Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:14

Meditation and pain

To my mind, some of the most convincing evidence that meditation has a serious impact on one's functioning is how serious long-term practitioners deal with pain. One example is a story relayed by Matthieu Ricard of a lama who was tortured by the Chinese for many years, and when after his release the Dalai Lama asked him what he was most afraid of, he said it was of losing his compassion for his torturers. Similarly, Garchen Rinpoche, during his visit to Lerab Ling said that he did not suffer at all during his time in prison camp. Clearly they have a different way of dealing with pain than we do. 

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 22:05

Meditation and Health with Dominique Side

Recently I caught up with Dominique Side, who is holding the What Meditation Really Is: Meditation and Health workshop in France next month. I had a camera in tow and Dominique answered some questions about the connection between meditation and health, what meditation really is and what meditation is not.

See the videos after the jump. Workshop space is limited, but you can still register here.

Published in Meditation Blog
Monday, 11 April 2011 16:35

21st century mind training technique

Researchers used biofeedback for many years to help people improve their health or mood. Some of these used different brain imaging techniques, such as EEG. Now there is a new way to see what kinda thoughts you are having, and correct them on the spot. Researchers at the University of British Columbia resently published their research on how to eventually help people combat depression or obsessive-compulsive disorders. The general idea is not at all different from meditation: watch your thoughts, and realise they are just thoughts. Then let them go. But the tools to help this process is something that yogis in the Himalaya perhaps never even dreamt of - an MRI machine connected to a screen.

Read more in the Vancuver Sun

Published in Meditation Blog
Thursday, 07 April 2011 11:45

Meditation Really Helps Manage Pain

We tweeted this yesterday. But here it is again in case you missed it. It's about the latest research on Meditation and pain management.

In Pain? Try Meditation via

EDIT: Or as Eszther pointed out on our facebook wall you can look in Science Daily for a more "serious" story.

In pain? Try meditation

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 21:27

Can meditation increase longevity?

There is a fascinating study,  it is part of a broader research project dubbed “The Nun Study”, in which the lifespan of  grumpy nuns is compared to happy ones.

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Some facts, statistics and scientific research on meditation

Scientific research into the positive effects of even a few minutes of daily meditation is burgeoning and the results are clear—meditation is good for you. Even Oprah says so!

So, what does the science actually say? And how does meditation help people? Here is a small selection of facts and statistics coming out of some of the scientific research. The list is very far from complete so please share any other findings you might know of on our Community forum page.

Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 14:03

Jon Kabat-Zinn - The benefits of meditation

Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation, lists the positive effects that meditation can have on the mind and body.

Published in Jon Kabat-Zinn
Monday, 10 January 2011 11:00

2 Why meditate?

Regardless of who we are, the main purpose of our life is to be happy.

In this video, the Tibetan meditation teacher Sogyal Rinpoche offers advice on how to find inner peace and contentment, and explains why meditation has such an important role to play.


Inner peace and contentment

All of us share the same wish, and the same right, to seek happiness and avoid suffering.

We spend nearly all our time and energy trying to find happiness, peace and satisfaction.

But do we ever stop to ask ourselves where the real source of happiness and well-being lies? Is it in the ever-changing conditions of the outside world, or within our own mind?

Our society offers an endless array of seductive messages that advertise happiness in money, possessions, fame and good looks.

The trouble is that none of them seems to lead to lasting happiness.

At the same time, we only need to look around us to see how prevalent anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness have become, as well as how our constant hunger for more and more things is threatening the very survival of our planet.

Outer or inner wealth?

If we look closely, we can see that there are two kinds of happiness: one that is based more on physical comfort, and another that comes from a deeper, mental contentment.

Many of us spend so much effort trying to accumulate and maintain material or ‘outer wealth’.

This leaves us very little opportunity to cultivate ’inner wealth’, qualities such as compassion and patience.

But if we have this deeper, inner peace and contentment—this inner wealth—then even when we go through suffering, our minds can still be happy.

This explains how some people can have every material advantage, and still remain dissatisfied and discontent; and others are always satisfied and content, even when faced with the most difficult circumstances.

What do we really need?

Of course, basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, health and education are crucial for all of us to live healthy and happy lives.

Beyond these, however, we need to ask ourselves honestly: how many things really deserve our precious time and energy?

There is a saying that ‘Only the foolish go looking for happiness outside of themselves’—because when we do that, then we have no control.

The wise and learned, the saying continues, know that happiness and the causes of happiness are all present within us.

Genuine happiness

You could say that the principal characteristic of genuine happiness is inner peace and contentment.

If you have contentment and inner peace as your basis, your mind will be relaxed and at ease.

If your mind is relaxed and at ease, then no matter what difficulties or crises you encounter, you will not be disturbed. Your basic sense of well-being will not be undermined.

As a result, you will be able to carry on your everyday life, your work and your responsibilities more efficiently, and you will have the wisdom to discern what to do and what not to do.

