I hear a lot of folk who dabble in meditation or self-hypnosis, then stop. Even though it’s a shame… I get it. It’s not easy to stick with it. But I’m here to encourage you anyway, because it’s worth it. Mind training is one of the best things you can do with your time. That’s
When someone is in your life and then they’re not, it can leave you spinning. It was like they anchored you in place while holding you up – now, you’re collapsing as you spiral out of control. It can hurt. This can be a confusing, aggravating and lonely time. And, worst of all, it can
Ah, waiting. You might think, based on how much I write about meditation, I must be a pretty zen guy. Well, I certainly have my moments. But the truth is I have all the same struggles as everyone else. Like with waiting. Oh, boy. I used to be awful with it. Especially for something big
How often do your action, reactions and emotions surprise you? If not often, there are two possibilities. The first is you’re an enlightened one who spend decades in meditation, tracing the counters of your own thinking. The second? You’re not as introspective as you think. “Of course I got angry when that bus driver smirked
There’s a parable about a mysticism expo. On a dusty alley, just off the expo’s centre, were three booths. “Come,” said the psychic in the first booth, “see into your past. I will read your soul and tell you its many earlier lives.” People queued and paid good money to be cold read and told
Indulge me in a thought experiment, would you? Take a moment to think about the question: which part of you breathes? You might think, that’s easy, it’s my lungs. It’s hard to argue with that. Argue with it anyway. Couldn’t you say your mouth and nose breathe? Your lungs draw air in, but through where?
There are a few similarities between mind training and sleep. Both involve closing your eyes and focusing inwards. Both involve keeping your body calm and still. You often become unresponsive during meditation and hypnosis – sometimes to the point of falling unconscious. That’s why the classic hypnotic command is “sleep!” But it’s not really sleeping.
The media is agog today – it turns out Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has taken up meditation. (Wait, is he still home affairs? Did that change in the election? I’d look it up but it’ll probably change between me writing this and me posting it.) Anyway, it’s so shocking and newsworthy The Australian has
Many people wonder if there are any side effects, consequences or negative reactions to hypnosis and meditation. Some people, including younger versions of me, would tell you absolutely not. Your mind only gives you what you’re able to deal with, I would have said. Now, there’s some truth to that. But if that were always
Many people – too many people, that is – can’t see how they’ll achieve their dreams, so they don’t even try. They don’t pursue the dream job. Or the gorgeous woman. Or the crazy project that might just change the world. It’s far easier and more comfortable to keep your head down, hope you get