The Just Meditation Blog

The Fellowship of Silence

From 2012-2018 I was the vicar of the church of St John the Baptist in Newcastle city centre. I’d been in post for about a year when one Sunday afternoon I received a telephone call from a woman asking if the church was open and whether she could pop in for a visit. She also wanted to know...

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Just Meditation ONLINE

In March 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the world, we suddenly found ourselves in 'lockdown'. Those early days, as the crisis escalated, had a surreal quality. Many aspects of life, previously taken for granted, changed in unprecedented ways as we learnt a new vocabulary and...

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Podcast Interviews

I've been wondering whether to start a Just Meditation podcast, as another way of promoting the learning and practice of meditation, alongside the Just Meditation Blog.

Over the years, I've been a guest on other people's podcasts, and it does seem to be a good medium for talking in greater...

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A Simple Practice

Meditation can, in theory, be practised anytime and anywhere – but it usually helps to choose a time and a place that is reasonably quiet and where you are unlikely to be disturbed or interrupted. It is not essential to meditate in a location that is completely silent. If it were, very few...

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Peace and Power

The reasons people give for wanting to meditate vary widely, but they tend to fall into one of two general categories that can be summarised in terms of relaxation, on the one hand, and self-improvement on the other. Together these form a spectrum that has the attainment of peace at one end and...

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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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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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