Tag Archive: spirituality

The Skill of Being Still

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve not been posting over the last year, largely because I’ve been preoccupied with other things – but also because the answers to most of the questions I’m getting… Continue reading

Making Friends with the Bird

Hi Roger, I have gotten a lot out of your audio course, especially the exercises which I use most days, and I’ve had many peaceful moments meditating. And this is what provokes my… Continue reading

Riding the Storm During Meditation

In the early ‘80’s a friend of mine began practicing a popular form of meditation being propagated by a famous Indian guru and his followers. This group had centers all over the world… Continue reading

The Perils of Positive Thinking.

Let’s get it out in the open at the outset. Positive thinking, either as affirmations or visualizations, doesn’t work. And worse than that, these strategies actually have the opposite effect for most of… Continue reading

Free: A Most Inspiring Book

When I went to Thailand in 2000 to do the first of many silent retreats to train in Vipassana meditation methods, I was awash with information – things I’d read, accounts of other people’s… Continue reading

Thinking is not Necessarily Knowing.

QUESTION: Hi Roger, Just wanted to touch base on something that’s happened. I’ve been meditating for a long time using a Samatha type method and only recently switched to the Vipassana methods in… Continue reading

The Mind … and the Mind …

Following is a particularly curly question about something which always seems to become an issue in meditation, however briefly. Hi, Sometimes while I’m meditating it feels like I’m using my mind to try… Continue reading

Forget Enlightenment … It’s Already Here.

Every so often I get asked about enlightenment – or nibbana, or nirvana – all of which Wikipedia describes as: ” … a spiritual revelation or deep insight into the meaning and purpose of all things, communication with… Continue reading

Thought Storms

AUDIO COURSE QUESTION: “Hey Roger, just on the thought storms you mentioned last week, do I have to be meditating for them to arise?  Because over the last couple of weeks while I… Continue reading

Just do It. Do What? Stop!

A nice little film which, perhaps, over-rhapsodises the benefits of meditation, but nevertheless, it’s quite motivating. ‘Practical Meditation Audio Course’ – a complete set of meditation lessons to be downloaded as a package of MP3′s… Continue reading

Love & Imagination – free ebook on Meditation

It’s been suggested that I make ‘Love & Imagination’, the work manual of The Practical Meditation Audio Course, available for download on this blog. So here it is. I hope you enjoy it.… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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