Is your happy place really a happy place?

Is your happy place really a happy place?

In my role as a meditation teacher, I’m privy to many assumptions about the practice. Such assumptions are most frequently expressed when I’m invited into a workplace, where, not surprisingly, I’m bound to share the room with a number of skeptics. Typically, such...

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.

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Mindfulness of Emotions

Mindfulness of Emotions

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...

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...