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 Do you regularly meditate
Religiously (6 votes)
50.00%
sometimes (4 votes)
33.33%
my mind always wanders (1 votes)
8.33%
I don't know how (1 votes)
8.33%
Never (0 votes)
0%
when reminded (0 votes)
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Chloe
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That's interesting you should post that article now.  I just started meditating twice a day for about 15-20 minutes each time on an empty stomach and not too close to bedtime.  

According to the theory I follow having thoughts during meditation is not a problem and you can sit in a comfortable chair to do it.

So far so good but since I just started I can't comment on any specific benefits but I can say for sure I feel more "grounded".

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That's interesting you should post that article now.  I just started meditating twice a day for about 15-20 minutes each time on an empty stomach and not too close to bedtime.  

According to the theory I follow having thoughts during meditation is not a problem and you can sit in a comfortable chair to do it.

So far so good but since I just started I can't comment on any specific benefits but I can say for sure I feel more "grounded".

Joy


Thanks for sharing.....maybe this thread can be a place to inspire others who know they should
take the time to do it but find reasons not to....I have taken many group meditation classes....we
would all sit together for up to an hour in a calm, slightly darkened room and just watch a lit
candle in the distance....and generally the energy shared in the room of so many people doing
the same thing created almost a magical experience...

....learning to meditate taught me that I can always just tune out the mind
chatter and go back to focusing on my breath....in, out....and sometimes I imagine my breathe is
animated....that it can hitch on a wave....roll itself out, gently to the edge of the shore......This constant focus of just one thing blots out all other thoughts...I've tried this with a visual pattern.....I'm an artist....and a lot of my abstract pieces are randomly affixed to a wall in the room where I like to meditate....I can find my eyes gazing but not really looking at my pictures....I'm sort of using the pictures to get me into a trance like place.....And this way, I can meditate with my eyes open.  As a child I used to do this all the time looking at clouds.

I catch myself many times during the day holding my breath....and all it takes for me to stop myself is my awareness of my actions.  So the mind chatter becomes an awareness. I become
the witness of my own actions... I've learned to say to myself "You're thinking, thinking....go back to focusing on the breath"...

Deepak Chopra has a lot of meditation CDs I like to play if I think I need to hear a voice for a change....I also have meditation CDs that are like journeys....going deep down into oneself where
it almost feels as if I'm in a dream state...but quickly could return to full consciousness.

As for doing this twice a day, I'm happy if I get around to once....but good job that you're doing this at all....

Interesting to hear from others who meditate on a regular basis....





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Good thread, Chloe!
I marked sometimes as the only time I can say I actually meditate is when I practice yoga.
Now if you had asked about prayer.... religiously!


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I re-started a meditation habit about a month ago; meditating every morning before getting up for the day. I missed two days in a row last week, and I could totally tell the difference in my overall attitude for the day. I won't be doing that again!


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I took classes for mindfulness meditation which I enjoy and also feel it helped me a lot to take time out and meditate on issues, dig deeper and find out what is really bothering.  It is intersting, as often what seemed on the surface to be the problem often wasn't after I had taken the time to "sit on it".

At night I frequently use a meditation CD before sleep.

Chloe, if you can suggest one or two good ones that you describe as being "like journeys....going deep down into oneself" let me know.  It is nice to try different mediations out.
Great post!
thanks, Lin


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Cajun,
Prayer is a form of meditation, I do that too.  In mindfulness meditation, they say any time you are really present in what you are doing, and your mind/thoughts are focussed on what you are doing that is mindful meditation.  I find cooking often does this for me...it's a nice state.
Lin


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Lin, try some of these on youtube....free and you can decide which ones resonate with you....I often
do this...pick a new one each time....I feel if I'm sitting on a chair in front of my computer with my
eyes closed, I'm already in a chair....I can put on headphones if I like and listen in stereo....close my
eyes and just drift wherever the guided meditation takes me.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=guided+meditation

..I downloaded many guided meditations to ITUNES on my IPHONE so often I'm just hearing something I know is familiar but can't be sure which CD it came from...I have a few regression CDs by Dr. Brian Weiss....many by Deepak Chopra....and some were originally recorded from my first meditation teacher which were on tape cassettes and transferred to CDs. I do have some great
guided meditations that I looked for and can't seem to find...just went through the places they should be stored but not there.  Might have loaned them to a friend...(which friend??  Dunno) Or
else they're in the wrong place.  WIll try and look again tomorrow...I should meditate on this....
maybe the answer will come to me.

