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Five Wisdom Energies

  • April 5, 2019
  • Blog
Intro to the Five Wisdom Energies

Each of us expresses a unique mixture of energy through our thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and actions. Although we often think of the world and our bodies in terms of our physical existence, it is the underlying energy that brings to life the quality, texture, and feeling of our actual experience. Meditation is about getting in touch with that basic energy, and through that energy cultivating a more intimate relationship with ourselves and our experience.

What are the Five Wisdom Energies

The Five Wisdom Energies offer a framework for cultivating a greater understanding of our own energy as well as how it arises in relationship to others.

Applying knowledge of the Five Wisdom Energies allows us to alleviate confusion and negative emotions, and invite clarity and wisdom to arise in their place. We do so by working with the energy of our bodies and minds. It is important to consider how the spiritual practice rests within the physical practice. That is to say, how meditation practice helps us to become more grounded and present in our lives–physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

The Five Wisdom Energies are grouped into five “families” known as Buddha, Karma, Ratna, Padma and Vajra. Each Wisdom Energy is connected with particular elements, energies, and emotions. The way we hold our bodies in meditation and the way we breathe strongly influences the movement of energy in our bodies and our minds. The practices associated with each of the Wisdom Energies are designed to create a container that is conducive to awakening our innate wisdom.

The Buddha Family

The Wisdom Energy known as the Buddha Family is associated with the element of Space and a felt sense of spaciousness. If this energy is out of balance, we might feel spacey or like there is not enough space in our lives. When this energy is in balance, we might feel open and available to meet life as it is. The Wisdom associated with the Buddha Family is called All Encompassing Wisdom, and when this energy is in balance, we may feel open, spacious, and available to meet life as it is in each moment.

In his book Healing with Form, Emptiness, and Light, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche writes: “Everything arises from space, exists in space, and dissolves into space. In us that sacred element of space manifests as awareness. Experience is what arises in awareness, as the content of awareness, but it is not something other than awareness. When the space element is balanced in us, there is room in life; whatever arises can be accommodated. There is enough time, enough emotional capacity, enough tolerance.”

Suggestions for Connecting with the Wisdom Energy of the Buddha Family
  • In meditation practice, settle into stillness and connect with space. Let go of the need to grasp to a specific meditation technique and just open fully to whatever you are experiencing. Play with keeping your eyes open and raising your gaze and/or allowing your hands to rest palms up on your thighs.
  • When walking outside, take time to look at the sky. Open yourself fully to the vast expanse of the sky and feel that expansiveness in your body. Discover in yourself what the yogi Milarepa taught: “The body is ultimately like a cloudless sky.”
  • In daily life, take time to pause and open your awareness to the world around you. Resist the temptation to fill up any open spaces with unnecessary activity (checking your phone, facebook, chit chat, etc…) Pause and breathe and notice what you are present to.

If you’d like to learn more about the Five Wisdom Energies, please join Kelly online via Mind Oasis for a 6 week series of meditation classes beginning Tuesday, April 9th. Kelly will also be offering a 5 week women’s group at Dharma Yoga in Austin beginning April 14th.

Creating a Space to Meditate

  • September 1, 2018
  • Blog

One of the most important considerations in developing an everyday meditation practice is thinking about where you will meditate everyday. Creating a dedicated space to practice can be very helpful in cultivating consistency in your practice, and a consistent practice is essential for realizing the benefits of meditation.

Your practice space doesn’t have to be big, and there doesn’t have to be anything really special about it, other than it’s a place that you choose to take your seat everyday to practice meditation. It could be a really simple, clean, quiet corner of a room in your home or office. It’s a place that you know is there for you every day.

In this space you could set up a small altar that reflects your intention for practicing meditation. You might put an image of something that represents to you a quality of wakefulness, or of peace. You might have a candle or incense or flowers – anything that reflects to you something symbolic of your deeper intention for practicing meditation. You might include photographs of people that inspire you in your practice or on your path. Having a beautiful meditation cushion can add beauty to your space and be a sweet reminder that it’s time to take your seat.

While it can be really supportive of starting a meditation practice to have a space that you return to day after day, the most important thing is to actually do the practice wherever and whenever you can. So whether for you that’s a quiet place in your house or somewhere more public like a park bench, what really matters is that you’re meditating every day.

Is there one particular place that you feel that you feel drawn to again and again, day after day, to meditate? Is there anything you can do to uplift this space so that it feels even more inviting?

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