The Just Meditation Blog

Chilling Out & Getting Over Ourselves

Why do we meditate? Well, there are lots of reasons. But two in particular stand out. Calming the mind and seeing things more clearly. These are two of the principal outcomes of meditation, and they can be of benefit to us in a variety of ways. For example, calming the mind helps us to be better...

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Anyone can Meditate

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard people say, I’m not very good at meditating, or I can’t meditate, or words to that effect. It’s nonsense. Anyone can meditate. Admittedly, you have to want to do it, and it’s no good if you don’t, but with very...

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Into Great Silence

Review of Into Great Silence (Die Große Stille), dir. Philip Gröning

Unlikely as it may seem, the hidden life of the Carthusians has been brought to the big screen. But don’t go to the cinema expecting a history lesson, or a fly-on-the-wall documentary about life in a monastery....

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Meditation is... the cultivation of awareness

Meditation is essentially the practice of taking the focus of our attention away from ourselves, away from our own thoughts, away from the constructs of self that our thoughts make manifest, away from our illusions and attachments – even if only for a few moments. And by doing this, we...

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The Rise of Mindfulness

Suddenly, in about 2014, everyone was talking about mindfulness. Although derived from Buddhist meditation practices, mindfulness achieved such unprecedented levels of mainstream popularity that many people may not even be aware of its Buddhist origins. The story of how this came about is,...

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Calmness, Clarity and Compassion

When we think about why we meditate, one of the reasons is because we expect to gain some benefit from doing so.

Those benefits could be many and varied. Indeed, it is common to see meditation promoted with long lists of all the issues meditation will resolve, whether they be physical, mental or...

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A Month of Sundays

“The first forty-eight hours are the worst,” said a Benedictine monk of my acquaintance when I told him I was going to be spending a month at Parkminster. “But if you can get through that you’ll be fine!” he added cheerfully.

Helpful advice, no doubt, but still...

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Learning to Meditate

It is often said that we live in a society in which everyone is ‘searching for something.’ More specifically, they are searching, we are to infer, for some kind of ‘spiritual’ fulfilment. Sometimes my naturally sceptical disposition makes me think this is just one of those...

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