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Your New Mindfulness Meditation Questions

Click Here NEW: How to Transfer From Seated Meditation into Daily Life:
QUESTION from Laurie: I have completed one to ten and am wondering if I should repeat these until .....
Click Here NEW: I'm Curious About MIDL Softening Into Breathing?:
QUESTION from Chris: I'm curious about the softening and breathing into. I notice .....
Click Here NEW: What is Meant by "Hear but Don't Listen" during MIDL?:
QUESTION from Dee: When you said 'hear but don't listen' I found it difficult .. it's not easy .....
Click Here NEW: Why is the Diaphragm Used in MIDL Softening Into?:
QUESTION from Kornelius: What is the reason to practice the diaphragm breathing? .....
Click Here NEW: I Can't Notice When Thinking Arises:
QUESTION from Dorothea: I love this practice but I can't grasp the moment thinking arises .....
Click Here NEW: What Does 'Body' Mean in MIDL Meditation?:
QUESTION from Carmen: I'm having a hard time understanding the 'there is no body' statement .....
Click Here NEW: Last Part of Meditation Felt Hard:
QUESTION from Thomas: Wow... Challenging! Considering the length. One of my longest sessions so far! .....
Click Here NEW: Why Don't MIDL Meditation Have a Bell?:
QUESTION from Mimi: These are good meditations but would love to have an indicator that it is finished .....


Older Mindfulness Meditation Questions

Click Here Tremendously Sleepy During Meditation:
QUESTION from Angela: the last three days or so I feel tremendously sleepy during meditation .....
Click Here Not Thinking During MIDL Meditation:
QUESTION from Julie: How do you not think about anything? This was exercise no:15 Observing Attention .....
Click Here Trouble With Concentration in MIDL:
QUESTION from Anomynous: My problem is my lack of concentration. I have an Anxiety Disorder .....
Click Here Heaviness & Touch During MIDL Meditation:
QUESTION from Joe: Is it necessary to feel the soles of our feet and gravity throughout the entire .....
Click Here MIDL Way of Dealing With Fearful Thoughts:
QUESTION from Gary: I would be interested to hear your strategies for how to deal with fearful thoughts .....
Click Here Fear of Pain Within My Body During MIDL:
QUESTION from Joe: You are so absolutely correct that once one fear is resolved another takes its place .....
Click Here Falling Asleep During MIDL Meditation:
QUESTION from Ash: Whenever I practice the meditation lying down (to prevent back pain) I end up falling asleep .....
Click Here Calmness Collapses During MIDL Meditation:
QUESTION from Linda: You are so absolutely correct that once one fear is resolved another takes its place .....
Click Here Are Awareness and Thinking the Same thing?:
QUESTION from Gary: During meditation I find it hard to tell the difference between being aware and thinking .....
Click Here Distracted During Guided Meditation:
QUESTION from John: why do you have such long periods of silence during your guided meditations? Other .....
Click Here Difficulty Feeling Joy Meditating:
QUESTION from Alan: It's over 20 years since I felt a feeling that I would describe as true joy, .....
Click Here Deep Depression Post US Elections:
QUESTION from Anomynous: What meditation will help with the deep depression (that gets deeper daily) .....
Click Here Difficulty Focussing During Meditation:
QUESTION from Uwe: It is difficult for me to keep focus, especially when I am tired or nervous .....
Click Here Can MIDL Mindfulness Training Help Chronic Illness:
QUESTION from Anomynous: I suffer from a chronic illness that makes me feel constantly fatigued and causes anxiety .....
Click Here Difficult Not to Control Breath:
QUESTION from Candice: I find it difficult to not control my breathing during meditation, how do I .....
Click Here What Should I be Aware of During MIDL Meditation?:
QUESTION from Gary: When hearing a sound during a lesson, is this done while holding the feeling .....
Click Here Freedom From Perception & Interpretation:
QUESTION from Gary: How does one free themselves from perception or interpretation when it is so automatic .....
Click Here How Long Does it Take to Experience Freedom?:
QUESTION from Gary: Regarding your comment, “Learning the skill of breaking this process will help your .....
Click Here Bringing Meditation Into Daily Life (MIDL)?:
QUESTION from Gary: My goal is to improve my practice so that I can carry mindful awareness into my daily .....
