Meditation on Thoughts

Meditation on Thoughts

A while back I wrote a post describing a dozen or so reasons why it may be a good idea to let yourself think in meditation. I've come up with several more reasons since then, and heard from more and more people who have come to the realization that trying to stop...

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Instead of instructions (or rules) to be followed, there are three conditions influencing what one does as meditation. These three conditions are obvious, commonplace, and concrete, so much so, I will use the words my students have repeatedly chosen for them: gentleness, permission, and interest.

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Three Conditions for an Independent Meditation Practice

Instead of instructions (or rules) to be followed, there are three conditions influencing what one does as meditation. These three conditions are obvious, commonplace, and concrete, so much so, I will use the words my students have repeatedly chosen for them:...

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Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

I must admit that I'm not a fan of walking meditation — at least, not in the way it's typically presented. I am however, a great fan of walking. And I like to meditate as I walk. I don't shuffle around like a zombie staring at his feet though: I walk at a normal pace....

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Sitting Comfortably

It's useful to spend the first few seconds of any meditation — however short — fine-tuning your posture and breathing. This kind of deliberate body and breath awareness can have almost magical effects. Within seconds, you'll probably feel the breath softening and...

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Red Light

You're stuck at the lights. You have the opportunity to seethe with impatience, or to treat the wait like a mini-holiday. Relax. Shake yourself loose and settle back in the seat. Take three or four deep breaths and sigh. Instructions Scan your body for tension. How...

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3 Point Check

We're all troubled by our thoughts, moods and emotions from time to time, and we may feel powerless to prevent them from taking us into stressful territory. Indeed, sometimes trying to avoid stress actually exacerbates it. And if we make a habit of suppressing our...

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Five Senses Meditation

When you’re anxious, overwhelmed or overtired you can literally lose contact with reality. This is not always a problem, but if you tend to worry a lot, it can certainly be both painful and annoying. This simple mini-meditation, recommended by psychologists, is an...

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The Calming Breath

This meditation can be done in under sixty seconds. You can do it anywhere, at any time. You can even do it with your eyes open, while standing in a queue or waiting at the traffic lights. When extended, it can lead you to the point of sleep within three minutes. When...

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Managing Emotions with Meditation

Much of the stress we experience is amplified by our painful emotions - by the feelings we'd rather not experience. These unpleasant emotions can be difficult to face, so it's not surprising that we try to avoid them. Many of our compulsions and habits are driven by...

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