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"Before you start to meditate, see if the freedom you have been seeking is already here, resting deeper than sleep yet wide awake." ~Loch Kelly

When we don’t shift into open-hearted awareness, our hearts can be painfully closed, or they can be too open so that we’re frequently overwhelmed. Then we end up looking to our thoughts to create a sense of self. The result is a small, mental...

Open-Hearted Awareness and Emotions

When we don’t shift into open-hearted awareness, our hearts can be painfully closed, or they can be too open so that we’re frequently overwhelmed. Then we end up looking to our thoughts to create a sense of self. The result is a small, mental...

The main role of a teacher is to point you toward your own inner teacher. It was when I learned to look within that awake awareness showed me its own capacities, clarity, and love. It is important to have mentors and teachers who have...

Spiritual Teachers in Contemporary Times

The main role of a teacher is to point you toward your own inner teacher. It was when I learned to look within that awake awareness showed me its own capacities, clarity, and love. It is important to have mentors and teachers who have...

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung called neurosis the avoidance of legitimate suffering. We avoid suffering related to loss, disappointment, or growing pains because we don’t have the capacity to bear it if we’re operating from ego-identification. Our sense of self is just too small to...

Vulnerability without Being Overwhelmed

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung called neurosis the avoidance of legitimate suffering. We avoid suffering related to loss, disappointment, or growing pains because we don’t have the capacity to bear it if we’re operating from ego-identification. Our sense of self is just too small to...

Humanity has made rapid progress during recent years in areas such as technology, medicine, and communications. Yet parts of our brain and consciousness still operate as if we’re living in primitive times. If we’re going to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century, we...

Conscious Participation in Your Evolution

Humanity has made rapid progress during recent years in areas such as technology, medicine, and communications. Yet parts of our brain and consciousness still operate as if we’re living in primitive times. If we’re going to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century, we...

There is a Chinese term called wu wei, which can be translated as “spontaneity” or “effortless action.” Wu wei does not mean passively waiting around, but actively recognizing that spontaneous action is already occurring, without being conducted by an ego-identified “doer.” Being is always...

Effortless Action: Doing from Being

There is a Chinese term called wu wei, which can be translated as “spontaneity” or “effortless action.” Wu wei does not mean passively waiting around, but actively recognizing that spontaneous action is already occurring, without being conducted by an ego-identified “doer.” Being is always...

The two most common methods for directly recognizing our true nature are the looking method and the resting method. The Christian mystical tradition calls these two approaches Via Positiva (the looking method) and Via Negativa (the resting method). Via Positiva suggests: “Seek and you...

Methods for Recognizing our True Nature

The two most common methods for directly recognizing our true nature are the looking method and the resting method. The Christian mystical tradition calls these two approaches Via Positiva (the looking method) and Via Negativa (the resting method). Via Positiva suggests: “Seek and you...

My book, Shift Into Freedom, is a user’s manual for your awakening that can be adapted to yourindividual learning style. I give you the map, show you the direction to travel, and offer descriptions of the territory you may find. The pointers are to help you...

The Living Truth Within You

My book, Shift Into Freedom, is a user’s manual for your awakening that can be adapted to yourindividual learning style. I give you the map, show you the direction to travel, and offer descriptions of the territory you may find. The pointers are to help you...

On a crisp autumn day in New York City, I headed downtown for a meeting. Arriving at the entrance of my neighborhood subway station on 116th Street and Broadway, I heard the train pull in below. I reached for my MetroCard, passed through the...

Effortless Heart Mindfulness on the Subway

On a crisp autumn day in New York City, I headed downtown for a meeting. Arriving at the entrance of my neighborhood subway station on 116th Street and Broadway, I heard the train pull in below. I reached for my MetroCard, passed through the...

You may have done a meditation where you think positive thoughts or focus on your breath or a word to calm your mind. In this short animated meditation you will be invited to go to the next level, effortless mindfulness, to find peace in...

How to Find Peace in 4 Minutes – Animated Meditation

You may have done a meditation where you think positive thoughts or focus on your breath or a word to calm your mind. In this short animated meditation you will be invited to go to the next level, effortless mindfulness, to find peace in...

Image credit: www.thanyapura.com   Here are some words of wisdom and compassion to contemplate from Matthieu Ricard as we move closer to this New Year: “Our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often illusory. Isn’t it the mind that translates the outer...

Video from Matthieu Ricard: Wisdom for the New Year!

Image credit: www.thanyapura.com   Here are some words of wisdom and compassion to contemplate from Matthieu Ricard as we move closer to this New Year: “Our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often illusory. Isn’t it the mind that translates the outer...