Click Here Becoming Restless During Meditation:
QUESTION from Maria: After first feeling deep relaxation for about the first 20 minutes, I then .....
Click Here Accessing Difficult Emotions with MIDL:
QUESTION from Tanya: Getting in touch with my emotions is really hard I found I had a hard time focusing .....
Click Here Attention Affects Aches and Pains:
QUESTION from Carolyn: I have noticed that discomforts and pain are often relieved during meditation .....
Click Here My Breathing Doesn't Match the Instructions:
QUESTION from Ramesh: While noticing the different stages of breathing though, it seems to me that .....
Click Here Self Doubt & Criticism:
QUESTION from Kum Kie: Sorry, but may I ask if meditation can help with self-doubt and self criticism? .....
Click Here Physical Reaction During Meditation:
QUESTION from Sarah: Instead of experiencing tightness or pain when I focused on the bad memory, .....
Click Here Frustrated During Meditation:
QUESTION from Anomynous: I tend to feel frustrated after catching or knowing that I am thinking during .....

Click Here Wandering off to Dreamland:
QUESTION from Laura: I practiced this number 15 exercise for a week and a lot of times my mind went to dreamland .....
Click Here Moving During Meditation:
QUESTION from Ravi: During the practice I stretch my legs and groin area, lean forward and try touch the floor .....
Click Here Movement During Seated Meditation?:
QUESTION from Ravi: My concentration seem to drift , some days are better than others. I slowly working .....
Click Here How Do I Bring Mindfulness Into Daily Life?:
QUESTION from Johan: Hello Stephen, im practicing vipassana meditation. It's doing great, I almost .....
Click Here Are Mindfulness & Awareness the Same Thing?:
QUESTION from Linda: I have practicing your online meditations and notice that you say to "remember .....
Click Here Is This Increased Sensitivity to Delusion?:
QUESTION from Anomynous: It seems that I’m much more receptive for sensual contact, especially seeing .....
Click Here How Do I Create Acceptance During Meditation?:
QUESTION from Anomynous: With the sensations I feel on particular side of my body that I mentioned .....
Click Here How Can I Accept Unpleasant Sensations?:
QUESTION from Laura: According to your "softening to experience" video we need to identify the .....
Click Here Is This a Trance or Awareness During Meditation?:
QUESTION from Laura: I felt my observing self as a tiny dot in my colossal inside body. This feels .....
Click Here How Can I Relax on the Out Breath?:
QUESTION from Peter: Enjoyed this class and felt the in and out breathing more relaxing, think this .....
Click Here How Can I Meditate With Pain?:
QUESTION from Betty: I've tried to do this a few times when I had pain in my stomach.. it is extremely .....
Click Here Can You Explain About Mindfulness, Awareness & Concentration?:
QUESTION from Dream: I still don't really understand the difference between Mindfulness and Concentration .....
Click Here Please Explain the Two Paths of Mindfulness:
QUESTION from Christoph: "Hello Stephen, there is still some unclarity about the two paths of Mindfulness .....
Click Here Can I Meditate With Sadness?:
QUESTION from Anomynous: I've been walking around most of yesterday and now today feeling miserable .....
Click Here I'm Being Smothered by Strong Emotions:
QUESTION from Anomynous: This is really tough. I keep slipping into this feeling like I'm being .....
Click Here I Have Strong Emotions in Daily Life:
QUESTION from Christoph: When I try to recall situations during meditation that triggered .....
Click Here The Different Mindfulness Meditation Paths
QUESTION from Christoph: Hello Stephen, while reading Satipatthana Vipassana @ accesstoinsight.org .....
Click Here I Have Pain While Meditating:
QUESTION from Manoj: I am not able to sit straight, for 18 mins and if I lie. down start feeling .....
Click Here Can't Stop thinking During Meditation:
QUESTION from Tyler: When meditating and concentrating on a particular thing like the whole breath .....
Click Here Mindfulness Meditation and Anxiety:
QUESTION from Anonymous: Hi I suffer from major social anxiety and panic attacks. I'm unable to do .....
Click Here Feeling Mental Stickiness During Meditation:
QUESTION from Anomynous: I heard the you speak of memories and thinking about the future are the .....
