Category Archive: Struggle

Windmill Stumblebum … and Other Creatures

Sorry I’ve been absent for so long, but I’ve been writing a book, and considering most of the 100 or so posts on this blog answer most questions I receive, I took a… Continue reading

It’s Not Wrong to Feel.

To all my regular readers, I’ve been away for a couple of months because my eyes were developing cataracts and I had to have an operation. It’s an amazing thing, for the world… Continue reading

Siddhârtha’s Gift – The Middle Way

Essentially, meditation is about finding balance. For example, obviously, to meditate, we must use effort – but we find that if we use too much effort, we create tension and anxiety – and… Continue reading

Attention and Awareness

The Monkey in Our Mind The aspect of mind we’re working with in meditation is our meddlesome, hyperactive and mischievous attention – the part of the mind we were nagged about all through childhood, all… Continue reading

Meditation the Journey

” The things that trouble our spirits are within us already. In meditation, we must face them, accept them, and set them aside one by one. Cristopher Bennett I was thumbing through a popular tabloid news… Continue reading

Meditation is Gym for the Mind

  Lakshmi commented: “I am new to meditation and I went in with the delusion that at the end of the 20 minute I will emerge with a halo around my head and… Continue reading

Dealing With Emotions

Hi Roger, I have a question that I haven’t yet seen on your site. If other people might be interested, I’m wondering if you can kindly indulge me in the following. During my… Continue reading

Neuroplasticity and Meditation

Neuroplasticity is a subject very pertinent to meditation – particularly meditation as consistent practice. Because rest assured, for all the difficulties you might experience as you meditate, and no matter how hopeless you… Continue reading

Facing What Disturbs You

Following is another of the questions that came in, this one concerning an unusual condition that keeps repeating each time Jacques meditates Hi Roger, I liked your online course and your book but… Continue reading

Feeling Before Thinking – Always

As much as I have covered this subject in numerous posts, I keep hearing meditators complain about thinking: ‘I cant stop thinking,’ seems to be the main complaint and obstacle in meditation. And… Continue reading

Feeling Comes Before Thinking

As much as I have covered this subject in numerous posts, I keep hearing meditators complain about thinking. ‘I cant stop thinking,’ seems to be the main complaint, and obstacle in almost everybody’s… Continue reading

Why Does Meditation Make Me Angry

A meditation audio course participant asks: “Hi Roger, I’m finding when I meditate I get really angry. I remember things that have happened and I get angry and I don’t know what to do.… Continue reading

Surfing the Storm of Our Self

I received this question from an audio course user, and it reminded me of a very important point to be made, so here goes: “Hi Roger … been using your audio course and… Continue reading

Acceptance is Everything

An audio course participant wrote: ‘Hi, I’ve just begun meditating and I’m finding it quite a hellish experience. I can’t seem to find the calm I imagine should be happening. I end up sitting… Continue reading

Clearing Away The Crud

Hi Roger, Sometimes when I’m meditating and my mind is running away with itself and I find myself sitting with my mind all over the place. But I’ve noticed during these times, though… Continue reading

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy

The following article addresses one of the most confusing issues of today – the question of happiness.  In a culture that constantly bombards us with messages selling happiness in the form of many… Continue reading

Expansiveness is the Lifeblood of Meditation

A question came the the other day that made me think. It was about a very common problem to do with uncomfortable tightening of the breath each time the practitioner meditates.  I won’t… Continue reading

Acceptance is the Beginning of Release.

In the two decades I’ve been teaching meditation, the common thread that runs through the motivations of most of the people I’ve taught, is they want to be released in some way. Whether released from a sense… Continue reading

Accepting the Battle

In most of the emails I’ve received about the variety of problems people have when they meditate, I’ve noticed a common thread. Whether it’s restless mind or restless body or an attention that… Continue reading

The Sound of Silence

Following is an interesting article from the Age Newspaper about taking a short 3 day Vipassana meditation retreat, and what happened.  I strongly recommend, if you’re at all serious about Vipassana meditation, that… Continue reading

The Many Minds of Mind

G’day Roger, Sometimes while I’m meditating, my mind is full of instructions about what I should be doing – things like: pay attention to sensations of weight, now pay attention to sensations of… Continue reading

The Illusion of Habits

Hi Roger, In the audio course you keep asking us to let go of expectations in meditation. But I’m not sure it is possible to stop my mind looking for some kind of… Continue reading

When Meditation Becomes Hell

An Audio Course participant sent me a question about how meditation had changed, seeming to have become worse instead of better, painful instead of tranquil, as one would expect.  So I have recorded… Continue reading