Week 4: The Physiology of Relaxation

You're half way through the course. You now know what meditation is, how it works and how to do it. We've covered all the essential principles, and they can be summed up in just a few phrases. In Lesson One we learnt that meditation can be thought of as: relaxing the...

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5 Common Mistakes Meditators Make

Most people new to meditation (and many with quite a few years — or even decades — of practice under their belts), find themselves repeatedly struggling with certain aspects of the practice. With the right understanding, these struggles are largely avoidable. Below,...

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How Meditation Can Reshape Your Brain

If you've ever wondered exactly what the real — rather than anecdotal — benefits of meditation are, let neuroscientist Sara Lazar explain. In the video below see the amazing brain scans which show how meditation can actually change the size of key regions of your...

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Meditation Myths

What you believe about meditation — your ideas about what is is, how it should be practised, what the goals of meditation are, and so on — will have a huge impact on how you go about it. In fact, these beliefs, whether you're aware of them or not, will largely...

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Types of Meditation

I began writing this post in late 2013, as a follow-up to the post What is Meditation? in which I set about introducing and defining the subject. My intention was to provide a more detailed and nuanced account of the diversity of meditation practices you might come...

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What is Meditation?

What is meditation? A simple enough question, yes? No. Here's something strange but true: I've read hundreds of books on meditation (and attended dozens of courses, classes and retreats) and every single author (or teacher) has defined meditation in a different way....

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