It's not uncommon for people to take up meditation as a means of checking-out. Meditation sounds to them like it might be a good cheap way to escape from the stresses and hassles of the 9 - 5 grind. Like going on a Friday night bender but waking up without the...read more
Meditation teaches you how to relax, how to calm your nervous system, and with practice, how to generate states of mind characterised by clarity and contentment. It works best, however, in conjunction with healthy mental habits. Unfortunately there's no guarantee that...read more
Just a short thank you note from KS in Adelaide. Your newsletters are fantastic and I always feel inspired by the content.
Just a short thank you note from KS in Adelaide. Your newsletters are fantastic and I always feel inspired by the content. View current or past issues of our newsletter by selecting from below. If recent...read more
In really simple terms, you can do one of two things with your brain. You can think, or you can sense. When you think, your body usually responds by preparing for action. In other words, it assumes that because you are thinking, you need to be prepared (for a meeting,...read more
This is a series of six short (spot) meditations. Each of them can be done in as little as 30 to 90 seconds, or extended out to 5 minutes or more. When sequenced (in any order) they provide a useful template for a meditation of anywhere between 10 and 40 minutes in...read more
Can you remember the subject Emotional Literacy, from either primary or high school? Probably not, because no such subject exists. Our education systems are largely places for developing the intellect — the thinking mind — often at the expense of the body, the...read more
by Eric Harrison. How to manage troublesome thoughts. The success of any meditation usually depends on how well you handle the thoughts, sensations and feelings that are disturbing you. Trying to ignore or suppress them usually doesn't work well for very long....read more
A while back I wrote a post describing a dozen or so reasons why it may be a good idea to let yourself think in meditation. I've come up with several more reasons since then, and heard from more and more people who have come to the realization that trying to stop...read more
Instead of instructions (or rules) to be followed, there are three conditions influencing what one does as meditation. These three conditions are obvious, commonplace, and concrete, so much so, I will use the words my students have repeatedly chosen for them: gentleness, permission, and interest.
Instead of instructions (or rules) to be followed, there are three conditions influencing what one does as meditation. These three conditions are obvious, commonplace, and concrete, so much so, I will use the words my students have repeatedly chosen for them:...read more
I must admit that I'm not a fan of walking meditation — at least, not in the way it's typically presented. I am however, a great fan of walking. And I like to meditate as I walk. I don't shuffle around like a zombie staring at his feet though: I walk at a normal pace,...read more