Our Philosophy

The “Ease of Being” — the philosophy behind our meditations –

Whether it is stated or not, all meditation practices are based on a philosophy — some underlying understanding of the purpose of meditation, the nature of the mind and body, and the nature of life itself. Your experience in meditation will be influenced by your understanding of what meditation is about and the reason you are meditating.

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Our meditation style is based on trust in life and trust in ourselves. Increase in trust brings deep relaxation and peace. The benefits people feel from these meditations is a reflection of the increased ability to relax into life. This has a positive effect on physical well-being, emotional ease, mental clarity, relationships, and overall fulfillment in life.

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Life is a dynamic and ever-changing flow of energy. Everything, from the movement of the planets to the blood circulating in our veins, is an expression of the intelligent energy of life. Everything we experience, from what we see and hear to the thoughts and feelings which arise within us, is an expression of that flow. When we are able to be in the flow of life without resistance, the experience is one of ease and peace. When we fight the flow, resisting what life brings, it creates stress and suffering.

Our meditations are meant to help you flow more easily with life. They encourage trust in the way things are naturally unfolding in life. They can help you to become aware of how you are resisting life, or trying to control it, and let that go.

The “ease of being” is not about life being easy — there will always be challenges in life. Life will always have its pairs of opposites — pain and pleasure, joy and sorrow — but it is possible to become more at peace. We can learn to let go and drop the resistance to the natural flow of life and living. This letting go results in a profound state of relaxation. Rather than our energy being used for resistance to life, it can be used by the natural intelligence of life to support our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

When life energy is able to flow without resistance, we feel more fully alive. Most of us have a habit of resisting certain emotions and pain. When we are able to relax into them, there can be a sense of relief and satisfaction simply from the experience of being alive. To learn to embrace whatever comes in life is an act of love.

Comments

26 Responses to “Our Philosophy”

  1. Tama on September 3rd, 2008 1:45 pm

    First I wanted to say that the downloadable podcast versions of the meditations (found on iTunes) has been the perfect thing – portable, discrete, purposeful. Thank you.

    I have known I wanted to start a meditation practice, but need guided meditation, not something easy to find on a daily basis. When I found the podcasts, I downloaded them onto my device. I listened to a few of them. But just recently, Friday, I found out the man I love (10 yrs) is starting a new relationship. This was as I set out for a 16 hour car trip with my 4 year old. My pain was so intense, I didn’t think I could function, especially as a compassionate parent. I found myself in Cinicinnati rush hour traffic. And, keeping my eyes open and myself alert, I listened to the meditation flowing with change and then allowed myself to feel what I was feeling. And it was “better” (not good, but..)
    Once I was checked into the hotel for the night, I listened to the podcasts of change and gratitude several more times. Throughout the rest of the 3 day trip, I would listen to the podcasts. I was able to feel this great energy around my heart center – and it was neither good nor bad. (just big) It was like sticking your hand in icewater or a hot bath – with movement it would ‘hurt’, but in stillness it just ‘was.’ Over the last 3 days here at the beach I have listened to many more, walking meditation while on the beach, etc. Today my daughter and I shared earbuds and took a nap listening to chakra meditations. It calmed her down. It calmed me down. And after several intense days I understand the benefits of daily meditation. I also have gone from having a deep hurt, to having energy of change.

    If possible, put more downloadable meditations on iTunes or your website.

    Thank you so much for your work.

  2. Mary on September 4th, 2008 9:20 am

    You are very welcome, Tama. Thank you for sharing your story. Sometimes it takes something extremely difficult to get us started with meditation, but it’s value is certainly clear at that time! We’re so glad that the meditations are helping.

    We plan to continue adding podcast episodes, so there are more to come. All of our CDs are also downloadable and available for purchase on the website.

  3. Joe on September 12th, 2009 8:54 am

    I love your meditations because they are non-dogmatic. If you’re religious, they align with belief in a higher power; if you are not, they align with aspirations to actuate the best within oneself. I’m an atheist. It may be surprising how many atheists practice meditation. (Susan Blackmoore, for example, has practiced Zen for years.) Tranquility, inner and outer, is something most believers and non-believers can agree on.

  4. Mary on September 12th, 2009 11:03 am

    Beautifully stated, Joe. Someone in my local group called them “meditations without borders”. Hopefully when we meditate, we transcend boundaries. I’ve been impressed with the wide range of viewpoints people bring to these meditations — and yet we all find that common ground. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Dan on January 8th, 2010 6:32 am

    I have been meditating for some 20 years. First Vipassana then I explored other styles. Over the past few years I have been unsteady and anxious but since finding your wonderful podcasts have rediscovered what was so great about it. I thought I was done with guided meditations but have found yours to be of great help.

