Blog, Notes & Simple Truths

This blog is a reflection of Modern Meditation. It is an act of simplicity that arises from being truly awake and present in the world that is all around you.

The posts within it are a way to observe the small events that we often pass by in the world without noticing their beauty or the profound impact they have on our lives.

Being present is to awaken in every sense of the word, to remove everything that is not one’s self. When you are rid of the delusions, the distractions, the influences and the interruptions of the modern world, you will simply be.

This blog is based on that idea, removing the confusion and distractions that prevents you from living a meditative life. We include Questions and Answers from students. We feature profiles of people who we feel exemplify the ideals of Modern Meditation.  We also include the simple observations of our founder – Jeff Cannon – that we feel are inspired or will inspire you.

From the streets of New York City to the shanties of Nepal – we hope this blog creates a meditative approach to what living should be like in the contemporary world of today.

We welcome all positive your feedback and thoughts.

We welcome you to our growing community of Modern practitioners.

Today’s failure is tomorrow’s success

Posted by on April 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today’s failure is tomorrow’s success

What seemed impossible yesterday is most likely possible today and will be even more so tomorrow. It’s about technology, advancement and the experience you gain by having been wrong in the past. From failure you learn how not to do something, and that is often the most difficult lesson to learn. The second most difficult is to sit back and reflect on what you just did so that you can apply your learning in your next attempt. There will always be a next attempt as long as you are willing to move past your ego and try again. The lessons...

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Keep Being Your Perfectly Imperfect Self

Posted by on March 14, 2018 in awareness, enlightenment, happiness, harmony, Home Page, Modern Meditation, personal evolution, success | 0 comments

Keep Being Your Perfectly Imperfect Self

You are perfect just as you are. You will always be a work in progress – and that is the beauty about being you. Keep growing. Keep evolving. Allow your best self to smile into the world and simply be.

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Perfect Imperfections

Posted by on March 13, 2018 in awareness, enlightenment, happiness, harmony, Home Page, love, Modern Meditation, personal evolution | 0 comments

Perfect Imperfections

Never be ashamed to be human, that is what the human experience is all about.

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Box Breathing

Posted by on February 27, 2018 in awareness, balance, calm, Home Page, jeff cannon, meditation, Meditation Workshop, Modern Meditation, Monday Meditations, professional growth, stress, success | 0 comments

Box Breathing

When you feel as if you just hit the wall and you can see your energy slipping away, when every page becomes a twenty-minute struggle to focus your thoughts, this is exactly when you need to breathe into your box. There’s no magic to it, you don’t have to sit in lotus or hold your hands in neat little circles. All you have to do is sit exactly where you are and breathe. In minutes you will feel yourself settle into your breath. Your stress and anxiety will go somewhere that isn’t you and your focus will return so that you can return to being...

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What Would The Buddha Say?

Posted by on February 20, 2018 in compassion, fear, harmony, Home Page, karma, love, Modern Meditation, Our Work, stress | 0 comments

What Would The Buddha Say?

What would the Buddha say? All this talk about lineage and dharma, precepts and which form of Buddhism is best, whether Soto or Proto Zen should be followed, or the forms of Rinzai? Mahayana or Theravada? To me, that is all semantics and superfluous. At the heart is would he even approve of the statues and processions, the flowing robes and flickering candles, the golden statues of his own image to which everyone bows? Would he be more content with practitioners simply seeking to meditate in their own way? Perhaps even out in nature as he...

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Meditating Cairn

Posted by on February 3, 2018 in balance, enlightenment, harmony, Home Page, jeff cannon, meditation, Modern Meditation, Monday Meditations, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Meditating Cairn

Cairns have been around since humans first walked the earth.  They range from simple piles of stones to elaborate monoliths. They were first created as a way to tell those that followed that the path you are on is safe, that others have walked this way before, to carry on and continue your journey. The Simple Truth Project chose the meditative cairn as our logo for the same reason. We are not a traditional Buddhist school. We are a collective of people who are on a similar journey. We are bound in kinship as a Sangha that is bound by our...

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Meditation – Find Your Community

Posted by on January 30, 2018 in awareness, compassion, enlightenment, Home Page, jeff cannon, love, Modern Meditation, New York City, Our Work, personal evolution, stress, success | 0 comments

Meditation – Find Your Community

Every decision you make creates an entirely new universe for you to live in. Sometimes the choices you made yesterday streamlined your path for today, delivering you to your destination more quickly and with less stress. Sometimes the choices you made caused you to stumble and even fall until you found your path again. Even if you never found you way back wherever you are is where you were meant to be, for better or for worse. No decision is ever right or wrong. They simply put you on a different path that you either continue down or correct...

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Children are the message you send

Posted by on January 8, 2018 in awareness, compassion, enlightenment, Home Page, insights, Modern Meditation, Monday Meditations, personal evolution | 0 comments

Children are the message you send

Imagine how beautiful it will be when there are no borders, either physical or emotional. You can make this a reality, but you must start now.

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Shared Purpose – a Relationship Meditation

Posted by on December 20, 2017 in balance, communication, happiness, harmony, Home Page, love, Meditation Workshop, Modern Meditation, Our Work, personal evolution, relationships | 0 comments

Shared Purpose – a Relationship Meditation

“What is your purpose?” I asked. “As a couple?” They replied. I shrugged, “Or as individuals?” They aren’t alone in their response. After fifteen years of marriage they still weren’t quite sure how to respond. It was as if they stopped being individuals once they were married and this is one of the greatest tragedies we attach to being married. Many people think that once the ceremony is over you are no longer able to function as an individual. That thinking or having desires as an individual is somehow not acceptable, and that is a shame....

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5 Comments To Never Say

Posted by on December 13, 2017 in awareness, communication, enlightenment, Home Page, jeff cannon, karma, mindfulness, Modern Meditation, Monday Meditations, personal evolution, Uncategorized | 1 comment

5 Comments To Never Say

No Judgment At one point in time this was authentic. It had meaning and credence. But now I hear it so many times every day, it rings of insincerity. It’s on television commercials, online ads pushing laundry detergent. What it really means is “boy, did I just judge you, and it was not good. In fact, it was so awful it made me feel guilty just thinking of it, so I need to say something to lower my own guilt over having thought it.” Let’s be honest, we all judge others. That is human nature. There is no getting away from it. The key is not to...

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