What meditation practices do you follow and why?

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    Dec 23, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
    I´m not talking about Christian stuff... all the religion threads are about that and it´s frankly dull. Do people practice other types of meditation and if so, why?
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    Dec 23, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    More in the vipassana strain of mindfulness. Just trying to calm the monkey mind. Do it every morning for about 20 minutes. Have been on it for the past month, and I've finally been able to call it a practice, as I'm continuing on with it. Usually I fall off and don't continue.

    It takes a while to develop the habit.
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    Dec 23, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    I'm not sure what it's called but it is a type done by many Buddhists. The meditation focuses on your breathing pattern. I often do it 5 minutes before bed because it helps me sleep well.

    Although, while I like the meditation to help keep my mind clear, sometimes it's a little too clear and I tend to forget things. I usually make a list of things to remember/to-do list before I meditate, then sleep. That way, I can check back to the list the next morning.
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    Dec 23, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    5 minutes of quiet where I focus on nothing but breathing in and out. If mind wanders, catch it and bring it back.
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    Dec 23, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    It's not really meditation, per se, but rather than make the five-minute drive to work I make a point of walking at least three days a week. I don't get much quiet time, so the 15-minutes of nothing but laid-back tunes in my headset and solo thoughts in my head are just enough to prepare me for the day at work, and shove the stress back out on my way home so I don't bring it into the house.

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    Dec 23, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    Running with some music or blasting some free weights is the best way for me to think clearly and relive any stress I may haveicon_razz.gif
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    Dec 23, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    SteamyWeenie saidgreat stuff guys but idk if the quiet thing works.. and im not sure what kind of meditation you guys are speaking of.. if we're talking like zen monks sort of meditation, i think its almost necessary if not crucial to have some sort of chant to go along with it. the quiet thing works for some, im guessing, but i dont know if its very effective.. i meditate quite a lot actually and ive gotten to a very advanced level very fast and i can tell you that sitting in silence does little if close to nothing in opening up your chakras and bringing in any cosmic energy. it worked a very long time ago perhaps but we have so much going on now that for anyone leading a life dictated by society would have a very hard time getting clear. people have phone, jobs, cars, computers, etc... back in the day those things didnt exist so quiet time may have worked but i think the whole point of meditation is to control your mind. to focus. i dont think 'quiet' time just does it. and i dont suggest 'catching' your mind when starting off btw. its best to let it wander for perhaps 5-10 minutes before you begin getting tough on it as people have a lot to think of. so letting ur thoughts just roam around for a bit is actually healthy for ur meditation.


    No doubt at all that you're right. But "quiet" time is the closest thing I do. How long do you spend doing it, and how often?

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    Dec 23, 2009 4:53 PM GMT

    I walk. Out here are buildings and stuff so I just walk until I see mountains and horses. Than I know I've been walking for a long time and the scenery is soothing.

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    Dec 23, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    meditation through practicing aikido (for me it's a form of meditation) is nice
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    Dec 23, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    SteamyWeenie saidi dont think 'quiet' time just does it. and i dont suggest 'catching' your mind when starting off btw. its best to let it wander for perhaps 5-10 minutes before you begin getting tough on it as people have a lot to think of. so letting ur thoughts just roam around for a bit is actually healthy for ur meditation.


    Oh it works. No question it works. It´s not outdated or impractical. I´ve been doing it for years.

    I practice two sorts: daoist standing meditation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhan_zhuang

    and just sitting (kinda zen) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zazen

    the zhan zhuang just makes me feel a bit better, helps with jetlag, travel sickness etc etc. Sitting helps still the mind (I do mostly shikantaza) and quiet mental chatter. I´ve been doing both on and off for years and am nothing special. I´m also fond of other "meditative" things which aren´t formal meditation such as when i lift, walk, cook etc etc
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    Dec 23, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    Various stretching and breathing techniques that I also use in my group fitness classes.
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    Dec 23, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    How would you suggest one get started?
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    Dec 23, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    Sit down and breathe. You can sit on a chair with your palms on your knees, or cross legged on a folded blanket.

    Thoughts will float across the mind. Acknowledge them and dismiss them. Follow the rise and fall of your breath. Observe. Don´t "talk to yourself". Acknowledge the thoughts, and go back to concentration on the breath. That´s it. 5 mins is plenty, work towards 10 if you like. Don´t make that a "goal". That defeats the point.