One of my very favorites is this one...by Deepak Chopra....I just like his calming voice.
http://store.chopra.com/productinfo.asp?item=851

More options
http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com/guided-healing-meditation.html

This is free
http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22


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Lin,   Then, I meditate every morning, evening, and while I am driving....
On a serious note, I know what you mean about being mindful. As Chloe mentioned previously about a trance like state but with eyes open; I do that sometimes, too. It seems to come naturally after I have been really busy or active and my body/mind just take a break.

It seems A's really do need it!   


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I heartily agree about A's, Cajun.  And I do believe that pray is as effective as meditation.  

What I like about the type of meditation I'm currently involved in is that the concerns of the "outside" world seem less engaging because a lot of times I really can't do anything about it.  What I do have control over is the "internal landscape" when I meditate.

I remember years ago (before I even knew what meditation was) a few people would say to me "Earth to Joy" "Earth to Joy".  At the time I thought I was not in touch with reality at that moment but it was a necessary form of meditation for me.

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Hi! I have been meditating since 15 years ago and would like to share with you my own experience. I have enjoyed reduced stress, better sleep, faster learning, greater creativity and alleviation from depression. There are scientific studies that show the benefits of the type of meditation I practice (Transcendental Meditation). Here is my blog post:

http://alignwnature.com/category/meditation-%E5%86%A5%E6%83%B3/





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Lovely blog, Balletomane  

I meditate every morning around sunrise, and usually again in the late afternoon.

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Thanks for reading, Averno. Yes, me too. I meditate 20 minutes upon rising and 20 minutes before dinner. Every time, it feels like taking a mental shower  




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Chloe,
That was so nice of you to share such a good list of possible meditations.  Will definitely check them out.

Balletomane,
very interesting blog.

Good thread all!


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You're very welcome, Lin.

Balletomane, awesome blog....thanks for sharing~  

This thread is becoming more interesting than I ever could have imagined!  Wasn't aware of how
many people are actually meditating.

I think what might be helpful is a basic set of instructions to offer to anyone who would like to
begin but wouldn't know where to start. I am going to share how I do a self guided meditation.

I have a very eclectic approach to meditation given I had many teachers with different styles that
began during the "new age" era when everyone was lining up crystals around the room, on their
bodies, triangular structures to sit inside, incense and every space was like a little temple with tables
of trinkets to enhance the experience.  I have so many books, CDs, old tapes and memories that
when I finally started meditating on a regular basis, I found I created my own method.  It's rather
unconventional but it's something that works for me.

SO this is how I do it. I have my own guided meditation that I silently take myself through.  First is
quite a few minutes of nothing but breathing, observing my breath, my belly rising and falling and
all thoughts and focus is on breathing.  I already explained above that if I start having extraneous
thoughts, I remind myself that I'm "thinking" and go immediately back to thinking about my breath
going in and out, rising and falling, belly is where I'm focusing.  I can also imagine the figure 8 as
I swirl my breathing around the figure starting at the top and when I get to part of the 8 where the
line crosses and goes back up to form the rest of the number, I'm now breathing out.  Actually I
begin breathing by always breathing out....releasing my breath and then I make room for incoming
air.

OK...I've done this about 5 minutes or more....and now I'm focusing on my feet....I'm breathing by
paying attention to where my feet are planted....I notice my toes and my ankles...I am still breathing
and focusing on my calves and then my knees....I sometimes do one leg at a time....but you get the
point.  I do this all the way till I get to the top of my head....my torso, arms, neck, face....I also
sometimes include chakra colors....red when I think of my feet for grounding....orange as I move
up to my knees and thighs....yellow at my middle, green at my heart....etc.. There are specific CDs
I have that work on just chakra meditation.

It's been about 12-15 minutes by the time I'm now perfectly relaxed and this next part is going to
explain how and why I've come to this type of meditation....I have specific tools I've given myself
so I'm not distracted from breathing.....It's how I give myself permission to focus just in the NOW
simply because I've created a place for my thoughts, feelings and baggage.

Now I begin my self guided meditation....This is silently of course.  This is a compilation of things
I learned from my meditation teacher, things I've created because they work for me and things I've
heard on meditation CDs.

Here's how my guided meditation goes.  I see myself facing a large staircase going down....It's big
and wide with beautiful marble steps....each step is imbedded with shiny healing crystals.  The very
fact that I'm placing my feet on these steps is a healing experience.  I begin my decent down the stairs....one step at a time, remembering to breathe while I'm walking.  I'm holding onto a soft padded handrail which also is imbedded with healing crystals.  On my back is a backpack...In it is
the contents of items I've stored there so I can focus just on my journey to my place of renewal.
In my backpack is my "to do list"....things that would interrupt my focus on my journey....My list
is rolled up and tied with a ribbon and it's for safekeeping until later when I'm not on this journey.
Also in my backpack is my worries, fears, thoughts of things that happened in the past, thoughts
about the future.....thoughts are placed in a small box and are also being sequestered from the
present moment.  Just knowing where all these things are is comforting and allows me to focus on
my experience.

