22.44)
The Process - How to Disidentify from thoughts
Steve Taylor reads 'The Process' from his book The Clear Light then leads a discussion and meditation on dis-identifying from our thinking minds. Thinking is just a process that takes place inside our minds, like other processes that take place in our bodies. There is no need for us to identify with thought.
The Process (poem) - 1.28
Meditation - 3.00
Discussion on disidentification - 13.15
The Voice inside your Head (poem) - 15.20
Music by Steve
The Gift - How to Cultivate a Sense of Gratitude
Steve Taylor reads 'The Gift' from his book The Clear Light then leads a discussion and meditation on the importance of gratitude. Gratitude is the single most important aspect of human wellbeing and of spiritual awakening.
The Gift (poem) - 1.20
The importance of gratitude (discussion) - 6.20
Gratitude meditation - 8.49
Music by Steve