Click Here Please Explain the Meditation Labelling Method:
QUESTION from Laura: Hi Stephen, I am just a beginner in meditation (did it in my twenties though .....
Click Here How Do I Deal With Frustration?:
QUESTION from Anomynous: Got really frustrated with my daughter tonight, but felt it was .....
Click Here How Can I Meditate in Noisy Home:
QUESTION from Jose: I need to find a calm and peaceful place to meditate, I don't know where .....
Click Here Is My Mind Multitasking?:
QUESTION from Dream: I stay with the breath "in, in, out, out,..." but can have a thought at .....
Click Here How Can I Observe Emotion Behind Thinking?:
QUESTION from Dream: Oh yeah, and a question: where does the emotion behind the thinking come ..... .....
Click Here I'm Missing My Children:
QUESTION from Anomynous: I was wandering if you could give me some tips when my children are with their father .....
Click Here How Do I Meditate with Boredom?:
QUESTION from Martin: You talked about experiecing the breath and you could exprerience all kind .....
Click Here How Do I Stop Thinking During Meditation?:
QUESTION from Julie: I have a question, I hope you can help, When I try to meditate, especially at home, .....
Click Here Which Meditation Technique for Thinking?:
QUESTION from Mandy: Stephen, I tried to watch my thinking but it was very hard, what type of meditation .....
Click Here What is a Good Meditation Posture?:
QUESTION from Anomynous: I tried to sit on the floor to meditate but my back and hips hurt, I can't even get my foot .....
Click Here What are These Lights During Meditation?:
QUESTION from Mandy: Lately when I have been meditating I have been seeing lights, are they important to .....
Click Here I'm Having Trouble With Meditation:
QUESTION from Anomynous: Hi Stephen, I'm a student from one of your meditation classes. I haven't been able to .....
Click Here Finding Breathing During Meditation?:
QUESTION from Mandy: Hi there, as strange as this seems when I try to do meditation using the breath in .....
Click Here How Much Effort During Meditation?:
QUESTION from Martin: Hi Stephen, Talking about quality of attention, how much effort is there needed? .....
Click Here Can Meditation Help Me Sleep?:
QUESTION from Julie: I Can't sleep, it is now at the stage that it is driving me crazy, I am so exhausted .....
Click Here Can Meditation Overcome Trauma?
QUESTION from Anonymous: I have experienced alot of trauma in my life and am feeling very stuck, how can I overcome .....
Click Here Explain Letting Go Meditation:
QUESTION from Misty: Hi Stephen, I enjoy doing the letting go practice in class, out of all the types on meditation .....
Click Here My Breath Dissapears During Meditation?
QUESTION from Mandy: I have found lately that when I meditate my breathing becomes feint and disappears, I then .....
Click Here How Can I Develop Concentration?:
QUESTION from James: Hi Stephen, I enjoy doing the letting go practice in class, out of all the types on meditation .....
Click Here Restlessness During Meditation:
QUESTION from James: Also found it very interesting when you talked about the five hindrances before and after our .....
Click Here Does Personality Affect Meditation?:
QUESTION from James: You also discussed personality as the major factor in determining which meditation path .....
Click Here How do I Label During Meditation?:
QUESTION from James: So now I wonder: when to come back to the primary meditation object (rising/falling) .....
Click Here When Should I Label During Meditation?:
QUESTION from Dream: So I'm at "rising, falling" and then I hear in the distance a car drive by, BUT I'm not .....
Click Here Falling Asleep During Meditation:
QUESTION from Dream: Lately, I've been falling asleep in meditation (while sitting) by going so deep that I actually lose .....
Click Here Mindfulness Meditation for Stress?:
QUESTION from Blinkin: Thank you so much for this video. I've been under stress nobody should ever .....
Click Here Falling Asleep During Meditation:
QUESTION from Hive: I have noticed that whenever i pay attention to a thought it immediately stops? .....
Click Here Are Daydreams Harmful?:
QUESTION from Christian: thank you for the reassurance. I'll will continue to train and practice .....
Click Here How Can I Train My Mind?:
QUESTION from Christian: After reading this I took some time to reflect and monitor what my mind thinks about .....