10. Paradoxically, meditation is the most difficult and most simple activity you will ever partake in.

9. There are infinite “anchors” (phenomena on which to focus your attention) and you need to find one or several that work for you.

8. The anchors — e.g., your breath, sensations, sounds, thoughts, steps, mantras, etc. — may change every day, once in a while, often, never.

7. Expecting specific results from your meditation practice is a surefire way to set yourself up for failure and disappointment.

6. Everyone thinks that meditation is easier for other people than it is for him or her.

5. Your practice will be and feel different every day.

4. You can’t do it wrong.

3. Lawrence LeShan said about meditation, “It’s like coming home,” meaning that it is your birthright, your natural state, your true self — so it may help you to think about meditation as an uncovering or a revealing.

2. Reading books about meditation is only useful to a point but you have to be in it to win it.

1. If you want to learn about the dharma and how mediation works then I have found it to be most beneficial to study and practice with monks or former monks.


  • Ira Israel

    Psychotherapist & Author

    Psychotherapist Ira Israel is the author of “How To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re and Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening,” which is endorsed by Sting, Reverend Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, Jack Kornfield, Shauna Shapiro, Warren Farrell, Katherine Woodward Thomas, Jai Uttal, Joanne Cacciatore, Lorin Roche, Fred Luskin and many many others. Ira teaches workshops on authenticity and happiness at Esalen and Kripalu and has written over 300 articles on psychology, philosophy, Buddhism, yoga, film, art, music & literature for The Huffington Post, Good Men Project, Mind Body Green, Thrive Global, and Medium.  Ira is also the producer, writer and actor of the best-selling DVDs and videos "Authenticity and Awakening for Lovable Idiots," "A Beginner's Guide to Happiness," "A Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness Meditation," "Mindfulness for Depression," "Mindfulness for Anxiety," and "Yoga for Depression and Anxiety.”  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has graduate degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. For more information please visit www.IraIsrael.com