Category: Meditation

What introspection is really like

What introspection is really like

We all tend to think we’re good at introspection. After all, we’re the ones thinking our thoughts. And everything we think and feel makes sense to us. Sometimes it feels like we’re forensic psychologists… or maybe expert computer scientists. Our minds run processes, we investigate them and are happy we understand them. But introspection is

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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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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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Why I write terrible headlines about how to live your purpose

Why I write terrible headlines about how to live your purpose

There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence and A/B testing that shows what words work in headlines. Words like ‘new’, ‘discover(y)’, ‘scientific’, ‘latest’… Because people want the cutting edge. They want to beat everyone else to the next big thing. I know I do. But I tend to avoid using those words in my headlines. Not

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