Video blogs and video excerpts from workshops can be found here. I recommend the question and answer sessions in particular, as many students have similar questions, but hesitate to ask. If any of the videos here inspire you to ask your own questions or deepen your practice, feel free to contact me at chrisluard21@gmail.com

 
 
 
 
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Today Christopher will be guiding a meditation with the purpose of exploring the visual field as a way of anchoring awareness into the present moment.

May All Benefit

 
 
 
 

Just Like Me Meditation Practice

Some credit this meditation to Pema Chodron. Others to Ram Dass. But regardless of who penned this beautiful practice, it remains one of the most powerful and direct meditations for the cultivation of compassion and equanimity. May All Benefit

 
 
 

Releasing Desire

Here we can see the Buddha's Noble Truths in action. In the silence of meditation we bring up desire. It gives rise to craving. By then embracing more and more of the present moment, we can experience the desire shift, change and eventually release.

 
 
 
 

Equanimity Practice

The great sage Krishnamurti once said β€œthe highest form of human intelligence is the ability to see ourself through the eyes of non judgement”
With this equanimity practice in our tool chest, we can begin to cultivate such sight.
May All Benefit πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

 
 
 

Such Sweet Thunder Meditation Practice.

Here is the newest Facebook live video, hot off the press from the New Life Foundation. In this meditation I offer the Such Sweet Thunder meditation practice which is designed to allow the meditator to experience the fullness of the present moment

May All Benefit πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

 
 
 
 

Working With Challenging Emotions

In this meditation we learn to reclaim our power from our emotions, allowing for more effective, heartfelt communication with ourselves, our community, and the world. Recorded live at The New Life Foundation in Chiangrai, Thailand. May All Benefit

 
 
 
 

Opening The Heart

Here I am guiding a meditation in which we open our heart and then with the warmth generated by the open heart we embrace the present moment. Guided at The New Life Foundation in Chiangrai, Thailand.

May All Benefit

 
 

Lovingkindness (Metta)

Here I guide a meditation on Lovingkindness (Metta) as a way of supporting this weeks theme of relationships at The New Life Foundation. May All Benefit. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

 
 
 

Forgiveness Meditation

Upon his release from prison, after 27 years of incarceration, Nelson Mandela made the astonishing statement :"I forgive my captors, because holding on to anger is like drinking rat poison and expecting the rat to die."

When we forgive, it is not the forgiven who benefits. It is us. Through forgiveness, we learn to let go and to let love heal. The meditation provided here is loosely based on the chapter on forgiveness in the book entitled "Lovingkindness" by Sharon Salzburg.

May All Benefit

 

Resting Meditation. Recorded at The New Life Foundation in Chiangrai, June 2019.

Never underestimate the value of resting. The deeper we rest, the more honestly we allow ourselves to feel. This is so because we hold on to the boundaries which we once needed to defend ourselves from pain. The problem there is…no pain, but also no pleasure. We end up numbing out to the experience of life. Through deep resting we begin to let go and allow the vivid sensations back into our experience of life. May all Benefit.

 
 

Facebook Live Wisdom Offering. March 2019

Here is the next Such Sweet Thunder Q n A video! In this Q n A I read an excerpt from my new book discussing the benefits and the importance of a body scanning practice. May All Benefit.

 
 
 
 
 

Facebook Live Wisdom Offering. March 2019

Here is the next Such Sweet Thunder Q n A video! In this chapter I discuss the benefits of a strong ego in spiritual practice and the benefits of open eye meditation. Then I proceed to outline the Such Sweet Thunder meditation practice.

 
 
 

Facebook Live Wisdom Offering. March 2019

Here is my next Q n A Video chapter. The question was "How do I let go of the ego?" Letting go of the "I", the notion of "other" dissolves. Most of our suffering arises as a result of the illusion of I/Other. With a consistent, healthy meditation practice, instructions like these, and a teacher, we may alleviate such sufferings. May all Benefit.

 
 

Facebook Live Wisdom Offering. Feb 2019

New FB live Q n A video in which I answer questions about the resting mind and working with anger

 
 
 
 

Facebook Live Wisdom Offering. Feb 2019.

Here is the new FB live video. In this talk I discuss topics such as No-Self, politics, and the benefits of developing the skill of resting.
May all Benefit. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

 
 
 

The Eyes of The Mystic November 2018

Here is the 2nd of a series of three talks given at The Gassho Center for The Healing Arts in Cebu, Philippines. In this discussion we cover everything from the mystical insights of non-duality to modern politics. A very interesting conversation indeed!

