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Jeff Cannon
Jeff Cannon is a Modern American Monk who is quickly becoming one of the most sought after thinkers in the Modern Meditation Movement. His lifestyle combines the serenity that one associates with traditional meditation, while remaining in tune with the realities of the 21st Century world we all live in.

Jeff helped create what is known as Modern Meditation – a form of meditation that weaves traditional techniques together to create a richer, deeper, faster meditation experience.

Jeff created this method after surviving nine brain surgeries that collectively removed more than 20 brain tumors in as many years. Not finding the answers he was seeking in monasteries or with traditional teachers, he set out to create his own. The result of this journey was his first book on meditation, The Simple Truth: Meditation for the Modern World.

This book remains a testament to his ability to balance spirituality with business, physics with metaphysics, the traditional and the contemporary. As many clients have discovered, he is in a far better place to bring meditation to the masses than teachers who have spent a lifetime in seclusion or in a far off monastery.

What makes Jeff’s work so compelling is his ability to balance opposing forces. His ideas are at once grand and extreme, devout and minimal – almost humble while he drives the practice of meditation to modernize in order to remain relevant. Jeff embodies the yin and the yang that influences so much of his teachings. His is a life of two halves and two opposing forces.

To Jeff’s thinking, the perfect lines and geometries were not produced in schools or graduate programs but through experience; by walking the path of the devout with an eye toward the real world we all live in.

Jeff is the author of several books on mindfulness and meditation, a Huffington Post blogger, a contributor to leading wellness websites such as MindBodyGreen, and the founder of The Simple Truth Project. While he works one-on-one with clients, he occasionally reaches out through group workshops and speaking events. As some have said, he is a man with a mission - to bring the wonderful 3,000 year old practice of meditation into the modern world, without losing its beauty or integrity along the way.

Entries by Jeff Cannon

The Simple Truth to Modern Meditation

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 11:10 AM

Trend Spotting -- something new is bubbling up in the world of meditation.

It's not on the horizon -- it is, as they say, in the here and now. It is an informal collection of practices called Modern Meditation, and it is a modality that is quickly spreading as...

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Why Do You Meditate?

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 2:48 PM

Over the past few millennia we have been introduced to meditation. Our teachers have taught us how to become aware of our bodies and our minds. This awareness has helped us foster a better understanding of our own thoughts and actions, both within ourselves, as well as with those, and...

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A Meditation On Mitt Romney and Politics

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 12:56 PM

I did not vote for Mitt, but after seeing Palin and Cruz and Trump and Perry set the stage at the Freedom Summit, I have to say, I admire Mitt for letting go of his ego and walking away. It is something we all must do from time to time;...

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Relax -- It's Just Meditation

(6) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 4:48 PM

I have actually been getting quite a bit of angry email as of late. From journalists and yogis, yogic reporters and meditation practitioners, demanding an explanation as to why I want to tear down the beautiful tradition of meditation.

The answer is simple. It is my Simple Truth.


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Come Together in Meditation

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:14 PM

A key part of modern meditation is the separation of the practice from the religious faith or the rituals so long connected to it. In doing so, we are not disavowing any faith. In fact, our belief is quite the opposite. For modern meditation practitioners meditation is, and always has...

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An Autumn's Transcendence

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:39 AM

I made a dish of skate and scallops in a lemon brodetto this weekend. It was a meditation on our own transcendence in a way. Roasted skate and lightly-seared scallops atop a bed of browned pumpkin, all floating in a chicken broth simmered with a puree of lemons and oregano...

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Love Barbs and the Royals

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 11:43 AM

You may not have the 24/7 schedules or the non-stop press scrutiny that the royals do, but every couple gets to the point when the stress and tension of everyday life turn those funny quips turn into sharp barbs that hook under the skin. It may be during one of...

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Medicine and Meditation to Rewire My Brain

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:27 PM

2014-04-02-52Staples.jpgOn March 3, I had brain surgery. It was a 14-hour procedure that drilled down into my brain stem to remove a tumor the size of a small child's fist. The surgery lasted 14 hours. The acute rehabilitation lasted two weeks. And while the...

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The Simple Truth to Meditation

(8) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:37 PM

New students often ask how long they should sit or how often they should practice. I always give the same answer. Sitting for 20 minutes is a wonderful practice for those living in a quiet peaceful world. But if you really want to benefit from meditation, you need to take...

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There Is No Denying Life

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Life is not meant to be lived in denial. It is meant to be lived in moderation.

Life is not meant to be lived cut off from your emotions or denying them. It is meant to be lived mindfully of them. Watching them and managing them, rather than being managed...

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Find Your Personal Luxury

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 4:06 PM

Luxury is not about money. It is about living a truly authentic life. Contrary to what you may think, luxury products were not created to drive revenue. They were created to help people live a more comfortable life. Today, thanks to technology, that level of comfort is more readily available...

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Live Your Life Fulfilled

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Several students have come to me dissatisfied -- dissatisfied that they have so much left to do in their lives. Dissatisfied that they have not achieved enough or that others have done more. They worry that their life will be less than it should be, that they will be less...

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Om Is the Vibration of the Universe

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Om is more than a sound, but the vibration of the universe. It is the frequency of energy that connects and joins all things together. It is not a short and sharp sound. It lingers and flows like energy itself. Ommmmmmmmmmmm...

When you open yourself up to the vibration of...

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Desire Is Not Bad

(2) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 5:10 PM

A student recently asked me if desire was bad.

Let me be clear -- it is not.

Desire is a feeling and nothing more. It is your brain's way of telling you that you are missing something in life. Contrary to what some people think, desire can actually be...

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Mindful Management: Less Stress, More Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 5:46 PM

Mindful management is not about floating your way through your day. It's about being aware of the here and now, so that you can focus on what needs to be done to reach your goals. Because when you stay awake and aware, you can maintain your focus on what is...

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Simple Truth to a Richer, Deeper, Lasting Relationship

(18) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 12:00 PM

When a relationship becomes a one-way way street, it ends up at a dead end sooner or later. Learn to keep the traffic flowing both ways with conversation, forgiveness and mindful awareness to keep your relationship growing well into the future. It all starts with that inner conversation you have...

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Simple Truth's Mindful Moments

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 8:20 AM

Stress is a part of life. It is a natural response to the pressures of the world around you. It is the modern outcome of your brain's ancient fight-or-flight answer to the threats of the world, your brain's way of protecting you. The adrenaline rush that once helped you get...

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Buddha's Simple Truth

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 1:36 PM

Years ago, I sought out a teacher I had heard about to study meditation. It all seemed simple enough. We sat, we meditated, we spoke of my experiences while meditating. But things just did not seem quite right. There was an edge, or an attitude, an arrogance that was palpable,...

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Simple Truth to Love, Security and Recognition

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 11:47 AM

What is it that you are looking for? Is it love? Is it to find "the one" who will fill your life with joy and happiness? Is it a better job and a higher salary that will give you a greater sense of security? Or is it having a title...

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The Simple Truth to Waiting for Perfect

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 11:29 AM

How many of you are frustrated because you have had to put your dreams on hold through no fault of your own? How many of you have "put something on the backburner" knowing that it's never come to the front burner again? Whether it's finding love or a life partner,...

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