The Problem of Other People

Sartre once said in a play he wrote, “Hell is other people.”  and indeed, when it comes to meditation, hell can sometimes be other people. particularly when they don’t understand what you’re doing,… Continue reading

The Wavelike Nature of Progress in Meditation

There seems to be a pattern to some people’s relationship with meditation, and it goes a bit like this: 1. Enthused by the novelty of it all, they go at it like a… Continue reading

Between the Thoughts

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people complaining about how they cannot stop thinking in meditation. They have the view that in some way, meditation should be helping them to stop… Continue reading

A Few Lines Light up The Mind

Sometimes just one sentence can light us up and reveal whole neural patterns of insight that we never knew we knew – a combination of words and the rhythm they’re written with or… Continue reading

Mind Your Own Business

Audio Course Participant’s Question:  ” … I understand the importance of meditation because when I do it, I can feel my body relaxing and my mind unwinding. But mindfulness escapes me. So could… Continue reading

The Mind Rools, Okay!!!

First – an apology to all those people who are doing the Audio Course, who have been sending questions – I will reply soon – just been a bit busy the last week,… Continue reading

Using Mental Noting

Audio Course Participant’s Question: “In the early stages of the meditation, I find there’s a lot of things happening at the same time – especially Thinking, Hearing and Rising or Falling of the… Continue reading

Accept the Struggle

Most people struggle with meditation, either with the posture or with an attention that just won’t sit still – not to mention the skeins of thinking that just won’t let you alone. It’s important you… Continue reading

About The Stuff that Stops Us

I woke up this morning with the answer to a question that had been nagging me for a long time, which was: “Why do so many people want to meditate, but when they… Continue reading

Get Some Sleep!!!

People keep asking me about sleep – how to sleep when they can’t, whether meditation can be used to replace sleep, or whether meditating will make it such that they don’t NEED to… Continue reading

Free download of Acharn Chah’s Teachings

Though I never had the opportunity to practice with Acharn Chah, I wish I had, because his understanding of meditation, and the tricky mental obstacle course it can be when we practice it,… Continue reading

The Warrior and The Horse

The following is an excerpt from my book, ‘Love & Imagination’ (which you can download free from my website – HERE) And the reason I”m posting it here is because it responds to a common problem… Continue reading

Meditation is not the Destination

The skill of meditating is not for its own sake.  We are not meditating to be excellent meditators.  We’re meditating to have excellent lives. Meditation’s just a method, a tool after all –… Continue reading

Stillness – Keep it Simple

One thing that keeps coming through the emails I’m getting about the audio course is, people are turning meditation into hard work.  They’re thinking too much about it and trying too hard to… Continue reading

The Natural Mind – A Lecture by Acharn Chah

Acharn Chah passed away a long time ago, but his words still ring with perfect clarity. This soundtrack is a reading from his book, ‘The Natural Mind’, and I suppose it might be… Continue reading

Mindfulness Meditation Creates ‘Happy’ Brain

“Last year, a Harvard study confirmed that there’s a clear connection between mind wandering and unhappiness. Not only did  the study find that if you’re awake, your mind is wandering almost half the time, it… Continue reading

Sensations Are Everything in Meditation

In meditation, sensations are everything, and everything should be contemplated as sensations – nameless, characterless and constantly changing. Sensations are life.  Life is sensations.  Everything else are the illusions we build out of… Continue reading

Recommended Meditation Centers in SE Asia for Intensive Meditation

Audio Course Participant’s Question: “I have been practising vipassana meditation for over a year now and want to delve deeper into it…have you got any places you can recommend for a retreat?” …………………………………………………………………………………… Continue reading

The Main Game of Meditation

In a culture like ours, which values excitement and novelty above most other things, a lot of people come to meditation looking for exactly that – the novelty, the new, the wow factor.… Continue reading

Where Science and Buddhist Mind Meet

All too often, Buddhism gets lumped in with the other religions, Hinduism in particular.  But even though Buddhist view arose from within a Hindu environment, Gautama Buddha’s insight went far beyond the god-oriented… Continue reading

Essential Reading for Meditation

I found this extraordinary resource in my wanderings on the net.  It’s called Dhamma Talks.net and all of the greatest teachers of Mindfulness meditation are here … what they wrote, what they said… Continue reading

The Difference between Samatha and Vipassana Meditation Methods

Audio Course Participant’s Question: “I’ve been looking for information about Vipassana meditation and I keep noticing another method called Samatha meditation, so I’m wondering what the difference is between them.  As far as… Continue reading

Meditation this Morning

Had an interesting meditation today, which I think I”ll share with you … it might be helpful, one never knows. The thing with meditation is it’s always different. The things that happen, the… Continue reading