Here are gathered articles on the topic of how to meditate. I'm not claiming they are correct, but I hope they are helpful.
It is important when practicing not simply to go off in a corner and practice, but to rely on community help keep you on track. This is a story about a recent experience I had with community, and the benefits I got from it in my practice.
The inner toddler really, really doesn’t want to keep sitting. How do you get it to chill out?
We all have a powerful mental function, the problem finder, that looks for potentially life-threatening problems in our environment and brings them to our attention. In most of us, it is tuned way too high, and so it’s always telling us stuff that not only don’t we need to know, but that will actually make us feel unsafe and insecure and even worthless. What to do?
Sometimes when we don’t want to do something, it’s because we’re struggling with resistance. Sometimes it’s that it’s not what we need to do.
Tamara asked for some clarification on the different ways that inner conflicts that come up in meditation can find resolution. In this post I go into a bit more detail about that.
In stage four, we have to learn to develop introspective awareness. But how do we actually do that? Do we think “now I will be introspectively aware?” Not so much.
You thought you were meditating to get more focused, or calm, or whatever, and suddenly some anger, frustration, sadness or self-hatred wells up while you are sitting, and you think "what's gone wrong with my meditation?"
I've mentioned the stages of meditation a number of times, and I just wanted to give a quick overview of the early stages for reference.
Realizing you are stuck is really a variant on knowing where you are, and knowing where you hope to go. If you know where you are, and you haven't gotten any closer to where you want to go, that's a sign that you are stuck.
The more you try to make it happen, the less it happens. So how is it possible to do anything at all to bring about change?