To Be or Not To Be (Present)

Some people have suggested that the current interest in meditation and mindfulness is just a fad; and that once media interest wanes these practices will revert to their previous status — as the esoteric hobbies of a few curious eccentrics. I'm not one to try and...

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I Just Can’t Find The Time To Meditate

In our Meditation Myths & Misconceptions series of articles we've recently explored the mistaken idea that meditation is all about making your mind quiet, and the incorrect assumption that you have to sit still in order to practice. Another reason many people find...

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Stillness in Meditation

Last month, in the first of this series of articles on Meditation Myths & Misconceptions we explored the mistaken idea that meditation is all about making your mind quiet. This month we'll explore a related idea: How much effort do you put into remaining perfectly...

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Meditation Myths & Misconceptions

When I started teaching meditation, apps didn't exist, mindfulness was a term you'd only be familiar with if you studied Buddhism, and nearly everyone coming to a class worried that they'd be expected to sit cross-legged on the floor and invited to chant Om. Although...

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Keeping A Meditation Journal

Have you ever woken up in the midst of a dream, thinking "I must remember this!" then padded off to the toilet — or to put the kettle on — only to have your dream vanish from consciousness? The same thing can happen in meditation. You might remember something...

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How to make friends with your emotions

Do you love your emotions? Do you look forward to days on which a depression visits? Do you eagerly await the arrival of anxiety? Do you enjoy moments of anger, jealousy or shame? Perhaps these questions strike you as absurd? Who on Earth, you might ask, looks forward...

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Pause

Feeling stressed? Here's a two-minute guided meditation you can use to take the edge off a trying situation or anxious moment. Need more time to relax? Or a guided meditation to help you get to sleep, or to work through some troubling issue or emotion? I have...

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