Tag Archive: stillness

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 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… Continue reading

Forget Reality … It’s All Fiction

A fascinating conversation with Michael Talbot, the author of ‘The Holographic Universe’, pertaining to the way reality is constructed by us, and the profound interconnectedness of everything. The reason I’m posting this is… Continue reading

Forgiving the Monsters

I was looking through all the emails I’ve received from meditators over the last few months, and it occurred to me that a lot of the problems we have in meditation, as varied as they… Continue reading

The Divine Trap of Stillness

Well, I’m finally back online.  I’m sorry I’ve been absent for a while, but I’ve been travelling in China, and until recently, was not able to get to my blog, because WordPress.com is blocked… 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

Pain is Only a Problem if it’s a Problem.

In my last post, ‘Hurt’s So Good’, Leena asked a good question which I thought was worth another post: She asked: “Life is Pain, Highness. Anyone who tells you differently is selling you… Continue reading

Walking the Walk

A lot of people think meditation is all about sitting still in a quiet darkened room for long periods of time – and for sure, a lot of methods do indeed concentrate on… 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

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

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 candownload free from my website – HERE) And the reason I”m posting it here is because it responds to a common problem that… 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