Direct experience: theme for 3-day online retreat

Six of us recently got together for seven days of meditation in person. Most significant for everyone was the direct experience of qualities of innate awareness. Such qualities are limitless and include every facet of compassion-empathy-embrace and of wisdom-emptiness-clarity-radiance. Vast and profound while immediate and ordinary, your essential nature, pristine awareness-compassion, is directly experience-able.

Those who regularly share the online meditation practice with me, those with whom residential retreat has been shared, and sometimes on the monthly Day of Meditation for the World, a direct experience of the vast expanse or absorptive awareness arises unfiltered. Let’s provide opportunity for this.

Three days, Friday-Sunday, June 25-27, here online, we will be supported with pith instructions from great realized beings and open to direct experience of innate intrinsic Being.

The schedule is the same used for all our online Days of Meditation and Retreats. Here’s the link to join. If you can only “come” for part of the retreat, attend the front end (Fri/Sat). And if partial days is your availability, then attending the first half of any day is better than the second half of any day because the second half/after lunch is always built upon the first half of the day.

Here is the link to enter.


  • 8 am MT: Set the focus, meditate.
  • 9 am MT: A visual presentation on equanimity
  • 10 am MT: Directed outside contemplation/meditation
  • 11:00: Meditation
  • Noon: Lunch for 1 hour.
  • 1 pm MT: discussion, Q&A
  • 1:30 MT: Meditation
  • 2 pm MT: short presentation
  • 2:20 MT: closing meditation
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Away until June 22.

Friends, I’ll be away for a week of deep meditation followed by a visit to family and friends. Please keep meditating. I will be back with online meditations on Tuesday, June 22. That week also will have a three-day online meditation retreat: Fri-Sun, June 25-27.

Bring your light into the world every moment of every day!

See you in a month. – donna

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Meditation: the subtle, scent

Each of the five physical senses can perceive subtle distinctions. The sense of smell, however, is specifically related to following a trail and a type of intimate knowing wherein sight or sound are unnecessary. In the case of awareness, scent is related to discernments within the intricacies of one’s meditation practice -suited specifically to one’s self- and to the human longing for deep peace, deep understanding.

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Meditation: scent and the natural state

We settle right in. Follow the trail of the subtle.

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Meditation: scent/smell and awareness

Smell and the scents that adorn one’s environment and the world are obvious and less so. How one experiences scent is arbitrary, determined by one’s habits of consciousness. These then combine with the relationships of the senses and one’s personness. The evidence of this is your personal choice of shampoo, foods that you like, or how a scent that you like -for instance coffee brewing- is a scent that is unpleasant to another person, and visa versa. Arbitrary.

We begin our exploration of the sense of smell and scents with today’s session.

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