Andy Rogers

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What I Never Asked My Dad – And Why it Matters Now

I don’t have full recall of that evening, and yet obviously either I didn’t ask, or he didn’t give much of an answer. So, something in me doesn’t expect much of an answer, doesn’t expect to get to the bottom of things. It might be family or cultural conditioning, of course, and yet the why is no longer relevant.

As a spiritual warrior, having seen the pattern, the idea is to see what happens when we consciously try to do something different.

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Is it selfish to meditate?

Not everyone will agree with our priorities…

Sometimes it helps to remind ourselves why meditation is a consistent priority in the midst of our own busyness, or the opinions of our loved ones.

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Why I started meditating: Andy

If you meditate, what made you start? And if you’ve been trying to start, what’s motivating you? My depth knew that starting the path, of which meditation is part, would be life-changing (as indeed it has).

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Four Ways to Revitalize your Meditation Practice

Habit is the opposite of mindfulness.

Structure and routine are your friends.

If you accept either of these as true, take a moment to think about how they work together. Take meditation, for example – how do you find a balance between having a steady meditation routine and not letting your spiritual practice stagnate?

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Planning a short meditation retreat? Why balance matters

What we learned from people coming here to do meditation retreats People often come here for a few days or a week to do a meditation retreat in a cabin. Over time, we heard many of them say how they struggled to simply meditate all day, suddenly. And it’s not surprising. Often, retreatants book meditation

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Wishing you a wonderful 2018

As we draw near the end of the year we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you the very best for 2018. If you’re a spiritual explorer looking forward to 2018 and you want to bring your daily life more into line with your spiritual life, we think you’ll very much enjoy what we’ve

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Ignite My Spiritual Life? Really?

Lately, you’ve been hearing from us about our online course and Five Principles, and we have a question for you: Do our five principles sound like they’re going to “Ignite Your Spiritual Life?” After all, the second principle talks about structure and routine, and how embracing them actually creates more freedom. Then, the fourth one

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A question of compassion – what would you do?

It’s not always easy to know what compassion looks like I got an opportunity to practice compassionate speech when I was in a little shop in a village in England several years ago. It was the kind of shop I’d call a “newsagent” – think “corner store” if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

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How’s your concentration?

Mindfulness and awareness are key. Yet, when I’m hitting a golf ball, I really don’t care about anything else. Is that a bad thing? Surely being able to focus all my attention on what I’m doing is good. When I concentrate, and get really absorbed, that leads to bliss. My concentration helps me pay attention to detail. So, what if

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Is this why you can’t get it off your mind?

My first meditation retreat was going really well. The whole space – a complex below a temple – was set up to support new meditators. Each day we enjoyed two meals, a short morning class, and the use of two meditation halls. We were in silent retreat except for a daily interview with a teacher,

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Don’t control me!

Getting back in control, when the four-year old in you has taken over My heart rate jumped. I scowled, and my whole body tightened. I clenched my jaw in total resistance. ‘No!’ ‘No!!!!!!” That could be describing me at four years-old, being told to go to bed before my big brother. Except I was 44, and

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Ways to keep your meditation practice going

Ways to keep your meditation practice going When I first started meditating, it felt great. I’d had a little instruction and I started sitting at home, alone, every morning. With that, I was leaving for work every day with a state of calm and bliss, and my days were simply going much better.   Knowing

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How I kept from missing years of meditation

When I first started meditating, it felt great. I’d had a little instruction and I started sitting at home, alone, every morning. With that, I was leaving for work every day with a state of calm and bliss, and my days were simply going much better. Knowing what’s good for you, like meditation And, I

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Why am I obsessing over this?

What I did next was from a meditation I’d recently been taught. For the purpose of this short blog, I’ve broken it down into ‘Four steps to change the tune and get someone out of your head:”

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How to fit hours of meditation into your working day

  The spiritual teachings and meditation entered my life in a life-changing way while I was living in Japan. Yet after a few months, I found I was using most of my energy for work and commuting. I was struggling to find time to sit in meditation. When your meditation takes a back seat Often, I had to

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