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Meditation and Personal Development – Mortal Enemies?

Today, as I was meditating, something occurred to me. It was: it is not only the case that meditation helps me to see the world in high definition. It is that meditation helps me accept myself as I am. This leads to a certain tension between meditation and personal development. Meditation is about being satisfied […]

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Another Benefit From Mediation

It is the ability to glimpse the wonder inherent in things. The presence of something phenomenal is not required. In the face of pure attention, the banal becomes magical. The blinking cursor on the page, the shape of the symbols on the keyboard, the noise of the computer fan. Even the sound of typing on […]

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The Strangeness of Paying Attention

There is an inherent strangeness in the world. Just look with enough attention. We know what a hand is. It’s a part of our body. We know what constitutes the hand – bones, nervous tissue, muscle tissue, cartilage, etc. And yet, make the following experience: look at your hand, in a relaxed manner, for a […]

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High Definition

To meditate is not to seek a sublime mental or physical state. Meditation can lead to this – often through the practice breathing exercises – but that is not its purpose. The purpose of a meditation practice is, above all, to notice the filters we apply to our lives, to our perception. Filters that cover […]

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Rain on Demand

Rainy days like today are very productive. There is something about the rain that helps me focus. Of course, not every day is like today. On those days I have Rainy Mood. Yes, I know this note is looking a lot like an ad for aspirin or toiletries, but I’m not an affiliate, I don’t […]