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.

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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Emotional Management

Posted by on June 23, 2018 in awareness, calm, happiness, Home Page, jeff cannon, Meditation Workshop, mindfulness, Modern Meditation | 0 comments

Emotional Management

You are an emotional being. We all are. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, emotions are simply how your brain speaks to you in times of stress, for good and for bad. Your emotions are an incredibly simple system that all animals share. They have kept us alive for thousands of years. There are no long winded sentences or punctuation to slow everything down, there are simply feelings like Fear, Hate, Anger, Pain, Love, Wonder, Curiosity, or Compassion that drive us to take immediate action. It is why I become overjoyed [an emotion] when...

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Discover your delusions & unleash your potential

Posted by on June 19, 2018 in awareness, Home Page, Modern Meditation, personal evolution, Q+A | 0 comments

Discover your delusions & unleash your potential

Q: When most of your life you think you are someone, but later in life you find out you are not that person, (only the environment you have been exposed to made you like that), how do you accept your new true identity? A: We all carry delusions that we invariably lie by with us. You first create those delusions to protect yourself as you begin your life. For example someone in your formative years laughs at you and hurts your feelings because of a trait that you were not even aware of. That hurts your feelings and undermines your unhappiness,...

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Discipline of Freedom

Posted by on May 25, 2018 in awareness, calm, enlightenment, Home Page, meditation, mindfulness, Modern Meditation, personal evolution, Spirituality, zen | 0 comments

Discipline of Freedom

Freedom is not attained by sitting back and waiting for things to happen. It comes from participating in life, by living your life beyond the distractions and delusions that are everywhere in today’s world and facing reality. It comes from knowing who you are and what you want so that you can keep yourself on the right path. With every step you will find your time opening up so that you have the time to enjoy your life in whatever way that means for you, free from the self- doubt and guilt you will find that you will have the freedom to truly...

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Q + A: Is A Living Guru Required?

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in dharma, enlightenment, happiness, harmony, Home Page, insights, Meditation Workshop, Modern Meditation, Monday Meditations, personal evolution, Q+A, Spirituality | 0 comments

Q + A: Is A Living Guru Required?

Q: Is a Living Guru Required? A: Required for what? Before you can find the right answer you need to ask the right question. 😉 If you are asking about finding a shorter or more direct path to your destination, be they spiritual or material, the answer is yes in some ways. But the idea of a “guru” to lead you can distract you to follow false paths if you are not careful. You are the only one who can know what path to follow. Never rely on someone else, even me, to know where you want or need to go. Always remember a guru can never...

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Q+A: What was the most challenging relationship you have experienced?

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in awareness, balance, compassion, dharma, happiness, Home Page, love, meditation, Modern Meditation, Our Work, personal evolution, Q+A, relationships, Spirituality | 0 comments

Q+A: What was the most challenging relationship you have experienced?

Q: What was the most challenging relationship you have experienced? A: My most challenging relationship is the one I have with myself. Only by having a healthy and honest relationship with myself can I hope to have a healthy and honest relationship with someone else. In the end, your defects and truths will arise no matter what your intentions are. Within a long-term relationship, they will bubble up no matter how hard you try to stuff them down. In fact the more you try to deceive someone the quicker your faults and lies will arise. That is...

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