I want to start meditation

  • manpit209

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    Jul 07, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
    I have never done any kind of meditation before so I'm kind of at a lost of where to start and what I should read in regards to it. I'm deciding to do this because I tend to stress out a lot in life. Some times I'm worried about things I shouldn't be, stressed about deadlines or any number of reasons. I found that working out is a really good way for me to expel some of the stress. When I'm concentrating on my workout, I don't think about all the other crap.

    I also have moderate acne and I've done pretty much every over the counter medication out there. I've also gone to the dermatologist and everything has helped a little but my acne has not gone away. So I believe that stress could be a bigger part on why my acne doesn't go away. I'm hoping that learning to meditate will help me to clear up my skin and just make me a little more carefree since I'm seriously a major worrier.

    Thanks for any advice!
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    Jul 07, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    O, thats no big deal at all.. first off... STOP READING............................



    Thats one way...


    Bu the most effective way of meditating is focusing on your breathing... try to breathe through like in sports, using your whole stomach, but now try to lengthen each in and out breath... dont force it, just try to keep each one a bit longer than the one before, so you dont "hold" breath and become asphyxiated, but you slow down at each cycle of respiration

    Also, try to pause abit once you've breathed out, before you breath in.... feel the need to breathe..

    When I do it, my ear canals clear ( after about a minute), my hands warm up, my eyes become moist, my mouth does too, my muscles relax (after about 9 breaths), i notice my posture and begin to change it to be more comfortable, and stressful parts of my body begin to loosen up....

    Continue on for several minutes and you may yawn and begin to feel sleepy

    If something pops into your mind and you start thinking.. put it back out of your mind and refocus on the breathing...

    YOU can do this for just a minute, or for an hour... and you can do it at work... I do it even while exercising, wactching TV, or playing guitar, or making breakfast, or drinking tea, and even when I talk to somebody, keeping my breathing slow between sentences... it helps me to stay focused in everything I do... they call this experience "being in the zone" in sports, or "zen" in Japanese,

    And do, you dont need to train with monks in a cave, I learned this from a secular Russian doctor icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 07, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    Well, going from experience, I'd try to find somewhere that does group meditation, just to begin. I did small group meditations with a friend in college, and I think if I had never gone, I would never be able to have really done it on my own without any guidance... not that I do it much anymore. But back then, I craved it! You really get so deep into a zone and when you come out of it, it's such a great natural high. You'll really clear your mind, and definitely relieve stress if that's a problem for you.

    If you just want to try it alone, you can do this basic method of counting, where you count to 10, then back down to 1, and keep looping. Take deep breaths in as well as out- you don't want to be constantly taking in deep breaths but and then quickly exhaling only to take another deep breath. They need to be equal. Eventually, you don't even know you're doing it, and a few minutes turns into an hour...

    Good luck and enjoy!
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    Jul 07, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    manpit209 saidI have never done any kind of meditation before so I'm kind of at a lost of where to start and what I should read in regards to it. I'm deciding to do this because I tend to stress out a lot in life. Some times I'm worried about things I shouldn't be, stressed about deadlines or any number of reasons. I found that working out is a really good way for me to expel some of the stress. When I'm concentrating on my workout, I don't think about all the other crap.

    I also have moderate acne and I've done pretty much every over the counter medication out there. I've also gone to the dermatologist and everything has helped a little but my acne has not gone away. So I believe that stress could be a bigger part on why my acne doesn't go away. I'm hoping that learning to meditate will help me to clear up my skin and just make me a little more carefree since I'm seriously a major worrier.

    Thanks for any advice!


    Wow man, I feel like I wrote this post. I have the exact same problems you have, including the acne. No chemicals or other remedies have worked, so I think it boils down to stress because I would break out more when I studied for exams.

    I want to start meditating too. I grew up a Buddhist in a Buddhist country, so people have been trying to get me to meditate since childhood. I still can't do it. I get distracted or sometimes my head begins to spin. I really want to learn how but even while being guided by an expert, I just can't get to that point of relaxation. And there are so many different kinds of meditations too, I wonder if some are more effective than others??
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    Jul 07, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
    Buy an intro yoga dvd. that really helped me. many of them give you an overview of the teachings then you can figurre out for yourself where to explore more. maybe you can pair that with taking an intro yoga class.

    i'm one of those people that grew up praying and i really believe in prayer and i've seen prayer work but meditation is a whole different thing for me. i had to learn it. i had to learn how to be silent and think about nothing and focus on the energy within the moment and relationship between body and spirit. i had to learn to release, if that makes sense. anyway, that's way deep but still i started with just a dvd (it was a gift actually lol). it really worked for me. that's one method for you to consider.
  • manpit209

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    Jul 07, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    I have tried the deep breathing method in the past. I didn't realize that was a form of meditation! Anyhow, I'll try that method some more since I'm most familiar with it. My problem is also the thoughts wandering when I'm trying to meditate. I'll be sure to try to control that and see how it goes. Thanks for the feedback so far!
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    Jul 07, 2010 5:41 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI would suggest trying different methods. Find one that works for you. The best form of meditation is the one that helps you achieve your goals. There are many different types of meditation.

