To Detach or To Connect?

To Detach or To Connect?

Standard mindfulness instructions invite you to pay attention to your thoughts and emotions — but not to get caught up in them. Various metaphors are employed to illustrate this idea. Watch your thoughts like: clouds floating across the sky, or leaves flowing down a...

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Do You Need a Meditation ‘Anchor’

Do You Need a Meditation ‘Anchor’

"A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." — John A. Shedd A few short years ago there was no such thing as a meditation app. Today, there are hundreds. On just one of them — Insight Timer — you can select from 15,000 guided meditations...

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Micro-meditations for awareness and insight

Micro-meditations for awareness and insight

I frequently meet people who say they would like to meditate. Of course, they don't actually meditate, and don't really have any intention of doing so. They like to meditate in the same way they'd like to win the lottery (without ever buying a ticket). This makes me...

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How to Practice Acceptance

How to Practice Acceptance

Meditation is hard. Or so I've been told. But that's not my experience. Most of the time I find it quite easy. I'm not trying to brag here. But I would like to point out that meditation doesn't have to be difficult. I've heard teachers with decades of experience...

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What’s Wrong with Positive Thinking?

Meditation teachers have a habit of telling people what to do with — or about — their thoughts. Psychologists and self-help gurus do this too. Thoughts, however, are rather mysterious. Scientists can't really say exactly what they are or how they’re formed. And whilst...

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