When I run a meditation class I usually ask participants what they hope to achieve, or learn, through meditation. Some will say that they want to learn to control their thoughts and emotions. I can understand this impulse. Indeed, many meditation traditions insist that this is just what we must do: because the mind is a wild and unruly beast, and it needs to be tamed.
When I run a meditation class I usually ask participants what they hope to achieve, or learn, through meditation. Some will say that they want to learn to control their thoughts and emotions. I can understand this impulse. Indeed, many meditation traditions insist...read more
There are hundreds of different types of meditation. How do you know which technique, or tradition, is right for you? I'd like to propose that this is the wrong question. I don't believe there is a technique right for you, or anyone. There is no method you need to...read more
In Part 1 of this article I explained why a narrow focus on the so-called present moment may create unnecessary difficulties and limitations when practicing mindfulness. In this second part, I'll endeavor to explain why a non-judgmental attitude can be equally...read more
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the grandfather of modern mindfulness, defined it thus: "the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally." While other definitions abound, this one is generally considered to be the gold...read more
It's not uncommon for people to take up meditation as a means of checking-out. Meditation sounds to them like it might be a good cheap way to escape from the stresses and hassles of the 9 - 5 grind. Like going on a Friday night bender but waking up without the...read more
Meditation teaches you how to relax, how to calm your nervous system, and with practice, how to generate states of mind characterised by clarity and contentment. It works best, however, in conjunction with healthy mental habits. Unfortunately there's no guarantee that...read more
Just a short thank you note from KS in Adelaide. Your newsletters are fantastic and I always feel inspired by the content.
Just a short thank you note from KS in Adelaide. Your newsletters are fantastic and I always feel inspired by the content. View current or past issues of our newsletter by selecting from below. If recent...read more
In really simple terms, you can do one of two things with your brain. You can think, or you can sense. When you think, your body usually responds by preparing for action. In other words, it assumes that because you are thinking, you need to be prepared (for a meeting,...read more
This is a series of six short (spot) meditations. Each of them can be done in as little as 30 to 90 seconds, or extended out to 5 minutes or more. When sequenced (in any order) they provide a useful template for a meditation of anywhere between 10 and 40 minutes in...read more
Can you remember the subject Emotional Literacy, from either primary or high school? Probably not, because no such subject exists. Our education systems are largely places for developing the intellect — the thinking mind — often at the expense of the body, the...read more