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’

"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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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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Why Did I Stop Meditating?

There are elephants in the meditation room. One of them looks guilty. It's the one that's not meditating. At least, not as often as it thinks it should. Perhaps you don't meditate as often as you'd like either? Why is that? Some people say they don't have time. Others...

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