Rethinking Meditation with Murray Du Plessis

If you’ve been trying to empty your mind during meditation, you may have experienced a lot of frustration and disappointment in your practice. In his book, Modern Meditations: 101 Ways to Slow Down & Connect to Spirit, author and meditation teacher Murray du Plessis encourages a different approach, seeing meditation as an inner adventure of discovery and an opportunity to develop a deeper, gentler relationship with ourselves on and off the meditation cushion.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • Letting go of the idea that we have to empty the mind of thoughts;
  • Meditation as a way to have a relationship with our inner selves;
  • Taking time each day to check in with ourselves;
  • What it means to live in a meditative way.

This interview will inspire and move you. Listen wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Murray du Plessis has studied and taught meditation for fifteen years, and he assisted the running of meditation centers in England, Burundi, Namibia, and South Africa. He has an MA in English education and is currently an assistant professor of English at Daegu University. He lives in South Korea.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits, will be released this summer. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 100 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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