How Meditation Loosens the Grip of the Self: Neural Correlates of Self-Centeredness and Self-Transcendence

How Meditation Loosens the Grip of the Self: Neural Correlates of Self-Centeredness and Self-Transcendence

Somehow, meditation changes both of these: over time, it quiets chatter of the monkey mind and shifts our stubborn physiological bias. Quite like magic. Except, it's long-term magic: meditation erodes and weakens the strength of our negative thoughts, cognitive dissonances, and painful longings.

The Nature of Insight: The Lotus Puzzle, a Zen Koan Exercise

The Nature of Insight: The Lotus Puzzle, a Zen Koan Exercise

The following exercise is meant to confer a firsthand experience of ordinary insight. In Zen meditation traditions, these types of puzzles and intractable statements are known as Koans. Take a moment to focus your mind and try the following exercise, contemplating the problem until you experience a flash of insight that conveys the answer. A [...]

Meditation Coach Fimo Mitchell on Using Mindfulness to Deal with Pain (and the Anger of Police Brutality)

Meditation Coach Fimo Mitchell on Using Mindfulness to Deal with Pain (and the Anger of Police Brutality)

"I've never met a human being who doesn't suffer. We all suffer. But we're not taught how to deal with our suffering." - Fimo Mitchell It's hard to understand how Fimo Mitchell touched on so many important topics in such a short amount of time. In this short post-meditation discussion, Fimo shared his wisdom on: [...]