Category: Meditation

Should you trust your instincts… or not?

Common wisdom says to listen to the little voice in your head. Acknowledge it and heed its wisdom. Sure, it’s great advice. I think we all have stories where some spark of intuition, based on nothing at all, steered us right. But I think…

Short circuit and reprogram your reward centres

One of the curious findings in neuroscience is this: Enjoyment doesn’t work how we think it does. Let’s say there’s something you have a soft spot for, such as donuts. You might think you enjoy eating them… and you would be right about that….

Playing “the floor is lava” in adult mode

It’s a classic kids’ game: pretend the floor is lava and you can’t stand on it. Depending on the density and integrity of your furniture, it can be a lot of fun. Hopping from the couch to the coffee table, never daring to touch…

The kooky-sounding meditation technique that might just work

I’m going to describe a style of meditation and I’m going to ask to you defer judgement. It might sound a little out there. Maybe it’s pure nonsense. But until we reach the end and you have all the facts, hold back your scoffs….

When self-improvement destroys your life

A problem with self-improvement is the age-old problem of language. Folk use the same term to describe different things. Because if you want to take a decent life and make it awesome, that’s one thing. It’s easy to do and the stakes are relatively…

When craving adventure is a symptom

Yesterday, I talked about ruts. How being in one is like being trapped. It’s a subtle prison, where everything looks normal except it’s all a little greyer. There’s nothing interesting or exciting because it’s all the same stuff you’ve seen before. A normal response…

How I pull myself out of a rut

I’ve been in ruts before, and I’m sure I’ll be in them again. That’s fine. I’d rather be in the occasional funk and know I can pull myself out. The alternative is never knowing when the hammer will fall. And when it falls, it…

When a beggar has more power than a duke

Imagine a medieval society. Feudalism, knights on horseback, peasantry, the works. In such a world, you’d rather be a duke than a beggar. Dukes enjoyed wealth and privilege. Living on the streets wasn’t just a lack of those things, it was downright dangerous. You’d…

The part of you that’s everything else

If you’re doing any sort of deep work with your mind – meditation, hypnosis, psychotherapy, shamanic rituals, whatever – then you’re changing at an unconscious level. But you might wonder what exactly the unconscious mind is? It’s pretty simple, really. There’s your conscious mind….

Eternity in a candle

There are plenty of ways to embrace mindfulness, if sitting lotus-like ain’t your thing. A fun one is to set aside a quiet space, light a candle and stare at the flame. Keep all other thoughts from your mind. Simply be and observe without…

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