Meditation is like tennis

Do you find meditation difficult? Maybe it’s because you look at meditation as a winner’s game, when in fact, it’s a loser’s game. What on earth do I mean by that? The terms “loser’s game” and “winner’s game” come from the book, Extraordinary Tennis for the Ordinary Player, published in 1970 by the engineer and economist Simon …Continue reading Meditation is like tennis

Sleepy meditations﹘What to do

Sleepiness during meditation is quite common. Even advanced practitioners have periods of drowsiness in their meditations. But sleepiness is not necessarily a problem, even if it does not go away. In fact, there are ways to use it to enhance the results of meditation. Sleepiness in meditation has several elements. We will look at three …Continue reading Sleepy meditations﹘What to do

How to get on the habit train

One way to understand meditation is that it is about creating a habit in our consciousness of constantly trying to be more aware. For example, when we meditate and notice that we have been distracted, we are helping establish the habit of turning our attention back to the object or technique. We are also establishing …Continue reading How to get on the habit train

Kindness and meditation

Many of us are not as good friends with ourselves as we could be. We may be overly self-critical, putting a lot of pressure on ourselves, bitterly regretting things we have done, being ashamed, or otherwise speaking negatively to ourselves. Or maybe we just notice that as we meditate we get annoyed and frustrated when …Continue reading Kindness and meditation

Nurture positive: Create and cultivate positivity through mindfulness

Nurture Positive is the name we give to all the meditation techniques that involve the intentional cultivation of positive mental images, mental talk, and positive emotion. This category of techniques is perhaps the most colorful and diverse of any other category. In it, we find many different techniques such as song, prayer, mantra, calligraphy, icon paintings, …Continue reading Nurture positive: Create and cultivate positivity through mindfulness

My mindfulness podcast recommendations from 2020

I enjoy listening to podcasts and lectures on mindfulness and meditation, and here are some of my favorites from last year. Some of them are older than 2020, but they were new discoveries for me. Most of them are for listening only, but there are also some videos. I hope they are useful and inspiring …Continue reading My mindfulness podcast recommendations from 2020

Trauma-sensitive mindfulness: PTSD and meditation

If you have some trauma in your life, you may need to take certain precautions when meditating. While meditation can provide deep relief, calm, and even healing, it can also reveal trauma previously repressed or denied. Trauma is an event or series of events that is so stressful that it makes us feel overwhelmed, helpless, …Continue reading Trauma-sensitive mindfulness: PTSD and meditation

Video: Mindful Relief Fundamentals for Chronic Pain

In October 2020, I had the honor of being invited to give a presentation on mindfulness for pain relief at The Embodiment Conference. It was an online conference with many of the world’s greatest teachers in meditation, yoga, trauma treatment, and other embodiment modalities. Here is the presentation in its entirety, about 60 minutes long. …Continue reading Video: Mindful Relief Fundamentals for Chronic Pain

The shortcut to equanimity

To cultivate equanimity, it is often fastest to train it in the body first. The effect of equanimity is often most obvious in our internal talk, which becomes quieter when it no longer judges and evaluates what we are experiencing. But mind and body are always intertwined, and there is a lot of evidence that suggests …Continue reading The shortcut to equanimity

Is it time to put away the training wheels? How meditation apps hold you back

(.. and all guided meditation in general ..) There are many good reasons to use meditation apps to get started with your meditation practice. However, if they are based on guided meditation, they can keep you from strengthening your attention skills in the best possible way. The good side of meditation apps Here are some …Continue reading Is it time to put away the training wheels? How meditation apps hold you back