    I thought it might be helpful if there was one addressing anxiety. Unlike stress I think of anxiety as having a different emotional quality, more like fear and panic.

    in any case. thany you.

  6. Mary on January 8th, 2010 11:05 am

    Hi Dan, you are welcome. So glad you’re enjoying meditation again and that our podcast has helped.

    I’ve had many requests for a meditation on anxiety. Anxiety does have its own “emotional quality”. My desire is to be able to address that in a more comprehensive way than could be done with a single guided meditation. I’ve been working on a program for anxiety relief which will hopefully help people make some deeper shifts with regard to anxiety.

  7. nihal bhat on February 21st, 2010 5:15 pm

    i think most of your meditations will help anxiety. anxiety is just a medical term, the actual cause the meditations will correct.

    just wondering mary, what meditation philosophy or religion do you practise? Of course there isn’t any religious aspects in your meditation, just wondering =)

    btw i am quite religious i do meditation with http://www.bkwsu.org, but i find good variety in your ‘freestyle’ as well.

  8. Mary on February 21st, 2010 6:27 pm

    Thank you for your interest in my spiritual life, nihal. I’ve purposefully avoided sharing a lot about my personal viewpoint as I want Meditation Oasis and the meditations to be a place that will support people in their own discovery. My hope is that the meditations represent what is universal in the human experience and the “meditative” experience.

    I’ll have to give some thought about whether to share more in the future. Best wishes.

  9. Valerie on March 21st, 2010 8:26 pm

    Mary, your voice is mesmerizing and such a peace for me. I too suffer from anxiety, mainly just before I go to bed. I have trouble going to sleep and staying asleep. I actually found you while I was on vacation having anxiety late one night….the first time I heard your voice, it was like an angel had been sent to me……I have only been meditating now for 2 days and don’t really know what I am doing but I feel so much better as you help me relax and fall asleep. I look forward to listening to something different every night. Thanks again : )

  10. Mary on March 22nd, 2010 9:00 am

    You are welcome, Valerie. I’m so glad to hear that the meditations are helping. You don’t even need “to know what you are doing” – whatever is happening is working!

  11. Farnoosh on June 1st, 2010 3:40 pm

    I must say that I LOVE LOVE love your podcasts – Meditation Oasis – Mary, your voice is soothing, calming, supportive, caring, sincere, kind, and also guided. You put me in a trance. I do everything you say. I have mentioned using your meditation podcasts in my 31 Day Yoga & Meditation challenge which ended yesterday (latest post on my blog) and I have shared your podcasts with many friends who love it just as much. THANK YOU for helping me meditate every day!!!!

  12. Mary on June 1st, 2010 6:23 pm

    You are so welcome, Farnoosh. I will “stop by” and check out your blog — a great idea to do a 31 Day Yoga & Meditation challenge. Am curious to see how it went!

  13. Barbara J. Faison on June 6th, 2010 4:43 pm

    I wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful gifts and talents through your meditations. I have been listening to your programs through Itunes and spreading the word!

    I recently felt an amazing release after meditating to the “open your heart” selection. I could truly feel my energy shift and my heart open.

    THANK YOU… in light and love,

    Be Ever Wonderful,

    Barbara

  14. Mary on June 7th, 2010 9:48 am

    YOU ARE WELCOME, Barbara! How moving to hear of your shift with Opening the Heart… Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

  15. Timothy on June 15th, 2010 2:53 am

    Mary, don’t be offended, but I downloaded Simply Being as something calming to listen to while on vacation with my Parents. Let me explain! The first night at the hotel I couldn’t sleep due to my Dad ‘sawing wood’, but the second night I came up with the brainstorm of downloading and listening to your guided meditation to help block out the buzz saw like noise, bringing me to a peaceful, restful and relaxing slumber. What is cool, is that now that vacation is over, I’m still using the Simply Being app and discovered the app’s true purpose: teaching meditation. A strange way to discover meditation, but I’m glad I did. Thanks.

  16. Mary on June 15th, 2010 9:24 am

    Timothy, I can’t imagine why this would offend me, unless you think I’d expect you to have approached the meditation with some sort of reverence and seriousness of purpose rather than just something to block out the “buzz saw” ;-) Who cares? People can use these meditations in whatever way works for them (and they do use them in all sorts of unexpected ways). It’s wonderful, though, to see that it’s led you to discover meditation. What a great story! You are welcome, and thanks for sharing this.

