Category Archive: Secular Meditation/ Mindfulness

Apr 07 2014

Secular Meditation: Mindfulness and Sex

silhouette lovers kissing on beach

So how might the principles and practices of secular mindfulness be applied to boffing? In some ways, sex is a perfect arena to practice mindfulness. And in some ways, it’s really, really not. Not that it’s impossible or antithetical or anything. Just that it’s sometimes challenging, and counterintuitive, and complicated. I’ll start with the ways …

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Feb 21 2014

Secular Meditation: Listening to Silence


There’s this meditation technique I’ve been using. It’s a little hard to talk about: not in the “painful or upsetting” sense of “hard to talk about,” but in the “literally difficult to find words” sense. But I’ve been finding it very valuable, so I thought I’d share with the rest of the class. I’ve been …

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Jan 13 2014

Secular Meditation: “If you can’t meditate for twenty minutes a day…”

clock in hand

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” -Zen proverb Almost as soon as I started meditating, I started hearing this proverb. It pops into my mind now and then: usually when I’m struggling with (or simply looking at) how to …

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Nov 12 2013

Secular Meditation: As It Gets Easier, It Gets More Difficult

I’m running into an interesting paradox/ conundrum/ thing with my secular meditation practice. I’ve been meditating regularly, almost every day, since April of this year. Unsurprisingly, as I continue to do it and to be a little more experienced with it, it’s been getting easier. Specifically, it’s become much easier to just sit still for …

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Nov 04 2013

Mind is Matter: Why Meditation Is More Humanist than You Might Think

A lot of atheists, humanists, and other nonbelievers are leery or dismissive of meditation and mindfulness. Some see it as an irretrievably religious or spiritual practice, and want no part in it. Others are put off by the faddish, overused, buzzword quality of the practice and the terminology. And I can understand that. For years, …

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Oct 10 2013

My Podcast Interview about Secular Meditation with “Present Moment”

I have a new podcast interview up! It’s with Ted Meissner of Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science, exploring meditation and mindfulness from an entirely secular perspective. It’s the first part of a two-part episode: in this part, I answer questions and share some of my experiences, while the second part is more focused on …

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Sep 15 2013

Secular Meditation: Is This Practice Making Me “More Buddhist”? Take One Guess

So I got this comment from sciamannata on my recent post, Secular Meditation: The Serenity to Accept What Could Be Changed, But Doesn’t Actually Need to Be: You are becoming more Buddhist every day …and I have stopped arguing with you in my head about this — especially while I am trying myself to meditate …

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Sep 10 2013

Secular Meditation: The Serenity to Accept What Could Be Changed, But Doesn’t Actually Need to Be

serenity rock

“The serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” It’s the famous “serenity prayer” from Alcoholics Anonymous. Minus the prayer part, of course. And it’s a theme I keep coming back to in my secular meditation/ mindfulness practice. A big …

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Aug 22 2013

Secular Meditation: Formal and Everyday Practice


Is there a difference between a formal, structured practice of mindfulness, and simply practicing it in your everyday life? As I’ve been writing about this secular, evidence-based meditation practice I’ve been doing, some people have been commenting that they don’t do any sort of formal or structured meditation practice… but they do work on being …

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Aug 15 2013

Secular Meditation: What’s the Point?

still water

As I’ve been pursuing this new meditation practice that I’ve been yammering on about, there’s a question that keeps coming up: Why, exactly, am I doing this? What’s the point? I don’t mean “What’s the point?” as in “Why am I bothering with this?” I know why I’m bothering with this. I’m getting a whole …

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