Reflective Meditation: a creative path for mindful practice

This blog will be a combination of dharma writings and creative works that come from practice, mine and yours. I will post images, writing, audio, and other endeavors that evolve from reflective meditation. This gentle, thoughtful, open orientation allows us to receive all kinds of unknown creative seeds in meditation, and then discover choices on how to be with, tame, sustain, encourage and enhance those seeds, both in the meditation sitting, and upon reflection and sharing with others. Following an innovative and friendly path combines our current intentions and understanding, and brings kind and caring attention into this very world we live in now.
Please contact me if you would like to contribute something to this blog. Tell us your process of how it came to be, and what it means to you. A committee of reflective meditation teachers will offer friendly consideration for your contribution and will help determine when it will be posted.
The Zen center of Los Angeles on a warm Saturday morning June of 1975. I’d come down to ZCLA from my home in Highland Park to practice Zazen with the Sangha. Every available window was open to catch any air that might be stirring. This meant that any stray sound or smell was free to wander in as well; and they did.I was sitting close to a window that faces across a narrow driveway to an
Creative Writing, Guest Contributors
A half-hour conversation between Anna Markey, Nelly Kaufer, and Linda Modaro “A realistic meditation practice for human beings like us.” — Maria Arrigo
Audio, Guest Contributors

April 19, 2018


Come now, little old lady. Come and sit quietly here in this rocking chair beside me. Tell me: are you sailing at last into quiet waters, your mind a spacious okay with what is? Your old dog following behind? No! Oh come now! At your age? A new boat? You? crawling through hatches, leaping shore-ward, crashing your vessel into pylons, wharves, channel markers, buoys, and jetties? Come now! Your knees won’t bend You cannot squat
Creative Writing, Guest Contributors
Dharma Talk and Meditation Prompt from Linda Modaro. 9 minute talk, 30 minute silent meditation sitting
Audio, Dharma Prompts
Several months ago I received a paper called “Fundamentals/The Ground,” which was written by several teachers in reflective meditation. I would like to use some of these ideas to further explore what we mean by the term “reflective meditation.” The first question to consider is this new name of reflective meditation. What do we mean by reflective? There are several implications. It’s a  word that invites curiosity, meaning to ponder, meditate, turn, or consider.  Also
Dharma Prompts, Guest Contributors
“Reflective Meditation puts the pause on sensory overload. The simple, but not easy, act of laying down or sitting still without seeking external input takes practice. Your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind may still be sensing, but you won’t be ‘heaping’ it on.” Linda Modaro When you decide to meditate, you have choices. Meditate on your own: Sit silently for 20-30 minutes and journal afterwards. Try a 20 minute meditation prompt / guided meditation. Meditate on your own with
Audio, Dharma Prompts
My contribution to the eJournal was three ‘guided’ meditations which I created based on the practice of Reflective Meditation. In That’s Taboo I present our meditation instructions as “Our story is that we want to hear your story.” Not your typical meditation instruction, eh? We want you to sit with your stories in the meditation, not to concretize them, but because they can help you develop a meditation practice that is relevant and integrated with
Dharma Prompts, eBook

December 18, 2017


The topic of anatta is a difficult topic to talk about without creating misconceptions or reducing meaning. The common translation of anatta as “no self” is misleading. Although a mouthful, let’s consider anatta as “no enduring, unchanging self.” Our sense of self, who we are, is fluid. It changes over time and in different situations. I’m going to tie this talk on anatta to my Vipassana practice which is also a complex topic, too easily reduced in
Dharma Prompts, Guest Contributors
Engaged – listening to the meditation sitting, while paying attention to your thoughts and feelings is a development from practice in this orientation Restrained – knowing your views and triggers, putting the meditator’s sitting experience first Humble – trained but not becoming the authority, not the expert on their experience Inquisitive – asking about experiences, frequent words or phrases, looking for changes in their experience, questioning their assumptions Accepting – they are leading, you are
Dharma Prompts, General

September 14, 2017


I stopped using the word when I started studying Buddhism. Not because anyone told me to explicitly, but because it seemed to belong to Christianity, my religion of birth (Jesus said it and that meeting is down the hall!). So, I adapted to the language of the Buddha and spoke of compassion, loving-kindness, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Earlier this year I started picking up the word again, using it and examining my relationship to it. Did it
Creative Writing, General