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People have been meditating for thousands of years: it is a universal spiritual practice, found in all cultures and traditions. And it is used in pursuit of a wide range of different goals, from the relief of stress and anxiety to the attainment of enlightenment. Today, there are probably more...

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Breath vs. Mantra: which meditation technique is best?

In this article we’re going to look at two of the most common meditation techniques: observing the breath and repeating a mantra.

The good news is that both methods basically work in more or less the same way, so it’s not really a case of which one is ‘better’ or...

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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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Meditation is not about being 'good' at meditating

When I first started meditating, nearly 30 years ago, I was travelling in India and staying in Ashrams, where I attended yoga classes and regular meditation sessions. I was taught in quite a traditional way, with a strong focus on ascetic discipline and instruction in the religious and...

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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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