Category: Meditation

If You’re Going to Be Selfish, Be Really Selfish

If You’re Going to be Selfish, be Really Selfish

Has anyone accused you of being selfish, self-centred or self-absorbed? These insults (and their cousins) hurtle around the human social sphere, spreading to touch every remote corner. Western cultures are less collectivist than most, yet doing your own thing will still attract criticism. These…

Think Meditation is Torture? You Might be Right

Think Meditation is Torture? You Might be Right

If you’re unlucky enough to be an Iranian dissident, you probably know about white torture. Also known as sensory deprivation, it’s a nasty piece of work. You don’t have to cause pain to break someone. All you need are blacked out goggles, noise cancelling…

Mundane Magic and Scientific Sorcery

Mundane Magic and Scientific Sorcery

Neurons do something strange when starved of oxygen. First, they start firing randomly. Then they start to shut down. If they don’t receive precious oh-two soon, they start to die. This sequence is, of course, an oversimplification. You’ll find counter examples all over the…

You Are a Limitless Frontier

You Are a Limitless Frontier

Exploration captivates the human psyche. There’s something noble about wandering off into uncharted, untamed land. Many people would risk their lives to be the first to see a new island, a new planet, a new sun in the sky. Our ancestors were explorers. The…

The Rewards for Living Ethically

The Rewards for Living Ethically

Where does morality come from? Some people point outside themselves. It comes from a divine creator, they say. Others say that you can calculate and quantify morality from the laws of physics. I’m not sure about those. Maybe morality is a gift we receive…

A Different Style of Leadership, Living and Learning

A Different Style of Leadership, Living and Learning

Shamanism is a broad term. It describes religions from Australia to America and everywhere in between. These religions are incredibly diverse, each with its own unique rituals and cultural elements. They have a lot in common, too. The spiritual leaders have deep connections to…

Where Meditation is Controversial

Where Meditation is Controversial

Anyone who knows me knows that I am in favour of meditation. I think it’s wonderful. Is it for everyone? Maybe, maybe not – but this is low hanging fruit for the human race. If most people invested a little bit more into the…

If You Enjoy Freedom, Then Meditate

If You Enjoy Freedom, Then Meditate

What role does meditation play in Buddhism? That might seem like a strange question. It plays an important role, certainly. It’s one of the key pillars of the faith. But what, exactly, does it do? In Christianity, the purpose of prayer is to connect…

The Most Ancient Meditation Practice on Earth

The Most Ancient Meditation Practice on Earth

Buddhism is about 2,500 years old. It’s an oppressive amount of time. A hundred generations (give or take) have lived, shaped the world and died during that span. No empires and few cities have survived since then. Looking back in time a fifth of…

If You Can’t Quiet Your Mind, Louden It

If You Can’t Quiet Your Mind, Louden It

I hear so, so many people say they “can’t” meditate. And it’s usually for similar reasons. They say they can’t concentrate or quiet their thinking. They think they can’t sit still long enough. If you’ve ever said or thought anything like this, I politely…

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