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“inner peace”

The Inevitability of the Present Moment

Dear Integral Meditators, I’d like to wish you a very happy new lunar new year of the snake, whatever winding and twisting roads that it may take us on! This weeks article reflects on the fact that one of the main goal of mindfulness and meditation; that of living in the present is in fact […]

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Why Meditation and Mindfulness Won’t Reduce your Stress (and why this is a good thing)

Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article takes a bit of a closer look at exactly what it is that meditation is supposed to do for us. I look at the idea of mindfulness as stress reduction, and offer a new, what I think is in many ways a more constructive and beneficial perspective within which […]

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Soft Forms of Psychic Self Defence

Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article looks at some somewhat counter-intuitive forms of inner psychic defence, which I hope you will enjoy and be able to relate to. Yours in the spirit of strength in softness, Toby   Soft forms of Psychic Self-Defence  Normally when we think of psychic self-defence, both in the sense of defence from […]

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The Pattern of Meditation

Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article on the pattern of meditation is really a summary of one of the big themes that has come out of the last two meditation workshops that I have done in January. I think if we understand this basic principle then it really helps to gain clarity on the what […]

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On Real Men, Daffodils and Chihuahuas

Dear All, This weeks article looks at ways in which we can encourage ourselves to get out of the ‘ordinary appearances’ that so often prevent us from living a full and vibrant life. Quick reminder of this coming Wednesday’s  “Introduction to Meditation From the Perspective of Zen” . There are maybe three or four places left, so if […]

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The Inner Sharks of the Mind

This weeks article takes an example from nature as a way of gaining insight on how to deal with the disturbances in our mind that we might normally try and run away from. Sometimes an image really does speak a thousand words, and I find this particular image very helpful in both dealing with my […]

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Engaged Equanimity

Dear Integral Meditators, The new year beckons, and this is the new year edition of the Integral Meditations newsletter! 2012 has certainly been a deeply transformative year for me, and looking forward to 2013 the promise does seem to be that this will continue. When thinking about the qualities that I would most like to […]

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Light-Heartedness as Your Object of Meditation (Plus January ’13 Meditation Workshop Schedule)

Hi Everyone, Light-heartedness is the them of this weeks article, a seriously important meditation if you ask me! The new Integral Meditation Asia schedule of classes is out for January 2013.We have two evening mini-workshops, firstly on the “Essential Meditation of the Buddha” and secondly Zen Meditation (Zen workshop hosted by Gallery Helios), as well as the increasingly popular Mind of […]

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What Does it Mean to Meditate on Non-Doing?

Dear Toby, In last week’s article I talked about balancing the development of the ego and the spirit, in this week’s article I take a practical look at non-doing, a powerful practice for developing your spiritual being that also has many benefits on the other levels of your being. It comes under the category of practices that […]

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Balancing the Development of Your Ego and Spirit

Hi Everyone, The concerns of our ego and the concerns of spirit are often set up as being mutually antagonistic to each other, but is this really the case? This weeks article looks at ways that we can begin to synchronize our ego and our spiritual selves in to a complementary unity, where they are […]

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