I get to the bottom of the stairs....I also remember that in my backpack is a bag of "garbage"....things that I'd like to get rid of....aches, pains, memories....things that invade my reality
every day and get in the way of my living in the moment and enjoying the ride.

So now I'm looking at my little room that is at the bottom of the steps.  I'll describe it but it's best
to create your own environment....I generally like the sense of safety so this space is small....And
I've chosen to go down a flight of stairs where there are no windows or other exits because the
thought of open fields, seascapes or even the woods is too vast a space for me to feel safe.

My room has a marble floor....and a beautiful marble bench...the walls are soft and the colors
are all pastel and the ceiling is the same.  The room is the perfect temperature although on the
bench is a "magic blanket".  I sit down on the bench and my sprit guide sits next to me....I
am familiar with my spirit guide and know the name.  My guide wraps this magic blanket around my
shoulders....the top of it goes over my head and sort of forms a cape....I know when I'm wrapped
in this blanket, this is all there is....I've left my backpack of "stuff" at the entry to the room....and
my spirit guide is keeping everything safe for me, so I won't have to focus on any of it.  She opens
the backpack and takes out the "garbage" to dispose of.  She puts it on the floor and it's absorbed
into the ground....

The fact that I'm wearing this magic blanket....it's an absorber of negativity....At the same time
it infuses good energy into my being...I am calm and still breathing....I am being comforted by being
in a totally safe place with a guide who is watching over me and all my "stuff".  My "stuff" doesn't
need to be addressed now....It's for when I take my journey back up those stairs.

While sitting on the bench, my spirit guide tells me things I need to hear....I'm often shocked by what I learn after my meditation experience is over....and other times, we are simply sitting silently
together in harmony.

I stay as long as I need to stay in this place....It's a very deep comforting experience.....I sometimes
don't want to leave and other times, it's merely just a few minutes....

And then....(and probably those of you reading this right now are saying to yourselves "aw....I don't
want to go back up those stairs....I like it here...."

And then....I thank my guide for this experience....for always watching over me....for comforting me
and for taking care of my thoughts, worries, fears, negative experiences....for giving me opportunity
to come back to this very same place any time I please....and do this again and again.  I pick up
my backpack, which is much lighter than it was when I walked down those stairs.  I say goodbye
to my spirit guide who smiles and says she will be available any time I need her....I begin my climb
back up the stairs....I'm feeling happy and I see the smile on my face....I get to the top of the stairs...
I take another look down at my spirit guide sitting on that marble bench....I say "goodbye"....and
open my eyes....

I'm home!  


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Thank you Chloe for starting this thread. My husband and I meditate every morning before we get out of bed. Three years ago while we were at the Buddhist Temple in our area, we met a young man named Kosol. Kosol walked up to me and began telling me everything about my entire life...it was amazing. He performed a healing on me (I was having lupus symptoms again) and we meditated for about half an hour. It started out a strange day when I woke up that morning and knew I had to go to the temple. Kosol's guide told him he had to go to this temple and he didn't know where it was or that it even existed. He followed her instructions to find the temple...she told him someone needed him. Since that day we have not missed a day meditating. We use meditation devices called Baramay. It is made from seashells, sand, sea salt and human hair for DNA. It helps you to be able to focus on your meditation, you can have constant contact with your spirit guide, perform healings on yourself and others, and the mental alertness and the sense of "just knowing things" is something I have never experienced. It also helps to open the pineal gland and to better utilize your third eye. I call it "spirituality on demand."   My husband and I both even look many years younger just from the better flow of energy. I believe in meditation and also confronting the demons/issues from the past in order to heal ourselves and to be able to have a life filled with compassion for others and to be prosperous/successful in our endeavors. I have learned that many health issues are caused by the excess emotional baggage that we have all acquired in our lifetimes. Mean things that kids said on the playground while growing up still lurk around in our hearts and minds...they have to be addressed and squashed. Not to mention that ex-boyfriend who suggested you not eat dessert because your jeans were fitting a little snug... I know many people who have terminal illnesses (or some illness without a name yet) that all experienced much emotional trauma in their lives that they couldn't overcome. I believe that meditation can help to find inner peace, stillness, quiet the mind and provide a type of spiritually that is special to only you.

