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The Mind Illuminated: The Ultimate Meditation Manuscript (#47)

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The Mind Illuminated: The Ultimate Meditation Manuscript (#47)

Have you been struggling to keep a consistent meditation practice?

Switching around between different types, trying to find the right one for so long that you eventually forgot why you were even doing it in the first place?

This is a common complaint many aspiring meditators face.

Without a clear understanding of why we are doing what we are doing and a way to know that we are doing it right, we are destined to fall off track.

In comes The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa (John Yates, PhD).

The Mind Illuminated is the result of 50,000 hours of meditation and decades of neuroscience study.

This book is arguably the clearest, most systematic, and well-researched meditation manual ever written.

In this episode of the HighExistence podcast, Jon Brooks and Eric Brown discuss the 6 steps Culadasa recommends in the book to prepare the mind for practice.

But these 6 steps, as you’ll see, have far reaching applications beyond just meditation.

“This stuff is not separate. The lessons you learn in mediation are lessons that apply to life. The stuff going on in your life will carry on into your mediation practice.”

— Eric Brown, HEx Podcast #47


  • Why you should meditate
  • Culadasa’s 6 steps for preparation for meditation
  • How TMI has impacted not only Eric’s meditation practice, but his life
  • Is enlightenment actually possible? What does it take to get there?
  • Meditation as a tool for tragedy
  • How to find and renew the motivation to do anything
  • The first 3 stages of the meditation journey
  • Meditation as a microcosm for life
  • The importance of posture
  • How showing up is all you need to do
  • The value of taking a moment to clarify intent before starting anything


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