Category Archive: Secular Meditation/ Mindfulness

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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Jul 30 2013

Secular Meditation: Flexible Discipline, Or, On Creating a Regular Practice in an Irregular Life

dali clock

So I’m working on creating a regular meditation routine. I’m running into an interesting conundrum with it. And the conundrum, like so many I run into with meditation, is bringing me some compelling insights into how I live my life… in this case, into what it means to have discipline, and what stability and security …

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Jul 29 2013

Secular Meditation: The “Present Moment” Podcast/ Website

Present Moment logo

Some of you who’ve been reading my recent writings on secular meditation have been asking me, “How can I do this myself?” “What are some good resources?” “Where can I find out more about this?” Ted Meissner — the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, and host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular …

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Jul 19 2013

Secular Meditation: “That’s not for me”


“I could never meditate. I can’t sit still for more than five minutes. I’m too impatient, too restless, too driven, too abstract, too ambitious, too overloaded, too much of a worrier, too much of a multi-tasker, too much of a rapid-fire thinker and talker, too easily bored, too attracted to action, too much of a …

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Jul 09 2013

Secular Meditation: I Am Who I Am


“Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.” This is a moderately famous Zen koan. And it’s a phrase that keeps popping into my head as I pursue the secular meditation/ mindfulness practice that I keep gassing on about. Like many Zen koans, it seems to mean somewhat different things to …

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