Month: May 2019

Scientists: “Growth is Sometimes Painful (Maybe)”

Scientists: “Growth is Sometimes Painful (Maybe)”

You may have seen the recent article talking about a quarter of meditators experiencing something negative. I came across it in New Scientist, but it’s been reported elsewhere. My reaction was ‘huh, only a quarter?’ Meditation can be rough, challenging and stressful. That’s true of all growth, and doubly true when you’re talking about your

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Some weird self-hypnosis side effects

Some weird self-hypnosis side effects

Self-hypnosis works best when you explore your unconscious. Meditation can be quiet, emptying and passive – especially early on. Right from the start, though, self-hypnosis is quite involved. Some people get bored meditating. It’s hard to be bored by your own unconscious, though. With all your habits, beliefs, identity, resources, motivation, imagination, sensations and memories

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Your personality is your spirit (no, not that kind of spirit)

Your personality is your spirit (no, not that kind of spirit)

There’s a cognitive bias called attribution error. It’s a common glitch in thinking, yet not many people talk about it. Unless you’ve dabbled in psychology or rationalism, you might never have thought about this before. If you’re vigilant, you might catch yourself doing it. If you’re perceptive, you’ll definitely see others making this mistake. The

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Like meditation without having to clear your mind

Like meditation without having to clear your mind

Meditation draws you into an altered state of consciousness. By quietening your mind and focusing on the present moment, your attention shifts. With a clear enough mind, things begin to change. You become more resilient and creative. Your health improves. Small hassles stop bothering you while small pleasures enthral you. I would go as far

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