Kiss the joy as it flies

He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sunrise. — William Blake This article is a reproduction of the afterword from Bill Morgan's insightful book, The Meditator's Dilemma. In...

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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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Is your happy place really a happy place?

In my role as a meditation teacher, I’m privy to many assumptions about the practice. Such assumptions are most frequently expressed when I’m invited into a workplace, where, not surprisingly, I’m bound to share the room with a number of skeptics. Typically, such...

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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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