I was inspired by these filmmakers who made this short film after witnessing school children grow in their capacity for emotional intelligence as they received mindfulness training. Filmmaker Julie Bayer writes: “The film is entirely unscripted – what the kids say is based purely on their own understanding of...

“Just Breathe” Video: Children Learn Mindfulness!

I was inspired by these filmmakers who made this short film after witnessing school children grow in their capacity for emotional intelligence as they received mindfulness training. Filmmaker Julie Bayer writes: “The film is entirely unscripted – what the kids say is based purely on their own understanding of...

Is it possible for you to awaken to love as who you truly are? Imagine what our world would be like if more and more people began to awaken, and discovered that unconditional love is their true nature. What if awakening became available to...

Awaken to Unconditional Love as Your True Nature

Is it possible for you to awaken to love as who you truly are? Imagine what our world would be like if more and more people began to awaken, and discovered that unconditional love is their true nature. What if awakening became available to...

“Location, location, location” is a phrase used by real-estate agents to emphasize that identical homes have different values based on where they’re located. If a building has two apartments—one with windows looking out at brick walls and the other, three floors higher, with panoramic...

VIDEO: Where Am I Located?

“Location, location, location” is a phrase used by real-estate agents to emphasize that identical homes have different values based on where they’re located. If a building has two apartments—one with windows looking out at brick walls and the other, three floors higher, with panoramic...

Photo credit: pixabay.com Contrary to popular belief, you can’t be in the present moment. However, you are always here now. It is only a matter of whether you know it or not. The Now is often confused with our understanding of “the present time”...

You Can’t Be in the Present Moment

Photo credit: pixabay.com Contrary to popular belief, you can’t be in the present moment. However, you are always here now. It is only a matter of whether you know it or not. The Now is often confused with our understanding of “the present time”...

I had just returned home to New York City on September 7th, 2001 from a week long meditation retreat with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche in Colorado. During the retreat we received training to recognize our true nature as already awake and unconditionally loving,...

A Spiritual First Responder’s Remembrance of 9/11: Not What I Expected at Ground Zero

I had just returned home to New York City on September 7th, 2001 from a week long meditation retreat with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche in Colorado. During the retreat we received training to recognize our true nature as already awake and unconditionally loving,...

  In this video, I am explaining that we can discover freedom from the constant inner-criticism of the chattering mind when we directly recognize our naturally wakeful and liberated essence. One of my methods for helping others realize this is by asking the question: “What is here...

VIDEO: Freedom from the Inner-Critic

  In this video, I am explaining that we can discover freedom from the constant inner-criticism of the chattering mind when we directly recognize our naturally wakeful and liberated essence. One of my methods for helping others realize this is by asking the question: “What is here...

This video is about the primary obstacle to awakening, the “mini-me.” Both ancient wisdom traditions and modern neuroscience agree that there is no location of a separate self to be found within our brains. It is hard to find the mini-me because, most likely,...

VIDEO: Breaking Free of the Mini-Me

This video is about the primary obstacle to awakening, the “mini-me.” Both ancient wisdom traditions and modern neuroscience agree that there is no location of a separate self to be found within our brains. It is hard to find the mini-me because, most likely,...

Your mind is like a TV or radio with lots of stations playing all at once. Many of us are tuned in to the Thinking Channel all day long, and most of these programs are talk shows. We don’t realize that there is a...

Change the Channel of your Mind to Peace

Your mind is like a TV or radio with lots of stations playing all at once. Many of us are tuned in to the Thinking Channel all day long, and most of these programs are talk shows. We don’t realize that there is a...

Most of us have spent much of our lives working on the project of improving and developing our separate sense of self in order to succeed, win approval, and find happiness. We must have the willingness to go through the gap of not knowing, non-ego,...

Rest at Home in Your Heart, Using WiFi to your Thoughts

Most of us have spent much of our lives working on the project of improving and developing our separate sense of self in order to succeed, win approval, and find happiness. We must have the willingness to go through the gap of not knowing, non-ego,...

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is...

Why Don’t we Recognize Awake Awareness?

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is...

One simple way to talk about awakening is as a shift from our current sense of self and way of knowing based in conceptual thinking to awake awareness as the new way of knowing and being. Here is a definition of awake awareness and...

What is Awake Awareness?

One simple way to talk about awakening is as a shift from our current sense of self and way of knowing based in conceptual thinking to awake awareness as the new way of knowing and being. Here is a definition of awake awareness and...

Did you ever feel like you were wandering around in a dream, like walking on a treadmill, or sleepwalking through life? There is a type of perpetual dissatisfaction that awakening addresses. By waking up, you actually become less detached, less spacey, less fearful and...

