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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 07:12

Overwhelmed by Thoughts and Emotions?

Written by Sandra Pawula

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” - Aristotle

There are times when my mind seems to turn against me.  It brews up a tumultuous storm.  Gnarly emotions trying to get my goat and succeeding from time to time - or so it seems.  Even meditation seems like a Herculean feat.

Does that ever happen to you?

One day, as my mind was bombarded by an onslaught of strong emotions, I wandered down to the ocean’s shore. Sitting on the firm black sand, watching the waves roll in again and again, this is what came into my mind.

I’m really happy to read on this blog that neuroscientists are investigating meditation and finding that it has measurable benefits. If meditation is ever going to become a real force for social evolution, then governments, social agencies, vast multinational corporations, environmentalists, bankers, students and the guy on the cash till at your local corner shop all have to be convinced that it works. Scientific research is a vitally important factor in this process, and I hope that the number of research projects increases exponentially.

But you don’t necessarily need science to discover that meditation works.

Saturday, 12 February 2011 07:01

Did you know? What scientists say about meditation

Written by Christian Kohl

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.

There are so many different approaches and methods of meditation, you might wonder if there is a common ground.

Along with a few friends, I’ve been leading a weekly meditation open to anyone in our local community in Puna, Hawai’i.  The people who join us have been exposed to a huge range of meditation approaches.

I was recently asked to lead a Question and Answer Session for the group.  As I prepared a few introductory words, I began to reflect on what might be the common ground among all meditation practitioners.

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 22:38

My favorite meditation place.

Written by Christian Meier

This is my meditation cushion. On my meditation blanket. Of course, there are many other places, where I can meditate, but this is my favorite one. My cushion has served me now for some years, it has accompanied me to some really special places and it has somehow the “meditation energy” within itself. And it kind of adapted to my bottom, almost like a part of me, with just the right filling and height and everything.

Tuesday, 08 February 2011 21:26

What is meditation really?

Written by Erric Solomon

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.

Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:45

10-step guide to meditation

Written by Christian Kohl

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.

Friday, 04 February 2011 18:26

Welcome to our blog!

Written by Erric Solomon

Welcome to the What Meditation Really Is blog!

The aim of this blog is to celebrate and discuss meditation. And it’s for absolutely anyone with an interest in meditation—you don’t have to follow any particular spiritual tradition to join in.

Our intrepid bloggers are all seasoned meditators, and they will share their own personal experiences of practising or teaching meditation.

They will also take a look at the latest research on the effects and benefits of meditation, and talk about the practical ways in which meditation is now being applied in the world—in hospitals, schools and many other places.

Feel free to comment on the blog posts and chat in more depth on our forum. You can ask questions, share your own meditation tips and experiences, and flag up any interesting information that you’ve found elsewhere on the web.

So check it out and get chatting!

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