    It´s really not hard. (which means that it´s very hard: simple things always are: much easier to visualize cosmic energy etc etc)
  • Thirdbeach

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    Dec 23, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    Dudes:

    I totally kick butt at meditation!
    Ain't nobody as serene as me when meditating.
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    Dec 23, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    I don't sit and meditate, but I do practice mindfulness and try to be totally involved in what I am doing. I find that calms me down, even if I'm doing something mentally taxing (like homework). And I usually end up doing a better job on whatever it is I'm doing to boot.
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    Dec 23, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    SteamyWeenie said
    the tough thing is that you're not really able to sleep at times for some reason. i know that ive attained my goal if i reached a uh, out of body experience i guess. its hard to explain but its almost as if your body becomes a whole different part of you that you're not familiar with and you completely disconnect. its gotten to the point where i've stopped breathing altogether for a good amt of time and didnt notice it til my body started freaking out. its fantastic.


    Btw if this is actually true then you need to get help, as you can induce psychosis and other mental problems if you misuse some of the techniques by experimenting without supervision, especially kundalini stuff. Out of body experiences, inability to sleep and the breathing thing are all really bad signs
    (I´ve been there, done that: was first involved with this stuff about 18 or 19 years ago).

    If you DO have these problems on anything like a regular basis then get in touch.
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    Dec 25, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    Maybe I'm too liberal in my acceptance of certain behaviors as meditation, but I count everything from daydreaming to intentional, focused meditation. I often take my morning commute to just get lost in my own head (I ride the bus) and then, if it's a good morning, I'll fall in and out of meditative moments while working out. It keeps me very relaxed and focused throughout the day.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 25, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    mostly stillness meditation, but sometimes the Microcosmic Orbit icon_rolleyes.gif .. but really whatever I do, I don't like it to feel contrived or faked, so I use whatever techniques I need to get my mind where I want it to be, or simply nowhere. That really is an interesting question to ask yourself .. "how do you get nowhere?"
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    Dec 25, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    Listen to the sound of everything. Listen but do not hear icon_lol.gif

  • rdberg1957

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    Dec 25, 2009 6:27 AM GMT
    I like vipassana, but it is hard to keep the habit. I have gone to meditation centers where others are meditating at the same time in a room, all quiet and someone rings a bell once every half-hour. That works, but I haven't gone in a year or two. Breathing, focus on the breath, let other thoughts come and go. 20-30 minutes, 10 minutes if I don't have much time. Helps me focus for work. Helps me regulate my emotions (which can be all over the map). I also meditate while washing dishes, walking, or eating alone--focused attention.
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    Dec 25, 2009 6:31 AM GMT
    my meditation practice is rooted in my taijiquan/qigong practice, of which there are three general positions: standing, sitting, and lying down. i follow the techniques taught to me by my teacher, master yang yang, http://www.chentaiji.com/. i have also fortified my traditional techniques with a bit of technology from centerpointe. i have found that the combination greatly enhances my results, and that's nice because there are times when i am pretty damn lazy.
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    Dec 25, 2009 6:46 AM GMT
    I find bludgeoning myself repeatedly with an unabridged podium edition of Websters Dictionary then choking myself with MaxFitMike's undies quiets the voices screaming in my head and offers a few moments of inner peace before the never ending struggle against the darkness within begins once again.
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    Dec 25, 2009 10:59 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI find bludgeoning myself repeatedly with an unabridged podium edition of Websters Dictionary then choking myself with MaxFitMike's undies quiets the voices screaming in my head and offers a few moments of inner peace before the never ending struggle against the darkness within begins once again.


    I said no Christian stuff. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 26, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI find bludgeoning myself repeatedly with an unabridged podium edition of Websters Dictionary then choking myself with MaxFitMike's undies quiets the voices screaming in my head and offers a few moments of inner peace before the never ending struggle against the darkness within begins once again.


    I said no Christian stuff. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Oooops, sowwy.
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    Dec 26, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
    Sleep is my meditation equivalent.
    I have yet to experience anything in a forced meditative state that I couldn't do cleaning my apartment, spinning or walking down the street.
    I'm keenly aware of me and the world around me and I don't need any more existential validation that "yes, this is all indeed happening."