Why Pain Can be a Good Thing During Meditation

Someone was stabbing me between the shoulder blades with one of those big kitchen knives.

Or, at least, that’s what the mental activity going on in my mind would have me believe.

In reality, I was sitting in the meditation yurt, in a beautiful patch of desert way out in the Arizona wilderness. And my body just wasn’t used to spending 16 hours a day alternating between sitting and walking meditation.

Hence the pain in my back.

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Are You Pushing Too Hard in Your Meditation Practice, or Not Hard Enough?

There’s a pervasive myth, here in the West, that expending effort during meditation is bad. It somehow means you’re doing it wrong.

There’s the expectation that meditation is supposed to be relaxing, goal-less and effortless. Non-doing, non-being and all that good stuff.

Well, as with most of these things, the reality is a little more nuanced than that.

I’m going to dig into this one a bit to help you understand when it’s ok to push during your meditation and when you should slow down and back off.

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How to Cram 10 Years of Mindfulness Meditation into 30 Days

I’ve spent over 20 years exploring many different meditation techniques and, more recently, helping hundreds of people with their own meditation practice. Looking back, much of those early years of effort were wasted, because I didn’t really understand how to practice effectively.

With the benefit of hindsight, here’s six of the things I’ve learned about mindfulness meditation that I wish I had known when I was starting out.

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How to Master Stress Using Mindfulness:
The Stress Surfing Technique – Part 2

This is part 2 in a 3 part series on transforming your relationship with stress using a simple technique I call Stress Surfing. You can find Part 1 here.

When people join my Free 7 Day Meditation Kickstart program on Facebook, the overwhelming majority of them do so because they want a better way to deal with the stress in their lives.

Well, that’s what this video series is all about!

Stress Surfing, is a way of using mindfulness to completely change how you relate to stress.

It’s a way of taking the stress out of stress!

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