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Do you meditate?
If yes, do you practise a formal type of meditation or do you simply take time out from your day to quiet your mind?
Normally, just breathing exercises work for me. Close your eyes, sit tall, be still, think of your favorite place or of an entire world that you created, and take deep, strong breaths.
Your meditations sound like wonderful, mini holidays! It would be very easy to do in the middle of a work day too. Excellent!
Yes observing the breath is a great way to arrive into the present moment and become aware of yourself.
It's also great to destress quickly before a test.
Yes, I do, but I do not follow any formal method. Often it is enough to simply sit quietly and be still.
I practice mindfulness meditation. It comes down to sitting and being aware of the mind-body phenomena. This way, you experience a gradual slowing down of your mind chatter. Buddha compared it to a monkey jumping from branch to branch incessantly. In the long term, you become a witness of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations, realizing that you're center is somewhere deeper.
There is meditation and meditation. Since 1986 I have been practising Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka twice daily. But before you can take this up, you need to book yourself into a Vipassana Meditation Centre for a minimum of ten days. There are centres which teach this technique in quite a number of countries in the world including America.
If you do take it on, be prepared for a shock. The ten day course could well be the hardest thing you'll ever do in your life: 11 hours of meditation every day: up at 4-00am. Total silence. No contact with anyone. Only two (vegetarian) meals a day with no food after midday. There is a great deal of pain, both physical and mental. But generally by the last day or so this has been left behind.
The course is designed to take you deep into yourself. It isn't easy. Around 1 in 20 or so can't hack it and 'slip away during the night.' But for those who can carry through, it brings insights which will change the way you look at who and what you are forever.
Yes, there are meditations and meditations...
Yes, this does seem to be a very rigorous form of meditation - or at least a rigorous introduction. It brings to mind some First Nations rights of passage. I practise Transcendental Meditation. Whatever the form I believe it to be essential.
I have done the Vipassana course and found it extremely helpful. Have been meaning to do one again.
Where did you attend you Vipassana course? I've heard a lot of good things. I'm on a waiting list currently to attend a retreat in Shelburne Falls, MA.
Recently, I tried out Zazen style of meditation and found it quite effective. I try to meditate on a quality I would like to make a part of my character such as will power, gentleness, letting go, etc.
I tried Zazen because I wanted to learn about Zen meditation and wrote a hub about it after practicing it for some time:
http://sushma-webber.hubpages.com/hub/H … Meditation
I am very interested in the study and practice of meditation and have written a few hubs about it. I have realized the value of regular practice. However the last couple of months I have not been able to do it and see the difference in my life. Your question has motivated me to begin again. Thanks
Hi, onegreen. I have been setting here trying to come up with an intelligent and insightful way to answer your question. So, here it is; ahem, "No".
I hope that was helpful.
Absolutely. I wish it was taught in schools as a standard but unfortunately there are some who get meditation mixed up with religion - which it isn't - and react to it's implementation. I have practiced a daily Third Eye Meditation for thirteen years, and as well as many silent group meditations have also undertaken 5 ten day solo meditations over the years. The technique takes you beyond the ordinary chatting mind into spaces of stillness, no thoughts, just being. With any meditation modality, it takes practice to achieve stillness and silence. The benefits are worth the effort.
Wow! Ten days of meditation? I'd like to hear more about that! I agree with you regarding teaching meditation in schools. Thanks so much for your answer.
Another bi-product of meditation is creativity. Something sadly lacking in our society is the spontaneous desire to create.. The benefit to children would be extraordinary. In one generation we could change so much.
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I meditate daily. It is a huge resource. Mainly I practice Vipassana meditation, but like to mix it up with Metta and mindfulness of the senses here and there. Afterward I always feel fresh and rested, more so than sleeping some days.
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