Meditation – Long Term Benefits

When I began teaching meditation in the 1990’s, I realized that understanding how meditation works would be essential to exploring more effective meditation techniques. In the quarter of a century since, I’ve learned more about the human mind and meditation than I could have ever imagined.  Now, when I teach, …

Sleep in Bed, Not in Class.

There are meditation programs that encourage you to attend sessions sleep-deprived.  The idea being that when you are physically tired your mind naturally slows down.  The problem is, fatigue also impedes your ability to learn, just ask any grade school teacher. In my opinion, any meditation program that limits your …

Walking with Fire Ants

I was a Buddhist Monk in Thailand in the early 1990s. Being from the U.S. I was known as Phrat Farung, or “the foreign monk”.  My teacher loved to tell the locals stories of my strange behaviors. One story in particular was his favorite. In fact, villagers who came to …