Archive for the Meditation category

How a To Do list can reveal the hidden nature of reality

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

I've found that one of the most useful things I've come to understand through insight meditation over the past few years is how most of the time we aren't interacting with our life as it is, but rather we interact with a series of emotional force fields that lay over aspects of our life. It's […]

Taking a retreat at home

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Retreats are a recommended part of spiritual practice for many people, but can be off putting or impractical – they cost a chunk of money, they involve travelling to somewhere a way out of town, they are an unfamiliar environment, they need you to have some time off work. But I very much understand why […]

Meditation Insight – The brain is an organ that generates thoughts

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

I randomly came across this quotation on a podcast somewhere a few months back, but it's stayed with me and the more I've thought about it the more I've realised it's a very useful thing to consider during meditation. The idea is this – just as it is your heart's nature to pump blood and […]

Meditation Insight – How do I know I am experiencing this?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I believe that one of the key goals of Insight meditation practice (that is practice designed to move one towards greater understanding and enlightenment) is to observe and understand the fundamental way in which we experience reality.  It doesn't take much work to realise that a great deal of what we think we are experiencing […]

Meditation insights – "This"

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

One of the peculiar things about going deep into a meditative trance is that, much like when one is dreaming, one tends to accept ideas and concepts as being perfectly normal and mundane which under other circumstances one would find quite unusual or noteworthy.  A number of times I've done some meditation, or vision work, […]

Why so negative?

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

I've recently made a series of posts about things which are bad for magick – magick, in this context, standing in for all spiritual practices.  It's just that magick is what I tend to do most of when it comes to spiritual doings, so how I tend to think of spiritual practices.  This series of […]

Moving house is bad for magick

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

I moved house about three weeks ago.  Whilst we're very much 'here' in the new house, there's still a whole list of things on the 'to do' list, stuff to be organised, sorted, laid out appropriately, and so on.  One thing I realised very early on when moving – moving house is bad for magick. […]

Meditation concepts – The past didn't happen to you

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

One of the current effects of my practice seems to be that periodically I get new insights or ideas bubbling up through my mind which I then have to go away and think about, or meditate on, for a while to fully make use of them.  I'll pass them on here and see if anyone […]

The Diviner's Cycle

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

My friend Hilary over at Online Clarity recently linked to my Magickian's Cycle post with her own comments on whether a similar cycle existed for those who use the I-Ching regularly.  She noticed that at times in her own life she'd become very enthusiastic about using the I-Ching, got some great reading, read regularly, then […]

How to meditate

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Meditation has a great deal to offer anyone who is prepared to put in a bit time and effort, but how do you go about it?  Well, the first thing to say is there is no single way, no 'right' way to meditate.  There are many different techniques, many different ideas, and many different 'aims' […]