Category: Meditation

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…

The Harry Potter School of Meditation

The Harry Potter School of Meditation

There’s a style of meditation that could have come right from the pages of fantasy. It’s the closest thing we Muggles have to magic. And, in the world beyond Diagon Alley, it’s the fuel for the most powerful magic there is. It keeps people…

Ancient, Trendy Ideas

Ancient, Trendy Ideas

It’s interesting when something that’s thousands of years old becomes trendy. What relevance do ancient teachings have today? If the teachings endure on their own merits, then they’re timeless. They must contain some element of truth that appeals to people. Continents and millennia don’t…

Breathe and Look Ridiculous

Breathe and Look Ridiculous

You can breathe in a steady, gentle, slow and balanced way. When each inhale is the same length as your exhale, your breath can be a continuous flow. This balance is nothing compared to the balance you’ll experience in your mind. Symmetry isn’t everything,…

How You Breathe is How You Do Everything

How You Breathe is How You Do Everything

One of the best meditation exercises is to pay attention to your breathing. It’s something that most people ignore, which gives you lots of room to improve. It’s simple to understand and challenging to master. And it really opens up the benefits to you….

Enlightenment is in the details

Enlightenment is in the details

People learning to meditate go through a series of phases. It’s like anything else, really. You blunder about for a while. It’s hard to say whether you’re making any progress. Everything seems strange, awkward, pointless and confusing. But if you stick with it, you…

How I Learned That I’m Not a Pile

How I Learned That I’m Not a Pile

Our minds do not view reality directly. We can’t process most signals from our environment. Those we do go through a series of electrical and chemical transformations before they reach the brain. There, your mental software has to process it to make sense of…

You Can Never Have Too Much Focus

You Can Never Have Too Much Focus

It’s natural to feel bored while meditating. After all, it’s… well, boring. Except it’s not. … but it kind of is. When you learn to be still with your attention on your breathing, you can feel bored at first. Then something strange happens. Your…

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