Behind The Thoughts Podcast

2021-05-01: Episode 54 - Resistance & Curiosity Resistance can occur in our wish, our intention to meditate. Busyness occurs in our daily work - …

2021-04-17: Episode 53 - Stilling a Tired Mind This episode has taken a few weeks to make an appearance. The short version of “why” has …

2021-03-29: Episode 52 - Faith and Confidence Meditation is easy, or easier to do when I am feeling confident and inspired. Inspired because of …

2021-03-20: Episode 51 - It's a marathon, not a sprint... …in fact, meditation is not even a race. It is a practice…of a lifetime. I find in our …

2021-03-15: Episode 50 - When life has other plans A slight delay of a couple of days to get this podcast recorded brought some emotions up in me, and …

2021-03-06: Episode 49 - Widening our circle, taking tonglen further Last week I introduced the practice of tonglen as a way for managing pain. As I mentioned at the …

2021-02-27: Episode 48 - Pain This week’s episode comes out of my current experience. I am in physical pain due to muscular …

2021-02-20: Episode 47 - Acceptance In the meditation practice that I offer, I regularly give the instruction that if you are disturbed …

2021-02-13: Episode 46 - Intention It is very easy for meditation to become another thing that we are fitting into our daily, busy …

2021-02-06: Episode 45 - Goal / No Goal In this episode I speak about the benefit of having an overarching goal, a reason, an intention that …

2021-01-30: Episode 44 - Where and when? When do we meditate? How long for and what time of the day? And how about where? Do we just sit …

2021-01-23: Episode 43 - What is meditation? In a podcast on the subject of meditation, it feels prudent to ask the question, “What is …

2021-01-15: Episode 42 - Step by Step Meditation is a step by step process, session by session, breath by breath. Meditation is about …

2021-01-09: Episode 41 - Relaunch After just over three years, I am relaunching the Behind The Thoughts podcast. The last episode of …

2017-09-29: Episode 40 Taking care of the foundations of our meditation helps to build a solid base for developing our …

2017-09-22: Episode 39 Sitting with difficult emotions or pain from, for example, a headache can be challenge. However, it …

2017-09-12: Episode 38 After a break in the podcast which has seen me moving house, I return to a subject that I visit from …

2017-08-25: Episode 37 This episode revisits the subject of goals in our meditation, diving deeper into the subject. I …

2017-08-19: Episode 36 Lying on a doctor’s examination table, waiting for what seemed like an age for the nurse …

2017-08-13: Episode 35 Adding another tool to our meditation belt, I introduce Analytical Meditation in this podcast. …

2017-08-07: Episode 34 In this episode we delve deeper into the practice of visualization, exploring how it is more than …

2017-08-02: Episode 33 The opposite of a sleepy mind that we discussed a couple of episodes back is an excited mind that …

2017-07-29: Episode 32 After an unplanned break in the podcast of a little over 2 weeks, in this episode I discuss the …

2017-07-12: Episode 31 This episode starts with a recap of the techniques for managing sleepiness when we meditate, and …

2017-07-07: Episode 30 Sleepiness can be an obstacle to our meditation that can manifest as a clear tendency to fall asleep …

2017-07-03: Episode 29 The commitment to ourselves that I spoke to in the last episode is a foundation for getting to know …

2017-06-28: Episode 28 Each time that we sit to meditate we are making a commitment to ourselves. We are showing up for …

2017-06-23: Episode 27 With the launch of an accompanying Facebook Group for this podcast, this episode reviews some of the …

2017-06-19: Episode 26 Following on from the last episode, I take the exploration of emotion further, discussing how …

2017-06-18: Episode 25 As I and many old friends gather at the meditation center where I use to live, and where this …

2017-06-05: Episode 24 Watching the mind we see how it is constantly changing, like a flowing river or the clouds blowing …

2017-06-03: Episode 23 There are times when the busyness of a day can feel as though it is getting the better of us. We …

2017-05-31: Episode 22 With reflections from a busy weekend, Episode 22 explores how we can still maintain that continuity …

2017-05-25: Episode 21 Further explorations of what helps us when our practice feels challenged - The role of community in …

2017-05-23: Episode 20 When we experience aches, pains, itches during meditation, what do we do? Stop, try and continue, or …

2017-05-19: Episode 19 Waking up to a migraine this morning made me decide to focus this episode on looking at how …

2017-05-18: Episode 18 If we stick with meditation for long enough we will hit challenges to our practice, both external …

2017-05-15: Episode 17 In this podcast we explore taking the curiosity that we spoke about last time out into our daily …

2017-05-12: Episode 16 This episode introduces the quality of curiosity. When we are curious about a subject we become …

2017-05-10: Episode 15 Episode 15 see us returning to the original meditation instruction of watching the breath, and …

2017-05-08: Episode 14 In this episode we explore how qualities of mind like peace of mind and patience don’t come from …

2017-05-05: Episode 13 What is your relationship with silence? When we sit in meditation, we are sitting in silence with …

2017-05-03: Episode 12 Sometimes the meditation instruction can seem so simple but by sticking with it we can achieve our …

2017-04-29: Episode 11 Looking deeper at managing those difficult thoughts that can arise in our mind.

2017-04-27: Episode 10 This episode explores sitting with the uncomfortableness of thoughts that arise that we wish weren’t …

2017-04-25: Episode 9 Exploring how can we keep our meditation habit going in the midst of a busy life.

2017-04-21: Episode 8 In this episode we look at the reason why we meditate and how that can inform our meditation.

2017-04-18: Episode 7 In this episode we explore how meditation can be used as a tool to ground us and bring us back to …

2017-04-17: Episode 6 In this episode, recorded outside, I look at the traditional seven point meditation posture and how …

2017-04-14: Episode 5 Meditation as a rehearsal for daily life, helping stay present. (And there is the new, clearer …

2017-04-13: Episode 4 Introducing the new name for the podcast, “Behind The Thoughts,” and then exploring what your …

2017-04-12: Episode 3 Exploring the right time to meditate and being wary of waiting for the “ideal” conditions.

2017-04-11: Episode 2 Starting the exploration of what meditation is…and what it isn’t.

2017-04-10: Episode 1 An introduction to the podcast series and what it will be about.