How to fail at meditation

Meditation is hard. I can't meditate. I'm no good at meditation. I find meditation frustrating. Meditation is boring. These are just a few of the comments I commonly hear from people who have tried to meditate; even from people who have been meditating for years....

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What else to do with thoughts

In  a previous article I introduced five 'orientations' for working with thoughts. In this article, I continue that project by offering another five ways to develop greater acceptance  — and understanding — of the thinking process. The purpose of these strategies is...

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What to do with thoughts

I've written a number of articles on thinking: specifically, on recognizing that thoughts are a normal and inevitable part of any meditation practice and that a mature response to them involves adopting a stance of acceptance and curiosity. In this article I aim to...

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“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think: ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore’. The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.”

― Haruki Murakami

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Meditation and Pain Management

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think: 'Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore'. The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.” ― Haruki Murakami Pain and...

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When I run a meditation class I usually ask participants what they hope to achieve, or learn, through meditation. Some will say that they want to learn to control their thoughts and emotions. I can understand this impulse. Indeed, many meditation traditions insist that this is just what we must do: because the mind is a wild and unruly beast, and it needs to be tamed.

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Meditating with Thoughts and Emotions

When I run a meditation class I usually ask participants what they hope to achieve, or learn, through meditation. Some will say that they want to learn to control their thoughts and emotions. I can understand this impulse. Indeed, many meditation traditions insist...

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What meditation technique is right for me?

There are hundreds of different types of meditation. How do you know which technique, or tradition, is right for you? I'd like to propose that this is the wrong question. I don't believe there is a technique right for you, or anyone. There is no method you need to...

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