How to practice acceptance

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...

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...
How To Stop Falling Asleep While Meditating

How To Stop Falling Asleep While Meditating

Do you have trouble staying awake when you meditate? Do you feel like it’s wrong, or bad to fall asleep — or that you’ll miss out on the benefits of meditation if you doze off? Does falling asleep mid-practice feel frustrating, or embarrassing? These are...
Why Did I Stop Meditating?

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...
Meditation is boring

Meditation is boring

Some people say meditation is boring. They’re right. It can be. Indeed, many of the most widely used meditation techniques — you’ll probably agree — do sound rather monotonous. Repeat a mantra, over and over again, inside your head. Scan the body from head...
How To Deal With Distraction

How To Deal With Distraction

In recent months I’ve been writing about some of the many meditation myths and misconceptions which, when unquestioned, often make meditation much harder than it needs to be. I’ve addressed the idea that the aim of meditation is to still your mind; the...

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...

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...

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...
Meditation Myths & Misconceptions

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...
What To Do When Your Mind Works Against You

What To Do When Your Mind Works Against You

A reader recently asked the following question, having read my article How to make friends with your emotions. What would one do when one has become addicted to so called negative emotions and thoughts and can’t break the habit of rumination that seems to serve no...