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 rid yourself 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 [tag – Q+A]. 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.

Stop competing against yourself

Posted by on October 3, 2018 in awareness, calm, compassion, happiness, harmony, Home Page, insights, jeff cannon, meditation, Modern Meditation, Monday Meditations, personal evolution, relationships, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Stop competing against yourself

Stop competing against yourself, learn to turn that wasted energy into a positive win/win for your self and those around you. It’s easier than you think.

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Are you on the boat or staying at the dock?

Posted by on September 12, 2018 in awareness, enlightenment, fear, Home Page, insights, jeff cannon, meditation, Modern Meditation, Monday Meditations, personal evolution, Spirituality | 0 comments

Are you on the boat or staying at the dock?

Humanity is at a cross roads in its evolution. Will you reach up to discover your divine self or retreat into the swamp of physical safety? Your boat is leaving, will you be on it?

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New Meditation for 9/11

Posted by on September 11, 2018 in awareness, balance, compassion, dharma, enlightenment, fear, harmony, Home Page, jeff cannon, karma, meditation, Modern Meditation, Monday Meditations, New York City, Our Work, personal evolution, Spirituality, stress | 0 comments

New Meditation for 9/11

9/11 is a very difficult time for some. I recognize this. I was there. I saw the first plane flying low over the city, I watched the empty buses return with no survivors, I witness the blood banks turn many away as there was no need for the donations. But with all of this, it is time to forgive those who attacked us and how we responded. The anger and hate fueled our present situation and will continue to do so until the world becomes a boiling sea of anger. Let’s turn the tide and have compassion as a new tradition for 9/11. It is time.

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Q+A: What is the simplest and fastest meditation I can do?

Posted by on September 7, 2018 in awareness, Home Page, insights, meditation, Meditation Workshop, mindfulness, Modern Meditation, Our Work, personal evolution, Q+A, Samatha, Vipassana, Zazen, zen | 0 comments

Q+A: What is the simplest and fastest meditation I can do?

Your question is not as simple as you may think. Realize that meditation is a wonderful 2,500 year old practice, but it is 2,500 years old. It was created for a world far simpler than the one you now live in. No matter what style you begin with, you will undoubtedly find you will outgrow it as you advance and begin to search for better, faster, deeper practices; which is as it should be. Some people practice a lifetime before realizing that every door they open also opens a window as they realize there are ever more doors to explore. When you...

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Make A Real Impact On The World

Posted by on August 21, 2018 in awareness, enlightenment, happiness, harmony, Home Page, karma, love, meditation, mindfulness, Modern Meditation, Our Work, personal evolution, relationships, zen | 0 comments

Make A Real Impact On The World

Do you want to make a bigger impact on today’s world? How about on those you love and care for? There are no shortcuts or easy paths to doing this. But there is a simple strategy if you are serious about being of service to yourself and to those around you. All it requires is that you open your heart and share yourself with those around you. When I speak of opening your heart I don’t mean just using words like “soulful” or “Zen”, enjoying a “calming breath” or “being authentic”, I mean really bringing those ideas into your life and making...

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6 Simple Tips For Better Meditation

Posted by on August 15, 2018 in awareness, enlightenment, happiness, Home Page, jeff cannon, meditation, Modern Meditation, Our Work, personal evolution, stress, success | 0 comments

6 Simple Tips For Better Meditation

If you don’t think you can meditate, it is really not difficult to sit and weave your meditation into your life. In fact it is really quite easy.  Just follow these simple tips and don’t forget to smile as you do. You may even surprise yourself when you realize how easy it is and what a lifesaver it can be in the worst and best of times.   1. Create Your Space: Try your best to meditate in the same space every time. You don’t need Zen-like images of serenity nor do you need your place to look like a formal Buddhist setting....

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A Monk’s Pace

Posted by on August 13, 2018 in awareness, Home Page, meditation, mindfulness, Modern Meditation, Our Work | 1 comment

A Monk’s Pace

It is amazing what happens when you slow down and spend your moments taking in the world around you. At first your mind may say, “but why am I not moving as fast as those other people?” or “we’re falling behind, we’re not going to get there first.” But where is it that you are going to so fast? If the destination of this life is eventually death then I hope you are in it for the journey rather than for that destination. If that is the case then doesn’t slowing down actually get us to enjoy the journey faster? When I walk at a monk’s pace, I...

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Eliminate your mind chatter

Posted by on August 8, 2018 in awareness, happiness, Home Page, mindfulness, Modern Meditation, personal evolution | 2 comments

Eliminate your mind chatter

You don’t have to open your head to clear your mind. Mind chatter. What’s it there for and what can you do about it? The key to getting rid of your mind chatter is to learn to be okay with it. “Mind Chatter” is simply the thoughts that your mind “thinks” are relevant. Those are the thoughts your brain creates every moment of every day. It is simply what your brain does and there is no way to shut them off. So learn to be okay with them rather than obsessing on them. Researchers estimate we have about 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts...

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Bring Your Practice Home

Posted by on August 1, 2018 in awareness, Home Page, mindfulness, Modern Meditation, personal evolution | 0 comments

Bring Your Practice Home

It doesn’t matter if your practice is yoga or going to the gym, hiking in nature or a simple meditation, you need to learn to bring the best of your practice into the rest of your life throughout your day. We call it a practice for a reason, because that is what you are doing for every moment throughout the rest of your life. Your practice should be about more than just about finding an escape that works for you, it’s about weaving that one transcendent element of your workout, run, asana, or breath into the rest of your life no matter where...

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The Covert Aggressives In Your Life

Posted by on July 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

The Covert Aggressives In Your Life

You probably know a few Passive Aggressive people, but do you know what a Covert Aggressive is? Somewhere between a passive aggressive and an outright aggressive person are countless layers of aggressive behavior. You will interact with each at some point in your life, possibly some at the same time. But if you don’t know how to respond to each in the right way you will be forever caught in and endless cycle without ever being able to live your life in the way you want to live it. You’ve probably met a Covert Aggressive person at work. You...

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