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Meditation Questions

26 EpisodesProduced by Parampreet SinghWebsite

Simple, sensible answers to common meditation questions. Fun to listen, easy to apply, satisfying to share.

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How long does meditation take to work

January 12th, 2022


Beginner meditators often wonder how long it will take for meditation to work. The answer lies in what exactly it is we want meditation to do for us. We look at various meditation objectives and how long each of them …

Why is meditation making me more irritated and angry?

November 26th, 2021


Can meditation make us MORE irritable and angry? You’ve finished meditating, you’re in your happy place, you’re blissed out, it’s awesome. Then you do something else or interact with someone else and get super-annoyed …

What is the difference between meditation and mindfulness

October 20th, 2021


Is mindfulness the same as meditation or is meditation the same as mindfulness? We look at the history of each of these to figure it all out.

How can I meditate to music and what is kirtan?

October 8th, 2021


One of the most popular music meditation traditions is the Indain kirtan traditions. What is it and how can we use it to meditate?

Can I meditate to music? Early Buddhist traditions.

October 2nd, 2021


Some meditation traditions encourage the use of music during meditation while others discourage it. In this episode we look at the reasons you might NOT want to use music during meditation.

Do I need a timer to meditate?

September 23rd, 2021


The benefits and drawbacks of using a timer or timer app during meditation.

How do I deepen my meditation?

July 16th, 2021


Are you wondering why you're not able to go into a deep meditation. In this episode, we look at three things that might help in deepening your meditation.

Do I have to close my eyes to meditate?

May 30th, 2021


Should we keep our eyes open or closed during meditation? We look at the pros and cons of each.

Is meditation the same as relaxation?

May 5th, 2021


Meditation and relaxation are a delightful pairing but how similar or different are they? Also, what exactly is the relaxation response?

Does meditation change and rewire your brain?

April 1st, 2021


We regularly hear that meditation changes your brain or that it literally rewires your brain. How true is this?

Book mentioned in episode: Altered …

What are the benefits of meditation?

March 6th, 2021


This is the companion episode to the earlier question, "Can meditation be bad for me?".
In this episode we take a look at the numerous mental, …

Can meditation be bad for me?

February 8th, 2021


We're big cheerleaders for meditation here at Meditation Questions but it's important to recognize meditation is not for everyone. For some people meditation can end up with bad outcomes.

Will meditation make me dull and lacking emotion?

January 25th, 2021


There's a worry that because meditation is supposed to lead you to tranquility or serenity, it will make us dull and emotionless and kind of boring. …

Do I need a mantra to meditate?

January 8th, 2021


Do I need a mantra? Do I need to pay for it? Should I keep my mantra a secret? Does it have to be in an ancient language?

What should I do when thoughts come up?

August 30th, 2020


Simple effective strategies to handle unwanted or distracting thoughts and emotions during meditation. Meditation is just like learning any new skill - like a musical skill or an athletic skill - we're going to fumble …

Can I learn meditation from a book?

August 12th, 2020


What are the benefits and drawbacks of learning meditation from a book?

How do I know if I'm meditating?

August 6th, 2020


Is meditation just sitting, eyes closed, breathing and trying to not think? How do I know if I'm REALLY meditating?

Do I have to meditate with others?

July 23rd, 2020


Are there any benefits to meditating together in a community or sangha?

Can I meditate lying down?

July 16th, 2020


The classic meditation posture is sitting cross legged, statue like. But if you're not able to do this, is it okay to meditate lying down? What to look out for when meditating lying down.

Isn't meditation boring?

July 3rd, 2020


At first glance meditation seems as boring as watching paint dry. But what if we're wrong about watching paint dry and it's the most exciting thing …

How can we meditate during stressful times?

April 7th, 2020


Meditating during stressful times is difficult but also important. Why we need meditation more than ever during stressful times.

Where should we meditate?

March 13th, 2020


Practical advice on simple ways to create a regular meditation space. One that you can take with you wherever you go.

When should we meditate?

March 9th, 2020


Almost all meditation traditions recommend early morning - between 3 am and 6 am - as the best time to meditate. We look at why this is a great time for meditation and what is the second-best option.

How long should we meditate?

March 2nd, 2020


How long you meditate at any one sitting depends on what your objectives for meditation are. Let's look at the most common benefits sought after by meditators.

Do we need to meditate everyday?

February 24th, 2020


What are the benefits of meditating every day? And is it really necessary?

What do we need to meditate?

February 20th, 2020


What is the very minimum we need to meditate? Answer: a body, a mind and breath. Everything else is optional.

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