Category Archive: Mindfulness

Nov 30 2017

Scientific Meditation Research

SCIENTIFIC MEDITATION RESEARCH There is a plethora of meditation research – the biology of meditation, the psychobiology of meditation, health and well-being outcomes, and research that shows that meditation changes brain structures. The first foray into meditation research came with Herbert Benson and a biometric understanding of the physical state of meditation. His book The Relaxation Response, published in 1975, …

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Oct 26

Comfort, Discomfort, Both OK

Generally we choose comfort over discomfort, and that seems wonderfully reasonable, doesn’t it?  But just consider, whenever  you choose comfort you are pushing away about 99.9% of what is available.  Reality is vast, while your comfort area is tiny and constrictive.  Recognising that both comfort and discomfort are valid experiences is a big leap into …

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Jan 12

Surrender: True, or False?

  A question that vexes yogis – when is surrender true abandonment of the ego, and when is it only an ego-hijacking of spiritual aspiration? Let’s think about some examples of both…

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Jun 04

Satsang Talk – Equanimity

What a ripper – Equanimity, or even-mindedness (Brief notes on a talk from Satsang) What I heard most from people is “What a ripper!”  Seems the talk on even-mindedness had all the lovely yogis present digging deep into their experiences and their intimate sense of themselves – and discovering some much more spiritually challenging ways of dealing with them. Psychological/emotional …

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Apr 19

Meditation – being comfortable with reality

Meditation – pathway to the impressive state of the underlying self. Our most profound experience of self is sublime, peaceful, loving and creative. How to get there?  Well, not by doing what the mind has been doing for years. And if you only aim at stress relief, you are setting your bar much too low. Try stillness, and a …

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Oct 31

Not just a poor relation – the body is spirit too

Often we regard the body as a poor relation to the mind, totally matter, perishable and not at all spiritual.  The old phrase, ‘body, mind and spirit” suggests that we come in three parts, of which the body is clearly the least  part. And yet, there  could be something quite back-to-front about it all. When …

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