Cushion Wisdom

with Ann-Marie McKelvey


Being with…

Being with…

Walk outside.
Go be with whatever seems to beckon you.

Sit in front of it. Or behind it. Or on top of it.
Do whatever is needed to be with it.

And now give it permission to be with you…
Somatically, mentally, emotionally, spriritually.

Ask, “What do I need to know?”

Be with what arises.

Neither This nor That

Neither This nor That

Living in Suchness

Bearing Witness to Just This

Breathing into What Is

Image yourself into being alive in a world of non-duality.
A world where it is neither this nor that.
A world of just this. A world where we walk with what is.

What is happening somatically as you mindfully
imagine yourself participating in a non-dual world?

Give yourself time to play with this. Watch for shifts
in consciousness.

It’s been 33 years

It’s been 33 years

In the dream he said, “This is my cave. I am not ready
to leave it.”

She said, “I know. But you will find there are many
caves ready for you.”

Three weeks went by. She learned more about him as
they continued meditating together.

Then in another dream he declared, “I am ready.”

In that one statement life changed.

Taking deep breaths
They birthed each other
Into going beyond the beyond.



Next time you are standing…
•Imagine the soles of your feet connecting with the core of our planet.
•Imagine the crown of your head connecting to the farthest galaxy.
•Image it.
•Breathe it.
•Become it.
•Bloom in it.

Keep inhaling and exhaling…
Be open to sensation…
What are you experiencing in your body?

Revisiting a Favorite Place

Revisiting a Favorite Place

The memories flood through:
Study Buddies whispering across the table.
Unknown authors randomly discovered on shelves.
Poems and essays vibrating new ways of thinking.
The wisdom of Dante and Socrates beckoning
the timelessness of life.

Now decades later
With fresh eyes and little time left
I am back.

Aliveness thrives in this moment.

Decision vs. Choice

Decision vs. Choice

He said dejectedly, “I have made the decision to stay
until the end of the year.” Then his shoulders slumped.

She said, “Whoa! That decision sounds like a non-
negotiable jail sentence.

“I am curious, what happens when you switch out the word
decision for the word choice? What happens to your body?”

He didn’t have to say a word. His body said it all.
His eyes softened. Color came back into his cheeks.
He sat up straighter. He smiled.

Notice the different energies between the word
decision and the word choice.

Empowering ourselves through words is such
an easy task and yet so often we forget.

When in doubt today…

When in doubt today…

….stop, close your eyes, inhale deeply and exhale twice
as deep. Do this a few times. Slowly oxygenate your
experience. Let it become fresh again.

Open your eyes and observe through the lens of
Beginners Mind. Trust what arises and follow through.

Keep me posted…( – ;

Loving Awareness

Loving Awareness

Pause for just a moment.  Breathe deeply and exhale.

•Watch what emerges as your mind begins to settle
with each inhale and exhale. 
•Watch attentively and breathe even deeper into it.  
•Breathe into the not knowing.  
•Exhale any stagnant qi. 
•Dive deep into and engage with loving awareness.

Not getting it? Go slower….have your breath become
your ally…

And now try again,. This is why it is called a
“practice”…. ( – ;

What are you aware of?

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