Meditation

The best meditation sounds on YouTube

Feel like you're on vacation every day. Close your eyes and imagine lying in a field full of lavender in French Provence. It is a hot summer day and you hear the cicadas singing. Or imagine yourself sitting on...

Why Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has a young brain

Recently I discovered Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a famous meditation teacher and master of Tibetan Buddhism. He has a modern, fresh way of teaching and he also likes to combine modern scientific research with the ancient art of meditation. That...

Ten famous people who meditate

When I did some research on the Internet I discovered that there are a lot of famous people who meditate. That makes sense. Not because meditation is some kind of ‘road to success’ but because it is a way...

Why we need to teach meditation in schools

I believe we need to teach meditation in schools. Kids are under a lot of pressure these days. And later in life the pressure will probably get worse. More and more young people suffer from burnout symptoms. That is...

How to train your focus and improve your life

Technology is slowly killing our attention spans. Humans now have shorter attention spans than goldfish. I believe that - in order to live a healthy and meaningful life - we need to be able to focus from time to...

One year of daily meditation

Over a year ago I started the habit of daily meditation. The habit sticked. And? Is it life changing? Did it change my personality? Make me more intelligent? No, none of that. But I enjoyed doing it and it...

Nostalgic guided daydreaming will relax your busy mind

Daydreaming makes us feel guilty and unproductive. Constant focus and productivity are the norm. But that exhausts our minds. Research shows that some forms of daydreaming can be a very good idea. When we let our minds wander, we...

Healthy habits for a great Christmas

Make this Christmas extra special. Put away your smartphone or tablet and pay attention to the people around you. And to yourself! Start working on these healthy habits. You are the sum of your habits. And that is a good...

Qi is your personal, unlimited source of energy

In traditional Chinese culture qi is a ‘life force’ or ‘energy flow’ that is believed to be a vital force forming part of any living entity. Some have perfected the skill to control this energy flow through meditation. Our...

Try these three steps for a perfect body scan meditation

The body scan meditation is a great introduction to the habit of meditation. In our modern civilization we spend much of the day in our heads. Which causes us to feel a bit disconnected from our bodies. With the body...

Meditation apps: the sounds of silence

Sounds can be very helpful in meditation. Listening is a great way to focus your attention and stop your constant thinking for a while. When I am having trouble calming my mind and clearing my thoughts I always use...

99 days of daily meditation

Exactly 99 days ago I started with daily meditation. It is a habit I have been trying to form for a long time. How do I feel after 99 days of meditation? Will the habit stick? What are the...

Make a daily habit of meditation

In our western society many of us have lost the skill to relax and recharge. There are just too many distractions and things we think we should be doing. Our permanently occupied minds suck our energy and cause many...

Use the power of your breath

Breathing. We do it constantly without even noticing. That is a good thing. Because constantly noticing your breath may possibly drive you insane. However; our breath can be a very powerful tool too. A ‘power tool’ that we always...

Vegetable Roots Discourse

A few years ago I came across an interesting text that really inspired me. I was listening to an old audio file of the British philosopher Alan Watts in which he teaches meditation. At some point in his talk...