Attention Management in Meditation

In the third week of our Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners Course we introduce the idea that meditation is a simple three-step process in which you continually: Focus Lose Focus Refocus We stress that the idea in meditation is not to stay focused all the time...
7 Key Ingredients for any Meditation Practice

7 Key Ingredients for any Meditation Practice

Have you ever gone out on a Sunday morning, returned home with a gorgeous pot plant, and then watched as it slowly withered away and died over the coming weeks? Perhaps no one ever told you that a plant, like a pet, needs more care and attention than you’d...
To Detach or To Connect?

To Detach or To Connect?

Standard mindfulness instructions invite you to pay attention to your thoughts and emotions — but not to get caught up in them. Various metaphors are employed to illustrate this idea. Watch your thoughts like: clouds floating across the sky, or leaves flowing down a...
Do You Need a Meditation ‘Anchor’

Do You Need a Meditation ‘Anchor’

“A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd A few short years ago there was no such thing as a meditation app. Today, there are hundreds. On just one of them — Insight Timer — you can select from 15,000 guided...
5 Best Meditation & Mindfulness Podcasts of 2018

5 Best Meditation & Mindfulness Podcasts of 2018

If you’re like me, you’ve probably had days, (and maybe even weeks or months), when you haven’t felt that inspired to meditate. Like exercise programs and healthy diets, a meditation practice can seem like a fantastic idea at some times, and a burden...
Insomnia Cure: How To Fall Asleep Using Meditation

Insomnia Cure: How To Fall Asleep Using Meditation

Imagine this: you go to bed at 10:30pm but two hours later you’re still not asleep. Or this: it’s 2:30am and you suddenly wake up, thoughts about what you have to do at work tomorrow queuing up like spam in you head. Or this: it’s 6am; you’ve...
Micro-meditations for awareness and insight

Micro-meditations for awareness and insight

I frequently meet people who say they would like to meditate. Of course, they don’t actually meditate, and don’t really have any intention of doing so. They like to meditate in the same way they’d like to win the lottery (without ever buying a...
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...

How to Meditate Without the Struggle and Confusion

So I’m sitting at my desk on this, the final day of the month. My mind is blank. This — even though I’m a meditation teacher — is not good. I have an article to write — by tomorrow. Then a thought enters my head: “The world doesn’t need another...

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...