    Try attending a class and ask the instructor about introductory meditation classes. Do a Google search and get some ideas. Buy some books. If you think you will do best on your own then perhaps invest in some books that offer some instruction. Others do better in a group setting.

    Good luck.


    Perfect. I think practicing progressive muscular relaxation is an essential first step to many techniques. It's easy and there are about a billion decent explanations and instructions online if you google it. If stress management is a goal, this might be a very easy first step. I have a rather severe anxiety disorder and this actually helps more than psyche meds ever did.

    good luck!
  • josephmovie

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    Jul 07, 2010 10:09 AM GMT
    This is a short, basic meditation that is good for a beginner. Try to do it in the morning and see how you feel for the rest of the day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFqHa4gOP3c
  • Regina_Guy

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    Aug 06, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    If you have an iPod or iPhone, you should download the "Meditation Podcast". It's a series of 12 different meditations designed to help you deal with whatever emotions and feelings are happening in your life. They're pretty good, I highly recommend it! Just search it in iTunes.

    Good Luck!
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    Aug 11, 2010 1:18 AM GMT
    Breath meditation is a good place to start. I suggest a form called anapanasati. You don't need to focus on changing or regulating your breath. Just observe it for what it is, too shallow or too deep; too rapid or too slow.

    Breath is a tool for meditation. There are a lot of tools that you can use, mandalas might be good starters as well. The important thing about meditation tools, especially breath, is not to fight with it. A lot of people do that. Just let it guide you.

    Your mind WILL drift from time to time. That's a given. Just try to catch it as soon as possible, and don't worry about making it not drift at all.

    There are a lot of guided meditations online, and they might be a good place to start too. I say check out http://www.dhammatalks.org/, because it has a ton of MP3s of guided meditations.

    I'm a Buddhist nerd here, so if you need any more advice or anything, hit me up.

    Namaste
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    Oct 07, 2010 7:20 AM GMT
    Yoga only wont help you in removing the acne. The more you drink water, the less acne will appear. I have tried this myself. Wash your face with pure Lemon extracts and keep it for an hour and rinse it. It will definitely help you.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Oct 09, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    amar_m said
    If something pops into your mind and you start thinking.. put it back out of your mind and refocus on the breathing...
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    I like Amar's advice. One thing I would add is that you might think of the thoughts that come into your mind during meditation as cars of a train. It ok for the cars to come through your meditation, but they need to keep moving on down the track.... don't hold onto a thought. This visualisation really helps me not focus on any one thought. But also brings many good thoughts into my meditation. I get some of my best ideas and resolutions during meditation and just at the waking hour.

    I also benefit from silently repeating a single mantra - it can be a religious or secular word. Something that brings you peace. I love to meditate in front of the morning glow of a candle in a quiet room and sitting on a kneeling bench - but Amar is right you can do it anywhere an anytime.

    I go to a refresher meditation seminar about once a year given by a former Benedictine Brother. (www.tomjacobs.com) It really helps keep me focused on good meditation practices.
  • TadPohl

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    Oct 09, 2010 6:29 PM GMT
    Here's a great link for a meditation course in CA.
    My mom takes classes from around the states. Perhaps you'll find something amazing from it also.

    http://www.sivanandayogafarm.org/programs/index.php?prog_id=8&gclid=CKKqvOK0xqQCFQIEbAod5X3qDA[
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    Oct 18, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    I agree with the comment about water intake... I think acne is due to not enough water, oily foods and not enough exercise.

    I'm feeling like an opportunist, but I would like to recommend (shamelessly) the meditations that I have recorded. I have been teaching yoga and meditation for 10 years, have received a lot of great feedback on them, and they're free to listen to online.

    They include 4 Total Body Relaxations, a few Guided Breathing Techniques such as Alternate Nostril and Rhythmic Breathing, as well as one I call Expand Your Mind.

    Check 'em out!

    http://doyogawithme.com/meditation

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  • The6Degrees

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    Dec 13, 2011 10:29 AM GMT
    http://www.project-meditation.org/a_mt4/different_types_of_meditation.html

    Also...try chocolate and cartoons.....you can't go wrong. icon_smile.gif