Have you tried meditating and if so has helped you in any way?
Simple answers....Yes & Yes. However, I read a lot about meditation for quite some time. I spoke to a few individuals who meditate regularly and was able to get some pointers.
I wanted to get into meditation for some time and as usual, I over-thought the entire thing. Silly, but that's a pattern of mine.. I'm really exacting, cautious and curious.
I have a habit of analyzing and researching everything. Something I learned was the wisest way to approach most anything I was considering, as a young woman. The rest of the story is that this "lesson" came the hard way. By making impulsive decisions and becoming an expert in kicking myself in the butt.
I now meditate daily. It is not as difficult or complex as one might think. What I like best is that I can choose to meditate at any point of the day or night and where ever i happen to be. Also, it becomes easier (almost 2nd nature) as you continue. It's a part of my daily life now. It would take all day to explain what I feel the benefits have been. Of this I can assure you. It has ZERO negative effects!!
I need to get to that point where it becomes 2nd nature. I'm on & off w/ it as I allow myself to get so wrapped up in day to day stuff that I forget. When I do it tho I feel so much more calm and happier.
Brenda....I hope it is encouraging for you to know that "blocking the world out".....becomes an easy move after a while of practice. Be "calm" and accept that you won't see perfection and that's OK....just keep going.
I don't know if it counts as a form of meditation but I run a lot and it clears my mind. My weekly goal is to reach the small waterfall a few kilometers from my place and simply sit there for a few hours while enjoying the cool breeze and the sound of rushing water. It really helped me relax and get rid of accumulated stress.
Yes, I've been meditating daily for years. I used to take an afternoon nap, but find meditation far more effective.
I have been using meditation for stress for many years and yes it helps but only if you can clear your mind and go to a place of peace and happiness. In my personal opinion clearing your mind of any negative thoughts and competely relaxing is when you will do your best meditating. I like to go to a spot on the beach and feel the sun on my body and a slight breeze with the sounds of the water and then just let go.
Mindful meditating whilst out & about or doing chores/work etc, is "the" greatest thing i ever learn't in my life mate....Go for a walk, & look instead of thinking....Now for it to work well, you have to keep your eyes moving from one thing to another....For example go & look at a tree, & look at one leaf/branch to the next leaf/branch....At first your mind will say "leaf" "branch" etc, but as you practice you will get better at it, & you will just be looking/not thinking....We're perfectly capable of doing things without thinking, so this is practice for "doing" without thinking....Like when your in the shower for example, what do you usually think about?, work/breakfast etc?....So next time you shower (hopefully soon!lol), only concentrate on the shower/water/heat etc....That way you will be in the "now" moment more often, instead of thinking about other things.....Eckhart Tolle (male) & Abraham Hicks (female) just to prove i'm not sexist!lol, utube either of them & your'l be amazed at the great advice regarding meditating.....By the way it's not boring far from it, it's amazing what it's done for me.
Turning off my mind & not thinking is one of the most challenging things for me. As I'm sure it is for a lot of people.
Another quick tip for you mate, is no more multi tasking..Only do one thing at a time, & concentrate on the one thing only ..For example when ironing etc, do it with no music or T.V playing..Also no music whilst driving, just takes practice &
Don't 'turn it off' simply make it calm and vacant, or let it fall still. In the beginning you will get resistance. However, persevere! Try not to 'fight' the mind. Use aids like breathing, music, lofty books and song, as well as visualisa.
Good points, Dave36 and manatita44!. Thanks and have a great weekend!
Meditating properly can be very beneficial and good for our health. It's interesting to note that there are different forms of meditating. For example in Eastern religions, some believe that meditating is something that brings clarity of thought or special enlightenment. In Buddhism it encourages thru meditation emptying the mind of all thought. Other forms of meditating are said to encourage filling your mind with universal truths of wisdom.
The bible also talks about meditation and the benefits of it. Psalms 19:14 states: "Let the sayings of my mouth and the MEDITATION of my heart become pleasurable before you, O Jehovah my rock and redeemer." When King David wrote these words it was during a time where he was dealing with a lot of stress.
The Hebrew word for meditation used in this scripture comes from a root word which literally means "speak with oneself." So David spoke with himself probably in a low voice or in his mind about God's activities, his works, his laws, and righteousness. Psalms 143:5 states "I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your activity, I eagerly ponder over the work of your hands."
The key to good meditation is reading the bible and then "speak with ourselves" about what we have read. It will make anyone successful, notice Psalms 1:1-3 states: "Happy is the man...his delight is in the law of Jehovah, And he meditates on His law day and night...and everything he does will succeed."
Reading the bible is invaluable but we have to meditate deeply after we have read it. In order to benefit from the food we eat we need to digest it, the same principal applies spiritually. It will clear our mind of negative thoughts and allow us to consider bible based solutions to our problems. It even helps us to deal successfully with the day to day anxieties of life.
For example nowadays it's hard to make ends meat and many of us are dealing with lots of stress, meditating on this scripture can help us cope. Matthew 6:31,32 - "So never be anxious an say, What are we to eat? or, What are we to drink? or, What are we to wear? ...Your heavenly father knows that you need all these things."
Hopefully you found this helpful, do you think there will come a time when we will no longer have to deal with anxieties? Visit www.jw.org to find out.
Yes, My Sweet.
Most definitely. Meditation is a vast subject and one done by many, with as many different reasons. I wish to elaborate here as I write only to serve.
Some people wish to cure their ailments; others wish to sleep better at nights, yet another group wish to be stress-free. The ways and teachers they attract are varied and many.
In the systematic way of meditation, the first rule is to have yearning in the heart. This is followed by good deeds and abstention from unwholesome things. No need to elaborate here. Patanjali, an ancient Seer, calls this Yama and Niyama. Put simply, good deeds as well as restraints. Do's and don't's. Without this, Meditation is rarely fruitful in the Higher sense.
This brings me to the second part of my contribution. True Meditation is a spiritual sadhana or Yoga practice. It has a goal which is oneness with the Transcendental Self or God. You will have noted that I said that people do this for different reasons. They are all valid in their own way and will bring results accordingly.
Has it helped me? Most definitely. I have sat in satsang day after day relentlessly for the last 31 years! One cannot be half-hearted. Hence the necessary yearning, the questions of who am I, and what am I doing here? Most important questions. Meditation is the answer to all life's problems.
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