Meditation

Applications, Buddhism, Meditation, Religion

Progressions of Vipassana Insight Meditation

Progression in insight meditation, or Vipassana meditation, is a difficult thing to characterize in the context of your practice. When you exercise consistently, you begin to notice changes in your body and energy levels – loss of fat, increased muscle tone and mass, increased endurance; however, meditation progression is not linear – even with dedicated practice – and little or no evidence of progress can make the experience frustrating enough to quit.

April 13, 2016 ×

Meditation, Research

Mental Silence and Meditation

The running monologue inside our heads has a way of putting up a dividing wall between us and our happiness. We can relate to the severity of this issue in extreme cases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression. Our stream of consciousness – at its most malicious – can commandeer our entire view of ourselves and dim our view on the outside world. This mind-gone-wild affliction touches us all, to differing degrees.

‘I think, therefore I am’, was René Descartes’ line from Discourse on the Method.¹ Our awareness of self is our defining characteristic. Furthermore, our ability as human beings to reflect upon, and investigate our thoughts – and the neural basis of these thoughts – is veritably mind-blowing. However, when self-awareness turns into incessant mind-chatter, we begin to question its value and seek ways to quiet the noise.

January 6, 2016 ×

Meditation

The Benefits of Meditating in Perfect Conditions

Surfing with a Hawaiian champion tandem surfer for an instructor – and a big push – gave me the opportunity to get up on the board after only a few attempts. Not only did it make the experience more enjoyable, but bailing off the board into 25+ degree Celsius water […]

October 30, 2015 ×

Applications, Buddhism, Meditation

Introduction to Mindfulness – ‘The Issue at Hand’

Our biggest influence as individuals is with our own touch points to both our external and internal worlds. Cultivating a meta-awareness of these points of contact is a cultivation of mindfulness.

September 26, 2015 ×