I ponder this while chugging coffee at 6am at the Gare de Lyon in Paris, waiting for the train to Montpellier to start my meditation retreat.

It seemed like a really good idea on that freezing winter night in New York City, when I booked my spot. Warm, sunny, South of France, (sunny)! Sold! It was great for the next few months as I fantasized at my desk (and bragged to my co-workers) about the amazing retreat I was going on and all the inner peace I was gonna get.

However, now I am actually here, giving up a beach holiday and fruity drinks, for what I am now told is a NOT sunny, NOT warm retreat. So… what the hell am I doing here?

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When we think about meditation or mindfulness, it's easy to get caught-up in the belief that we need to be sitting on a cushion, cross-legged, or located within a monastery to practice meditation.
 

While these aspects of meditation can provide us with the support necessary to achieve a stable meditation practice, and while a formal meditation practice is the only way to become familiar with our mind, the primary reason to meditate is to become familiar with our true nature within our ordinary daily life.

Published in Meditation Blog
Monday, 27 June 2011 12:09

Video on 'How to meditate'

Check out this cool video album on how to meditate (you need to have the flash player plugin installed in your browser).

Enjoy lots of interesting videos on our 'Sound & Vision' page and the What Meditation Really Is vimeo channel.


Published in Meditation Blog
Monday, 04 April 2011 22:32

Really Is a Guided Meditation

Yikes! We finally fixed step nine in our “Dare to Meditate” ten step guide to meditation.

There are three mp3 files you can either play in your browser or download and play on your mp3 player of choice. First there is a guided posture audio file. Then there is one on meditating while watching the breath and another on meditating using a physical object. You can use these last two as guided meditations, they help you through the first 5 minutes and then the rest is up to you!

Get them here. And staaaaart meditating.

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:00

The SMART Way to Successful Meditation

In business, people who take the time to establish clearly defined goals, write them down, and periodically evaluate their progress are far more successful than those who do not.

The same holds true in meditation.  If you don't know which mountain you want to climb in your meditation, you probably won't get to the top.

The mnemonic SMART is often used in project management, performance management, and personal development as a framework for goal setting.  While there's no agreed upon consensus for the meaning of each letter, following is one of the common interpretations and how you can apply this to establish or strengthen your meditation practice.

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 14:48

We all love chocolate. Or do we?

I was sitting in a café having lunch with a friend I had not seen for a long time. By the time our desserts arrived we had updated each other on all the usual facts of our lives. He knew that I had been practicing meditation for a few years and suddenly, just as we received a warm fondant au chocolat he sprung on me the big ‘WHY?

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Tuesday, 08 February 2011 21:26

What is meditation really?

What is meditation really?

On this site you won’t find a single answer. Instead what you will find is a way to connect with people who meditate.

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:45

10-step guide to meditation

Speaking from my own experience meditation is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself in your life. It gives me the stability and confidence to cope with the daily necessities and the many challenges of modern life.

At the same time, we all hear so many different things about meditation that it can sometimes be hard to know where and how to begin: "What does it actually mean to meditate? Do I have to sit up straight? How can I deal with the avalanche of thoughts that pop up in my mind as soon as I try to be calm? Is it the goal to be calm?"

Our 10-step guide to meditation aims to answer some of the questions you might have, and to explain why meditation can have such a powerful and beneficial effect on every aspect of your lives.

Most importantly, you will get the chance to experience meditation for yourself.

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