 
 
 
 

METTA Meditation

Here Chris guides a traditional tibetan meditation practice on Lovingkindness. Recorded November 2018 in Cebu at the Such Sweet Thunder Lava farm retreat.

 
 

Such Sweet Thunder Meditation Workshop. Deb's Yoga Studio Oct 2018. In this talk I outline the six stages of The Such Sweet Thunder meditation practice. Discussing mindfulness of the breath, body, aural and visual fields, emotions and feelings. Discussing complete embrace of the present moment. Also covering the Four Noble Truths as given by Gotama Buddha and how to use those as a meditation device.

 
 

Resting in The Eye of The Storm

The last of a series of talks given at The Gassho Center for the Healing Arts in Cebu, Philippines 2018. Here Is a very thorough discussion and exploration into the nature of true resting and how to cultivate true resting in a meditation practice.

 
 
 

Such Sweet Thunder Retreat November 2018. Day 1. Meditation retreat wisdom talk. Filmed in the Lava Farm in Cebu, Philippines 2018. Chris here addresses members of a silent retreat, discussing the benefits of resting the thinking mind, working with emotions in meditation, and proceeds eloquently to outline the Such Sweet Thunder Meditation.

 
 
 

Such Sweet Thunder Retreat November 2018. Day 2 Meditation retreat wisdom talk. Christopher talking to retreat participants at The Lava Farm in Cebu. 2018. Primary topic here are the perennial teachings on Non-Self May all Benefit.

 
 
 

Meditation Q n A and applying the four Noble Truths of the Buddha to meditation. Here is a talk I gave at The Gassho Center in Cebu, Philippines. Nov 2018. Here we talk about how meditation can bring about a happier life and how we may use a meditation practice to embrace challenging emotions such as anger. May all Benefit.

 

Here is the first of a really fun four part video cast interview I recorded with my friend Clint Sabom of Contemplative Light. In this podcast we discuss The Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Awakening process, and much more.

 
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Here is part 2 of a really fun yet deep video blog discussion with my friend Clint Sabom from Contemplative Light. In this podcast we discuss meditating in discomfort, the dis-identification process, and much more.

 
 

Filmed at the Natural Harmony Centre in Welshpool, Wales. Christopher leads us through the sixth stage of the Such Sweet Thunder practice, "The Question." After the guided meditation, there is an entertaining and informative Q n A about discovering and resting in the capitol S-Self. 

 
 

Filmed at the Natural Harmony Centre in Welshpool, Wales. Christopher leads us through the fifth stage of the Such Sweet Thunder practice, opening the heart. After the guided meditation, there is an entertaining and informative Q n A about what it means to open our heart in practice and some of the benefits of such a practice. 

 
 
 

Filmed at the Natural Harmony Centre in Welshpool, Wales. Christopher leads us through the beginning stages of The Such Sweet Thunder Meditation practice, followed by a very informative Q n A. The sound is a bit quiet on this one, so headphones may be required to hear clearly. 

 

Filmed at the Natural Harmony Centre in Welshpool, Wales. Christopher leads us through a meditation emphasizing embracing the visual field, followed by a very informative Q n A session. Again, headphones are advised. 

 
 
 

Filmed at a meditation workshop,  June 2017. At Deb's Yoga Studio in Pembrokeshire, Wales. In this short clip, Christopher gives helpful advise for feeling the breath completely.

 

In this short clip, Christopher is giving an example of feeling the energy inside the body, and briefly explains the importance of knowing the body energy as a part of the meditation practice.

 
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In the short clip, Christopher gives a quick example of how thoughts bring us out of the present moment, and suggests the technique of labeling the thought process as a way of keeping the mind silent.

 
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In the short clip, Christopher gently explains the benefit of consistently bringing the mind back to the present moment.


 

In the short clip, Christopher discusses the challenge of falling asleep during a meditation practice.

 
 
 

 

In this short clip, Christopher gives a technique which can be used to both raise the energy in the body and reclaim the body from the conceptual mind.

 
 
 

In this short clip, Christopher gives us a way of learning to meditate with discomfort, and how the lessons learned there are applicable to every day life.

 
 
 

In this short clip, Christopher discusses how the primary practice can allow one to completely embrace the present moment, and briefly touches on some of the later stages of the practice.

 
 
 
 

In this short clip, Christopher gives valuable advise for starting a meditation practice at home for beginners.

 
 
 
 
 

This video was first given on Facebook Live. Christopher teaches here about how human beings fall out of oneness with the Universe through clinging to beliefs, and how we can reclaim our divinity.