Author Archives: Donna Mitchell-Moniak

About Donna Mitchell-Moniak

Donna Mitchell-Moniak lives and meditates at Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center which she founded in 2003. The Practice of Living Awareness is an outpouring of her heart-mind and lifetimes of meditation practice in various disciplines. See for meditations and free online meditation training. See this blog or for more of her written work and classes.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident …”

The United States has been at several forks in the road of ethics and choice over its less than three century existence, but all of them began with the creation of this nation. In four weeks, Donald Trump will be … Continue reading

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The mother of all meditation states and samadhi

In the recent meditation retreats (Autumn 2016), two points were investigated and experienced with fullness: Shamatha is the foundation of all meditation practices. It also is the mother-source that produces all subsequent meditative capacities, states, and samdhis. Additionally, it is … Continue reading

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Nobody knows where this is going

My nights are filled with the dreams of others, psychic and empathic currents of the human psyche. Immigrant mothers and children worried about their future, families wondering who will be forced to leave. Black and brown people restlessly toss and … Continue reading

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Meditation directs one to integrity, to the authenticity of who and what one is, and that -deep inside- is a being of heart-mind. Protests have been happening in several US cities by people who are fearful about the policies that … Continue reading

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Final meditation of light for the US and the outcome of the election

We complete this cycle of meditations holding the president-elect in the light of wisdom and compassion, while holding those who are in fear (due to promised policies he made on the campaign trail) in compassion and understanding. We also hold … Continue reading

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