Absurdity and Revolt: Mindfulness and the Meaning of Life

Apparently there’s no torture more terrible to the gods’ imagination than pointless, endless, meaningless labour. For trying to cheat death, the mythical Greek figure Sisyphus was condemned by the gods to a cruel and unusual punishment: he had to push a boulder up a mountain, yet the moment the boulder reached the top it wouldContinue reading “Absurdity and Revolt: Mindfulness and the Meaning of Life”

A Path Without a Goal: There’s More to Life Than Getting What You Want

I’m sure you’ve been there before. You really wanted to achieve that goal. You wanted to pass your course, get that degree, buy that car, score that job, travel the world. Whatever it was, you knew that as soon as you achieved it you would have “made it.” You would finally be happy. Then youContinue reading “A Path Without a Goal: There’s More to Life Than Getting What You Want”

Get High on Nirvana: A Guided Tour of Meditation Techniques

Bring your attention to your breath? Focus on body sensations? Be in the present moment? What on earth could possibly be more boring? I remember thinking this when I first heard about meditation techniques as a child. I was into fantasy novels and video games; my head didn’t want to be in the present moment,Continue reading “Get High on Nirvana: A Guided Tour of Meditation Techniques”

Our Better Angels: The Link Between Mindfulness and Compassion

Mindfulness changes the way you see people. As meditation practice steadily erodes your fears, anxieties and insecurities you naturally find yourself becoming less self-focused and more other-focused. You realise just how much your view of the world and of other people have been obscured by your self and your endless obsessions. This move from worryingContinue reading “Our Better Angels: The Link Between Mindfulness and Compassion”

How to Meditate: It’s Not What You Think

What do you imagine when you think of someone meditating? There was a time I would’ve imagined someone sitting crossed-legged in the lotus position, eyes closed, palms up and thumb and forefinger touching to form a symbolic circle. And if they were wearing a saffron robe and sitting atop a mountain or deep in aContinue reading “How to Meditate: It’s Not What You Think”

The Necessity of Mindfulness: Seeing Things as They Really Are

There came a point when my life collapsed. I won’t bore you with the details. But needless to say, I had some things on my mind one fine day when I was out for an evening run in the country. It was beautiful – green trees nestled amidst sun-drenched fields – but I saw noneContinue reading “The Necessity of Mindfulness: Seeing Things as They Really Are”