Your life will become happier, and when difficulties arise, you will even be able to turn them to your advantage.

So, for our own inner peace and stability, taking care of our mind and heart is crucial.

Once our mind is more at peace, then both inner and outer harmony will automatically follow.

That is why we meditate.

Any questions?

If you want to ask any questions, or share your experiences and insights, you can visit our forum at any time

Now move on to
step 3: your first meditation session

Published in Dare to Meditate
Sunday, 02 January 2011 10:39

2 Warum meditieren

Ganz gleich, wer wir sind, das wichtigstes Ziel in unserem Leben ist es, glücklich zu sein.

In diesem Video gibt der tibetische Meditationslehrer Sogyal Rinpoche Ratschläge, wie wir inneren Frieden und Zufriedenheit finden können, und er erklärt, warum Meditation dabei eine so wichtige Rolle spielt.


Innerer Frieden und Zufriedenheit

Wir alle haben denselben Wunsch und das gleiche Recht, glücklich zu sein und nicht zu leiden.

Wir verwenden fast all unsere Zeit und Energie darauf, Glück, Frieden und Befriedigung zu finden.

Aber halten wir jemals inne, um uns zu fragen, wo die wahre Quelle von Glück und Wohlergehen zu finden ist? Liegt sie in den sich ständig verändernden Bedingungen der äußeren Welt oder in unserem eigenen Geist?

Unsere Gesellschaft bietet uns eine endlose Vielfalt verlockender Botschaften, die dafür werben, dass Glück in Geld, Besitz, Ruhm und gutem Aussehen zu finden sei.

Leider scheint nichts von alledem zu dauerhaftem Glück zu führen.

Gleichzeitig müssen wir uns nur umsehen, um zu erkennen, wie viele Menchen an Angst, Depression, Stress und Einsamkeit leiden und wie unser ständiges Verlangen nach immer mehr Dingen das Überleben unseres eigenen Planeten gefährdet.


Äußerer oder innerer Reichtum?

Bei genauerer Betrachtung wird schnell klar, dass es zwei Arten von Glück gibt: Die eine basiert auf körperlichem Wohlbefinden und die andere auf einer tieferen, geistigen Zufriedenheit.

Viele von uns bemühen sich sehr, materiellen oder „äußeren Reichtum“ anzusammeln und zu bewahren.

Dadurch bleibt uns kaum Gelegenheit, „inneren Reichtum“ zu entwickeln, das heißt Qualitäten wie Mitgefühl und Geduld.

Doch wenn wir diesen tiefen inneren Frieden und Zufriedenheit erlangt haben – diesen inneren Reichtum – kann unser Geist glücklich sein, selbst wenn wir Leid erfahren.

Das erklärt, warum manche Menschen, die alle materiellen Vorteile genießen, trotzdem unbefriedigt und unzufrieden bleiben, während andere immer befriedigt und zufrieden sind, selbst unter den schwierigsten Bedingungen.


Was brauchen wir wirklich?

Natürlich brauchen wir alle ganz grundlegende Dinge wie Essen, Kleidung, Unterkunft, Gesundheit und Ausbildung, um ein gesundes und glückliches Leben zu führen.

Für alles, was darüber hinausgeht, müssen wir uns jedoch ehrlich fragen: Wie viele Dinge sind es wirklich wert, dass wir kostbare Zeit und Energie für sie aufbringen?

Ein Sprichwort lautet: „Nur Narren suchen das Glück außerhalb von sich selbst“ – denn wenn wir das tun, haben wir keine Kontrolle darüber.

Das Sprichwort fährt fort: „Weise und Gelehrte wissen, dass das Glück und die Ursachen des Glücks in uns selbst zu finden sind.“


Wahres Glück

Man könnte sagen, dass die wichtigsten Merkmale wahren Glücks innerer Frieden und Zufriedenheit sind.

Mit Zufriedenheit und innerem Frieden als Grundlage wird dein Geist entspannt und gelassen sein.

Ist dein Geist entspannt und gelassen, wirst du dich nicht aus der Ruhe bringen lassen, welche Schwierigkeiten oder Krisen du auch erlebst. Es wird dein grundlegendes Gefühl von Wohlbefinden nicht beeinträchtigen.

Infolgedessen wirst du deinen Alltag, deine Arbeit und deine Verantwortlichkeiten leichter bewältigen können und du wirst die Weisheit haben, um unterscheiden zu können, was du tun und was du lassen solltest.

Dein Leben wird glücklicher werden und wenn Schwierigkeiten auftreten, wirst du sogar in der Lage sein, sie zu deinem Vorteil zu nutzen.

Um inneren Frieden und Stabilität zu erlangen, ist es daher entscheidend, dass wir uns um unseren Geist und unser Herz zu kümmern.

Ist unser Geist erst einmal friedvoller, werden sich innere wie äußere Harmonie ganz von allein einstellen.

Das ist der Grund, warum wir meditieren.


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