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...
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