How to meditate on the peaceful clarity of your own mind

In the last article on Buddha and the Brain, I quoted from Transform Your Life on how our body and mind are different entities. If this is true, it has huge implications on our lives: for one thing it allows for the continuum of past and future lives and karma. It also means that our … Continue reading “How to meditate on the peaceful clarity of your own mind”

Emergency aid for a troubled mind

9 mins read Do you ever wish you had a quick fix for an unhappy mind? Like you even know what you could be doing to feel better, but your mind is just too roiled to be able to do it? The craving is just too strong and convincing, the irritation just too, well, irritating? … Continue reading “Emergency aid for a troubled mind”

Your mind is empty (even if it doesn’t feel like it) …

Do you ever feel as if your mind is crammed full of thoughts you’d rather not be having? Or stuck in painful places, as if your thoughts are thinking you rather than the other way around? Dragging you around with them wherever the heck they feel like it, even when you’d rather be somewhere else? And … Continue reading “Your mind is empty (even if it doesn’t feel like it) …”

Feel free to change your mind

With attachment born of ignorance we are always splitting ourselves off from our actual happiness, the happiness of our own peaceful mind. Holding onto an isolated real “self”, distanced from “other”, happiness is now necessarily separate from us, other than us. We distance ourselves from it in time – “Oh I was so happy back THEN!” … Continue reading “Feel free to change your mind”

Meditation on clarity and non-duality

Right now, reading this, what is the consciousness you are having of your screen, or the room around you? That consciousness is not physical. You cannot see it with your eyes or with any physical instrument, however subtle. You cannot touch it, you cannot sit on it, you cannot photograph it, you cannot reproduce it, … Continue reading “Meditation on clarity and non-duality”

Clear mind

The meditation on the nature of our own mind has many benefits, the first being that it pacifies distractions. If we understand what we are meditating on, we’ll see how that works. For perfect instructions, please consult Geshe Kelsang’s beautiful new book, The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra. The nature and function of the mind In … Continue reading “Clear mind”

Clearing out the clutter from our mind

Yesterday I met Steve, recently evicted from his mobile home and locked out from his possessions for no longer earning enough money from eBay to pay his rent. Living in his car for two weeks, he has just been rescued by my old friend Iben who lives next to him and who decided to buy … Continue reading “Clearing out the clutter from our mind”

Mindfulness is as good as antidepressants

“Mindfulness is as good as antidepressants, study says”: “Mindfulness therapy is gaining headway in many areas of psychology, and now there’s more evidence to back up its effectiveness. A new study published the Archives of General Psychiatry finds that depression patients in remission who underwent mindfulness therapy did as well as those who took an … Continue reading “Mindfulness is as good as antidepressants”

Changing direction

6 mins read In Buddhism, we train to solve our own and everybody else’s problems through compassion and wisdom. This is a bit different to the usual way we try to solve them, to be honest, which is generally through attachment and aversion. Out of attachment to a world outside our thoughts, a world in … Continue reading “Changing direction”

Unleashing our potential

I asked a bunch of people the other day what their New Year’s resolutions were, and most of them told me they hadn’t bothered making any because they never stuck to them. And it is true that New Year’s resolutions often don’t work because our minds are kind of too much all over the place, … Continue reading “Unleashing our potential”