Chloe- I loved reading how you perform your meditation. Thank you for sharing something that is such a sacred experience to you!
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Really enjoy everyone's experiences.
Chloe,
Mine begins as yours but changes with your staircase. Where your safety lies in the small windowless room, mine is in the open lavender fields of Provence just outside the Cistercian Abbey in Senanque. I was fortunate enough to attend Friday late afternoon Vespers there ; several monks in hooded grey robes walking slowly into the very plain stone sanctuary with iron/wood benches up to and around the altar where the cathedral windows were void of color yet had a heavenly light shines through, while chanting the most beautiful Gregorian sounds A Capella.
After the breathing, I go to this place and re-live the vespers, while hearing the chants in my head, then float outside and lay in the field of lavender looking up at the amazing colored sky and out over the endless soothing Mediterreanean Sea. I am "out of my body" looking all around and feeling like I am the wind circling above it all. I soak up all the healing/positive energy into my heart and feel it disperse out of my spine throughout my whole body.
I then rest on the ground, in the lavender, looking at this ancient structure, feeling light, healthy, carefree, and say a prayer of thanks.  


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Really enjoy everyone's experiences.
Chloe,
Mine begins as yours but changes with your staircase. Where your safety lies in the small windowless room, mine is in the open lavender fields of Provence just outside the Cistercian Abbey in Senanque. I was fortunate enough to attend Friday late afternoon Vespers there ; several monks in hooded grey robes walking slowly into the very plain stone sanctuary with iron/wood benches up to and around the altar where the cathedral windows were void of color yet had a heavenly light shines through, while chanting the most beautiful Gregorian sounds A Capella.
After the breathing, I go to this place and re-live the vespers, while hearing the chants in my head, then float outside and lay in the field of lavender looking up at the amazing colored sky and out over the endless soothing Mediterreanean Sea. I am "out of my body" looking all around and feeling like I am the wind circling above it all. I soak up all the healing/positive energy into my heart and feel it disperse out of my spine throughout my whole body.
I then rest on the ground, in the lavender, looking at this ancient structure, feeling light, healthy, carefree, and say a prayer of thanks.  


How beautiful Cajun...
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kulibug and cajun, I enjoyed reading both of your meditation experiences.  WOW, this is so amazing...I wish we could all get into the same physical space....The positive energy I feel from you
guys when sharing all of this is astounding..... even from a distance!  


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Juliebug,
Wow you and your husband had amazing experience with Kosol.  I do agree on the mind and body, and dealing with old emotions.  I find sometimes you think you 've dealt with them but then you find there is still some there to deal with.  
Chloe/Cajun,
Loved hearing your meditations.  And some of the different ideas you have woven into them. Very creative.  Mine is a variation on yours.  I have some CD's that take you through breathing, and relaxing each part of the body from the top of the head down. And then Going down steps and going to a private place you create.  
At present I use an image from a local Gardens, beautiful flowers and sun and a corner where there is a bench.  I tried using a grassy area on a cliff top looking out on the sea, but found it was a bit to "open" for me to stay focused.
I find the practice is an important part of my life now that I can't imagine not doing.
Lin


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kulibug and cajun, I enjoyed reading both of your meditation experiences.  WOW, this is so amazing...I wish we could all get into the same physical space....The positive energy I feel from you
guys when sharing all of this is astounding..... even from a distance!  


Always remember...energy travels.   How wonderful it would be if we could all get together and meditate! The thought gives me "goosies!"  

And thank you too Lin...
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Thanks Lin....I'm finding it really interesting what each of us feels is our sacred space....

For years what kept distracting me from fully surrendering to a meditative practice was finding
the safest most comfortable space I could imagine.  Many times I'd listen to guided meditations and the voice would tell me to find a place to sit....I remember trying to sit in a field of flowers, in a garden, near a stream or a waterfall and my mind would construct all sorts of "what ifs"....It could rain outdoors, it could get cold and windy....an animal could walk through the field....or people....Wherever I wanted to be, I always saw distractions....until I realized my space needed
to be small and sealed....no room for other people to wander in or out.... so my marbled room is
very small....and very safe.  And my guide watches over my thinking mind while I'm in this space so I can't distract myself by planning or worrying.  I think meditation became easier for me once
I felt I could trust every single thing about the experience. For some this is very easy, for me it
was profoundly challenging.

Good point, Julibug...positive energy is traveling between and around us all!  


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Chloe,
This is such a good point about findnig the safest most comfortable space to surrender to meditation.

Juliebug,
Yes it would be lovely if we could all get together and meditate!

I have felt like the energy of this mediation thread group touched me today.
a very nice feeling.
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I have felt like the energy of this mediation thread group touched me today.
a very nice feeling.
Lin


Me too....I'm feeling touched as well.... very similar benefits as the actual meditation...we should
check in with one another often.  


"The happiest people don't have the best of everything.....they know how to make the best of everything!"
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I love that you started this thread, Chloe!


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