• Transcendental Meditation Why so secret

    What is Transcendental Meditation? What’s the big secret?

    I’ve written What is Transcendental Meditation? What’s the big secret? because I feel that it deserves some attention in challenging the secretness or specialness of Transcendental Meditation (TM). The views expressed herein are mine and mine alone. Secret Business and Unique to You! Let me begin by briefly stating that Transcendental Meditation (TM) has been around since the 1950s. The TM technique and TM movement was developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India. The Maharishi taught thousands of people and then began training people to become TM teachers through organizations. The term has now been trade marked. There has been controversy around the movement but also for me I have…

  • I don't want to meditate

    Avoiding meditation? Find out why!

    Why do I avoid meditating? If you find yourself asking “why do I avoid meditating?” or maybe the thought of meditation fills you with fear and so you find yourself avoiding meditation it’s important to know that it’s not unusual and you are definitely not alone in this. Many people avoid meditation even though they may know that meditation is good for them. It might even be that you’re not necessarily conscious of avoiding meditating but you just don’t do it or you find yourself muttering “nope, not doing it”. Often, we can be too scared to meditate or have a fear of meditating although we might not recognize it…

  • Thich Nhat Hanh

    Mindfulness Meditation Thich Nhat Hanh – Review

    If you’re here reading this then Thich Nhat Hanh has sparked your interest and rightly so. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen Master and has a great following sharing through his mindfulness training online courses, CDs / Audio Downloads and many online videos on various topics including mindfulness, meditation, silence, calm and the present moment to name but a few. He has also been interviewed by the likes of Oprah so he’s definitely highly regarded and making a powerful impact on the lives of many. If you’ve missed signing up for the Body and Mind are One Online Training Course by Thich Nhat Hanh due to it being sold out…

  • QiGong What is Qigong All about the energy

    What is QiGong? All about the energy!

    If you have read my article “Is Yoga Meditation: 4 Activities You Never Knew were Meditation” you will know that I have listed QiGong as one of the options for a moving meditation or movement meditation. So, what is QiGong apart from being a movement meditation. What is QiGong? QiGong has been described as an internal process that has external movements. Qi refers to the life force (energy) that powers the body and spirit. The individual can strengthen and balance the flow of chi (qi) within the self. In addition, a practitioner can project his or her chi into a patient to induce a therapeutic effect. The mind is used…

  • Online Retreats in Real Time

    My fingers have been walking I have been combing the internet looking for and researching online retreats.  In particular, I was searching specifically for online retreats for women and men, couples retreats and retreats for everyday life. And even more specifically I was looking for the more traditional meditation/spiritual based online retreats that are focused on deepening concentration, insight, raising our awareness and consciousness and getting in touch with our true self. Really, the conclusion is that many retreats, particularly those that are online are not specifically designed for any of these cohorts, they are suitable for everyone and that’s a great thing.  It’s not divisive and the principles apply whether…

  • Mindfulness Meditation Online Course – Top 6 Affordable Picks Reviewed

    Plain old meditation Vs mindfulness meditation There are a plethora of mindfulness courses online and mindful meditation courses, but how do you go about choosing an online mindfulness course? That’s where I come in. I want to start out here by giving you a little information because I think it will influence how you go about making your choice on a Mindfulness Meditation Online Course. At the very least I hope it will expand your view. It’s always interesting to me when I do my research and see what terms people are googling or searching for. Interestingly, there seems to be a large volume of people asking about mindfulness whether…

  • Is Yoga Meditation? 4 Activities You Never Knew Were Meditation

    When you don’t feel like sitting and have energy to burn Sometimes the idea of sitting down to meditate can be an unpleasant thought and can evoke feelings of resistance or even anxiety.  And, the more we think about it, the more unsettled we can become and the less likely we are to actually sit and meditate or if we do it is very short lived. If you feel like a ball of energy and have a lot of energy to burn, you may not feel as though you can actually sit for any length of time, but would prefer to use some of that energy. So, this can evoke questions…

  • What is Zen Meditation? How to Awaken

    Before I elaborate on “What is Zen Meditation?”, I think its pertinent to explain its origins and its relationship to Buddhism. What is Buddhism? Buddhism can be considered a philosophy, discipline of the mind, a religion and/or a way of life. The Buddhist path is a personal experience of achieving deep and long-lasting happiness by gaining wisdom and a mind free of negative emotions. Meditation is a means of accomplishing this (Venerable Thubten Lhundrup, 2004). Who founded Buddhism? Approximately 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama was born in the foothills of Nepal. At the age of 29, Siddhartha took up the life of an ascetic. After training in meditation for six…

  • Meditation activities for kids – 5 of the best!

    Kids and Meditation – the perfect time is now! Really, meditation activities for kids, relaxation meditation for kids and the meditation techniques for kids used don’t differ from what an adult would use. What I am going to share is suitable for children, teenagers and the whole family. The difference of course is that adults may be more inclined to want to do or at least try meditation activities because they may have an awareness that they may need it or that it may help with whatever issue brought them to it. And, the other difference is that we can’t expect children to sit for 30 minutes or an hour…

  • Basic meditation techniques for beginners – ‘stop trying’ is the best one of all!

    You may have read my blog Simple meditation techniques for beginners – it doesn’t have to be hard! where I outlined 4 techniques including a guided meditation with quite a bit of detail and explanation. This time, I’m going to list 5 basic meditation techniques for beginners to simplify your meditation experience even more and I have included what I consider to be the best one of all too. 5 Basic Meditation Techniques for Beginners  1.  Lay down or sit Lay down on your back or sit comfortably on a chair or on the floor (use meditation cushions – behind your back, under your bottom or under your feet, a…

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