Awakening: How to Stop Sleep-Walking through Life

Did you ever feel like you were wandering around in a dream, like walking on a treadmill, or sleepwalking through life? There is a type of perpetual dissatisfaction that awakening addresses. By waking up, you actually become less detached, less spacey, less fearful and...

Awakening is highly valued in many different cultures, religions, and meditation traditions. Awakening does not require religious belief, and does not even necessarily need to be considered “spiritual.” Awakening is part of what I call the Human Being Lineage. What is awakening? Here is...

Awakening: Discover Your Natural Potential

Awakening is highly valued in many different cultures, religions, and meditation traditions. Awakening does not require religious belief, and does not even necessarily need to be considered “spiritual.” Awakening is part of what I call the Human Being Lineage. What is awakening? Here is...

Forty years ago many people thought of yoga as a fringe activity for hippies. Today there is a yoga studio on nearly every corner, and millions of people are practicing and enjoying the benefits of yoga in many forms. Twenty years ago, many people...

Welcome to the New Normal: Awakening for All

Forty years ago many people thought of yoga as a fringe activity for hippies. Today there is a yoga studio on nearly every corner, and millions of people are practicing and enjoying the benefits of yoga in many forms. Twenty years ago, many people...

Below is an important blog post published by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Richard Davidson’s research group at the University of Wisconsin. The Center is a pioneer in the neuroscience community on researching the benefits of meditation for enhancing well-being. Their post is...

The Neuroscience of Insight

Below is an important blog post published by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Richard Davidson’s research group at the University of Wisconsin. The Center is a pioneer in the neuroscience community on researching the benefits of meditation for enhancing well-being. Their post is...

This is a transcript excerpt with minor edits from an interview with Loch conducted by Tami Simon, the founder of Sounds True Publishing. To listen to the entire interview, or read the full transcript, click HERE. Tami Simon: Can you help me understand what...

Effortless Mindfulness and Living in the Flow

This is a transcript excerpt with minor edits from an interview with Loch conducted by Tami Simon, the founder of Sounds True Publishing. To listen to the entire interview, or read the full transcript, click HERE. Tami Simon: Can you help me understand what...

Loch speaks with Founder of Sounds True in this interview about his new book and direct form of insight meditation. Tami Simon: Loch, your new book Shift Into Freedom is packed with “techniques” for spiritual awakening. One might even say that your book is...

Insight Meditation: A Direct Approach

Loch speaks with Founder of Sounds True in this interview about his new book and direct form of insight meditation. Tami Simon: Loch, your new book Shift Into Freedom is packed with “techniques” for spiritual awakening. One might even say that your book is...

Shift Into Freedom Training Program by Loch Kelly is ranked the #1 Meditation Audio by Amazon in New Releases! I’m grateful to Sounds True and all of my teachers and friends for their support in helping me bring these transformative awareness practices into form....

Best Meditation Audio | Ranked #1 by Amazon

Shift Into Freedom Training Program by Loch Kelly is ranked the #1 Meditation Audio by Amazon in New Releases! I’m grateful to Sounds True and all of my teachers and friends for their support in helping me bring these transformative awareness practices into form....

Here is some important research on the benefits of “nondirective meditation,” a type of effortless mindfulness where the mind is not focused on an object. While “concentrative meditation” can be helpful at times, specific forms of nondirective meditation are essential for insight and transformation. Concentrative...

Effortless Mindfulness is Recommended by Research

Here is some important research on the benefits of “nondirective meditation,” a type of effortless mindfulness where the mind is not focused on an object. While “concentrative meditation” can be helpful at times, specific forms of nondirective meditation are essential for insight and transformation. Concentrative...

Awake Awareness Approach By Loch Kelly Begin by Simply unhooking Local Awareness from thought Returning back to your senses, Local Awareness can now move to focus on hearing at one of your ears Then let local awareness open to be interested in the space...

Returning Home to Heart Knowing

Awake Awareness Approach By Loch Kelly Begin by Simply unhooking Local Awareness from thought Returning back to your senses, Local Awareness can now move to focus on hearing at one of your ears Then let local awareness open to be interested in the space...

By Loch Kelly Religious differences have fueled much conflict and war over the centuries, no doubt. But rather than abandon all religion and spirituality, could we instead discover a deeper and more common mystical spiritual experience within the world’s religions in order to find...

We Are All Mystics

By Loch Kelly Religious differences have fueled much conflict and war over the centuries, no doubt. But rather than abandon all religion and spirituality, could we instead discover a deeper and more common mystical spiritual experience within the world’s religions in order to find...