Long-term meditator David White explains why it’s a waste of time to judge each meditation session.

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“My kids don’t really understand what I’m doing when I’m meditating. Well they do now, they didn’t when they were little.

“When they were very little they would ask: ‘Did you have a good meditation, Daddy?’

“I would start giving them an answer: ‘No, it wasn’t a good meditation today, I was very tired and distracted,’ or ‘Yes, it was a very good meditation today, I really concentrated and I feel really wonderful.’ …

Yara, a student from the Netherlands, explains the benefits that she gets from meditation.

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“My motivation to have a daily practice of meditation I think was mainly because I need every day some time for myself. And I like when you are meditating, not only on a cushion but outside, you become so aware of everything.

“I really like being in nature if my free time, in between my studying time for example, and then just ‘being’, letting go.

“I’m so much in my head sometimes, it’s just good to let go, hear the birds, you know!

“That’s really my motivation to keep meditating — to keep continuing the awareness of the present.”

Carla, a student from Germany, explains the benefits that she gets from meditation.

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“I notice after a session of meditation, I’m much more open to people, somehow to just give them more the space of just them being, instead of me having this idea already of being too quick.

“It’s just giving them more space, and I can tune much more into their needs or into how they are in the moment, and I think then I’m much more in connection with them, and I think they also notice that.

“I think I become nicer, funnier and also more comfortable to be around — not stuck in my own cloud of ‘this is how I see the world but actually I don’t see the world at all.’”

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“If I meditate I just take everything a lot easier.” Photo: David Mao | Unsplash

Malai, from Amsterdam, explains how meditation sets her up for the day — and helps keep stress levels down on the commute to work.

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“First of all, if I do meditation in the morning, you take your time to just sit and spend some time on yourself, while normally if I don’t meditate I kind of rush into everything I do.

“So I’m just getting up really fast, taking a quick shower, taking a quick breakfast, and then being on my bike really fast.

“If I meditate I just take everything a lot easier. I take it slower and I take the time to drink a cup of tea, time to actually sit and do the meditation, so you’re not in that rush in general. …

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“I’m sitting in a meeting and it’s intense and it’s stressful...” Photo: Headway | Unsplash

David, founder of a meditation group for business leaders in Australia, explains how he applies three key meditation principles at work.

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“I remember when I first started learning meditation, I was taught that there are three components: spaciousness, mindfulness and awareness.

“You begin by having your attention mindfully aware of whatever it is you are paying attention to. It might be the breath when you’re doing meditation, or it might be the person you’re talking to.

“The second bit was awareness, so that when your mind gets distracted, you notice it’s distracted, you become aware of it, and you bring it back. …

It’s not easy to stop and refocus when you’re busy, but here’s one way that technology can actually help.

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“It makes me pause and come back to the present moment” Photo: Christin Hume | Unsplash

What I try to do in any moment when I see myself getting swept away by what I’m doing, is just to pause. I’ve tried different things over the years, like having a gong or some kind of reminder on my computer that goes off every 15 minutes or every hour. It makes me pause and come back to the present moment instead of being lost in all my thoughts. Just for a split second I drop everything that I’m doing and suddenly the things that have been going crazy in my mind will settle, even just a little bit. Maybe I have a million things to do, but I just stop for a second. …

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Do you ever find yourself reading about strange things on Wikipedia? Photo: Máté Molnár/Unsplash

What does meditation have in common with our web surfing habits? Bodhi lead teacher Kimberly Poppe explains how we get carried away by our thoughts, and how the key to meditation is learning to keep bringing our mind back.

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“Meditation isn’t linear in the sense that I start out and then I progressively get less distracted, less distracted, less distracted, and then I achieve the perfect goal of meditation. There’s no goal to achieve, and there’s no ‘good way’ for our mind to be and no ‘bad way’ for our mind to be. …

Tips for staying mindful and present when you’re out and about

Sometimes I find when I’m trying to meditate on my cushion, it’s like I want too much to meditate. “Ok, I have to calm now because I’ve only got 10 minutes,” and then I make too much pressure on myself. So sometimes it’s more helpful for me to just go out somewhere in nature and sit in a nice spot, and take out this kind of wanting or kind of goal orientation of having to calm down now. Also just cycling around, because that time is not really used. …



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