  17. Teresa Christine on February 19th, 2011 7:03 am

    I am not one to be particularly interested in technology or social media but today I am most excited to finally have a reason to acquire an ipod/phone… whatever… so that I may fill it with your soothing voice. I have listened to only one podcast and simultaneously read your philosphy and a few comments. As someone who knows she needs a trainer for physical exercise, it finally dawned on me that the same applies for meditation and I have found you and this site. Thank you so much… I may even learn what an app is now. ;o)

  18. Mary on February 19th, 2011 9:30 am

    You are welcome, Teresa. Years ago I would never have imagined this coming together of technology and inner development. It has been a surprising and wonderful journey sharing meditation in this way. For some, the use of a smartphone led to the discovery of meditation, and others have been brought to the technology for the access it gives to so much enrichment. Enjoy exploring this new world! You might enjoy this blogpost — Meditation in a Wired World.

  19. Beyu on July 17th, 2011 10:52 am

    Dear Mary,

    in 2009 and 2010 i’ve been meditating with your podcasts/guidance. It brought me ease when needed, creativity when i was stuck, trust when i was looking at the world with despair. After a time of not meditating i signed up for a course in Zen meditation. Mostly because i missed meditating and wanted to try it without the guidance.

    After the first view Zen sessions and going trough the barriers of sitting in silence – i was pleased to discover that your guidance had found ground in me. The words of advice on feelings and thoughts used in the guided meditations just ‘popped up’ out of nowhere. Still i hear or learn things (from my Zen teacher, a friend, a child or be it a passing neighbour) that i first experienced and learned during meditating with your guidance.

    Thank you for this, i will carry it with me for the rest of my life.

    – Yuri

  20. Mary on July 19th, 2011 10:13 am

    How beautiful, Yuri! It is so moving to read about your experience. You are so very welcome, and thank YOU for sharing this with us. We wish you well with your on-going journey.

  21. Matt on September 19th, 2011 12:11 am

    Mary,

    “All beings on earth open their eyes.”

    One by one, you’re showing people how to open their eyes.

    It helps many people to listen to your podcasts, myself included.

    If only everyone could just stay present, stay together, stay awake, keep watching. Who knows what could be accomplished?

    Thank you for bringing consciousness to this world. Do you feel it increasing? I do. It has become everyday practice to maintain presence whenever possible. It is almost like a frequency increasing.

    I’ll tell you what was told to me, in my own voice in my head, while meditating during a blizzard, what I believe to be possibly a glimpse of satori.

    Save as many as you can.

    Isn’t that the most important thing to do?

    I’ve asked myself- save them from what?

    I think it is themselves, their mind, their ego, or maybe their attachment to past and future, attachment to suffering.

    I have tried to show others how to be at peace, but so many are lost in thought, they don’t seem ready.

    Media, such as your podcasts, may be the key to mass consciousness. It may be the most important step in human evolution.

    Thank you for Meditation Oasis.

    Sincerely,

    Matt

  22. Mary on September 19th, 2011 10:06 am

    Matt, you are so welcome!

  23. Franky on January 8th, 2012 11:34 pm

    Mary,

    I have been meditating once a week in my depression group for 10 months. The sessions during group have helped me significantly and I wanted to do the exercises at home. I was unsuccessful in leading myself as I was not focused enough.

    For Christmas, I got an iPhone and decided to try out some apps for help with doing guided meditation exercises at home. Yours are by far the best I have come across. Mary, you have a very relaxing soothing voice that gently leads me through the exercises. An added benefit to me is that the wording you use is very similar to the wording my group leader uses. With more exploring I found out about the Podcasts which is what I now listen to most of the time. I usually listen to the “Letting Go” episode because “letting go” is at the root of my depression. I love it. I usually do it right before going to sleep so I can sleep with less anxiety. I’ve been going through a hard time lately and I wanted to thank you for your meditation exercises that have helped me achieve some peace in my daily life. Thank you.

    Franky

  24. Mary on January 9th, 2012 10:06 am

    Thank you so much, Franky, for sharing your experience with meditation and depression. We really feel inspired when people share their stories. You are so very welcome!

  25. Warren on January 31st, 2014 7:28 am

    “Resting in the Source” imparts sense of peace and comfort. Beautifully done. Thank you.

  26. Mary on January 31st, 2014 10:30 am

    Warren, we’re so glad to hear that. You are welcome!

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